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Sudan & Egypt Uncovered tour

Sudan & Egypt Uncovered

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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From the vast deserts & nomadic Bedouins of Sudan to the Great Pyramids & mighty River Nile of Egypt, this tour joins our Hidden treasures & Discover Egypt tours to create a perfect introduction to this fascinating desert region

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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Trip Includes

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan
  • Internal flight from Hurghada to Cairo
  • Overnight felucca cruise with support boat in Egypt
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Boat excursion on the Nile in Sudan (life jackets will be provided)
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout Sudan
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all the sightseeing tours in Egypt
  • Mineral water outside Khartoum in Sudan
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sudan visa invitation letter for most nationalities

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Itinerary

Day 1, Arrive in Khartoum, transfer to hotel
Upon arrival at Khartoum airport, our staff will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, where they'll help you check in and give you an overview of the local area. If your flight arrives early enough, there is an option available to take a city tour.
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Khartoum hotel
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Khartoum city tour & Dervish ceremony, Extra day in Khartoum - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement

Day 2, Khartoum city tour and Whirling Dervish ceremony (Fridays only)
We start our tour of Khartoum city with a visit to the Archaeological Museum. The main attractions are two beautiful temples that were relocated to the museum by UNESCO, to save them from the floodwaters of Lake Nasser when the Aswan Dam was built. We then cross the confluence of the Blue and White Nile rivers, passing by the Presidential Palace, where General Gordon was killed by the Mahdi's troops in 1885, to reach Omduran, the old capital of Sudan. Here we'll visit the outside of the Mahdi's Tomb. After lunch at a restaurant on the Nile, we'll visit the fascinating Khalifa's House, which houses a small museum about the Mahdyia (Fridays & Saturdays only). Next, we spend some time exploring Omduran's busy and colourful souk, before end the day at the tomb of the sufi leader Ahmed al Nil at sunset, just in time to watch Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (Fridays only).
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Khartoum hotel
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Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3, Khartoum to Meroe Pyramids via Mussawarat & Naga
Leaving Khartoum behind, we drive north into the desert to visit the temples at Naga, which are situated some 30 km east of the Nile, and constructed during the Meroitic period. We then drive on to Mussawarat, which is set in a stunning valley overlooked by hills. Later we continue northward to Meroe, set in the desert strewn with huge round granite boulders, the last offshoots of the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract. Arguably the star attraction of your tour of Sudan, seemingly out of nowhere, more than 40 pyramids appear! These Pyramids make up the Royal Necropolis of Meroe and are in various stated of repair, with some being in near perfect condition. Finally we arrive at our permanent tented camp, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the pyramids from your own personal veranda.
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Meroe Pyramids permanent tented camp
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Full day exploring Meroe
Today we spend a full day exploring the archaeological treasures of Meroe. Our local guide will teach you about the Kingdom of the Black Pharaoh's. We'll visit several pyramids, whose sharp shapes stand out against the clear sky, and each has its own funerary chapel with walls adorned with bas-reliefs showing the King's life and offerings to the gods. Later in the afternoon, we visit the nearby ruins of the Royal City. The much of the area is still to be excavated by archaeologists with hidden treasure just waiting to be unearthed.
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Meroe Pyramids permanent tented camp
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, Meroe to Karima, via the Bayuda Desert
Today we head north to cross the Nile by ferry boat and enter the Bayuda Desert. This rocky and sandy area is sits in the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and is scattered with cone-shaped, black volcanic basalt mountains. Whilst crossing this desert we may encounter isolated Bisharin nomads near the rare water wells. They live in family groups in small huts of woven branches. Finally, we reach Karima and our Nubian Rest house, where the rest of the afternoon is free to relax from the long drive.
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Karima Nubian house
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, Karima, Jebel Barkal & El Kurru tour
We start today with a drive to the Jebel Barkal UNESCO World Heritage sites. We first stop to explore the Pyramids and Temples of the Royal necropolis, part of the ancient city of Napata. We then drive south to the village of El Kurru, where we visit one of the tombs excavated in the rock under the partially collapsed pyramids. The tomb walls are decorated with images of the Pharaoh and gods, and beautiful, multicolour hieroglyphs. A short distance away there is an interesting site of hundreds of huge, petrified wood trunks, the remnants of an ancient forest.
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Karima Nubian house
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7, Karima, Old Dongola tour
This morning we have a long drive to Old Dongola, capital of the Christian Kingdom of Makouria (7th - 14th century). This site contains many Coptic Christian churches, houses and mosques. Centre of the Nubian region, the wall of some buildings are colourfully decorated with floral motives.
