Pyramids of Meroe
Pyramids of Meroe

Archaeological Tours

NEW for 2019

Sudan: Kushite Kings of the Nile

UPDATE: We are monitoring recent political developments in Sudan. If the state department level remains at the current level of 4 we will not operate this tour as the safety of our guests is our highest priority.

We are still taking (in this case, returnable if we cannot operate) deposits for this departure as we hope that the situation changes and peace returns for the sake of the wonderful Sudanse people.

Northern Sudan is an original, mysterious and unique destination, where African and Arabic cultures meet. Its history is connected to the Ancient Egyptians; the Nile River crosses the Sahara Desert and along its valley lie archaeological sites of the Egyptian and Meroitic civilizations, most of them recognized by UNESCO. After the separation from the South, Northern Sudan is still a very large and diverse country. The astonishing landscape of the three deserts, associated to the beauty of the Nile Cataracts, the hidden Nubian villages and the welcoming people make it an unforgettable place to visit.

This exciting tour focuses on the successive cultural horizons of ancient Nubia and the Sudan, revealed by visits to such storied sites as Kerma, home to a powerful Bronze Age kingdom, whose merchants traded with the Minoans; the Kushite holy mountain at Jebel Barkal and the Nubian royal city of Meroe abounding in pyramids more plentiful than those in Egypt; and the sites of Sesibi, Soleb and Tombos, erected during the time of Egypt’s Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. We will gain an appreciation of Nubian art by visits to several museums, including the National Museum in Khartoum. The Sudan is rugged, and hence unspoiled so that our tented camp permits us to empathize with intrepid 18th-century explorers who appreciated the natural splendor of Nubia.

This tour is perfect for our relatively more adventurous clients. The tourist infrastructure in Sudan is nowhere near as developed as its neighbor, Egypt, but gives the opportunity to see equally impressive archaeological wonders without the crowds. We are also happy to note that our partner on the ground has over 15 years’ experience operating in the region and is committed to protecting the environment, resources and the people of Sudan.

Please be aware that during our program we will travel between destinations over roads that are often unpaved and bumpy, with sparse restrooms that when available will require squatting. We will also be staying in a number of desert camps, that are basic in nature but are comfortable and located in beautiful surroundings. This is the only way to visit these amazing archaeological sites and we hope that the passion for visiting these places will far outweigh your need for creature comforts.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Tour highlights:

  • Journey to Khartoum, the modern capital of Sudan, to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Mahdi’s Tomb and the largest souk in Sudan in the old capital city of Omdurman
  • Explore the area of Jebel Barkal, the capital city of the Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs, when the Nubian Kings conquered the whole of pharaonic Egypt
  • Discover the UNESCO listed site of Meroe, where a great indigenous culture, which rivaled even with the Romans, developed and where dozens of pyramids remain scattered in the desert at the Royal Necropolis
  • Drive through the Bayuda Desert, with its volcanic cones and nomadic settlements, to admire the intriguing archaeological sites of Soleb, Tombos, and Kerma

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