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Splendours of Egypt & Sudan Khartoum - Cairo

Trip Overview

Really experience Egypt and Sudan as we follow the Nile and explore the gems of the ancient civilisations along this mighty river. This trip of course visits the Egyptian highlights of the Pyramids of Giza as well as Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, but offers so much more. We take an overnight Felucca to experience the life of the river, visit the bustling city of Alexandria and relax on the Red Sea coast. In Sudan we explore the deserts, towns and the great temples and pyramids of the Nubian region, learning about the Kingdom of the Kush. In Khartoum we have the opportunity to witness one of Africa’s geographical highlights, the confluence of the Nile. Locally known as Al Mogran this is where the Blue Nile meets the White Nile and create the world’s longest river.

27 DAYS THROUGH Egypt, Sudan
RATING:
of 7 reviews
PRICE FROM:
Was From: $3,045 USD + 740 KITTY USD
Now From: $2,588 (USD) + 740 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
27 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Overnight boat
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
25%
75%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 3, Lunches x 6, Dinners x 5
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
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TRIP CODE:
ZCK
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  See the mummy of Rameses II in the Cairo Museum

  Guided tour of the pyramids, tombs and other wonders of Egypt

  Explore the ancient city of Alexandria

  See the famous Suez canal

  Relax on the beach of the Red Sea resort, Marsa Alam

  Marvel at the incredible sights of Luxor

  Explore the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings

  Guided tour of the Temple of Horus at Edfu

  Enjoy an overnight trip in a traditional felucca on the river Nile

  2 days in Aswan to explore the history and sights

  Marvel at the temples of Rameses and Nefetari at Abu Simbel

  Wild camp in the Sahara desert of Sudan

  Guided visit of the Meroe pryamids

  Wander around the bustling and fascinating city of Khartoum

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If you love off-the-beaten-track travel, camping in deserts, meeting friendly local people, then this trip is for you. If all you want is luxury and no surprises then choose another trip. Expect the unexpected.

Itinerary

Day 1-2 - Khartoum ( 26th Mar 2020 to 27th Mar 2020 )

Border Information: if joining in Khartoum, you will most likely enter Sudan at Khartoum International Airport (IATA code: KRT).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your leader at the hotel reception when you arrive with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to collect your passport in order to get everyone's visas registered the following morning.

The next day will be free to independently explore Khartoum, including possible optional visits to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Khartoum before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Khartoum.

In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum

Free

Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum

Free

Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman

USD 1
Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum
SDD 1
Day 3 - Naqa, Musawwarat ( 28th Mar 2020 )

Today we will head north out of Khartoum to explore the Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat.

Tonight we aim to wild camp in the deserts near Musawwarat.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat

Included in Kitty
Day 4 - Meroe, Karima ( 29th Mar 2020 )

Today we will head north to visit the incredible and haunting Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. We will then continue on to Karima. 

We aim to wild camp in the deserts near Karima.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids

Included in Kitty
Day 5-7 - Karima, Dongola, Wawa ( 30th Mar 2020 to 1st Apr 2020 )

Over the next 3 days we will journey north through the remote areas of Northern Sudan and the vast Sahara Desert. En route we will visit many ruined temples of the Kushite era, including the Nuri pyramids and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima, the Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, and the Temple of Soleb near Wawa.

On all of these nights we will wild camp out in the remote deserts, which is the true highlight of travelling overland through Sudan!

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain

Included in Kitty

Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima

Included in Kitty

Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation

Included in Kitty

Cross the Nile and explore the remote Kushite Temple of Soleb

Included in Kitty
Day 8 - Wadi Halfa ( 2nd Apr 2020 )

Today we will come to the end of our long journey through the wilds of Northern Sudan and reach the dusty frontier town of Wadi Halfa on the southern shores of Lake Nasser.

The rest of the day will be free for us to explore the hills above Wadi Halfa, or to relax in the shade!

In Wadi Halfa we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Day 9 - Abu Simbel ( 3rd Apr 2020 )

Border Information: Exit Sudan at Qustol, enter Egypt at Qustol.

