Sudan - The Three Niles

Sudan - The Three Niles

25 Days
From
$14900
$14006

Sudan - The Three Niles

25 Days Starting and ending in Khartoum, Sudan

Visiting:

Khartoum

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Wadi Howar

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Tempel von Soleb

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Tombos

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Kerma

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Karima

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Jebel Barkal

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Pyramids and Tombs at El-Kurru

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Old Dongola

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Pyramids Of MEROE

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Naga Archaeological Site

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Musawwarat es-Sufra

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Atbara

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Jebel Magardi

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Muhammad Qol

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Jazirat Mayteb

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Shambaya Island

,

Shi`b Rumi

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Sanganeb Reef

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Suakin

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Port Sudan

Tour operator:

Arcadia Expeditions

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SUD501

Group size:

4 - 12

Age range:

18-80

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

Private Available:

Request A Private Tour

From:

$14900

$14006 (USD)

tourhub discount: $894


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 60 days before departure

Tour Overview

This one-of-a-kind expedition explores the story of the three Niles and the extraordinary cultures and history they gave life to. Led by historian David Adams, our journey through time takes us from the fortified mudbrick villages of the Neolithic (around 10,000 BCE), through to the first invasion of the Egyptian Pharaohs, then on to the Golden Age of Kush – the Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs – when the Nubian Kings conquered the whole of Pharaonic Egypt. We then explore the Kingdom of Meroe, and finally to subjugation, British invasion and the conquest of Niles. We visit areas and sites few travellers have seen, unfolding through a variety of dramatic environments including deserts, volcanoes, secret valleys, oasis and charming villages. The encounters with local people are frequent and fantastic due to their heart-felt hospitality. Travelling in 4×4’s, our explorations of the Western and Eastern Deserts and the Nile Valley includes stays in exclusive lodges, luxury tented camps and fly camps. We complete this remarkable journey exploring the World Heritage Mukkawar Island Marine Park on Sudan’s rarely visited Red Sea coast, aboard an exclusively chartered Italian-owned schooner. The reefs, lagoons, islands and turquoise waters of this stunning paradise are extraordinarily rich in biodiversity. In addition to our set departures, this expedition has the option of private departures, ideal for groups of friends and families, offering a flexible range of dates, durations and inclusions.

Highlights

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    Exploring the ancient course of the Yellow Nile and the 700 BCE Napatean fortress of Ghala Abu Hamed

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    Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage listed sites of Meroe, Jebel Barkal, the Napatean Region and the breathtaking Mukkawar Island Marine National Park

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    Exclusive access to experts throughout the expedition, including local historians

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    The chance to sleep under the stars in the company of desert nomads

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    6-day Red Sea cruise aboard a privately chartered 25-metre Italian schooner

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    A private behind-the-scenes visit with the curator of Sudan's National Museum

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    In Khartoum we dine with a renowned Sudanese historian to set the scene for our journey

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    Join a local archaeologist to explore a new archaeological discovery

Places You'll See

The Royal Necropolis of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sailing on the Nile River

Evidence of the Golden Age of Kush - the Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

The breathtaking Mukkawar Island Marine National Park on the Red Sea

The Musawwarat Temple in Northern Sudan, home to a number of Kushite Queens

We experience an unforgettable sunset in front of the Meroe pyramids

Life on the Nile

A friendly local

Camping in the remote Nubia Mountains

Exploring Pharaonic tombs with our expert Expedition Leader

We conclude the trip with 6 days on the Red Sea Coast on a specially chartered Italian Schooner

Wresting tournament in Khartoum

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Arrive Khartoum

Location:

  Khartoum


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Corinthia Hotel


On arrival at Khartoum airport you are met by an Arcadia Expeditions representative in the baggage hall. You will then be transferred by private vehicle to your hotel.

