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.
Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum
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 - Cost: EGP 100
Visit The Pharonic Village, a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt - Cost: 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 - Cost: EGP 50
Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church - Cost: 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 - Cost: EGP 15
Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower, the tallest building in North Africa (when open) - Cost: EGP 70
Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park, an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo, built in tradition Islamic style - Cost: EGP 7
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.
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
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
Guided visit to the Giza and Saqqara Pyramids, Cairo
- Cost: EGP 120
Entrance to the interior of the Menkaure Pyramid at Giza
- Cost: EGP 100
See the reconstruction of an Ancient Egyptian reed boat at the Pyramids of Giza - Cost: EGP 40
See the stunning Sound and Light show at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx - Cost: EGP 120
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 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!).
Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, the incredible modern Library of Alexandria - Cost: EGP 70
Scuba diving around the incredible submerged port of Heracleion in the Mediterranean Sea - Cost: EGP 800
See the interesting collections and exhibits at the Alexandria Museum, located in a restored Italian-style palace - Cost: EGP 65
Explore the incredible 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dikka - Cost: EGP 15
Visit the incredible Citadel of Qaitbey, a 15th-century defensive fortress on the mouth of the Eastern Harbour - Cost: EGP 25
Explore the ancient underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa - Cost: 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
- Cost: EGP 50
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 - 4-6 hours.
See the famous and influential Suez Canal near Port Said
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 - 5-7 hours.
Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Desert
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 - 5-7 hours.
Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir
Today we will complete our drive to the beautiful southern Red Sea village of Marsa Alam.
Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.
We will have 2 full 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.
Head out scuba-diving through the coral reefs of the Red Sea - Cost: EUR 60
Explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea from a 'semi-submarine', a boat designed with huge underwater viewing windows - Cost: EUR 40
Take an overnight camel safari out into the Wadi-El-Gamal desert, sleeping out under the stars - Cost: EGP 300
Snorkel through the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea, searching for dolphins and other marine life - Cost: EUR 60
Visit the fascinating traditional camel markets of Shalateen, on the remote coastal border with Sudan - Cost: EUR 50
Head out for a sunset quad biking trip into the deserts near Marsa Alam - Cost: EUR 35
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.
Guided tour of Karnak Temple, Luxor
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
Explore the colossal 18th-Dynasty Temple of Luxor - Cost: EGP 65
Visit the fascinating Luxor Museum of Antiquities - Cost: EGP 80
Visit the world-famous tomb of the Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, the only Egyptian royal tomb ever discovered undisturbed
- Cost: EGP 150
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 - 5-7 hours.
Take a guided tour of the Ptolomaic-era Temple of Horus at Edfu, considered to be the best preserved temple in Egypt
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.
Discover the River Nile by boat on an afternoon and overnight felucca trip
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 the 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.
Visit the Philae Temple, a beautiful Ptolomaic-era temple to Osiris on an island near Aswan - Cost: EGP 110
Visit the controversial Aswan High Dam - Cost: 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 - Cost: 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 - Cost: EGP 40
Visit the Nubian Museum, a fantastic showcase of Nubian culture and civilisation - Cost: EGP 20
Explore the nearby Fatimid cemetery, a rare window into the 10th and 11th-century Fatimid Caliphate era - Cost: USD
Visit the incredible Roman-era Temple of Kalabsha, constructed in tribute to Mandulis, the Nubian sun god - Cost: EGP 50
Learn all about the process and techniques of mummification at the Luxor Mummification Museum - Cost: EGP 60
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 - 4-5 hours.
Visit the awe-inspiring world-famous Temple of Ramses II and Temple of Nefertari in Abu Simbel
Watch the fantastic Sound and Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples - Cost: EGP 60
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 - 3-5 hours.
Over the next 2 days we will journey 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 Deffufa of Kerma near Dongola, and the pyramids at Jebel Barkal mountain near the town of Karima.
On both 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 - 4-7 hours each day.
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
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.
Explore the ancient Kushite temples of Naqa and Musawwarat
Guided visit of Meroe Pyramids
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 have the rest of the day and the whole of the following day to freely explore Khartoum, including possible optional trips to the impressive Grand Mosque and the bustling Omdurman market.
In Khartoum we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Explore Omdurman market in Khartoum
- Cost: USD
Witness the confluence of the Blue and White Niles at 'The Mogran' near Khartoum
- Cost: USD
Learn all about the Islamic Mahdist era with a visit to the Khalifa House Museum and the Mahdi's Tomb in Omdurman
- Cost: USD 1
Visit the various interesting museums of Khartoum - the Presidental Palace Museum, the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum - Cost: SDD 1
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 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.