This fascinating tour takes in the historic
sites of the capital Khartoum before heading
into the desert in search of the remote
ruins of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga
and Mussawarat. The quality of these
archaeological sites rivals Egypt’s, providing
a fascinating insight into Nubia’s lost
civilisations and evidence of their influence
throughout eastern Africa over thousands of
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. In the afternoon, take a Nile cruise
to see the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.
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)
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)
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 (a type of
mud brick temple) and a fascinating museum.
Return to Karima. (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 Meroë Tented
Camp. (B, L, D)
Visit the royal necropolis at Meroë, 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 Omdurman market and Khalifa House
Museum (including Mahdi’s tomb). Lunch at Al
Hoshe restaurant on the Nile. Afternoon visit
to the Archaeological Museum. Transfer to the
airport and fly back to London via Addis Ababa,
arriving the next day. (B, L) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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 to the Corinthia Hotel
in Khartoum for 2 nights from £125 per person, or
from £175 single room supplement.
The itinerary may be run in reverse
without any changes to the content of the tour.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5008 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk. for more information.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
SUI2018: 8 Nights