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!
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Trip Name: Cairo to Khartoum
Duration: 27 Days
From Price: 2540
Trip Code: 157975
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