Day 1 – (Tuesday) Arrive Khartoum
We begin this short tour of Sudan when your flight arrives in Khartoum. On arrival, and having cleared customs and immigration, you will be met be one of our representatives and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the Acropole Hotel, Khartoum. No meals are included today.
**Depending on the time of your flight arrival you may arrive very early on the morning of Day 2 and the room will be available for you at the hotel**
Day 2 – (Wednesday) Khartoum - Necropolis of El Kurru - Nuri Necropolis - Karima
This morning we leave the hotel and head north out of the city. The drive will take us about six hours as we cross the Western Desert. As we travel, you will be able to view Jebel Barkal (Jebel is the Arabic word for mountain) an imposing landmark in this desert. We break our journey with a stop at the ancient village of El Kurru. Here you will find one of the royal cemeteries used by the Nubian royal family of Kush. We visit one tomb decorated with images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and with multicoloured hieroglyphic inscriptions. Our drive continues and later in the day we reach the stunning site of Nuri. You will have the chance to walk amongst the 20 ancient pyramids belonging to Nubian kings and queens which are still standing here at Nuri. Dinner and overnight at the Karima Nubian Rest House (BL*D) *Picnic lunch included
(Distance travelled today is 450km)
Day 3 – (Thursday) Karima - Atbara - Meroe
An early start means that we can get to see the sunrise from the top of Jebel Barkal. A perfect start to the day. After returning for breakfast, the tour continues as we enter the Bayuda Desert, an area characterised by black volcanic mountains. If we are lucky, during our time travelling here we may well meet groups of the Bisharin nomads. They live in small huts constructed of intertwined branches and located close to water wells, with their herds of camels and donkeys. Our next point on the route to Meroe is the town of Atbara. It is here that we cross the Nile and start the journey south travelling through the acacia trees. As we travel, suddenly you the view changes and we see in the distance on top of a hill, more than 40 pyramids. This is the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. Dinner and overnight at Meroe Camp (BL*D) *Picnic lunch included
(Distance travelled today is 360km)
Day 4 – (Friday) Meroe Camp - Mussawarat Es Sufra – Naga – Khartoum
We have an early start to view sunrise amongst the pyramids before we then continue to Naga and Mussawarat. In a beautiful valley crowned by hills we find the site of Mussawarat. Having travelled south from our overnight stopover, the first thing that we notice is the ruins of the huge temple. Constructed in sandstone, the main features of the site include the Great Enclosure, the Lion Temple of Apedemak and the Great Reservoir. The site’s main monuments are picturesquely scattered in the wide basin of Wadi es-Sufra, bordered by sandstone escarpments which rise up to 60 m above the valley floor.
Continuing our tour, we arrive late afternoon in time to see the Dervish ceremony (Fridays only) in the Ahmed al Nil cemetery. The famous ‘whirling dervishes’ are possibly one of the Sudan’s biggest tourist attractions. It will be after sunset that we arrive back in to Khartoum and check in to the hotel.
Overnight at the Acropole Hotel (BL*) *Picnic lunch included
Day 5 – (Saturday) Khartoum
Today we will explore the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. To begin with we travel to Omdurman the old capital of Sudan, by crossing the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile. We explore on foot, walking through the market, viewing the Mahdi’s Tomb and entering the Khalifa’s House which holds a small museum about the Mahdyia. Next is a relaxing boat trip along the Nile before our tour takes us to the National Museum*. As the sun begins to set, we head to the north of Khartoum to view a traditional Nubian Wrestling tournament. As this is our last night in Sudan, we have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight at the Acropole Hotel (BD)
*The National Museum is currently closed for renovation but will reopen in 2021. In 2020 we will visit the gardens but not enter the museum.
Day 6 – (Sunday) Depart Sudan
Your short tout of Sudan ends today. Depending on the time of your flight, we will transfer to the airport today.
- Arrival and departure transfers
- All accommodation
- Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
- Visa support documents (letter of invitation)
- Compulsory Archaeological fees, permits, passport registration – currently EUR 200 payable locally in cash
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips (discretionary)
- Video camera fees