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10 days 9 nights
Availability : October 2018 - April 2019
Max People : 8
Tour Details

This tour shows all the major archaeological sites of North Sudan. The overnights are in our exclusive properties of Karima and Meroe. This arid and wild region of extraordinary archaeological interest and beautiful landscapes becomes accessible even to those reluctant to sacrifice their comfort.

Price Includes

  • 10 Days 9 Nights Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • An English-speaking guide for transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Boat excursion on the Nile River
  • All Entrance fees for tours indicated in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Visa (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides/riots and events beyond our control
  • Tips and gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels and airport
Highlights
  • The Western Desert Karima
  • Karima, The ancient Napata, Jebel Barkal
  • Cruise down the Nile River and its Cataracts
  • Touring the Bayuda Desert
Itinerary

Selected Departure Dates

10th October 2018
26th October 2018
4th January 2019
18th January 2019
8th March 2019
5th April 2019
16th April 2019

Day 1Arrival to Khartoum

Arrival at Khartoum airport. Meet and greet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and overnight stay.

Suggested Flight: Emirates
SIN – DXB (01h40 – 04h50)
DXB – KRT (11h00 – 13h00)

Overnight: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
Meals included: NA

Day 2Khartoum - Western Desert - Karima

Breakfast at the hotel and late in the morning, we begin the journey northward through the Western Desert. We travel in a flat desert where the view can span 360° around and we reach WadiMuqaddam with its many acacia trees.

We will stop at the “chai houses”, literally tea houses, simply a sort of very Spartan “motorway restaurants”, in the desert where local truck drivers usually stop for a quick meal and some rest. In the afternoon arrival in Karima where we check in at the charming Nubian Rest House just at the feet of Jebel Barkal. Dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: Karima Nubian Rest House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3Karima - Jebel Barkal and the Necropolis of El Kurru

Landmark in the Nubian Desert, Jebel Barkal (“Jebel” means mountain in Arabic) can be seen from a far away whilst still in the open desert. At the foot of this wonderful and isolated red sandstone mountain, considered holy since the ancient times, there is a big temple, dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron, Amon.

Amon‘s ancient “Pure Mountain”, the Olympus of the Nubians, was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1000 years. Besides the ruins of the big temple there are still several sculptured granite rams that were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the pier on the Nile. In the mountain wall there is a big room decorated with bas-relief. Jebel Barkal archaeological sites are on the World Heritage list.

After lunch we move southwards to the village of El Kurru where there is one of the necropolises of the ancient capital, Napata. Here we can visit one tomb, which is excavated in the rock under pyramids – partially collapsed – and it is 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. Sunset at Jebel barkal.Accommodation at the Rest-House, dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: Karima Nubian Rest House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Karima: Boat trip on the Nile - Necropolis 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, which prevented the Nile from flowing slowly and formed many rapids that obstructed the navigation. In April 2008 the Dam of Merowee has been completed and the flooding of the artificial lake started.

After lunch, we visit the archaeological site of Nuri where we can see many pyramids among which there is also the one of the great Taharqa. Little walk and then return to the Nubian Rest House for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: Karima Nubian Rest House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Karima - Old Dongola - Nubian Villages - Karima

Today it is a long day on the road but full of interesting encounters and visits. Early in the morning we shall visit the animal market of Tengasi and then we will follow the Nile until we reach the archaeological site of Old Dongola. Here there are the rest of a Christian Coptic temple with marble columns as well as several suggestive ruins of churches situated on the banks of the Nile. This area is the central part of the Nubian region.

Overnight: Karima Nubian Rest House
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Karima - Batuda Desert - Meroe

After breakfast we cross the bridge over the Nile to 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 to meet isolated groups of Bisharin nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells, with their caravans and herds of camels and donkeys. We then cross the Nile again with the ponton, a local ferry boat.

These ferries are a hive of colourful activities. We find ourselves sharing space with people, donkeys, camels and goats. And then all of a sudden we can glance at more than 40 pyramids, located on top of a hill, some of them perfectly preserved, which belong to the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. Arrival at the Meroe Camp with a beautiful view on the pyramids. Accommodation in comfortable and fully furnished tents, dinner and overnight stay

Overnight: Meroe Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Meroe - The Necropolis and the Royal City of Meroe

Morning dedicated to the visit of the pyramids. The Royal Necropolis of Meroe is located at about 3 km from the Nile on some hills covered by yellow sand dunes. 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. The excavations confirm that the town of Meroe used to cover a large area and the Royal city was located in a central position, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall. Most of the area where the city is located, formed by many small hills covered by red clay fragments, has still to be excavated by the archaeologists.

Dinner and overnight stay at the permanent Meroe Camp.

Overnight: Meroe Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, DInner

Day 8Meroe - The temples of Naga and Mussawarat - Khartoum

Breakfast at camp and then after about one hour drive we leave the asphalt road and we drive for about 30 km on a desert track among many camel thorn acacia trees to visit the two archaeological sites. The site of Naga it is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period.

In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century A.D.): a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion’s head, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several ritual images.

Beyond the big wadi there is another temple – restored by a German archaeological mission – dedicated to the god Apedemak. Picnic in the area and then we return on the main road. We get into a desert area covered with huge round granite boulders; these are the last offshoots of the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract. We continue our trip until Omdurman where at sunset time we attend the involving Dervish ceremony (only on Fridays). Arrival at the hotel. Check in and overnight stay.

Overnight: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Khartoum - City Tour and Nuba Wrestling

Breakfast at the hotel and then Khartoum city tour. We first visit the Archaeological Museum that, besides many beautiful objects, contains two beautiful temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area, when it was flooded by the water. We then cross the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile near the Presidential Palace where in 1885 General Gordonwas beheaded by the Mahdi’s troops and we reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan, where we see the Mahdi’s Tombfrom outside and we visit the interesting Khalifa’s House which holds a small museum about the Mahdyia.

Lunch included in a local restaurant on the Nile. We then visit the colourful souk of Omdurman. At sunset time we move to Khartoum North to attend the traditional Nuba Wrestling (only on Fridays, Sat and Wed).

Overnight: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10Departure

Greeted by your driver at the hotel’s lobby, private transfer to the airport. Upon arrival at the airport, check in for departure.

Suggested Flight: Emirates
KRT – DXB (22h25 – 04h35+1)
DXB – SIN (09h25 – 20h55)

Overnight: NA
Meals included: Breakfast

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