International flights to Egypt land in Cairo, where an entry visa can be purchased for $15. From there pilgrims can take a one-hour flight to the Sinai Peninsula. The resort area of Sharm El-Sheikh, which borders the Red Sea, has a wide range of accommodations. Hotels can book your tour into the interior of the peninsula, including St. Catherine’s and other monastic sites. It is also possible to stay overnight in the monastery’s guesthouse or in a nearby hotel. See www.sinaimonastery.com for information on St. Catherine’s.
In Cairo, book a guided tour of Coptic Cairo from your hotel or take a taxi to explore on your own.
For information on planning a trip to Egypt, see www.egypt.travel or call the Egyptian Tourist Authority in New York at (212) 332-2570