Highlights of Ancient Sudan

SUD102: 7 Days Private Tour of Khartoum - Omdurman - Old Dongola - Karima (Jebel Barkal) - Meroe - Khartoum
Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, with experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: Selected comfortable hotels and traditional houses

  • Venture north to the ancient land to uncover the lost kingdom of Kush.
  • Explore pyramids and royal tombs of Old Dongola, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru and Meroe.
  • Admire the stunning view on a Nile cruise at the 6th Cataract.
  • Enjoy incredible desert landscape while driving through the Nile Valley.
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Day 1 Arrival in Khartoum, Airport Pick-up
When you land at the Khartoum International Airport (KRT) today, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to the hotel, which is 7 kilometers away from the airport. Located at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile, the hotel is a landmark building in central Khartoum. You could fully relax at the hotel to prepare yourself for the following journey.

Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum or similar
Day 2 Khartoum Exploration with the Souk in Omdurman
This morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from hotel and transfer you to visit Al-Morgan, one of the most iconic spots in Khartoum. You will see the confluence of the White and Blue Nile. Next, explore the National Museum of Sudan where houses a large number of well-preserved Nubian archaeological collections from the Paleolithic to the Islamic period in Sudan.

After a short drive across the White Nile, we will view the Mahdi Tomb in Omdurman and its small museum which commemorates the Islamic leader of Sudan, Mohammed Ahmed. Then you can experience the Sudanese traditional life while walking through the African bustling souk (market). Finally, we will pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum with its reconstructed temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum or similar
Day 3 Drive North to Old Dongola through the Western Desert
After early breakfast, we will depart from Khartoum and drive 500 Kilometers (310 miles) north to Dongola. En route stop at Wadi Muqaddam for a lunch break. It takes around 5-6 hours’ driving to arrive at the desert town, Old Dongola. You can admire the spectacular landscape of the Western desert along the way. Your guide will show you around the archaeological site of this uninhabited city and take you to discover the Christian ruins of the Coptic churches. Here, you can get a chance to ride a camel leisurely in the desert, indulging yourself in the open air and appreciating sunset among the undulating dunes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Nubian Traditional House or similar
Day 4 Transfer to Karima, Discover Jebel Barkal and El Kurru
Today, we leave for Karima by 2.5 hours' driving with the distance of 208 Kilometers (129 miles). Upon arrival, explore the holy mountain Jebel Barkal with the remains of temple and sanctuaries. Then, continue driving through the Nubian Desert to visit the necropolis of El-Kurru, which has the earliest archaeological record of the Kush Kingdom. Your guide will escort you to admire the well-preserved paintings inside the Tombs of King Tanwetamani and his mother, Queen Qalhata (circa 680 BC) at El-Kurru. Jebel Barkal together with El Kurru are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Late in the afternoon, we will take a beautiful drive in the Nubian village to see brightly painted traditional houses, and stay overnight at a Nubian-style house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Nubian Traditional House or similar
Day 5 Excursion to Meroe Royal City with Pyramids
After breakfast, your guide and driver will lead you to the famous Meroe pyramids with a distance of 400 Kilometers (248 miles) crossing the Bayuda desert, which is about 5 hours' drive away. After arriving at the royal city of Meroe, we will pay a visit to the enigmatic remains of ancient Meroe and view the necropolis in the Nile valley. Next, drive south to the historical site of Musawwarat es-Sufra, and discover the temple of Amun in the ancient cultic center of Naga. At dusk, you can admire the wonderful sunset over the spellbinding pyramids, which will bring you unforgettable moments in this pure land.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Raidan Tourist Village or similar
Day 6 Nile Cruise at the 6th Cataract, Drive back to Khartoum
Today you will have one more chance to view the Meroe’s spellbinding pyramids in the morning. Afterwards, your guide will take you on a boat cruise towards the 6th Cataract of the Nile, where you can enjoy picturesque rapids and beautiful views along the banks. In the afternoon, we will drive north around 3 hours to the capital Khartoum and check into the same hotel. You are free to make your own arrangements for a romantic evening near the Nile.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Corinthia Hotel Khartoum or similar
Day 7 Airport See-off, Farewell to Sudan
Your Sudan private tour comes to the end today. Based on your onward flight schedule, you will be escorted to the Khartoum International Airport (KRT) on time. Thank you for traveling with us. We wish you a pleasant journey back home.

Meals: Breakfast
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This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
Tour Prices
Christmas & 2024 Special: 12% off - Book before Dec 31, 2023
Travelers2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
October - AprilUSD4029 USD3549USD3459 USD3039
  • Prices are per person on twin sharing basis.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Service of English-speaking guide
  • Service of private driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for tourist sites as per the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flight into and out of Khartoum
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Sudan visa fee
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