Ancient Riches of Sudan’s Nubian Desert
Luxury Group Travel | 12 Days
- Tour Sudan’s pyramids, temples, tombs, and the 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
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, our Africa aficionados have crafted an eye-opening Sudan Nubian desert tour 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.
1 – 3
Experience Khartoum, a vibrant city teeming with culture where we visit palaces and head to a local market.
4 – 5
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.
6 – 7
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.
10 – 12
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 and watch a Nuba wrestling tournament before departing from Khartoum.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Khalid Margani Atraf
Khalid started working as a tour leader in 2010. He loves guiding because he likes studying, discovering new things and spending time in the rural areas of North Sudan. He loves being a bridge between travelers and the people, nature and great history of his country.
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Piero’s passions are history and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in social history with a special interest in cultural and historic aspects of funerary rituals. He has written 12 guidebooks for Lonely Planet. An experienced trip leader and native of Italy, he enjoys introducing travelers to the delights of history and customs around the world.
Dates & Prices
11/01/23 – 11/12/23
01/31/24 – 02/11/24
11/13/24 – 11/24/24
Custom Trips offered September–February
Group Trips: From $8,580 per person
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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