Ancient Civilisations Explored

Cairo - Addis Ababa

49 days through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia
FROM: $7490 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Ferry, Boat
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 15 nights
Basic Hotel 18 nights
Camping 1 night
Multishare Hostel 3 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Camping without facilities 10 nights
Breakfasts x 47, Lunches x 12, Dinners x 12
$435 USD per person
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As the title suggests, this trip really explores the ancient cultures of Northern Africa. It travels between Cairo and Addis Ababa, two of Africa's great modern day cities. But along the way it passes through the lands and history of three great cultures.

The most obvious is the land of Ancient Egypt, and we have over 18 days to explore the Egyptian Nile Valley and it's myriad of ancient relics, such as the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, Thebes, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, Aswan and of course Abu Simbel. We also make time to explore the Nile by an overnight Felucca trip.

The next of the great cultures is the least known, the Kushite Kingdom of Sudan's Nubian Desert and this is where we really come into our own, as our overland vehicle and camping equipment, allow us to camp out in the desert at some of Africa's finest ruins. Finally, we have over three weeks to really get to grips with Northern Ethiopia, its mountains, deserts and its wonderfully ancient Christian culture.

See the mummy of Rameses II in the Cairo Museum
Guided tour of the pyramids, tombs and other wonders of Egypt
Explore the ancient city of Alexandria
See the famous Suez canal
Relax on the beach of the Red Sea resort, Marsa Alam
Marvel at the incredible sights of Luxor
Explore the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings
Guided tour of the Temple of Horus at Edfu
Enjoy an overnight trip in a traditional felucca on the river Nile
2 days in Aswan to explore the history and sights

Absolutely, if you love discovery and are prepared to get out of your comfort zone and to go way off the beaten track across the Sudanese deserts and mountains of Ethiopia. A very well paced journey with loads of time to explore and a great mix of hotels, hostels and camping. Be prepared that some of the accommodation can be fairly basic.

Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum

Visit the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Anthony in Egypt's Eastern Deserts

Explore the Ottoman Fort at El Quseir

See the remarkably well-preserved painted murals in the Temple of Hathor in Dendara

Guided tour of Karnak Temple Luxor

Day 1 - Cairo (16th November 2021)

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.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the Cairo Egyptian Museum


Optional Activities

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

Entrance: 100 EGP

Visit The Pharonic Village - a showcase of various scenes of everyday life in Ancient Egypt

Entrance: 150 EGP

Explore the medieval Islamic fortress of the Cario Citadel built by the warrior Saladin and the beautiful Ottoman Mosque of Muhammed Ali Pasha

Entrance: 50 EGP

Visit the collection of Egyptian Coptic Christian heritage at the Coptic Museum and the nearby Hanging Church

Entrance to museum: 50 EGP

See the 9th-century Nileometer on Rhoda Island which was once used for carefully measuring the height of the Nile during the annual flood

Entrance: 15 EGP

Entrance to the distinctive Cairo Tower the tallest building in North Africa (when open)

Entrance: 70 EGP

Explore the scenic Al Azhar Park an oasis of beautiful greenery within Cairo built in tradition Islamic style

Entrance: 7 EGP

Discover the exceptional collection of art from all over the Islamic world at Cairo\'s Museum of Islamic Art

Entrance: 50 EGP

Day 2 - Cairo (17th November 2021)
Day 3 - Alexandria (18th November 2021)
Day 4 - Alexandria (19th November 2021)
Day 5 - Port Said (20th November 2021)
Day 6 - Zafarana (21st November 2021)
Day 7 - El Quseir (22nd November 2021)
Day 8 - Marsa Alam (23rd November 2021)
Day 9 - Marsa Alam (24th November 2021)
Day 10 - Marsa Alam (25th November 2021)
Day 11 - Luxor (26th November 2021)
Day 12 - Luxor (27th November 2021)
Day 13 - Luxor (28th November 2021)
Day 14 - Aswan (29th November 2021)
Day 15 - Nile Felucca (30th November 2021)
Day 16 - Aswan (1st December 2021)
Day 17 - Aswan (2nd December 2021)
Day 18 - Abu Simbel (3rd December 2021)
Day 19 - Wadi Halfa (4th December 2021)
Day 20 - Wawa (5th December 2021)
Day 21 - Karima (6th December 2021)
Day 22 - Naqa (7th December 2021)
Day 23 - Naqa (8th December 2021)
Day 24 - Naqa (9th December 2021)
Day 25 - Khartoum (10th December 2021)
Day 26 - Khartoum (11th December 2021)
Day 27 - Gedaref (12th December 2021)
Day 28 - Gondar (13th December 2021)
Day 29 - Gondar (14th December 2021)
Day 30 - Gondar (15th December 2021)
Day 31 - Simien Mountains NP (16th December 2021)
Day 32 - Simien Mountains NP (17th December 2021)
Day 33 - Simien Mountains NP (18th December 2021)
Day 34 - Simien Mountains NP (19th December 2021)
Day 35 - Axum (20th December 2021)
Day 36 - Axum (21st December 2021)
Day 37 - Mekele (22nd December 2021)
Day 38 - Danakil Depression (23rd December 2021)
Day 39 - Mekele (24th December 2021)
Day 40 - Lalibela (25th December 2021)
Day 41 - Lalibela (26th December 2021)
Day 42 - Lalibela (27th December 2021)
Day 43 - Awra Amba (28th December 2021)
Day 44 - Bahir Dar (29th December 2021)
Day 45 - Bahir Dar (30th December 2021)
Day 46 - Bahir Dar (31st December 2021)
Day 47 - Debre Markos (1st January 2022)
Day 48 - Addis Ababa (2nd January 2022)
Day 49 - Addis Ababa (3rd January 2022)

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16 Nov 21 Cairo
03 Jan 22 Addis Ababa

$7,490 USD

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02 Mar 22 Addis Ababa
19 Apr 22 Cairo

$7,530 USD

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15 Nov 22 Cairo
02 Jan 23 Addis Ababa

$7,685 USD

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01 Mar 23 Addis Ababa
18 Apr 23 Cairo

$7,785 USD

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