Wadi El Natroun Monastery Tour from Alexandria


On this tour, you will embark on a spiritual journey to the Wadi El Natroun desert, located about 100 kilometers northwest of Alexandria. The area is known for its beautiful scenery and ancient monasteries that date back to the fourth century AD. This tour is perfect for those interested in history, culture, and spirituality.


  • Visit several ancient monasteries in the Wadi El Natroun desert
  • Learn about the rich history and spiritual significance of the monasteries
  • Explore the beautiful landscape of the Wadi El Natroun desert
  • Enjoy a private tour with a knowledgeable guide
  • Round-trip transportation from Alexandria

Itinerary: Day 1:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Alexandria
  • Drive to Wadi El Natroun desert
  • Visit the Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great, the oldest and largest monastery in the area
  • Explore the Monastery of Saint Bishoy, known for its beautiful frescoes and ancient relics
  • Visit the Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf, known for its intricate carvings and beautiful architecture
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, known for its beautiful church and peaceful atmosphere
  • Transfer back to your hotel in Alexandria

Detailed Information: Inclusions:

  • Round-trip transportation from Alexandria in a private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission fees to all the monasteries
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • All taxes and service charges


  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Pricing Information:

  • Prices start at $200 per person for a group of two
  • Prices vary based on group size and customization options

Tips and Advice for Travelers:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain
  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
  • Respect the dress code when visiting the monasteries (long pants or skirts and covered shoulders)
  • Ask your guide for permission before taking photos inside the monasteries

Trip Notes:

  • This tour requires a moderate amount of walking on uneven terrain and some stairs.
  • The monasteries have strict dress codes and visitors are expected to dress modestly.
  • This tour can be customized to meet the needs and preferences of individual travelers.
  • Overnight accommodation can be arranged upon request.


Q: Can I visit all the monasteries in one day? A: Yes, it is possible to visit all the monasteries in one day. However, the tour may be customized to spend more time at each monastery if desired.

Q: Are there any restrictions on who can visit the monasteries? A: The monasteries are open to visitors of all religions and backgrounds, but visitors are expected to dress modestly and respect the spiritual nature of the site.

Q: Can I bring my own food and drinks on the tour? A: Outside food and drinks are not permitted inside the monasteries, but you can bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy during the drive