Ancient Riches of Sudan's Nubian Desert

Following the Nile to the far-reaches of history

Ancient Riches of Sudan's Nubian Desert

Group and Custom | 12 Days | Moderate Touring
  • Explore the pyramids, temples, tombs, and hieroglyphics of the ancient Nubians
  • Learn about the Black Pharaohs
  • Meet Bisharin nomads with camel caravans
  • Revel in bright stars during night at comfy desert camp
  • Visit a Sufi family and experience a henna ceremony in a local home

Time in tranquil northern Sudan compels us to toss away our school history books and discover an ancient civilization whose majesty equals the great societies of Egypt. To soak it up, Africa aficionado Starla Estrada has crafted an eye-opening journey that follows the Nile to explore pyramids, tombs, and temples of royal cities that emerge from desert sands and basalt mountains. Keeping us firmly rooted in the present is warmhearted Sudanese hospitality.


I think Sudan is becoming a "hot" destination because there is so much to see, it's safe, and it's friendly.

– Beth S.

[The trip] was virtually seamless. I thought it was just the right mix of the historical and archaeological, and then the cultural. It’s an entirely different experience than any other trip I’ve been on, and the people were just delightful.

– Bob C.

Experience Khartoum, a vibrant city teeming with culture where we visit palaces, head to market, and watch a Nuba wrestling tournament.


We find the 14th-century Temple of Soleb, built in the 14th century BCE by Amenhotep III, as we journey into the Western and Nubian Deserts.


The ancient capital of Kerma holds prized statues of the Black Pharaohs and a 4,500-year-old Kush religious center Crisscross the Nile, stopping at Nubian villages and an Ottoman fort en route to Island of Sai.


Discover Jebel Barkal (holy mountain of the Pharoahs) and Napata, well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites featuring tombs, pyramids, temples, and palaces.


Encounter Bisharin nomads and bed down in a tented camp in the Bayuda Desert Some of Sudan's oldest pyramids welcome us at the UNESCO-listed Necropolis of Nuri, burial site of King Taharqa.


The Royal Necropolis of Meroe makes for a grand finale, with the most extensive pyramid field in antiquity We visit the enormous complex of Musawwarat es-Sufra before departing from Khartoum.


Featured Guide

Carla Piazza

Born in Italy and educated in London, Carla spent 10 years leading tours in the deserts of Australia and Oman before turning to Sudan in 2003. She's never looked back. She enjoys sharing Sudan's incredibly rich history and culture with her guests and watching them fall in love with the country.

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Dates & Prices


10/31/18 – 11/11/18   (2 spaces left)

1/23/19 – 2/3/19  

10/30/19 – 11/10/19  

Custom Trips offered September–February


Group Trips: From $7400 per person


Please check back for 2019 pricing.

Custom Trips: Please call for individually tailored recommendations and pricing.


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

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