Due to the late evening or very early morning arrival of most international flights into Khartoum, this is an arrival day with no activities scheduled.

icon Day 2 : Khartoum - Blue Nile, Nubian Wrestling

Location:

  Khartoum


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Corinthian Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Breakfast at the hotel and the morning is free to rest. This afternoon we visit the Blue Nile Sailing Club, where the Melik, the gunboat General Kitchener used to blast his way up the Nile to crush rebellion in Sudan, now lies on the riverbank as a stark reminder of colonial conquest. We pass by the Saint Matthew Cathedral and continue on to the sites of the British invasion and occupation, including the site where General Gordon was killed while defending the British Residency.

We then drive to north Khartoum and join the locals to watch the enthralling spectacle of Nubian wrestling in a small stadium. Originating from the Kordofan region of Sudan, a troubled area which was in war with the north for the last 25 years, this wrestling tournament is now a symbol of peacetime and friendship.

Tonight, we gather for a sumptuous welcome dinner at the hotel.

icon Day 3 : Khartoum - Omdurman Souk, National Museum

Location:

  Khartoum


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Corinthian Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we explore the colourful Omdurman Souk, the market largest in Sudan. We then visit the bustling fish market and stop in at a local restaurant for a seafood feast.

Arcadia Exclusive
After lunch, we walk to the National Museum for an introduction to the fascinating history of Sudan and are taken on a private tour of the Museum by the Director, Dr Hatim Annour. We will be taken into the vaults of the Museum to see artefacts not on show to the general public. Dr Hatim will then join us for dinner for further discussions.

Tonight, we visit one of Khartoum’s best restaurants for dinner.

icon Day 4 : Khartoum - Nile Cruise, Souk Ashabi, Ahamed el-Nil Mausoleum

Location:

  Khartoum


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Cornithia Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we take a boat ride to see the confluence of the Blue and White Nile and witness the colours of each river moving in parallel before mixing together to form the Nile as it starts its course to Egypt.

We visit the Souk Ashabi, also known as the Friday market. After lunch at a local restaurant, we then cross the Nile to the west bank where we visit the impressive tomb of Muhammad Ahmad. Still a respected figure in Sudan, Ahmad was given the title of Mahdi by his followers, who believed he was the messianic redeemer of the Islamic faith. Defeating both the Ottoman-Egyptian and British armies in battle, Ahmad created a vast Islamic state extending from the Red Sea to Central Africa.

In the late afternoon we drive to Ahamed el-Nil mausoleum where we witness a mesmerising display by Sufi whirling dervishes. Accompanied by rhythmic cymbals and drums, the dervishes chant, pray and clap, building up in a frenzy to a trance-like state as part of a sacred ritual called dhikr.

Arcadia Exclusive
We are joined for dinner by a local historian, who will share their insightful knowledge on the time of the Mahdi, the British invasion and the impact of colonialism on Sudan.

icon Day 5 : Western Desert

Location:

  Wadi Howar


Accommodation:

  Camp


Accommodation Name:

  Wild Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast at the hotel we climb aboard our 4×4’s (3 guests max per vehicle) to begin the journey northward through the Western Desert. We travel for 200 km on asphalt road through a desert that is table-flat in all directions. In the village of Tam Tam, we stop in at a chai house, a simple motorway restaurant where local truck drivers stop for a quick meal and some rest. Late in the afternoon we leave the road and find a quiet place to camp under the incredible desert night sky.

icon Day 6 : Western Desert - Wadi el Milk, Ghala Abu Hamed

Location:

  Wadi Howar


Accommodation:

  Camp


Accommodation Name:

  Wild Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We continue our expedition towards Wadi El Milk, where we hope to meet Bisharin nomads camped around the regions few water wells. We then enter Wadi Howar, one of the most remarkable natural features of the south-eastern Sahara. It is the remnant of the ancient Yellow Nile. When the Sahara underwent desertification, the wadi first became a chain of freshwater lakes and marshes, as shown by Ptolemy’s world map, finally becoming extinct around 2,000 years ago. Abundant prehistoric sites certify Wadi Howar as a once ecologically favoured area of settlement and a communication route between the inner regions of Africa and the Nile Valley.