Today we will cross the border into Egypt, and take the first available transport ferry across to the west side of Lake Nasser and the small village of Abu Simbel. Here we will have an included visit to the phenomenal Temples of Ramses and Nefertari, with a possibility to visit the sound and light show after sunset (if it is running).

In Abu Simbel we will stay in a basic local guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Watch the fantastic Sound and Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples
EGP 60
Day 10-12 - Aswan ( 4th Apr 2020 to 6th Apr 2020 )

Today we continue our drive by joining the 11:00am convoy to Aswan, where we will have 3 full days to enjoy to wealth of history and culture that Aswan has to offer, and to make optional visits to Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the Aswan Dam.

In Aswan we stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the town, next to the Nile River.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Philae Temple, a beautiful Ptolomaic-era temple to Osiris on an island near Aswan

EGP 110

Visit the controversial Aswan High Dam

EGP 30

Take a boat trip out to Elephantine Island to explore its ruins and Nileometers, and to the beautiful botanical gardens on Elnabatat's Island

EGP 90

Explore the Tombs of the Nobles near Aswan, the rock-hewn tombs of nobility all the way from the Old Kingdom to the Roman era

EGP 40
Visit the Nubian Museum, a fantastic showcase of Nubian culture and civilisation
EGP 20
Explore the nearby Fatimid cemetery, a rare window into the 10th and 11th-century Fatimid Caliphate era
Free
Visit the incredible Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, constructed in tribute to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god
EGP 50
Day 13 - Nile Felucca, Aswan ( 7th Apr 2020 )

Today we will board a traditional felucca sailboat for an overnight adventure exploring the Nile by boat.

Our accommodation tonight will be on board the felucca.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip

Included in Kitty
Day 14-16 - Luxor, Edfu ( 8th Apr 2020 to 10th Apr 2020 )

This morning we start our journey north through Egypt and visit the incredible Temple of Edfu, an awe-inspiring temple dedicated to Horus built during the Ptolomaic era, which is considered to be the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt.

After this we will head to Luxor, a beautiful modern town built on the site of the Ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, where we will spend 3 nights exploring the incredible historical sites here.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will have an included guided tour around the world-famous Karnak Temple, which is walking distance from our hotel. This temple contains some remarkably preserved painted walls and many awe-inspiring pillars and obelisks, and was the centre of religious life in Thebes. Our tour will last about 2 hours, and then we will have free time for the rest of the day to explore the temple independently, and to visit the other sites in Luxor such as the smaller Luxor Temple in the town centre, and the small but beautiful Luxor Museum, which is filled with priceless treasures from the area.

On the following day we will have an included tour to the West Bank, which will encompass the Hatshepsut Temple and the phenomenal Valley of the Kings, the location of the tombs of the Pharoahs of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

In Luxor we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt

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Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Luxor

Included in Kitty

Explore the phenomenal royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile

Included in Kitty
Visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut, built to honour one of Egypt's most influential Pharoahs
Included in Kitty

See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the colossal 18th-Dynasty Temple of Luxor

EGP 65

Visit the fascinating Luxor Museum of Antiquities

EGP 80

Visit the world-famous tomb of the Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the only Egyptian royal tomb ever discovered undisturbed

EGP 150
Day 17-19 - Marsa Alam ( 11th Apr 2020 to 13th Apr 2020 )

Today we will drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam. We will also have an included visit the remarkably preserved Temple of Hathor at Dendara en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

We will have 2 days in Marsa Alam to relax on the beaches, enjoy many optional activities on the Red Sea, or to take an optional overnight camel safari out into the nearby deserts of Wadi-el-Gamal!

In Marsa Alam we will stay in a basic local beach guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Head out scuba-diving through the coral reefs of the Red Sea

EUR 60

Explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea from a 'semi-submarine', a boat designed with huge underwater viewing windows

EUR 40

Take an overnight camel safari out into the Wadi-El-Gamal desert, sleeping out under the stars

EGP 300

Head out on a small yacht for a fishing trip on the idyllic waters of the Red Sea

EUR 70
Snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, searching for dolphins and other marine life
EUR 60
Head out for a sunset quad biking trip into the deserts near Marsa Alam
EUR 35
Day 20 - El Quseir ( 14th Apr 2020 )

Today we will spend some more time at Marsa Alam, before heading up the coast to explore the nearby Ottoman fort at El Quseir.

