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Amazing Cairo excursions to St Anthony Monastery and St Paul Monastery – Egyptian Monastery  


Full Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people




ٍSpending Amazing Cairo excursions to St Anthony Monastery and St Paul Monastery – Egyptian Monastery is one of our Cairo excursions that takes you to the oldest monasteries in Egypt located in Galala Egypt, the St Anthony Monastery and the St. Paul Monastery.

Amazing Cairo excursions to St Anthony Monastery and St Paul Monastery – Egyptian Monastery

This amazing trip to highlight a fascinating chapter of Egypt’s history, and experience the holiest landmarks of the Coptic church in Egypt is a perfect day to spend.

The huge complex of monastery churches, beautiful gardens, and a fountain is wonderful, and after a short drive through the rocky area, you will reach the st. paul monastery also was built in the 4th century AD.

Join us for this cultural tour of two of the oldest hermit monasteries from the 4th century through Sempre Travel Egypt.

Price per Person

1 Person: 280.00 €
from 2 People: 179.20 €
from 3 People: 145.60 €
from 4 People: 126.00 €
from 5 People: 114.80 €
from 6 People: 109.20 €
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  • The Drive to the wonderful Galala Plateau
  • St Anthony Monastery
  • St. Paul Monastery


Tour Program

The Drive to the wonderful Galala Plateau

starts with the pick-up from your accommodation in Cairo by our Sempre Travel Egypt tour guide to two of the most beautiful Coptic Monastery in Egypt, the Monastery St Anthony Egypt and the St. Paul Monastery. The history of these two hermit monasteries goes back to the 4th century when 2 young men sought the solitude of the rocky Galala Plateau for their meditation. Enjoy the ride in our small group through the Galala Mountain to our first destination

St Anthony Monastery

In addition to the Sinai St. Catherine Monastery in Egypt, the hermit monastery of St Anthony is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. In 250 AD, a young man, son of Christian parents, moved at age 19 from his hometown Beni Suef towards the desert. Anthony has always been fascinated by the words of God and preferred the hermit life to his previous life.

In 356 AD, his successors built the St Anthony monastery below the cave where Anthony lived until his death. Visit with us the church in which St Anthony is buried and the cave above in which he lived until his death, and then follow us up 1200 steps to the cave, from where you will be rewarded with an impressive view of the mountains, the Red Sea and desert landscape. You won’t regret the effort of reaching this point in the mountains!

Hopefully with some nice souvenirs photos and wonderful impressions we make our way to the next monastery the

St. Paul Monastery

St. Paul Monastery is also located in the Galala Mountain and separated from the St Anthony Monastery by the southern fork of the Galala Plateau. The monastery had its prime during the 12th to 15th century and was used by monks to translate theological texts into Arabic.

St. Paul escaped Roman persecution from Alexandria and was the youngest hermit at only 16 years of age. In the 4th century, hermits built the St. Paul monastery and 4 churches were built on its site, including the cave church (the place where St Paul lived from 251 to 325 AD) of St. Paul in the middle. The walls of the cave church, in which his bones are still preserved, are decorated with beautiful frescoes.

After the interior of the monastery, including the library with all manuscripts, was destroyed by Bedouins in 1483, the ARCE (American Research Center Egypt) started restoration work from 1997 to 2005.

We make time for a lunch break close to the Galala Plateau before we start the return trip from our Cairo excursions to St Antony Monastery and St. Paul Monastery to your accommodation in Cairo.

Everything about the excursion

TOUR TYPE: Culture  


VISIT: according to the itinerary 

PICK-UP POINT: Your accommodation in Cairo   

PICK-UP TIME: around 02:00 a.m.    

RETURN: Your accommodation in Cairo  

General information:      

Travel Guide:  

All our guides are experienced Egyptologists with at least 5 years of experience.    


All our vehicles are modern equipped and have air-condition.       


To secure the booking, a 25 % deposit of the travel price is due, this can be done online by credit card, Visa and Master or bank transfer.      

The remaining amount of 75 % must be paid before the start of the excursion on the day of travel and can be paid with credit card or cash.      

The booking of your trip is considered complete and confirmed by your tour operator, as soon as we have received the 25 % deposit.      

Children's prices:   

Children from 0 - 2 years free of charge (except for flight excursions)      

Children from 3 to 11 years of age receive a 50 % discount      

Children from 12 years old are considered an adult


  • Transfer from and to your accommodation
  • All transfers with modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for visits according to the itinerary
  • Professional Egyptologist during the privately guided tour
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Assistance from travel agents with pick-up and return
  • Personal Expenses during the tour

Tour's Location


What do I have to bring with me?
Sun and wind protection
Comfortable Shoes
Jacket in the wintertime
Light cotton clothing in the summertime
Passport valid for 6 months
Photo / Video camera
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