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St. Paul and St. Anthony Oldest Monasteries Tour

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8 Hours
Availability : Everyday
Cairo
red sea
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Overview

Enjoy a special private tour to visit St. Paul and St. Anthony Monasteries from Cairo, a chance to learn about the oldest Monasteries n the world. Dating to the 4th century, the Monastery of St Paul began as a grouping of hermitages in the cliffs around the site where Paul had his cell. The complex’s heart is the Church of St Paul, which was built in and around the cave where Paul lived. It’s cluttered with altars, candles, ostrich eggs (the symbol of the Resurrection) and murals representing saints and biblical stories. The fortress above the church was where the monks retreated during Bedouin raids. 

Price Includes

  • Air conditioned van for all transfer, pick up services from hotel in Cairo & return
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned historical place.
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guide.
  • Bottled water on board the vehicle during the tour.
  • All taxes & service charge
  • Free time for lunch ( can be at el Zafarana sea food restaurant)
  • Photography stops

Price Excludes

  • Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tipping.
Itinerary

Early morning start your private tour of St. Paul and St. Anthony Monasteries. The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo 7:00 am.

Drive about 250 km to the eastern desert of Egypt close to the red sea. 

The monasteries of St. Anton and St. Paul are among the oldest Christian and date from the 4th century AD. At this time, monks began to settle in caves at the foot of Galala Al-Qibliya Mountain on the Red Sea.

St. Anthony’s Monastery is located on Zafaraana Road in the direction of the city of Beni Suef on the Nile, around 70 km south of Ain Sukhna, which is now also known as a famous holiday destination among Egyptians.

The huge complex of the monastery houses churches, chapels, a beautiful garden, a bakery and a fountain that celebrates the father of monasticism, Saint Anthony.

After a short drive through the rocky area, you will reach the St. Paul Monastery, which was also built in the 4th century AD by hermits who wanted to distance themselves from the material world. This monastery was built within around 80 years.

The monasteries of St. Anton and St. Paul are considered as being the holiest places of the Coptic Church in Egypt and are definitely worth a visit.

They are an example for the religious coexistence of two world religions in Egypt like no other monument in this country.

Although the face of the area has changed drastically since then, these two monasteries are still great witnesses to history.

Last but not least, the great view makes the excursion to the monasteries of St. Anton and St. Paul from Cairo  unforgettable tour.

Prices :

Single

$  350 Per Person

2-3 persons

$ 196 Per Person

4-8 persons

$ 182 Per Person

9-12 persons

$ 168 Per Person

13 -15 persons

$ 154 Per Person
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Tour and Prices

Tour prices is in USD but € and £ are also accepted. The prices quoted per person per tour all inclusive and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the lowest price possible. Once your tour is confirmed we guarantee the price will not be changed. These prices are valid until October 30th, 2021.

Children Policy

0 – 05.99 Free of Charge
6 – 11.99 pay 50% of tour price
12+ pay full tour price as per adult person
If your tour includes airfare then an extra charge for child rate may apply.

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Cancellation Policy

Cairo Private Tours does not charge a cancellation fee for tours and excursions canceled for ‘force majeure’ reasons such as volcanoes, earthquakes, or reasons beyond control. If cancellation happens due to personal or business reasons and Cairo Private Tours has already incurred costs on your behalf, these costs will be transferred to you.

St. Paul and St. Anthony Egypt

St. Paul and St. Anthony

This famous icon represents the visit of Saint Antony (on the left) to Saint Paul, who lived  in the eastern desert near the Red Sea.

St. Paul was born into a wealthy family in Alexandria in the mid-3rd century and originally fled to the Eastern Desert to escape Roman persecution. He lived alone in a cave here for more than 90 years, finding bodily sustenance in a nearby spring and palm tree. According to tradition, in AD 343 the then-90-year-old Anthony had a vision of Paul’s death and made a difficult trek through the mountains to visit Paul, and then to bury him.

St. Anthony is a Christian saint who was born to a wealthy family in Lower Egypt around 251 CE He was orphaned at the age of eight years. Most of what is known about him comes from the biographical work of Athanasius of Alexandria, Vita Antonii. This biography depicts Anthony as an illiterate and holy man who through his existence in a primordial landscape received an absolute connection to divine truth. The moment that St. Anthony dedicated his life to God and the church was due to the words he heard from Mark in which he was told to give up all of his belongings and seek God. At the age of 34, Anthony gave away all of his property and worldly possessions; he ventured into the Eastern Desert to seek a life of humility, solitude, and spiritual reflection. Saint Anthony took the words he heard in a literal sense and that is what caused him to venture into the desert to live a life of ascetism. He made his abode in a small cave where he lived ascetically. Although St. Anthony was not the first monk, he attracted many followers and disciples, and is one of the fathers of modern Christian monasticism