Overview

Flight - 1 night
Khartoum - 2 nights
Meroe - 1 night
Karima - 2 nights
Tombos - 2 nights
Abu Simbel - 1 night
Cruise - 12 nights

KHARTOUM TO CAIRO

A unique journey through the Nubian lands of Sudan to Egypt and cruise the Nile to Cairo on a ‘Pyramids to Pyramids’ adventure

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.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Most Meals Included
Sudanese Tour Escort/ Egyptologist
On Board Lectures
Group Size: 10 – 30

 

Day 1 Fly Heathrow to Khartoum via Cairo.

Day 2 Early morning transfer to the central 5-star Corinthia Hotel for two nights. Afternoon boat ride on the Nile followed by the Dervish ceremony.

Day 3 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 4 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 5 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 6  Visit Jebel Barkal and the temple of the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, dedicated to Amon. Visit El Kurru, where the Royal Necropolis of ancient Napata had many pyramids. Local music and dancing. (B, L, D)

Day 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 Early visit to Abu Simbel. Transfer to Aswan (4 hrs) for a 12-night cruise on the Mövenpick MS Darakum. (B, L, D)

Day 11 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 12 Morning free. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple. Sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 13 Sail to Luxor. Evening cocktail at the Old Winter Palace and visit the illuminated Luxor Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings, house of Howard Carter and Colossi of Memnon. Visit Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Sail to Qena. Visit the temple of Hathor at Denderah. (B, L, D)

Day 16 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 17 Sail to Asyut, viewing en route Prince Tawadros’ monastery from the Nile. Sail to Tel el-Amarna. (B, L, D)

Day 18 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 19 Visit the Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hassan. Sail to Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 20 Sail to Cairo for an afternoon Coptic Cairo tour. (B, L, D)

Day 21 Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. At the Egyptian Museum view the treasures of Tutankhamun and the Amarna Room. (B, L, D)

Day 22 Morning at leisure. Disembark and fly to Heathrow or extend in Cairo. (B, L)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

2021

per person in a Lower Deck twin/double room
EgyptAir from Heathrow

Date Price
October 14 £6695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1695

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck £245
Main Deck double for sole use £1295
Upper Deck £325
Upper Deck double for sole use £1495
Junior Suite (Main Deck) £595
Senior Suite £945
Panorama Suite £1295

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo
Standard twin/double £65
Standard single supplement £35
Pyramids view twin/double £85
Pyramids view single supplement £50
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

Independent Arrival

Save £500
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £15

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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