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Cairo to Khartoum
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This classic overland route between Cairo and Khartoum will take you from the splendours of ancient Egypt to the vast deserts of Sudan, via a whole host of other highlights and hidden gems in between. After exploring Cairo with its world famous Pyramids of Giza and phenomenal Museum of Antiquities, we'll visit the fascinating city of Alexandria, and follow the Red Sea down to the idyllic resort of Marsa Alem where we can relax and enjoy the scenery and activities on this wonderful bit of coastline. From there we head to Luxor via the fantastic Temple of Dendara - in Luxor we will visit the Valley of the Kings and the colossal Karnak Temple before heading south to Aswan, where we visit the pristine Temple of Edfu and take a sailing trip on a traditional felucca on the Nile. Most Egypt trips end here, but with Dragoman you'll be much more adventurous and continue via the iconic Temples of Abu Simbel into the vast desert wilderness of Sudan. Travel in this part of the world is tough and frequently challenging, but as a reward we get unparalleled access to places such as the Pyramids of Meroe and the ruined temples of the Kushite kingdom, as well as enjoying some of the most remote and atmospheric wild camps in the world. This journey of stark contrasts is one of the most fantastic and rewarding experiences in Africa, and overlanding is truly the only way to travel through Sudan!


Duration: 27 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Sailing, Rafting, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Boating Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 157975
Starts: Cairo, Egypt Finishes: Khartoum, Sudan
You will visit
  • Cairo
  • Alexandria
  • Port Said
  • Eastern Deserts
  • Zafarana
  • El Quseir
  • Marsa Alam
  • Luxor
  • Edfu
  • Aswan
  • Nile Felucca
  • Abu Simbel
  • Wadi Halfa
  • Wawa
  • Dongola
  • Karima
  • Musawwarat
  • Meroe
  • Naqa
  • Khartoum

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

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

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to check your Sudanese visa or make sure the necessary preparations have been done to pick your visa up in Cairo or Aswan. They will also need to check the Ethiopian visas of anyone going beyond Khartoum.

In the afternoon we will have 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 note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cairo 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 Cairo.

In Cairo we wil stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

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Day 2: Cairo

Today we will set off in a local chartered minibus for an included full-day guided tour to Memphis, the pyramids at Saqarra, 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.

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Day 3-4: Alexandria

Today we will start our journey by travelling up to the Mediterranean coast to 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 various historical sites, and to go diving in the Mediterranean.

In Alexandria we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 5: Port Said

Today we will follow the Mediterranean coast across the Nile Delta to reach Port Said, the town at the northern outflow of the Suez Canal.

In Port Said we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

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Day 6: Eastern Deserts

Today we will travel south following the Suez Canal, then branch out 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 - 6-8 hours.

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Day 7: El Quseir

Today we will travel down the stunning coast of the Red Sea to explore the Ottoman fort at El Quseir.

In El Quseir we will stay in a pleasant campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

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Day 8-10: Marsa Alam

Today we will complete our drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

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

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

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Day 11-13: Luxor

Today 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. We will also try to visit the Temple of Hathor at Dendara en route (if accessible).

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

On the second 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 third 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.

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Day 14: Edfu

Today we leave Luxor 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.

We will then continue on to the southern city of Aswan - here is where we will pick up the Sudanese visas of anyone who has arranged them to be processed here in advance.

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

Estimated Drive Time -  10 hours (including the visit to Edfu).

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Day 15: Aswan

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

Accommodation tonight will be on board the felucca.

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Day 16-17: Aswan

We will return from the felucca to Aswan, where we will have 2 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. If the group are keen to extend the felucca trip, we also have time to allow this possibility.

We will return to our same hotel in Aswan for these 2 nights.

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Day 18: Abu Simbel

Today we will drive with the 11:00am convoy to the small village of Abu Simbel, where 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 - 5-6 hours.

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Day 19: Wadi Halfa

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

Today we will take an early transport ferry across to the east side of Lake Nasser, and then head across the border where we meet our local facilitator who will accompany us in Sudan. We will then drive a short distance to the dusty northern Sudanese frontier town of Wadi Halfa, where we will spend the night.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (including the border crossing).

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Day 20-21: Wawa

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 Temple of Soleb near Wawa, the Temple of Deffufa near Dongola, and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima.

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 Time - 4-7 hours each day.

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Day 22-24: Musawwarat

Over these days we continue our journey into the heart of Sudan, visiting the incredible and haunting Nuri pyramids and Meroe pyramids of the Kushite era. We will then continue south to visit the Kushite ruins at the sites of Naqa and Musawwarat.

We will wild camp in the Sudanese deserts on these nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours each day.

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Day 25-26: Khartoum

Today we will complete our journey to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, where your tour leader will have to collect the passports of everyone in the group to register our visas.

We will the rest of the day and the whole of tomorrow to explore Khartoum, including the the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market, or relax at our hotel.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 27: Khartoum

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Khartoum. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman 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.

For passengers continuing their journey on to Gondar, today we will leave Khartoum towards the Ethiopian border, staying in the small town of Gedaref.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Take a guided tour of the incredible Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and see it's overwhelming collection of antiquities including the contents of Tutankhamun's tomb
    • 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
    • See the world-famous statue of the mythical Sphinx in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza
    • 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
    • Visit the ancient 3rd Dynasty necropolis of Saqqara, including Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest complete stone building ever built in the world
    • Explore the remains of Memphis, the old capital of Lower Egypt
    • See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said
    • Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Deserts
    • Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir
    • Take a guided tour of the monumental Temple of Karnak, built over approximately 1700 years between the Middle Kingdom and the Ptolomaic era
    • See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara
    • Explore the phenomenal royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile
    • Visit the impressive Temple of Hatshepsut, built to honour one of Egypt's most influential Pharoahs
    • Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt
    • Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip
    • Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel
    • Visit to the Kushite temples and climb to the summit of the distinctive Jebel Barkal mountain
    • Visit the pre-Kushite Temple of Deffufa, a 5,500 year old Nubian archaeological site built by the Kerma civilisation
    • Explore the ancient Kushite Royal Pyramids at Nuri, near Karima
    • Cross the Nile and explore the remote Kushite Temple of Soleb
    • Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat
    • Explore the other-worldly pyramids at Meroe, the late capital of the Kushite civilisation
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary. In Sudan you will be accompanied on the truck by a local facilitator
    Accomodation
    • 25% Camping - 75% Hotels
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