This fascinating tour takes in the historic
sites of the capital Khartoum before
heading into the desert in search of the
remote Unesco-listed sites of Meroe, Jebel
Barkal, El Kurru, Naga and Mussawarat.
The quality of the archaeological sites
rival Egypt’s, and give a unique insight
into Nubia’s lost civilisations and evidence
of their influence throughout eastern
Africa over thousands of years.
Saving up to £250 on specific departures when booked by 24 Dec 16
Overnight flight on Ethiopian Airlines from
London (regional connections available) to
Khartoum via Addis Ababa. (N)
Late morning arrival. Overnight at the Grand
Holiday Villa Hotel & Suites / Corinthia Hotel*
Khartoum. Afternoon visits to the Khalifa House
Museum (including Mahdi’s tomb) and the
Omdurman market. Sunset performance of
the Whirling Dervishes (Fridays only). Welcome
dinner included at Assaha restaurant. (D)
Drive to Karima via the chai houses at Wadi
Muqaddam and marble-columned Coptic
temple on the banks of the Nile at Old Dongola.
Hospitality abounds in this central area of the
Nubian region, and some houses are painted
with colourful patterns and flowers. Stay
3 nights in the Nubian Rest House, right at the
foot of Jebel Barkal. (B, L, D)
Drive via the Third Cataract of the Nile to the
village of Tombos, where there is a small stele and
a statue of King Taharqa. Continue to the town
of Kerma and visit the deffufa monuments and a
fascinating museum. Return to Karima. (B, L, D)
Visit the Unesco world heritage site at
Jebel Barkal. At the foot of this isolated red sandstone mountain lies a holy temple,
dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign.
Take an optional 20-minute walk to the top
of the mountain, where you will be greeted by
impressive views overlooking the ruins of the
palaces and temples. Return to the Nubian Rest
House for lunch. Drive south to the village of El
Kurru and the necropolis of Napata. Visit tombs
located under partially collapsed pyramids.
Return to Karima after visiting a desert area
containing fossilised tree trunks. (B, L, D)
Cross the Nile and visit the Pyramids of
Nuri. Enter the impressive Bayuda desert,
characterised by sharp, black basalt mountains.
Picnic in the desert, where groups of Bisharin
nomads, with their herds of camels and
donkeys, are likely to be seen. Cross the Nile for
the last time and visit the Railway Museum. Stay
3 nights at Meroe Tented Camp. (B, L, D)
Visit the royal necropolis at Meroe, located in
a semi-desert area, set against reddish-brown
hills. Optional 10-minute camel ride between
the north and south necropolis (payable locally).
Return to camp for lunch and then visit the
ancient ruins of the royal city of the Kushite
kings. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the archaeological sites of Naga
and Mussawarat. Picnic lunch in the area around
Mussawarat and return to camp. (B, L, D)
Drive to Khartoum via a spectacular desert area
covered in huge granite boulders. Have lunch at
the Sabaloka Gorge where there are impressive
rock formations and the rapids of the Sixth
Cataract. Drive on to Omdurman where local
handicrafts can be purchased in the colourful
souk. Continue on to Khartoum and watch Nuba
wrestling. Overnight at the Grand Holiday Villa
Hotel & Suites / Corinthia Hotel* Khartoum. (B, L)
Check out of the hotel after breakfast. Morning
visit to the Archaeological Museum. After lunch
at the Al Hoshe restaurant, take a Nile cruise to
see the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to London
via Addis Ababa. (B, L)
Early arrival into London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 3- and
4-star accommodation and involves some long
drives over rough terrain. It is therefore better
suited to the hardier traveller.
Upgrade from to the Corinthia
Hotel in Khartoum for 2 nights from £110 per
person, or £175 single room supplement.
The 13 April 2017 departure has no single
The itinerary may be run in reverse
without any changes to the content of the tour.
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
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Situated in the centre of Khartoum's business and commercial district, near the Tuti Bridge and Friendship Hall of Khartoum, the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum is set among its own private gardens right by the confluence of the Blue and White Niles. The hotel features 230 well-appointed and elegantly decorated rooms and suites with panoramic views of the city and Nile. All are equipped with a flatscreen television with satellite channels, in-room safe, minibar and complimentary wireless internet access. The hotel has several different dining options for guests to choose, from the Rickshaw restaurant located on the 18th floor, the highest restaurant in the city, serving a variety of Asian dishes, to Le Grill, an authentic steakhouse serving Australian beef dishes and featuring live music. Other hotel facilities include tennis and squash courts, fully equipped gym with Turkish bath, jacuzzi an...
Centrally located in the heart of Khartoum's commercial district, fronted by the Nile, the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel was built in late 1800 and has hosted, amongst others, Winston Churchill, Thomas Cook and Queen Victoria. The colonial style historic building offers 160 air conditioned rooms, spread over 3 buildings featuring simple period décor equipped with satellite television, in room safe, mini bar and internet access. The hotel offers various dining options for guests to choose from, whether it is the Asian and international menu of the Lagenda Malaysian Restaurant, the spicy specialties of The Sizzler Restaurant or lighter fare of the poolside café, the hotel caters for a wide variety of tastes. Other facilities include 2 swimming pools, fitness centre, tennis courts and a spa offering a range of...
Meroe Permanent Tented Camp is situated in Bagarwyia, approximately 230km north of Khartoum, overlooking the historic ruins of Meroe. The camp consists of 10 tastefully furnished en suite tents equipped with their own veranda with chairs offering views of the Meroe pyramids. Electricity is supplied via a generator until 11pm nightly. There is also a restaurant located in a large thatched building at the centre of the...
The Nubian Rest House Karima is a charming small hotel built in a traditional Nubian style surrounded by a large private enclosure, with a pleasant garden and leisure area. The Rest House has 10 rooms with a mixture of Arabic and European decor featuring furniture from Italy, en suite facilities, individually crafted Nubian doors, air conditioning and a pleasant veranda. The central part of the Rest House has a reception area, shop boutique, restaurant and living room with beautifully decorated walls. All the buildings are made with local bricks covered by hand-spread clay plaster as used in the Nubian...
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Explore the jagged peaks and incredible
mountain views of the Simien Mountains. The
park is also known for its endemic walia ibex
(mountain goat) and gelada mountain monkey.
Morning visit to the Archaeological Museum.
After lunch at the Al Hoshe restaurant, take a
Nile cruise to see the confluence of the Blue
and White Nile. Overnight at Grand Holiday
Villa Hotel & Suites (or upgrade to the Corinthia
Hotel). (B, L)
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden
Tulip for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Fly to Gondar, Ethiopia’s first capital, located at the foot of the Simien mountains. Morning visit
to the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie to see its
murals. Drive to LimaLimo Lodge and stay for 3
nights. (B, L, D)
Days at leisure. Optional activities include
guided treks, birding, bush dining, massage,
yoga and a village visit. (B, L, D)
Drive to Gondar and stay 1 night at the Mayleko
Lodge (or similar). Afternoon tour of the castles
of Emperior Fasiladas and the palace of Queen
Mentuab. (B, L, D)
Afternoon flight to Addis Ababa. Dinner at a
cultural restaurant then transfer back to the
airport and fly to London. (B, L, D)
Early morning arrival. (N)
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SUI2017: 8 Nights