This afternoon, we reach a mysterious fortress in the middle of the desert – Gala Abu Hamed. Discovered by a German archaeological expedition less than ten years ago, it is dated to the Napatean time (700-400 BCE). The ruins of the fortress are mainly huge boundary walls of about 100 metres in height, now partially covered by sand and was probably used as a trade post for the caravans coming from Central Africa to the Nile. From here, we reach a small beautiful oasis rich in palm trees among the dunes where we will set our camp.

icon Day 7 : Western Desert - Soleb Temple, Tombos

Location:

  Tempel von Soleb, Tombos


Accommodation:

  Camp


Accommodation Name:

  Pre-Set Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today we complete the desert crossing, reaching the Nile at the city of Dongola, where we continue North via the ruins of Sesebi to the majestic Temple of Soleb. Built by Amenhotep III to honour his wife Queen Tiye (mother of Akhenaten) as a manifestation of the Eye of Ra, it’s a remarkable place visited not only by Amenhotep III, but Akhenaten ‘The Heretic King’ and his son Tutankhamen. The temple’s name changes reflect this extraordinary tumultuous period. Akhenaten replaced the cult of Amun with his singular solar deity Aten – the first single God – before his son Tutankhamun changes it back to Amun and Akhenaten is obliterated from the historical record.

We then drive to the Nile, cross on a ferry and arrive at the pre-set camp in Tombos.

Our Experiential Preset Camp is an exclusive camp with large Igloo tents provided with camp beds together with foam mattresses. Meals are served in a large restaurant tent located among the beautiful granite boulders and desert in Tombos, where guests enjoy a delicious buffet style breakfast and dinner.

icon Day 8 : Tombos - The 3rd Cataract - Sebu - Kerma - Karima

Location:

  Tombos, Kerma, Karima


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Nubian Rest House


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast, we visit the ancient quarries of Tombos, before driving north to reach the Third Cataract, a picturesque set of rapids and the largest natural obstacle that prevented the Egyptian Pharaohs from colonising Kerma until the New Kingdom.

We stop to see the petroglyphs in Wadi Sebu, before continuing on to visit the site of Kerma, the Deffufa and the Museum. Kerma was the regions capital during the period known as ‘Kerma Culture’ (3rd – 2nd millennium BCE). It contains the remains of an old town marked by unique temples of mud brick preserved to the height of 19 metres, known locally as the ‘Western Deffufa’. There is also a vast cemetery with funerary chapel constructed of mud brick. We drive on to Karima, where we stay for the next three nights in a charming hotel built in the typical Nubian style.

Arcadia Exclusive
This afternoon we explore a working dig site with an archaeologist. We have special insider access at the fascinating temples of Dogi Gel (‘Red Hill’), located just several hundred metres from Kerma. The round and oval shaped structures, dating from 1,500 to 2,000 BCE, represent a type of architecture that, until their discovery in 2016, was previously unknown in Central Africa or the Nile Valley.

icon Day 9 : Karima - Jebel Barkal - Necropolis of El Kurru

Location:

  Karima, Jebel Barkal, Pyramids and Tombs at El-Kurru


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Nubian Rest House


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Rising out of the sands of the Nubian Desert, the great monolith of Jebel Barkal can be seen from over ten kilometres away. At the foot of this wonderful and isolated red sandstone mountain, considered holy since the ancient times, lies a large temple complex dedicated to the Pharaohs of the New Reign and to their patron, Amon. Amon’s ancient ‘Pure Mountain’, the Olympus of the Nubians, was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1,000 years. Besides the ruins of the temple, there are still several sculptured granite rams that were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the royal pier on the Nile. In the mountain wall itself, there is a large room decorated in bas-relief.