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Karima Nubian house
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, Nile boat ride to the Pyramids of Nuri
This morning, we take a stroll around the market in Karima, which offers a perfect chance to experience the daily life of the local Sudanese people. Later in the morning, we climb on board a small motorboat and take a cruise along the Nile to Nuri. As we along the river, we pass by picturesque sand stretches and lush cultivated islands. After a scenic picnic lunch, we spend the afternoon exploring the Pyramids of Nuri. These remarkable pyramids are the burial place of the royal family of Kush.
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Karima Nubian house
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9, Karima, drive back to Khartoum, fly to Cairo
Today we say goodbye to Karina and drive back to Khartoum. En route we’ll stop for lunch in a simple "chai house" (a local cafe where the local truck drivers stop for food & rest), before arriving into Khartoum in the afternoon. The rest of the evening is free time for you to relax or venture out into the city by night, before your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo airport we will be met by our ground staff who will assist with visa formalities and collecting your luggage. You'll then transfer across Cairo to your hotel, located close to the pyramids. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and recover from the flight. An optional evening dinner cruise on the Nile or sound and light show is available to be booked locally this evening for those interested (subject to your flight arrival time).
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Cairo - 5 star hotel
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Breakfast, Lunch
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Nile dinner cruise in Cairo Day 10, Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour
Our Discover Egypt tour begins with a drive to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. One of our local Egyptologist guides will be accompanying you on this and all of your other sightseeing tours, and you'll find them a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks with a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours).
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Sleeper train
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Breakfast, Dinner
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Cairo/Aswan flight upgrade Day 11, Aswan, Nubian Village and Philae Temple
Upon arrival in Aswan we take a short transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile. The river here is at its most scenic in Egypt, and is dotted with islands and felucca sailing boats. Aswan itself is an intriguing mixture of African and Middle Eastern cultures, and lies in part of the ancient region of Nubia. Many Nubian people still live here and work on the river, and we'll visit a Nubian village away from the main town where we'll walk through narrow alleyways seeing colourfully painted houses, friendly people, wandering animals and enjoy a traditional local lunch. We continue our day with an afternoon tour to the Temple of Philae. This beautiful island temple is dedicated to Isis and was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. It can only be reached by a scenic boat ride. We also drive to the massive Aswan Dam. The evening is free at leisure to explore Aswan's various markets and to walk up and down the Corniche on the banks of the Nile. There's also an option to ride a camel across the sands on the far banks of the Nile to St. Simeon's monastery. Those who have chosen to visit Abu Simbel tomorrow should aim for an early night tonight ready for a very early start in the morning.
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Aswan - 5 star hotel
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Breakfast, Lunch
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Camel ride to St. Simeon's Monastery Day 12, Abu Simbel option, Nile felucca cruise
After a free morning, we board a traditional felucca sailboat this afternoon for a great day sailing down the Nile. Drifting down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt's most enjoyable experiences, and you'll see local rural Egyptian life pass you by. Our Nubian crew will handle the boat and provide entertainment to you on the way, as well as preparing all your meals. Our fully equipped facilities boat will drop by from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. Our boat has a western toilet and showers on board as well as a modern, hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare and cook a tasty evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight and we provide mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets as required. You can also choose to upgrade your Nile felucca cruise to stay in the hotel in Aswan instead of on board the boat. All other touring remains the same. For those not averse to a very early morning start, there is a very special option morning visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel available. This amazing site was completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was built, and is one of Egypt's biggest highlights.
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On board felucca
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Abu Simbel tour, Felucca to hotel upgrade Day 13, Kom Ombo & Edfu temples, Karnak Temple in Luxor
