Join MT Sobek Co-Founder Richard Bangs on this spellbinding adventure that showcases the ancient wonders of Sudan - a country that boasts more pyramids than Egypt! Journey across breathtaking deserts, explore vibrant markets, experience the archeological treasures of the Nile Valley, meet local Nubian people, and sleep in a traditional home amidst sand dunes and palm trees. See Meroe's ancient pyramids, the royal necropolis at Napata, the tombs at El Kurru, and the age-old quarries at Tombos - plus the UNESCO-listed holy mountain of Jebel Barkal. Spend unforgettable nights at inviting desert camps and a state-of-the-art luxury hotel in Khartoum.
Marvel at the ancient pyramids of Meroe, the royal necropolis at Napata, and El Kurru tombs
See the archeological wonders of the Nile Valley and journey through Sudan's immense deserts
Visit the vibrant Omdurman souk, the largest in Sudan, and experience traditional Sudanese life
Arrive in Khartoum at any time today and meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport for a hotel transfer. Most flights arrive late, so dinner is not included this evening. Spend the night in a deluxe room at the 5-star Corinthia Hotel Khartoum.
Rise for a morning tour of Khartoum. Cross the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile near the Presidential Palace and reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan. Explore the vibrant Omdurman souk and visit the National Museum, which contains two beautiful temples - both rescued by UNESCO from the flooding of Lake Nasser. At sunset, enjoy a whirling dervish ceremony near the tomb of the Sufi leader Ahmed al Nil. Tonight's welcome dinner is at the excellent Assaha Khartoum.
Take a morning trip to the open-air camel market before boating up the Nile to the confluence between the Blue and White Nile. Next, head to Khartoum North to see the traditional sport of Nuba wrestling. Overnight at the Corinthia Hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel's signature Asian-fusion restaurant.
Today, journey northward to explore the ancient city of Naga, which dates from the Meroitic period and showcases a number of architectural treasures - including temples decorated with bas-reliefs and a remarkable Roman structure called "the kiosk." Continue on to the ruined settlement of Mussawarat in a beautiful valley, featuring a large temple built in the 1st century B.C. Check out the incredible blend Egyptian, the Roman and the Greek architectural styles. Arrive in Meroe in the late afternoon.
Head out today to explore the royal necropolis of Meroe, a cluster of striking pyramids situated atop a series of yellow sand-covered hills. Each has its own funerary chapel with walls decorated with bas-reliefs representing the pharaoh's life and various offerings to the gods. In the afternoon, move along the Nile to visit the ruins of the royal city of Meroe, spreading across many small hills strewn with red clay fragments still waiting to be documented by archaeologists. Enjoy sunset at the pyramids.
Cross the Nile in Atbara and enter the serene Bayuda Desert, characterized by black basalt mountains, volcanic rock formations, and dry river valleys. Explore the ancient city of Napata, the Nubian capital from 800 to 400 B.C. and site of a royal necropolis. Then travel southwards to El Kurru village to take in one of two tombs that were excavated under the pyramids, adorned with multi-colored hieroglyphic inscriptions. Continue to a desert site rich in fossilized trees and return to Karima this evening. Dinner and overnight in the charming Nubian Rest House at the feet of Jebel Barkal.
Experience a Nubian Desert landmark today, the holy red-sandstone mountain of Jebel Barkal - a UNESCO-listed wonder. The large temple at the foot of the mountain is dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and their patron Amon. Next, travel southwards to El Kurru village to take in one of two tombs that were excavated under the pyramids, adorned with multi-colored hieroglyphic inscriptions. Continue to a desert site rich in fossilized trees and enjoy sunset at Jebel Barkal.
A feast of cultural touring awaits today, beginning with a trip to the Third Cataract of the Nile - a shallow, boulder-strewn stretch of the river with incredible views. In Sebu, right on the riverbank, visit one of Sudan's richest rock-engraving sites, featuring hundreds of images from prehistoric to Egyptian times. Next, visit then "Defuffa," a monument of the Kerma civilization. Lastly, explore the incredible ancient quarries of Tombos, where you'll find the remains of an enormous 3000-year-old recumbent statue of King Taharqa. Return to Karima this evening and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Wake today for a trip to the archaeological site of Old Dongola, a deserted ancient town featuring a Christian Coptic temple and several churches on the banks of the Nile. Then drive south along across the Western Desert, stopping for lunch in a simple "chai house" along the way. Reach Khartoum late in the afternoon and enjoy a final night in a deluxe room at the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum with dinner at the hotel.
You can plan to depart this evening and will be transferred to the airport in accordance with your flight schedule.
Enjoy leisure time before your departing flights. Day rooms are available until 2:30pm. Please note that most flights depart very early this morning, between 12am and 3am.
This MT Sobek journey skillfully covers Sudan's key ancient cities, impressive pyramids, archaeological ruins, and tombs in 10 days.
Scenic drives lead to exciting cultural encounters: a performance by whirling dervishes, meeting locals, and visiting traditional homes.
Experience the fascinating region with MT Sobek Co-Founder Richard Bangs.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Tours of ancient archaeological sites and museums, a boat trip on the Nile, visits to traditional villages and local markets.
Mobile and permanent camps in spectacular surroundings, traditional Nubian guest houses, and a luxury city hotel to bookend the trip in style.
October is considered a winter month in Sudan, so you can expect a dry and sunny desert climate.
The areas we visit in Sudan are very safe. The people are extremely welcoming to tourists and our local guides know the region well. Consult your government's web site for the latest travel guidance for Sudan.
Yes, a visa is required by all visiting Sudan. While it is possible to obtain a visa on arrival, we highly recommend applying for your visa in advance and will provide you instructions for this.
No, alcohol is prohibited and not for sale in Sudan. Make sure you don't bring any alcoholic beverages in your luggage as it will be taken away if found in customs.
Plan to dress conservatively. Shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate.
No vaccinations are required for entry to Sudan but requirements are subject to change. Check with the CDC for updates. All travelers to Sudan are advised to take antimalarial medications. Discuss this medication with your doctor.
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