For the first time, YPT takes you to Sudan. Often ignored next to Egypt, Sudan is a land of extreme beauty with a history that goes back to the Pharaohs. Come with us as we explore ancient pyramids and necropolis, haggle in busy markets and meet the people of this off-the-tourist-radar country! We will be the first in row to witness history in action as this proud nation rise up after being freed from years of economical sanctions.
During this tour, we will visit the capital city – Khartoum and its numerous temples. We will then cross the white Nile and visit the second biggest city, Omdurman, where we will get in touch with the recent history of the country and the mahdist state which ruled before colonization by the British.
We will then leave the cities in our hired 4WD cars to explore ruins of former glorious empires, including the Christian Kingdom of Makuria, the Necropolis of Napata and last but definetely not least, the pyramids of Meroe. While the pyramids in Egypt are now visited by thousands and thousands each years and can get very crowded, the pyramids of Meroe will be all ours! We shall camp right by them for a truly memorable night!
All return Pioneers will get a discount on this tour which we expect to sell out very quickly.
Own arrival into Khartoum to be met at the airport by our guide and transferred to our hotel
Meet at 8pm for a pre-tour group dinner and meet your fellow travelers.
Overnight in Khartoum.
Monday 28th October – Khartoum & Omdurman
Up early for breakfast at hotel before we start the day with a city tour of the Sudanese capital city.
We’ll visit the national museum which contains various objects dedicated to Nubia history. This Nubia area of the southern Nile was home of Africa’s earliest ancient civilization
We’ll also take in the beautiful temples saved by UNESCO from lake Nassir and rebuilt entirely inside the museum.
Visit the Ethnographic museum. Sudan has 597 different ethnic groups that speak over 400 different languages and dialects, we’ll get a taste for the incredible diversity here.
Cross the White Nile for a trip to technically Sudan’s second largest city – Omdurman, we’ll have a short stop at the Mahdi tomb and tour around the Khalifa house museum. The house served as the HQ of the Mahdist state. This was a short lived religious and political movement that ruled Sudan until the British reconquered in 1898.
Lunch stop in Omdurman
Visit Omdurman’s beautifully colourful market before making our way back to Khartoum
Dinner and overnight in Khartoum
Tuesday 29th October Khartoum – Old Dongola – Kerma
Very early morning breakfast before beginning our journey to Northern Sudan
We travel 500km north of Khartoum. On the way we’ll stop at Old Dongola the capital of the Christian kingdom of Makuria. Today it’s a deserted city with the population having moved downstream in the 19th
We move onto the cemetery of the Sofi holy men (lunch on the way).
Take the ferry across the Nile and drive for a further 40km arriving at Kerma; a 3800 B.C archeological site.
Overnight in a traditional Nubian house with a wonderful local feast.
Wednesday 30th October Tombus – Soleb
Another early rise to visit the site of Tombus. Here there are many Egyptian inscriptions and a huge granite statue dedicated the famous black Pharaoh – Taharqa .
We continue 50km to the north where we stop to take in the amazing panoramic view of the rock art from the prehistoric period at Wadi Sebu.
Lunch stop at a local tea house.
Cross the Nile to its west bank and drive two hours up to Soleb; an ancient Nubian town home to a vast necropolis.
Dinner and overnight at a traditional Nubian house.
Thursday 31st October Soleb – Karima
Today we head back south driving for 320 km before reaching the city of Karima; the location of ancient Napata.
We visit the holy mountain of jebel Barkal (Together with Napata, a UNESCO heritage site) and the numerous temples at the foot of Jebel Barkal.
Trick or treat! It couldn’t be a better time to visit kurru; the royal necropolis of Napata, here we go deep underneath the pyramid to see the amazing painted tomb of the black pharaoh Tanutamani .
Dinner in a local restaurant
Overnight at Merowe Tourist Village hotel
Friday 1st November Nurri- Meroe
Early morning visit to the nearby Nuri pyramids. There are over 60 burial places here
We continue crossing though the Bayuda desert up to Meroe. We’ll pass through and stop at desert settlements before reaching the famous Meroe pyramids. A perfect setting to witness the sun go down.
TRIP HIGHLIGHT Overnight camping in tents near the Pyramids!
Saturday 2nd November Meroe – Khartoum
Rise and shine for an early morning visit to the royal city of Meroe
Set off on an off-road/on-road adenture to visit Mussawart. This is a complex of temples dedicated the local god Apedamak – the lion god. This was the biggest construction in the history of Nubia
After a local lunch we continue up to Naqa 20km from Mussawart. This was once a vital trading post between the Mediterranean world and Africa. It houses a wonderful collection of buildings dated to the first century AD.
Vist the Roman kiosk which represents the cross point of different influences of different cultures in one place ,
Visit the Among temple and after we hit the road for Khartoum 150km from Naqa.
Check into hotel followed by farewell local dinner.
Sunday 3rd November – Khartoum
End of tour
If you have a later flight we will explore more of streets and markets of this vast city
– Airport transfers from/to
– hotel accommodation in Khartoum at 3 stars bed & breakfast bases
– accommodation outside Khartoum as mentioned on the program and based on full-board.
– transport by air-conditioned 4 WD cars 3 persons in a car
– English speaking guide
– Entrance fees to all archaeological sites and museums
– passport registration of 30.- Euro per passport included in the cost.
– Photo permit and tour permit
– mineral water
– invitation letter for visa purpose (Israeli passport-holders are not allowed to visit Sudan)