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Highlights Capital city Khartoum, Naga & Mussawarat, Meroe Pyramids, Jebel Barkal, Nubian house in Karima, Nuri, old souk of Omdurman
Hidden Treasures small group tour
Hidden Treasures
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This Sudan tour allows you to follow in the footsteps of ancient civilisations. This 10-day adventure through Sudan takes you to the Nile Valley to see some incredible ancient sites and experience the unique Nubian culture. We start this tour in the capital city of Khartoum home to many museums, tombs and markets. We then cross the Nubian Desert in search of the lost pyramids and temples of the Nile Valley; en route we visit various historical temples. The Meroe Pyramids are the most concentrated pyramid complex in the Nile valley. We get to eperience a true dessert camp with some creature comforts thrown in like private verandah's that boast stunning views of the pyramids. We then head to Karima for more pyramids and Temples before driving back to Khartoum for free time before you return home.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive in Khartoum
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Khartoum where they'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. An optional city tour is available if you arrive this morning.
OvernightKhartoum - 4-star hotelExtrasSingle Room Supplement, Extra day - pre-tour, Khartoum city tour & Dervish ceremony
Day 2 Khartoum city tour and Dervish ceremony (Fridays only)
After a leisurely breakfast we start our tour of Khartoum city, starting with the Archaeological Museum. The main highlights here are two beautiful temples that were moved from the Lake Nasser area by UNESCO when the Aswan Dam was built and the area flooded. Next we cross the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers, close to the Presidential Palace where General Gordon was beheaded by the Mahdi's troops in 1885. We then reach the old capital of Sudan, Omduran, where we'll see the Mahdi's Tomb from the outside. Lunch is included at a restaurant on the Nile before we visit the interesting Khalifa's House, home to a small museum about the Mahdyia (Fridays & Saturdays only). We have a little time to explore Omduran's colourful souk before we move to the tomb of the sufi leader Ahmed al Nil at sunset time to assist at the involving Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (Fridays only). Finally we return to the hotel.
OvernightKhartoum - 4* hotelMealsBreakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Khartoum to Meroe Pyramids via Mussawarat & Naga
Our tour of Sudan begins as we drive north to visit the temples at Naga, which is located about 30 km to the east of the Nile and developed during the Meroitic period. We then go to Mussawarat, which is located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Later we journey northward, arriving into a desert area covered with huge round granite boulders; these are the last offshoots of the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract.  Suddenly, more than 40 pyramids appear as if out of nowhere! These Pyramids belong to the Royal Necropolis of Meroe and some of them are perfectly preserved. We then arrive at the permanent tented camp of Meroe with a beautiful view of the pyramids which you can enjoy from your own veranda.
OvernightMeroe Pyramids - Permanent tented campMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Exploring the Necropolis and Royal city of Meroe
Today is where our local guide will start teaching you about the Kingdom of the Black Pharaoh's. Several pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Each one has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the King’s life and offers to the gods. In the afternoon we move along the Nile to visit the ruins of the Royal City. Most of the area where the city is located, formed by many small hills covered by red clay fragments, is still to be excavated by archaeologists.
OvernightMeroe Pyramids - Permanent tented campMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Meroe to Karima
After breakfast we head north crossing the Nile by ferry boat. From here we enter the Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and characterised by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. It is very likely we will encounter isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells. After we reach our Nubian Rest house the rest of the afternoon is free.
OvernightKarima - Nubian houseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Karima. Visit to El Kurru and Jebel Barkal
Today we explore the Jebel Barkal archaeological sites which are on the World Heritage list. Here we see Temples and Pyramids from the Royal necropolis of the ancient city of Napata. We then move southwards to the village of El Kurru. Here we can visit two tombs, which are excavated in the rock under pyramids - partially collapsed - and are totally decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. Not far from here there is an interesting site of petrified wood, an ancient forest with hundreds of huge trunks.
OvernightKarima - Nubian houseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Karima, visit Old Dongola
This morning we make the long drive to Old Dongola, site of several Coptic Christian churches. Centre of the Nubian region many of the houses are colourfully decorated with floral motives.
OvernightKarima - Nubian houseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Nile cruise and the Pyramids of Nuri
After breakfast, we visit the market in Karima where we can have a real experience of the life of Sudanese people. We then board a small motorboat for a pleasant cruise along the Nile to enjoy the beautiful sand stretches and cultivated islands along the river. A little further northward there used to be the beautiful granite rocky formations of the 4th Cataract. After a scenic picnic lunch we visit the Pyramids of Nuri for the afternoon.
OvernightKarima - Nubian houseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Karima to Khartoum
After enjoying breakfast we pack up and drive back to Khartoum. We stop for lunch in a simple “chai house” (a roadhouse where the local truck drivers stop for food and to rest) and also visit the interesting Omdurman souk, before arriving into Khartoum in the afternoon. A day-use room is provided in a 4-star hotel in Khartoum until around 23.00. Most flights depart Khartoum between 02.00am and 04.00am so a full night's accommodation is not normally required. The rest of the evening is free time.
OvernightKhartoum - 4-star hotelMealsBreakfast, LunchExtrasExtra day - post-tour, Soleb extension (3 days)
Day 10 Khartoum, departure airport transfer
We transfer you to the airport from your hotel around 3 hours before your flight departure time. If you have booked a full night's hotel accommodation then your day is free until we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra day - post-tour
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • All sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Mineral water outside Khartoum
  • Boat excursion on the Nile (life jackets will be provided)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Visa invitation letter for most nationalities
  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Arrival taxes
  • Sudan visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory - available from Encounters Travel)
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites, photo permits and local passport registration (US$200)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above