In El Quseir we will stay in a pleasant campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir

Included in Kitty
Day 21 - Eastern Desert, Zafarana ( 15th Apr 2020 )

Today we will travel up the stunning coast of the Red Sea and into the Eastern Deserts, visiting the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony en route.

We will aim to stay in a simple local guesthouse in Zafarana en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Desert

Included in Kitty
Day 22 - Port Said ( 16th Apr 2020 )

Today we will head further north, and follow the Suez Canal to its northern outflow into the Mediterranean Sea at Port Said.

In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said
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Day 23-24 - Alexandria ( 17th Apr 2020 to 18th Apr 2020 )

Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach the bustling city of Alexandria, where will spend 2 nights exploring the sights. We will have the chance to visit the beautiful modern Alexandria Library, explore several historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.

In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria

EGP 70

Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea

EGP 800
See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace
EGP 65
Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka
EGP 15
Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour
EGP 25
Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
EGP 35

Take a trip out to the incredibly moving war cemeteries of El Alamein, the site of one of the most influential battles of World War II

EGP 50
Day 25 - Cairo ( 19th Apr 2020 )

Today is our final drive day to the colossal, busting Egyptian capital of Cairo. We will aim to arrive in the later afternoon. Please note that if the traffic is particularly heavy, we may not be able to safely drive right up to the hotel due to parked cars blocking the streets; in this instance we may have to take the truck directly to a parking area and take taxis to the hotel.

In Cairo we will stay in a comfortable hotel located in the pleasant district of Dokki, a short taxi or metro journey from downtown Cairo.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

Day 26 - Cairo ( 20th Apr 2020 )

Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqqara, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

We will aim to be back in Cairo for around 4:00pm today and stay overnight in the same hotel.

Tonight is the last night of the trip so we will go out for our final night group meal together!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the site of Dashur, with the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids built by the 4th Dynasty Pharoah Sneferu - includes entrance to the interior of the Red Pyramid

Included in Kitty
Explore the world-famous site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the tombs of three Pharoahs of the 4th Dynasty, and the oldest and only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
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Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world

Included in Kitty

Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Guided visit to the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids, Cairo

EGP 120
See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza
EGP 40

See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

EGP 120

Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza

EGP 100
Day 27 - Cairo ( 21st Apr 2020 )

Border Information: if finishing in Cairo, you will most likely exit Egypt at Cairo International Airport (IATA code: CAI).

This morning we will head out on our final activity, an included half-day guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. We will go to the museum by metro or by taxi, and be shown around the vast and breathtaking collection of historical relics and treasures, including the sarcophagus of Akhenaten, the mummy of Ramses II and of course the incredible golden mask of Tutankhamun!

Please do not book flights out of Cairo before about 6:00pm if you would like to make sure you have enough time to fully explore the museum before the trip ends.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Cairo. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Entrance to the Mummy Room in the Egyptian Museum, which displays the mummies of some very important Pharoahs such as Akenaten, Ramses II and Hatshepsut
EGP 100
Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt
EGP 150
Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel, built by the warrior Saladin, and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha
EGP 50
Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church
EGP 50
See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island, which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood
EGP 15
Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open)
EGP 70
Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style
EGP 7
Discover the exceptional collection of art from all over the Islamic world at Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art
EGP 50

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Departing: 26 Mar 2020
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REVIEWS FROM OUR PASSENGERS

I have done many trips and enjoy the truck life.
Debbie G
The best leader - very organized, stong personality, and in my eyes always the right decisions - great!
Thomas D
The local guides in Egypt were informative, clear spoken and inclusive.
Donald G
Great crew, could NOT be any better, my compliments on their performance.
Tatjana P
Local guides in Sudan were good.
Geoffrey L
The team did an excellent job.
Jeffrey T
Knowledgeable and helpful guides.
Jeffrey T