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DURATION 9days
Highlights Capital city Khartoum, Naga & Mussawarat, Meroe Pyramids, Jebel Barkal, Nubian house in Karima, Nuri, old souk of Omdurman
COUNTRIES: Sudan
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 9-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.
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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 and evening Whirling Dervishes Cermony is available if you arrive this morning.
OvernightKhartoum - 4-star hotel
 
Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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. The rest of the evening is free time.
OvernightKhartoum - 4-star hotelMealsBreakfast, Lunch
 
Day 9 Khartoum, departure airport transfer
 
Your time is free until we pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra night - post-tour
 
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Includes:
  • 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
  • Entrance fees for all archaeological sites and photo permits (approx. US$210)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Visa invitation letter for most nationalities
Excludes:
  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Arrival taxes
  • Sudan visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory - available from Encounters Travel)
  • 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