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Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

A journey in Sudan, north from Khartoum to the ancient lands of Nubia and the Kingdom of the Kush

Long hidden from the world, Sudan is best known for the story of Gordon of Khartoum who was overwhelmed by the hordes of Mahdi. Less often told is the story of Sudan's ancient past. The Kingdom of the Kush dealt with Pharaohs of Egypt and the Emperors of Rome and these Nubian rulers, known as the Black Pharaohs, left behind an array of archaeological sites dotted along the Nile.

Ruined temples can be visited without a tourist bus for miles and the country has more pyramids than Egypt. This exciting arrangement makes an arid region of extraordinary archaeological interest and beauty accessible even to those reluctant to sacrifice their comforts.

Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

A journey in Sudan, north from Khartoum to the ancient lands of Nubia and the Kingdom of the Kush

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport via Istanbul to Khartoum.

Day 2 Early morning transfer to the centrally located 4-star Grand Holiday Villa for one night. Visit the Archaeological Museum housing two entire temples rescued by UNESCO from Lake Nasser. Visit the Khalifa's House Museum and view Mahdi's Tomb from the outside. Later, visit the colourful Omdurman souk. Whirling Dervish ceremony in Ahmed al Nil. (B, L)

Day 3 Head northwards across the Western Desert to Old Dongola (5 hrs). Visit the archaeological site of Old Dongola and a Nubian village. Continue to the 3-star Nubian Rest House in Karima for a three-night stay at the foot of Jebel Barkal. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Visit Jebel Barkal and the temple built by the Pharaohs of the New Reign and dedicated to their patron Amon. Visit Karima market and El Kurru, where the Royal Necropolis of the ancient city of Napata had a large number of pyramids. Visit an excavated tomb carved from the rock below the pyramid and the Pyramids of Nuri. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Drive across the Nubian Desert (3 hrs) to the village of Tombos and visit the stelae on the shore of the Nile. Continue to the town of Kerma and visit the 'Western Deffufa' monument of this ancient civilisation and the Kerma Museum. Evening of local music and traditional dancing. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Enter the Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the 4th and 6th Cataract of the Nile. Isolated camel and donkey caravans roam the area. Cross the Nile at Atbara, visit the Railway Museum and then travel south to Meroe. The 40 pyramids of the Royal Necropolis can be seen from the 3-star tented camp of Meroe. Stay two nights. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the impressive Royal Necropolis of Meroe before continuing to the ruins of the royal city, most of which has still to be excavated. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit the 1st-century Apedemak temple at Naga with its bas-relief images, the "kiosk" containing Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles of art and a temple to Amon. Picnic in the Musawwarat area and return to Khartoum (3 hrs) where day rooms will be available until the late evening transfer to the airport. (B, L)

Day 9 Early morning flight via Istanbul arriving later the same day.

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

Notes

This tour involves off-road driving for long distances and walking on uneven ground requiring a good level of fitness in the heat.

On occasion the itinerary may operate in reverse.

Please note alcohol is not available in Sudan and it is not permitted to bring any wines or spirits.

Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

A journey in Sudan, north from Khartoum to the ancient lands of Nubia and the Kingdom of the Kush

Grand Holiday Villa - Khartoum

Grand Holiday Villa - Khartoum

A modest, centrally located colonial 4-star hotel, built in the 1800s. Restaurant, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 160 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Nubian Rest House - Karima

Nubian Rest House - Karima

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.

Meroe Camp - Meroe

Meroe Camp - Meroe

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.

Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

A journey in Sudan, north from Khartoum to the ancient lands of Nubia and the Kingdom of the Kush

2017

Thursdaysper person in twin roomTurkish Airlines from London Heathrow
DatePrice
October 12 £2845
November 09 £2975
December 07 £2975

2018

Thursdaysper person in twin roomTurkish Airlines from London Heathrow
DatePrice
February 15 £3095
March 15 £3045
April 12 £2995
October 18 £2995
November 15 £3045
December 06 £2995

2019

Thursdaysper person in twin roomTurkish Airlines from London Heathrow
DatePrice
February 14 £2995
March 14 £2995
April 11 £2945

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Early Booking Offer

For all bookings (by air), made 5 calendar months or more before departure, deduct £75 per person.

Supplements per person

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
(limited availability, see below dates)
2017: Oct 12
2018: Apr 12, Oct 18
2019: Apr 11
Single supplement £475 (Mar/Apr/Oct £245)
Turkish Airlines from Birmingham Nil
Turkish Airlines Business Class from £795
Extra Nights - Khartoum
Grand Holiday Villa (per night) £80
Single supplement £55
Save £600
Arrival or departure transfer add £35

Price Includes

Air travel, UK departure taxes, photo and travel permits, entrance fees, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, full board (breakfast and lunch only in Khartoum), itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

This tour involves off-road driving for long distances and walking on uneven ground.

On occasion the itinerary may operate in reverse.

Please note alcohol is not available in Sudan and it is not permitted to bring any wines or spirits.

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