From the vibrancy of the the capital Khartoum, to the ancient Nubian pyramids and overwhelmingly friendly people throughout the country, Sudan has a huge amount to offer as a tourist destination.
3-8 December 2018 - 916 EUR/person
|Tour dates||Tour name||Price|
|3-8 December 2018||Sudan Highlights tour **5 places remaining**||916€|
|17-22 February 2019||Sudan Highlights tour||976€|
|24-29 November 2019||Sudan Highlights tour||976€|
Arrive at Khartoum International Airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Sudan’s legendary capital city. Depending on your time of arrival, the day will be spent at leisure and you will join your tour group in the evening for dinner at a restaurant near the hotel. Your tour guide will provide the group with a pre-tour briefing and you will have an opportunity to meet your fellow travellers over a tasty meal featuring local delicacies, including vegetarian options.
Early morning departure in an air-conditioned vehicle north from Khartoum along the bin Laden Highway to the ancient centre of Naga'a, which houses the Meroitic Temple of Amun, the Roman Chapel, and the Lion Temple. We then proceed to Musawarat as-Sufra, an extensive temple complex where you can see rare depictions of elephants from thousands of years ago. After a traditional Sudanese lunch enjoyed together with our guides at a nearby oasis, we continue on to the small town of Shendi and eventually to Meroe to visit the largest pyramid cemetery in the Nile Valley, the Meroe Pyramids. You will have an opportunity to take a camel ride through the dozens of black pyramids that rise prominently from the orange desert sands as the sun sets to the west. We will set up camp overnight in front of the pyramids of Meroe, have dinner and drink coffee around a desert campfire, and fall asleep under the Milky Way shining brightly above us. If you prefer non-camping accommodations, you may upgrade to a nearby hotel for extra comfort for a small surcharge.
We will wake up early this morning and there is time to walk around alone and photograph the pyramids during the sunrise. We then drive to El Damer, crossing the Nile to Umm Tuyur on the west bank. Afterwards the route leads through the Bayouda desert, here we will visit the ancient monastery of Deir Ghazali, before driving to Nuri. We then visit the cemetery containing the pyramids of the 26th dynasty, among them that of Pharaoh Taharqa. Afterwards cross the Nile to visit the necropolis of el-Kurru. The subterranean tomb of King Tanwetamani is decorated in the classical pharaonic style. We then drive to Jebel Barkal and visit the great temple of Amun of Napata dating back to the 12th century B.C. The temple was the most important religious centre of Kush. We stay overnight in Karima at a Nubian guest house.
Short morning drive to Jebel Barkal, where we visit the Great Temple of Amun of Napata, which dates back to the 12th century B.C. The temple was the most important religious centre of the Kingdom of Kush and you will see ancient stele and sculptures still standing today. We may also explore other Nubian ruins before making the drive back to Khartoum. We will stop at various points along the way for lunch and snacks, to experience “truck stop” coffee and tea with locals, and to purchase hand-made gifts from native vendors. We will arrive in Khartoum in the early evening and have dinner at a restaurant near our hotel.
Today we take a complete tour of Khartoum and Omdurman. including visits to Sudan’s National Museum, the convergence of the Blue and White Nile, the Mahdi’s Tomb and Khalifa's House, and the Old Souq of Omdurman for lunch and shopping. We then spend early afternoon at the Ethnographic and Republican Palace Museums before heading to the Corinthia Hotel. Known as ‘Gaddafi’s Egg’ because construction of the hotel was funded by Libya’s leader decades ago, the hotel offers panoramic views of Khartoum from the 17th floor along with cold refreshments and a restaurant offering a wide variety of dishes.
This morning and early afternoon is yours at leisure to explore Sudan’s lively capital, Khartoum. You will be within walking distance of many shopping areas, mosques, cultural monuments, and other areas of interest. Your tour guide can provide you with many points of interest in Khartoum. In the afternoon, the group will venture across the Nile to Omdurman to visit the Hamid el-Nil Cemetery, where groups of Sufis come together each week to hear stories about the prophet, and to pray and dance together in an inclusive ceremony open to all faiths. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will not only allow you to observe (or participate in!) a traditional religious ceremony, but you are likely to meet many college students and young Sudanese who come here each week to speak English with the few foreigners who manage to attend this spectacular event. Sudan rarely gets foreign tourists, so definitely don’t miss this! Transfer to Khartoum International Airport in the evening for your next destination!
1. Do I need visa for Sudan?
2. What currency can I use in Sudan?
3. Is Sudan safe?
4. Is internet available?
Do I need a visa for Sudan?
Visa are required by all visiting Sudan. Our tours all include a letter of invitation to enable you to obtain a visa at your nearest Embassy. The process usually takes from 2-7 days. For an additional 55 Euros we can arrange an invitation to enable you to obtain your visa on arrival at the airport in Khartoum.
What currency can I use in Sudan?
The official currency is the Sudanese Pound but USD are also widely accepted.
Is Sudan safe?
The areas we visit in Sudan are very safe. The people in Sudan are extremely welcoming to foreign tourists and our local guides know the region quite well. You may want to consult your government’s website for the latest travel guidance for Sudan. If you have questions about safety, feel free to contact us and we can provide you with additional resources.
Is internet available?
Wifi is available in the hotels in Khartoum but can often be very slow.