The Royal necropolis of Napata, the Nubian capital (from 800 to 400 BCE), has a large number of pyramids located in three different locations within a few kilometres of the holy mountain. After a fine lunch at the Nubian Rest House we shall explore them all. At El Kurru (one of the necropolises), we explore a tomb decorated with images of the Pharaoh, the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. Partially collapsed, it was excavated into the rock under one of the pyramids. We then move on to another site that has fossil trunks of trees, telling of a once radically different climate. In the evening we return to Karima.

icon Day 10 : Karima - Old Dongola

Location:

  Karima, Old Dongola


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Nubian Rest House


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Today we head out to explore a completely different chapter of Sudan’s history, the site of Old Dongola which was once the capital of the Christian Kingdom of Makouria (7th – 14th century). The site contains many churches, palaces, houses and mosques. The walls of a number of buildings are decorated with very fine frescoes.

Arcadia Exclusive
On returning to Karima, we have organised a relaxing boat trip to explore this beautiful stretch of the Nile and see the dramatic sunset from the river.

icon Day 11 : Karima - Meroe

Location:

  Karima, Pyramids Of MEROE


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Meroe Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning we drive to the pyramids of Nuri and visit the necropolis, where American archaeologists have recently opened new tombs. We continue crossing the desert on the old Abu Dom track with a brief stop to the ruins of Der Ghazali Monastery.

We then follow the tar road across the Bayuda Desert, stopping along the way to visit nomads, before leaving the main road to drive across the desert to see the water wells where the nomads collect water. We cross the Nile on an old ferry boat before arriving at our tented camp.

icon Day 12 : Meroe Pyramids

Location:

  Pyramids Of MEROE


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Meroe Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The archaeological sites of Meroe, a semi-desert landscape between the Nile and Atbara rivers, was the heartland of the Kingdom of Kush, a major power from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE. It was the royal city of the Kushite Kings and includes the nearby religious sites of Naqa and Musawwarat es Sufra. It was from here its rulers controlled all of Egypt for close to a century. The site features pyramids, temples and domestic buildings as well as major installations connected to water management. Their vast empire extended from the Mediterranean to the heart of Africa and this incredible site testifies to the exchange between the art, architectures, religions and languages of both Upper and Lower Niles.

The Royal Necropolis of Meroe is located three kilometres from the Nile on a range of low dunes. Entering the site takes your breath away, each pyramid has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the King’s life and offers to the gods. After a morning exploring the pyramids, we tear ourselves away to have lunch at Meroe Camp before we move along the Nile to visit the ruins of the Royal City. Much of the city has still to be excavated and is covered by red clay and other archaeological fragments.

We conclude this magical day with the unforgettable experience of having sundowners amongst the pyramids before returning to camp.

icon Day 13 : Meroe - Naga - Mussawarat

Location:

  Pyramids Of MEROE, Naga Archaeological Site, Musawwarat es-Sufra


Accommodation:

  Lodge


Accommodation Name:

  Meroe Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After a hearty breakfast at the camp, we begin the journey southward. We leave the asphalt road and drive 30 km on a desert track to two intriguing archaeological sites.

At Naga we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century CE), a wonderful building with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion’s head, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several ritual images. A few metres away is a small, odd construction with arches and columns, named the ‘Kiosk’, in which we can see Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles all at the same time in one building. If you look carefully, you will find graffiti carved into the block work by soldiers from the time of Napoleons invasion.

Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. We then reach Mussawarat, a settlement that occupied a beautiful valley crowned by a row of hills. Here lie the ruins of a complex known as the ‘Great Enclosure’, made up of a series of walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century.

Arcadia Exclusive
In the afternoon we immerse ourselves into the local cuisine with a Sudanese cooking experience, joining the chef of an excellent restaurant in preparing delicious local delicacies and then eating our creations together.

icon Day 14 - 17 : Nubia Mountains - Bir Nurayet

Location:

  Atbara, Jebel Magardi


Accommodation:

  Camp


Accommodation Name:

  Wild Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We leave the ruins of Meroe and drive northwards to the town of Atbara. Lying at the confluence of the Nile and its most northern tributary, Atbara (Bahr-el-Aswad, or Black River) was a strategic location for military operations. In the Battle of Atbara, fought on 8 April 1898 near Nakheila, Kitchener’s Anglo-Egyptian Army defeated the Mahdist forces commanded by Amir Mahmud Ahmad. Kitchener’s strengthened position led to a decisive victory at the Battle of Omdurman 5 months later, giving the British control over the Sudan.

