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Explore 7th-century St. Simeon Monastery in a half day tour from Aswan with a professional guide.

Enjoy your Day Trip to St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.

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Why you'll love this trip

  • Negotiating with camel drivers is a real Egypt low point—and the visitor never wins. Enjoy all the fun of a bumpy, humpy ride with none of the haggling as you steer your steed to St. Simeon Monastery, a fortress-like 7th-century monastery on Elephantine Island

  • Ride a camel from the boat landing to the southern tip of Elephantine Island

  • Explore the keep, courtyards, and church, still graced with partial frescoes

  • See the monks’ cells and original rock caves of the saints and Uncover the monastery’s 6th-century origins and 11th-century rebuilding from an Egyptologist guide

  • Very comfortable – Pickup and drop off from / to your location in Aswan

  • Suitable for all ages and genders.


Attractions highlight

Simeon Monastery


Join a camel ride to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find St Simeon's Monastery, an ancient, abandoned fortress monastery mostly built during the 7th century and located near Aswan.

The monastery was given the name St Simeon by archaeologists and travelers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre (Hidra, Hadri, Hadra), after an anchorite who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (385-412 AD).Anba Hatre married at the age of eighteen. Tradition says that just after the wedding, he encountered a funeral procession which inspired him to preserve his chastity and later become a disciple of Saint Baiman.After eight years of ascetic practices under the supervision of his teacher, he retired to the desert and applied himself to the study of the life of Saint Antony. He died during the time of Theodosius I. 

Finally your Book Nile Cruises tour guide will escort you to your hotel in Aswan.



  • Pick up service from your hotel in Aswan and return English Egyptologist guide.
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned historical places.
  • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Bottled water during your trip.
  • All service charges and taxes.


  • Any extras not mentioned in the program.
  • Personal spending.
  • Tipping.