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Wadi Halfa – Khartoum Tour...


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Wadi Halfa – Khartoum

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1 / Wadi Halfa – Island of Sai

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In the morning, arrival with the ferry at Wadi Halfa . Meet and assist by our representative. Going to the Nubian house for overnight, lunch in the market of  Wadi Halfa. City tour for talking about the history of this city which has been moved several times due to the construction of Aswan High Dam. Under the water of the Nubian lake an important number of churches has been drowned and also one of the biggest the citadel called BOHEN. Overnight in Nubian House in Wadi Halfa.

 

Day 2 / Wadi Halfa – Saï Island – Soleb – Tombos 

Early morning, we will take our breakfast and crossing the desert with our 4X4 passing by Mountains Sand Dunes and wonderful views of the Nubian Desert. Arrival at Wawa village crossing the Nile river by ferry from the east bank to Island of Sai where it is possible to find Kerma, Egyptian, Christian and Turkish remains. Sai Island is one of the biggest islands in the Nile measuring 22Km of length.

Saï Island

Saï Island

Starting our visit to remains of the old church, tombs and city .Lunch in a Nubian house. In the afternoon we will continue our way to reach the city of Soleb . Arrival at Soleb , dinner and overnight in one of the most beautiful Nubian house facing the temple Soleb, one of the most beautiful Egyptian temple of all Sudan built by Totmosis II who built Luxor Temple.

 

Day 3 / Soleb – Tombos : 

After breakfast, early in the morning during the sunrise we will visit the temple of Soleb ,testimony of the New Kingdom in Nubia, with many walls rich in hieroglyphic inscriptions, bas-relief figures and many columns. In our way we will have lunch in Abri.

In Sebu, right on the river bank of the Nile it is possible to visit one of the richest sites of rock engraving of all Sudan with hundreds of images from prehistoric to Egyptian times. We then head towards Tombos. Here we find ancient granite quarries and the remains of a statue of the King Taharqa, simply left there in the desert 3000 years ago. Dinner and overnight in a local Nubian house in Tombos.

 

Day 4 / Tombos - Kerma – Old Dongola – Karima   

Breakfast , starting our day to reach Kerma one of the richest sites in Sudan and the capital of Nubian civilization and remains from King Taharqa . We will visit the remains of the “Defuffa”. This ancient building, made by row of bricks, was probably a holy place for Kerma civilisation. Here we are in the central part of the Nubian region. The population speaks a different language from Arabic .The Nubian villages are beautiful, among sand dunes and palm trees; the houses are painted and decorated with colourful patterns and flowers. Enthusiastic hospitality abounds. People will often invite foreigners to visit their houses and share a meal or a cup of spiced tea. It is a touching experience. We will visit one of the most beautiful museums in Sudan preserved by Charles BONNET. Lunch in the market of Kerma by side the Nile then drive south through the sandy dunes and red rocky hills of the Nubian Desert. Following the Nile, we reach the site of Old Dongola. A Christian Coptic temple, with marble columns, together with several churches, is situated on the banks of the Nile. These are the remains of a small Christian kingdom (Makuria Kingdom) that lasted till the X°-XI° century. Late in the evening arrival at Karima city for dinner and overnight in a house .

 

Day 5 / Karima – Bayouda Desert – Meroe 

After breakfast, starting the day with Jebel Barkal . This huge mountain can be seen from a few dozen of kilometers whilst still in the open desert.  At the foot of this wonderful and isolated red sandstone mountain, there is a big temple, dedicated to Amon. Amon‘s ancient “Pure Mountain” was the religious Nubian heart for more than 1000 years. Besides the ruins of the big temple there are still several sculptured granite rams that were supposed to border a long avenue that probably led to the pier on the Nile. In the mountain wall there is a big room decorated with bas-relief. The Jebel Barkal archaeological sites are on the World Heritage list. We then visit the site of El Kurru, where there is one of the necropolises of the ancient capital Napata.  Here we can visit two tombs which are excavated in the rock under the pyramids partially collapsed. They are totally decorated with amazing images of the Pharaoh, of the gods and multicolour hieroglyphic inscriptions. Not far from here there is an interesting site of petrified wood, an ancient forest with hundreds of huge trunks.

Tomb of Tanutamani

Tomb of Tanutamani

Lunch in the local market of Karima .We will cross the Nile and we will visit the Pyramids of Nuri. The pyramids of Nuri are the only ones built by clay bricks in Sudan.   Continue the road by crossing Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the loop formed by the Nile between the 4th and the 6th Cataract and characterised by sharp black basalt mountains, most of them volcanic and typically cone-shaped. They alternate with level pebble stretches and large valleys crossed by dry wadis, where little vegetation can be seen. It is very likely to meet isolated groups of Bisharia nomads, who live in familiar groups in small huts made of intertwined branches close to the rare water wells, with their caravans and herds of camels and cattle. Arrival at the hotel facing the pyramids of Meroe .Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 6 / Meroe – Mussawarat – Naga 

Wake up with the wonderful sunrise on Meroe site with the red light of the early morning. After breakfast, we will visit the Royal Necropolis of Meroe located on the Eastern bank of the Nile. We visit the ruins of the Royal City and the pyramids. The excavations confirm that the town of Meroe used to cover a large area and the royal city was located in a central position, surrounded by suburbs and a boundary wall.  Most of the area where the city is located, formed by many small hills covered by red clay fragments, has still to be excavated by the archaeologists. Lunch in the city of el DAMER.

Pyramids of Meroe

Pyramids of Meroe

 

Road to Mussawarat El Sufra. This settlement is located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Here the ruins of a very big temple are visible; it once played an exceptional important role. Its main characteristic, the “Great Enclosure” is made by many constructions and boundary walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century A.D. The large number of elephants represented on these walls makes you think that this animal used to have an important role in this area.  Beyond the big wadi there is another temple – restored by German archaeological mission in Sudan – dedicated to the god Apedemak. We then move to the beautiful site of Naga for camp. Dinner and overnight in the desert.

 

Day 7 / Naga – Khartoum 

We begin the visit by exploring the area of Naga, which is located about 30 km to the east of the Nile and it is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period.  In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak a wonderful temple with bas-relief decorations depicting the god with a lion’s head, the Pharaoh, noblemen and several ritual images. A few metres away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named “kiosk“, in which we can notice Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles, all at the same time. Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. Lunch in a restaurant on the way. In the afternoon we reach Khartoum.Check in at the hotel. Dinner in the city and overnight.

 

Day 8 / Khartoum 

Breakfast at the hotel then we visit the Archaeological Museum that contains many beautiful objects. In the backyard of the museum ,there are  two beautiful temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area when it was flooded by the water. Also in the museum we have a wonderful collection of Icons belonging to the famous church of Mirgisa from the  Christian era   in Nubia called Mikkuria civilization .

We will go after lunch to Omdurman to visit the Omdurman Market, the largest market in Sudan. Back to the hotel for a rest in day use rooms.  Dinner and check out to be transferred to the airport.

 

The itinerary can be changed, modified or done in opposite direction for several local reasons without any changes of the content or excursions.

 

Airport taxes at final departure 25 $ till now