Stunning and remote archaeological sites lie along the palm-fringed Nile River as it winds through the legendary Kingdom of Kush, an ancient rival to the better-known pharaohs to the north. Our thrilling journey brings you to the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile for a private sunset cruise, then overland by 4WD vehicle to grand and seldom-visited monuments, from the painted tombs of Napata to the breathtaking Pyramids of Meroe. Along the way, you’ll enjoy desert picnics, hidden Nubian villages, visits to chai houses to sip cinnamon tea, a mystical Sufi dance, and an optional camel ride. Select accommodations, including a charming guest house and a safari-style tent camp, put you only steps away from the amazing ruins of a lost kingdom on the Nile.
I learned a lot about the history and culture of the region. Enjoyed dinner with archaeologists, the amazing pyramids, tombs and Coptic ruins, visiting the nomads. Staying in tents in the desert was fun.
— Marcia O., Sacramento, CA
Khartoum / Nile Cruise / Jebel Barkal / Napata / Pyramids of Nuri
After exploring Khartoum’s historic sites and open-air market where artisans flourish, we head to the red sandstone mountain of Jebel Barkal, sacred to the Nubians since the time of the New Kingdom (1500 BC). We then cross the Nile to reach the fantastic Nile-side pyramids at Napata, with their multicolored hieroglyphics, and the Pyramids of Nuri, burial place of 21 Kushite kings. Our lovely lodge is set at the foot of Jebel Barkal, and we’ll enjoy a traditional Nubian dance performance here.
Bisharin Nomads / Pyramids of Meroe
Crossing the volcanic Bayuda Desert, we visit Bisharin nomads roaming with their camels, and reach spell-binding Meroe, with its countless mysterious pyramids. You can ride a camel (or walk) to explore this astonishing site. From our permanent tented camp, savor amazing pyramid views right from the veranda of your safari-style tent.
Naga and Mussawarat Temples / Whirling Dervishes
After exploring the temples of Naga and Mussawarat, watch the spinning of the Sufi whirling dervishes at sunset at the Tomb of Ahmed al-Nil, as chanting and music fill the air. Depart on Day 9.
Extend Your Journey
Note: Flight schedules to Khartoum, Sudan, are via Cairo (Egypt), Amman (Jordan), Addis (Ethiopia), and Dubai (U.A.E.). We are happy to arrange pre- or post-trip extensions in these countries for you. Please contact our office for details.
Stunning pyramids at Nuri and Meroe, both World Heritage Sites
Our superb Egyptologist Trip Leader unlocks the secrets of the Kingdom of Kush
Delightful accommodations right at the archaeological sites
Traditional dance performances, open-air markets, local specialties from lemon-laced kabobs to sweet ginger coffee
Small group—maximum 11 participants!
Optional extensions include Egypt and Jordan
6 nights hotels, 2 nights safari-style camp
All meals included
Cultural Adventures, Archaeology
Overland desert touring by comfortable 4WD vehicle with guaranteed window seating, exploration with easy walking