Days
8
Price from
48560
Map of Ancient Sudan Experience including Sudan

Find old gods and ancient empires in Sudan

What a shame that when many people think of the world’s great archaeological sites and ruins, so few consider North Africa. Discover the remnants of great empires among the desert, from the Nubian pyramids and tombs etched with Meroitic symbols to the 3300-year-old temple at the foot of Jebel Barkal. Discover powerful history in museums, ancient cities and necropolises, and encounter modern Sudan in souks, chai houses and perhaps a Bisharin nomad camp. Along the way, be awed by the welcome and hospitality of the Sudanese people.


Start
Khartoum, Sudan
Finish
Khartoum, Sudan
Destination
Sudan
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFSD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Watch an incredible display of faith and celebration as whirling dervishes from the Sufi community twirl, dance and worship outside the tomb of Hamed el-Nil at sunset.

  • See the pyramids of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe rising from undulating dunes, then spend the night at a furnished permanent camp in view of these Nubian wonders.

  • Stay in a boutique Nubian-style rest house at the foot of Jebel Barkal, an isolated sandstone mountain considered holy for thousands of years.

  • Get a glimpse of life for the Pharaohs in the bas-reliefs of Naga’s temple complex, marvelling at the detail still visible in etchings carved almost 2000 years ago.

  • Travel through sparse desert, passing through colourful Nubian villages and stopping for refreshment at tiny chai houses along the way.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Alcohol is not allowed in Sudan and it is not possible to purchase.

Itinerary

Welcome to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Your adventure begins at 6 pm during a welcome meeting at your hotel. Tomorrow you’ll enjoy a full day tour, so perhaps for today simply settle in to your accommodation and get to know your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Grand Holiday Villa Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then embark on a tour of Khartoum. Our first stop is the National Museum of Sudan, which houses – among other things – ancient Egyptian temples relocated from Lake Nasser and arranged in the museum’s gardens. Continue to Omdurman via the Nile, crossing the great river where the Blue and White sections meet, and visit Khalifa’s House Museum. This ethnographic museum contains artefacts from the Mahdi period, when religious leader Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah declared himself the harbinger of the Day of Judgement. In the afternoon, visit a colourful souk to wander between stalls. As the daylight begins to fade, journey to the tomb of Hamed el-Nil to watch the weekly Sufi ceremonial celebration of the whirling dervishes. This ritualised dance-like worship is captivating to watch.
Accommodation
  • Grand Holiday Villa Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Khartoum - Whirling Dervishes Celebration
  • Khartoum - Souk Visit
  • Khartoum - City & Museum Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Breakfast early then begin the 6-hour journey northward over flat desert, crossing the dry water channel Wadi Muqaddam. Along the way, make strategic rest stops at ‘chai houses’ – essentially the Sudanese version of a truck stop – for snacks and drinks. Arrive in deserted Old Dongola and explore this once thriving Nubian city. You will be able to see the ruins of the 7-century Church of the Granite Columns, plus the defensive structure archaeologists call the Throne Hall and more. Continue travelling along the Nile, moving through picturesque villages with painted doors and flower murals. Stop in at Gadder village, then arrive in Karima in the afternoon. Settle into this evening’s charming accommodation, a boutique Nubian-style hotel which sits beneath the iconic, spiritually significant sandstone mountain of Jebel Barkal.
Accommodation
  • Nubian Rest-House or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karima - Old Dongola
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Prepare for a full day of exploring various archaeological sites. First visit the World Heritage-listed archaeological sites that surround sacred Jebel Barkal. See the temples, large and small, that lie beneath Jebel Barkal, as well as sculpted rams and pillars that remain. You will also have the chance to enter a room carved into the side of the mountain. Enjoy lunch at your accommodation, then move southwards to the village of El Kurru to visit the Royal Necropolis of the Napata dynasty. See an excavated tomb decorated with hieroglyphic images that depict Pharaohs and gods. While you’re in the area, take in the beauty of a petrified wood forest, the return too your accommodation at Jebel Barkal for an included dinner. Afterwards enjoy a coffee and henna ceremony from your hosts.
Accommodation
  • Nubian Rest-House or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karima - Jebel Barkal
  • Karima - El Kurru
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning cross the Nile for a brief visit to Nuri, where more than 20 ancient Nubian pyramids remain. Continue into the Bayuda Desert, where you can see sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and cone-shaped which spring from the valleys. Along the way, it’s likely we will stop and meet some of the Bisharin nomads who live in the desert, stopping for tea or coffee and learning of traditional life style. Their camps are usually assembled close to water wells and are often spotted because of the herds of camels and donkeys they travel with. Continue to the town of Atbara, which sits along the confluence of the Nile and the Atbara River. Cross the Nile for the last time and watch as more than 40 pyramids come into view. Located on top of a hill, these well-preserved pyramids are remnants of the Royal Necropolis of Meroe. Arrive at the permanent tented camp in Meroe and settle into your accommodation, which consists of furnished tents with private bathroom huts and a veranda with views of the pyramids.
Accommodation
  • Meroe Permanent Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karima - Nuri
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the morning visit the pyramids of the necropolis, exploring the structures among the sand dunes. Each pyramid has an attached funerary chapel and many of the original bas-reliefs that decorate the walls are still visible. Enjoy lunch at your camp, and in the afternoon continue along the Nile to the ancient Royal City of Meroe. Excavations have confirmed that the Royal City was once the centre of Meroe, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall. Much of the city has not yet been excavated, making this an exciting place still full of mysteries yet to be uncovered. Enjoy dinner this evening at your permanent tented camp and fall asleep in the tranquillity of the desert.
Accommodation
  • Meroe Permanent Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Meroe - Royal Necropolis of Meroe Pyramids
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Eat breakfast at camp and then drive south to Mussawarat, located in a valley nestled in the hills. Here you’ll have the chance to see a temple complex that includes structures first built in AD 100. See temple walls covered in Meroitic script, Greek and images of animals. Elephants are particularly well-represented, leading some scholars to speculate the area was once used as an elephant-training camp. Go just beyond the valley to Naga and visit a first-century temple – restored during a German archaeological mission – dedicated to the god Apedemak. Admire bas-reliefs that depict Apedemak, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several rituals. A few metres away there is a small structure called the ‘kiosk’ that appears to have Hellenistic elements. Continue to another temple dedicated to Amon, where many ram figures and beautiful gates remains. Enjoy a picnic in the area, then journey back to Khartoum. If time permits, stop at Sabaloka Gorge en route.
Accommodation
  • Grand Holiday Villa Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mussawarat - Mussawarat Temples
  • Naga - Naga Temples
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your Ancient Sudan Experience comes to an end today after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private 4x4 vehicles, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Permanent tented camp (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Khartoum - Whirling Dervishes Celebration
  • Khartoum - Souk Visit
  • Khartoum - City & Museum Tour
  • Karima - Old Dongola
  • Karima - Jebel Barkal
  • Karima - El Kurru
  • Karima - Nuri
  • Meroe - Royal Necropolis of Meroe Pyramids
  • Mussawarat - Mussawarat Temples
  • Naga - Naga Temples

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Important notes

1. An optional single supplement is available on all nights of this trip, subject to availability. Please refer to your booking agent for further information.
2. As an arrival transfer is included, please ensure the correct details are provided to Peregrine prior to your departure.
3. Please provide Peregrine with a scanned copy of your passport at least 2 months prior to the start of your trip. The passport should have minimum 6 months validity, 2 free consecutive pages and NO Israel visa or stamp).

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