We then turn eastwards towards the Red Sea Hills to begin our next adventure – the crossing of the Eastern Nubian Desert to the Red Sea. As we drive between the wadis, we will likely meet gold prospectors – nomadic Beja people of the Bisharin and Hadendowa tribes.

We camp at and explore Jebel Magardi, an unusual shaped mountain near Bir (Well) Nurayet, where only a few years ago a Polish archaeological mission discovered a large number of rock carvings illustrating that people have inhabited this region for thousands of years. The mountain was believed to be an ancient centre for magical ceremonies associated with a fertility cult.

icon Day 18 : Nubian Desert - Red Sea Coast

Location:

  Muhammad Qol


Accommodation:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breaking our last camp, we reach the Red Sea near the small village of Mohammed Qol, which takes its name from a Saudi Arabian fisherman who moved here to start trading in this region.

We board our privately chartered 25-meter schooner, sip on a welcome drink and let the sea adventure begin.

icon Day 19 : Red Sea Cruise: Mohammed Qol - Mesherifa Island - Mayetib Island

Location:

  Muhammad Qol, Jazirat Mayteb


Accommodation Name:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The Red Sea’s warm waters and comparative isolation have resulted in a spectacular array of marine life. Soft and stony corals thrive to produce a wondrous reef, providing home to innumerable crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms and fish. Along the Sudanese coast, water temperatures average 27-28 °C. This is hot enough to reduce the planktonic and algal blooms that are so common further north. As a result, the sea is generally clear with visibility of up to 30m depth.

Mesharifa Island is only 4 km off the coast, and this will be our first opportunity to swim in these crystal-clear waters. We reach Mayetib Island, called the ‘island of snakes’ where an endemic species of non-poisonous snake lives. Here we have a delightful sandy beach from which we can snorkel along the reef.

icon Day 20 : Red Sea Cruise: Inkeifal Khors

Location:

  Shambaya Island


Accommodation Name:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Where the mountains meet the Red Sea, ‘Khors’ is an Arabic word that means ‘natural fjords’ and there are a number of them we will see in the area.

Inkeifal Khors is a spectacular place with two lagoons, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. We hop ashore for a walk, taking in sumptuous views over the desert.

icon Day 21 : Red Sea Cruise: Taila Islands

Location:

  Shambaya Island


Accommodation Name:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After cruising out of Shambaya, we reach the Taila Islands. These are made up of three small islands with white-pinkish sandy beaches. The first two are connected by a sand isthmus at low tide.

We walk amongst the acacia trees of the islands, look for nesting Osprey and hope to find coquina clams, which will be a great addition to our pasta dish prepared by the cook on board!

icon Day 22 - 23 : Red Sea Cruise: Gurna Reef - Sha'ab Rumi - Sanganeb Lighthouse

Location:

  Shi`b Rumi, Sanganeb Reef


Accommodation Name:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


In the morning we sail to the wonderful Gurna Reef, whose coral reaches the surface of the water and is populated by abundant colourful fish.

We then sail on to Sha’ab Rumi, where the reef is considered one of the best in the world. A lagoon behind the reef contains the remnants of Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf 2, where the famous oceanographer created an environment in which men could live and work on the bottom of the sea.

We dive and snorkel this beautiful natural wonder, hoping to site turtles, Manta rays and the schools of Barracudas and dolphins that frequent the area.

We cruise on to the picture-perfect Sanganeb Lighthouse, where from its top we can enjoy breathtaking views of the area. The surrounding Sanganeb reef was declared a Natural World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2016.

icon Day 24 : Red Sea Cruise: Umbria Shipwreck - Suakin - Port Sudan

Location:

  Suakin, Port Sudan


Accommodation Name:

  MY Elegante


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


On the way to Port Sudan we will stop at the Wingate Reef where the Italian ship Umbria sank in 1940 and lies on its side at a maximum depth of 36m. We are able to snorkel the wreck at its shallowest point.

