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Lead Price
From £5195pp
11 days & 8 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Treasures of Ancient Nubia

This captivating tour takes in the historic sites of Khartoum, the bustling capital city located at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, before heading into the desert in search of the remote ruins of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga and Musawarat. The majesty of these archaeological sites rivals even those of ancient Egypt. They offer a fascinating and very personal insight into the Nubia region’s lost civilisations and their influence throughout eastern Africa over thousands of years.


DAY 1: Fly to Khartoum via Addis Ababa
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Fly to Khartoum via Addis Ababa

Overnight flight on Ethiopian Airlines from London (regional connections available) to Khartoum via Addis Ababa. (N)

DAY 2: Khartoum
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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). (N)

DAY 3: Wadi Mugaddam • Old Dongola • Karima
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Wadi Mugaddam • Old Dongola • Karima

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)

DAY 4: Jebel Barkal • Napata
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Jebel Barkal • Napata

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)

DAY 5: Tombos • Kerma
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Tombos • Kerma

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)

DAY 6: Bayuda desert • Meroë
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Bayuda desert • Meroë

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)

DAY 7: Meroë
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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)

DAY 8: Naga • Mussawarat
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Naga • Mussawarat

Morning visit to the archaeological sites of Naga and Mussawarat. Picnic lunch in the area around Mussawarat and return to camp. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: Khartoum
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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†. (B, L)

DAY 10: Fly to London via Addis Ababa
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Fly to London via Addis Ababa

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)

DAY 11: Fly to London via Addis Ababa
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Fly to London via Addis Ababa

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit some of the oldest sites in sub-Saharan Africa, such as the pyramids of Meroe
  • Experience the hospitality & unique culture of the history filled region of Nubia
  • Cruise to the confluence of the White & Blue Nile
  • Watch a sunset performance of the Whirling Dervishes & Nuba wrestling
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
Low Season
From £5195 per person
High Season
From £5395 per person

What's included

  • 3- & 4-star accommodation*
  • International flights
  • 3- or 4-seater 4x4 air-conditioned vehicles (a bus or minibus is used while in Khartoum)
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

Important information

Discovery tour
Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking.
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Guideline prices
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Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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