Hidden Treasures tour

Hidden Treasures tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Khartoum, Meroe, El Damer, Karima & Omdurman

Available

All year round

Location

Khartoum Meroe El Damer Karima Omdurman

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 our last evening. On most departures we include a visit to the popular weekly Nuba wrestling competition, a highlight of the week for many locals in Khartoum. The evening is then free time before your departure.
Note: The daily itinerary for this tour may vary from time to time, occasionally operating in the opposite direction (Karima first, finishing with Meroe). All departures from 2018 onwards will start with Karima. This will allow us to better follow the historical flow of the sites we visit (starting with the oldest, and finishing with the newest). Full details will be provided at the time of booking.

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INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Visa invitation letter for most nationalities

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Arrival taxes
  • Sudan visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory - available from Encounters Travel)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites, photo permits & 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

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Khartoum

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your 4-star hotel in Khartoum where they’ll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.
OVERNIGHT
Khartoum – 4-star hotel

DAY 2 Khartoum city tour & Whirling Dervishes

After breakfast in the hotel we start a 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 Gordon was beheaded by the Mahdi’s troops and we reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan, where we see the Mahdi’s Tomb from outside. Lunch is included in a local restaurant on the Nile.
At sunset time we move near the tomb of the Sufi leader Ahmed al Nil to join the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony.
OVERNIGHT
Khartoum – 4-star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Meroe Pyramids – Permanent tented camp
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Meroe Pyramids – Permanent tented camp
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Karima – Nubian house
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Karima – Nubian house
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Karima – Nubian house
MEALS
Breakfast, 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.
OVERNIGHT
Karima – Nubian house
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Karima to Khartoum. Nuba wrestling

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. On most departures we also include a visit to the popular weekly Nuba wrestling competition, a highlight of the week for many locals in Khartoum.
The rest of the evening is free time until we transfer you to the airport for departure. Most international flights depart Khartoum in the early hours of the morning. So, a day-use room is booked for you in the hotel today. This will be available until 23.30. If your flight departs during the day tomorrow and you will require a full night in the hotel then please let us know and a small supplement will be added.
OVERNIGHT
Khartoum – day-use room until 23.30
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 Khartoum, departure airport transfer

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night – post-tour

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$4093

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