Tonight, we have a special farewell dinner onboard the boat.

icon Day 25 : Port Sudan - Khartoum (Departure)

Location:

  Port Sudan, Khartoum


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


After breakfast, we disembark from the boat and drive to the ancient port of Suakin. Likely Ptolemy’s Port of Good Hope, Limen Evangelis, in its glory days Suakin was known as the ‘Red Sea Pearl’ and bore witness to some of the great moments in history from the time of Rome to the invasions of the British Empire. Today it is a ghost town and currently under restoration.

This afternoon we transfer to Port Sudan Airport to board our flight to Khartoum airport where you will meet your connecting international flight or embark on further explorations.

What's Included

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    Gratuities/tipping for local guides, drivers, hotel staff and restaurants for included meals

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    Porterage at airports and hotels

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    Accommodation as stated on a twin-share basis

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    All taxes

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    Private airport transfers (arrival and departure)

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    Reusable responsible travel water bottle with daily drinking water provided

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    Sightseeing as specified including entrance fees to sites mentioned in itinerary

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    All land transport by private air-conditioned vehicle and train

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    Meals as per itinerary (24 breakfasts, 23 lunches, 23 dinners) including welcome and farewell dinners

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    Services of Arcadia Expedition Leader Dr Iain Shearer

    Iain is an archaeologist who has worked on sites across the Middle East, North Africa and Sudan, Central Asia, Caucasus, China, India, Pakistan, USA, Balkans, Europe and UK. Iain took his degrees at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he worked before being appointed The Sackler Scholar for Afghanistan and Iran at The British Museum. He surveyed at Mada’in Saleh in Saudi Arabia with an Italian Mission during the 2000s and excavated at Jerash and Petra in Jordan. He was made a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society in 2008 and enjoys popularising history for a non-specialist audience, leading numerous lecture tours during the last couple of decades for Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The British Museum, Art Gallery of NSW and regularly gives public lectures at institutions worldwide.

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What's Not Included

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    Items of a purely personal nature (i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc)

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    Passport and visa charges

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    Lunch and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in itinerary

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    Travel insurance

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    Excess luggage

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    Return international flights

Check out our Q&As

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes, we can assist with pre and post tour accommodation

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Typically, we have a mix of passengers from many countries

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No, the minimum age for this tour is 18 years of age

What is your company doing to reduce the use of plastics on tour?

All Arcadia travellers are provided with cloth bags and reusable water bottles at the beginning of their expedition to help them avoid single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles.

What is the tipping policy?

Tipping is included in the tour price, including tipping for local guides, drivers, hotel staff and restaurants for included meals

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes, there is free time to explore places during the tour

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This tour includes long travel days and extended time visiting remote areas with basic facilities. Participants must be in excellent health, extremely mobile and live an active lifestyle. Unless you have good endurance and mobility, you will not get the most out of this expedition.

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, Dr Iain Shearer, a renowned archaeologist, with decades of experience, will be acting as our Expedition Leader/Storyteller and there will also be an English-speaking local guide throughout.

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, all entrance fees are included

    Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, domestic flights are included, but not international flights

    What is the maximum group size?

    Maximum group size is 12

    Company Instant Book

    Yes, this trip is available to be booked instantly

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, local guides on this tour are English speaking

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, you will know the names and details of all the accommodation before you depart

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Luxury accommodation in the major cities and towns, camping in the more remote areas

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes, the transport is air-conditioned throughout

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Private arrival and departure transfers are included

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, private arrival and departure transfers are included

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes there is a single supplement for solo travellers

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, our accommodation is fully audited to ensure they comply with the very highest health and safety regulations.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes, we have an option for single travellers who want to have their own room on tour through payment of a single supplement. If you are willing to share a room with another single traveller of the same gender, you must pay the single supplement rate and we will use reasonable endeavour to match you with another single traveller of the same gender.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Arcadia Expeditions has been trading since May 2019.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No you cannot join the tour once it has departed

    How many people are in a group?

