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. 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.
Wake early today for a drive north across the Western desert to tour the archaeological site of Old Dongola, a deserted ancient town featuring a Christian Coptic temple and several churches on the banks of the Nile. After a picnic lunch, continue across then Nubiam Desert to reach the town of Karima in the late afternoon.
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. Travel southwards to El Kurru village to take in one of the 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.
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. Explore the increadible ancient quarries of Tombos, where you'll find the remains of an enormous 3000 year old recumbent statue of King Taharqa. In Sebu, right on the riverbank, visit one of Sudan's richest rock-engraving sites, featuring hundreds of images from prehistoric to Egyptian times. Lastly, visit "Defuffa," a monument of the Kerma civilization.
After a morning tour of the Karima market, cruise north along the banks of the Nile by motor boat. This afternoon visit the archaeological site of Nuri and walk amongst ancient pyramids. Here, view one of the greatest pyramids in Sudan, Taharqa. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner with Sudanese music and dance at the Nubian Rest House.
Today enter the serene Bayuda Desert, characterized by black basalt mountains, volcanic rock formations, and dry river valleys. Along the way, pass caravans and herds of camels, goats, and donkeys, stopping at a well where nomads gather for a picnic lunch before crossing the Nile by ponton. Arriving late in the afternoon at the Pyramids of Meroe, settle into the private camp, and take in breathtaking star-strewn skies.
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. After a coffee break at Kabushia village, continue to the Royal city. Enjoy sunset at the pyramids.
Heading south, descend into the valley and with the desert hills as your backdrop explore the ruins of Mussawarat. Next visit Naga and its central temple, whose ornate bas-relief decorations depict the lion-headed god Apedemak, to whom the temple is dedicated, the Pharaoh, noblemen, and several fascinating rituals. The influence of Egyptian, Roman, and Greek styles come together to make this temple uniquely remarkable. After arriving in Khartoum head to Khartoum North to see the traditional sport of Nuba wrestling at sunset. Enjoy your room at the Corinthia Hotel Khartoum this evening until a late night transfer to the airport in accordance with your departing flight schedule.
Depart in the early hours of the morning. Please note that most flights depart very early between 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.
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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