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.
Dates & Prices
1/23/19 – 2/3/19 – Guaranteed*; Sold out
10/30/19 – 11/10/19
1/22/20 – 2/2/20
*Guaranteed departures will not be cancelled due to low enrollment; you can sign up and be confident that your plans will not change.
Custom Trips offered September–February
Group Trips: From $7400 per person
Custom Trips: Please call for individually tailored recommendations and pricing.
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