    Our expeditions have a maximum group size of either 10, 12 or 16 travellers. Small groups of like-minded travellers allow low-impact, intimate access to our destinations and more time with our experts. Each member of our group will be an integral part of the expedition, with our small group size allowing us to learn more about our traveller’s interests and incorporating them into the experience.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    At Arcadia Expeditions, we believe that our business has a higher purpose than simply profit. As leaders in the travel industry, we incorporate principles of Sustainability and Responsible Tourism into everything we do. We are committed to reducing our negative environmental impacts while increasing our positive social and economic impacts and work with a number of grassroots projects globally.

    Who will be leading my tour?

    Each expedition has a leadership team of two: an expert on the trip theme to narrate the story of the journey (an academic, author or researcher) plus a local guide who shares their local knowledge, culture and experience to reveal the spirit of their country. They are the ultimate travel companions and are trained to make every part of the trip safe and seamless.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are able to transfer from one of our expeditions to another free of charge 60 days or more from departure. Should you be unable to find a suitable alternative with us immediately, you can retain the value of your deposit as a credit for up to 24 months.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive an extensive 'Essential Trip Information' set of notes to give you a detailed background on the destinations you are traveling to with us. This incorporates information on climate, a packing list, reading list, visa information and other tips and facts so you make the most of your holiday.

    Can these tours be run privately for my own group?

    Travelling privately, rather than on one of our set group departures, gives you the chance to tailor-make the content of your expedition for groups of family or friends. Choose activity inclusions on your trip, the duration and the departure date. We offer complete flexibility that puts you in control of your holiday.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have introduced a range of enhanced safety measures in line with recommendations from public health authorities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and following the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) Covid-19 protocols for cultural tour operators.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Groups will most likely be a mix of nationalities. Our small groups of like-minded travellers share a common interest in the chance to go deeper in to a destination and for the art of storytelling. Our travellers come from the same vintage and you will feel like you are part of a travelling dinner party with new friends.

Travel, Your Way

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    Personalise your trip

    Make changes to the itinerary, accommodation, or transport method

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    Increased safety during COVID

    Spend the majority of time amongst your group to reduce exposure to others

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    Travel more exclusively

    Your tour guide can focus all their attention on your group

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    Travel for a special occasion

    Celebrate an important event by only travelling with your friends or family

Dates & Availability

Instant Booking Available

Tuesday

Nov 07, 2023

Friday

Dec 01, 2023
  • tourhub discount: $894 (USD)

$14900
$14006 (USD)
$14900
$14006 (USD)

tourhub discount: $894

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    Free Date Changes

    Arcadia Expeditions allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

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    Transfer as credit to Future Tours

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    Low Deposit

    Arcadia Expeditions requires a minimum deposit of 1500 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

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    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your tour, tourhub doesn't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of arcadia expeditions charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 46 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost.

    At 45 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost.

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Sudan - The Three Niles

25 Days Starting and ending in Khartoum, Sudan

Visiting:

Khartoum

,

Wadi Howar

,

Tempel von Soleb

,

Tombos

,

Kerma

,

Karima

,

Jebel Barkal

,

Pyramids and Tombs at El-Kurru

,

Old Dongola

,

Pyramids Of MEROE

,

Naga Archaeological Site

,

Musawwarat es-Sufra

,

Atbara

,

Jebel Magardi

,

Muhammad Qol

,

Jazirat Mayteb

,

Shambaya Island

,

Shi`b Rumi

,

Sanganeb Reef

,

Suakin

,

Port Sudan

Tour operator:

Arcadia Expeditions

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

SUD501

Group size:

4 - 12

Age range:

18-80

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

Private Available:

Request A Private Tour

From:

$14900

$14006 (USD)

tourhub discount: $894


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  • Balance due 60 days before departure

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