After breakfast on-board we leave behind our felucca crew and take a tour of nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before driving north to Luxor. Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and has the greatest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west, across the Nile, lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock carved tombs, and to the east stand the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. After lunch we'll visit the massive temple complex of Karnak , once the religious heart of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to the town of Luxor by a long sphinx lined avenue, and the temple itself was linked to the Nile via a canal along which sailed the sacred boats of the god Amun. The entrance is via a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, after which you enter the temple proper through the enormous pylon entrance. Inside the large Courtyard are three temples dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The much photographed Hypostyle Hall has an impressive 134 towering columns, each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions cover the walls. In the evening we'll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.
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Luxor - 5 star hotel
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Breakfast
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N/A Day 14, Luxor West Bank tour. To Hurghada
Today we cross the River Nile for an early morning tour of Luxor’s West Bank. We first visit the Valley of the Kings, whose ancient tombs are still revealing their secrets today and is one of most important archaeological sites in the world. We include a visit to several of these Pharaonic tombs, and then explore the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, before stopping at the huge Colossi of Memnon. There is an optional hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile available in the morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises). In the afternoon we leave the Nile Valley behind and drive to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada where we check into a 4-star resort. Your stay here is on a 'soft all inclusive' basis, with all meals, soft drinks and snacks included but not alcoholic beverages.
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Breakfast, Dinner
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Hot air balloon in Luxor Day 15, Red Sea at Hurghada. Free day
Today is free to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. Hurghada is an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkelling and the varied Red Sea marine life here attracts divers the world over. Other activities available include quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Our local rep in Hurghada is always on hand to help arrange any optional excursions. Hurghada also has an interesting marina and old town just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada if you wish to extend your stay - please contact us for details and prices.
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Hurghada - 5 star resort
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 16, Fly to Cairo, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, Al Guri Sufi show
We fly back to Cairo this morning and then you have time to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour visiting Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Other full day options further afield include a visit to the colonnial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan. In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We'll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt's unofficial national dish, Kushari. Our tour then finishes with an evening highlight, the Al Guri sufi show, very popular with local Egyptians as well as tourists. This takes place at the Wikalat al Ghuri 16th century marketplace which has some beautiful Islamic architecture to form a great setting for the exuberant, colourful and entertaining performance. You'll see a medley of sufi dervish inspired dancing, eerie chanting and singing and vibrant percussion. Finally we transfer you back to your hotel.
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Cairo - 5 star hotel
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Breakfast
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Cairo city tour, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis Day 17, Cairo. Free time. Departure transfer to the airport
Today is free for some more sightseeing or a spot of last minute shopping until we take you back to the airport for your departure
flight. If you have an evening flight, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis tours can also be done today. Alternatively if you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo you can take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, or a explore the desert outside Cairo to see the little known World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.
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Breakfast
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Extra night - post-tour, Alexandria day trip, Cairo city tour, Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)

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I just got back from my amazing trip to Egypt!
My tour was Discover Egypt from January 13 to January 21, 2018... What can I say?! I grew up with a fascination for Egypt and I feel so blessed I was able to go, with so many dates as an option, once I saw the date of my birthday, that was it! What better way to spend my birthday than in a country that has always been on the top of my bucket list !
I was lucky to meet an amazing group of people that shared my desire to see this amazing place and every single person involved in this tour was absolutely amazing! My tour guy Big Mo was the best! I felt very safe and well taken care of from the moment I landed in Egypt to the day I left. I really appreciated the birthday celebration as well!
I miss every single moment I lived during those days.
I went with a fascination and left loving Egypt, it’s culture and it’s beautiful people.
I will treasure this experience forever.
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  • International flights (available on request)
  • Egypt visa fees (USD 25 available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Sudan arrival taxes
  • Sudan visa fees (an invitation letter will be provided)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$345)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel gala dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
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