A unique journey through the Nubian lands of Sudan to Egypt and cruise the Nile to Cairo on a ‘Pyramids to Pyramids’ adventure
Flight - 1 night
Khartoum - 1 night
Meroe - 1 night
Karima - 2 nights
Tombos - 2 nights
Abu Simbel - 1 night
Cruise - 12 nights
Whilst Pharaonic Egypt is arguably Africa’s most famous ancient civilisation, less is known of its southern neighbour, the Nubians, who under the Kingdom of Kush conquered Egypt and established a dynasty of their own. Kush occupied a strategic position, close to the gold mines and the trade route from the heart of the continent. Meroe was a wealthy metropolis of this ancient kingdom, in today’s Sudan. Kush existed during Egypt’s Old and Middle Kingdoms based around Kerma, just above the Third Cataract.
As Lower Egypt fell to the Hyksos, the Kingdom of Kush became the dominant power until Egypt was invaded by the Assyrians. Never part of the Roman Empire, its power declined and raids by nomads sapped its power. Then the emerging Kingdom of Axum in Ethiopia captured the capital of Meroe ending the Kingdom of Kush.
This exciting arrangement combines these old kingdoms with temples, pyramids and cruising 600 miles along the Nile from Aswan to Cairo and the Pyramids.
Culture & Riverscapes
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Most Meals Included
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 6 – 30
Day 1 Fly Heathrow to Khartoum via Cairo.
Day 2 Early morning transfer to the central 5-star Corinthia Hotel for overnight. Visit the Archaeological Museum housing two temples rescued by UNESCO from Lake Nasser. Visit the Khalifa’s House, Mahdi’s Tomb and Omdurman souk. (B, L)
Day 3 Visit the Apedemak temple at Naga (4 hrs) with its bas-relief images, the “kiosk” with Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles and a temple to Amon. Picnic in the Musawwarat area. Overnight at the 3-star Meroe tented camp in view of the pyramids of the Royal Necropolis. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit the impressive Royal Necropolis. Enter the Bayuda Desert, bounded by the 4th and 6th Cataract of the Nile. Visit an excavated tomb carved from the rock below the pyramid and the Pyramids of Nuri. Two nights at the 3-star Nubian Rest House in Karima. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Visit Jebel Barkal and the temple dedicated to Amon. Visit El Kurru, where the Royal Necropolis of ancient Napata had many pyramids. Local music and dancing. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Visit the site of Old Dongola and a Nubian village. Drive across the Nubian Desert (5 hrs) to the village of Tombos and visit the stelae by the Nile. Two nights in a pre-set camp. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit the town of Kerma and the ‘Western Deffufa’ monument and the Kerma Museum. By small boat cross the Nile and visit the Temple of Soleb. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Early morning drive to the Egyptian border (4 hrs). Cross the lake to Abu Simbel. Overnight at the 4-star Seti Hotel Abu Simbel. Optional Sound & Light show (bookable locally – approx. $60). (B, L)
Day 9 Early visit to Abu Simbel. Transfer to Aswan (4 hrs) for a 12-night cruise on the Mövenpick MS Darakum. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Morning visit to the High Dam and Philae Temple. Visit the Nubian Museum. Bird watching cruise and visit the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island. (B, L, D)
Day 11 Morning free. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple. Sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)
Day 12 Sail to Luxor. Evening cocktail at the Old Winter Palace and visit the illuminated Luxor Temple. (B, L, D)
Day 13 Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings, house of Howard Carter and Colossi of Memnon. Visit Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)
Day 14 Sail to Qena. Visit the temple of Hathor at Denderah. (B, L, D)
Day 15 Sail to El Balyana. Visit the temples of Abydos and Seti I. Sail to Sohag passing two locks and visit Sohag Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 16 Sail to Asyut, viewing en route Prince Tawadros’ monastery from the Nile. Sail to Tel el-Amarna. (B, L, D)
Day 17 Visit the northern tombs and royal tomb of Akhenaten at Amarna. Sail to Minya to visit the tombs and catacombs of Tuna el- Gebel and Ashmunein Museum. (B, L, D)
Day 18 Visit the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Sail to Beni Suef. (B, L, D)
Day 19 Sail to Cairo for an afternoon Coptic Cairo tour. (B, L, D)
Day 20 Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. At the Egyptian Museum view the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Amarna Room. (B, L, D)
Day 21 Morning at leisure. Disembark and fly to Heathrow or extend in Cairo. (B, L)
A 5-star hotel in Khartoum, with private gardens and near to the confluence of the Blue and White Nile. Restaurants, spa and WiFi (free). 220 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
22 twin-bedded tents, tastefully furnished, each with private facilities situated close by. Each tent has a veranda and two comfortable chairs. Sudanese and Italian home-made food is served to guests in both properties and a pre-dinner drink is served every day at sunset.
A small, charming property built in typical Nubian style with local bricks and plaster. 22 air-conditioned guest rooms with private facilities (shower), a veranda, a fan and WiFi (free/limited). The domed restaurant is atmospheric and the property surrounds a small garden.
The Nubian style Seti Hotel Abu Simbel is located on the banks of Lake Nasser. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and satellite TV.
This luxurious 5-star vessel was specially designed for the ‘long cruise’ and offers a high standard of service with attentive Egyptian staff and Moroccan inspired interior. A spacious restaurant offers excellent buffet and served meals combining Egyptian and international cuisine. The elegant lounge with bar adjoins a comfortable outdoor lounge for observing the continually changing riverside scenes. The large sun deck has a plunge pool, loungers and seats with sunny and shaded areas. Small gym, jewellery and gift shop and WiFi (free/limited). Jules Verne guests receive three small bottles of water per day free of charge.
52 tastefully designed air-conditioned, outside cabins spread over three decks with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
44 twin/double cabins
(215 sq. ft.),
two Junior Suites
(279 sq. ft. – Deck Two),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Three),
two Senior Suites
(430 sq. ft. – Deck Four) and
two Panorama Suites
(366 sq. ft. – Deck Three).
All cabins have large picture windows except Lower Deck cabins which have sealed marine windows.
per person in a Lower Deck twin/double room
EgyptAir from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £1495
(Feb 5 £1595; Oct 15 £1695)
Lower Deck double for sole use £895 (2020 £995)
Main Deck £195 (2020 £215)
Main Deck double for sole use £1145
Upper Deck £295 (2020 £325)
Upper Deck double for sole use £1345
Extension - Cairo
Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids (per night) £65
Single supplement £35
Departure transfer £15
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £15
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 19 nights’ hotel and cruise accommodation, breakfast daily, 20 lunches and 17 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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