Ancient Civilisations Explored

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 49 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guided tour of the fascinating ancient royal city of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • 3 nights in the fabulously scenic Simien Mountains NP
  • Spot geladas, ibex, Ethiopian wolves and many other endemic species
  • Guided tour of palaces and temples in historic Axum
Starting in Addis Ababa and ending in Cairo, the Ancient Civilisations Explored tour is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 49 days. You will be touring through Naqa, Mekele, Bahir Dar and 17 other destinations in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Ancient Civilisations Explored is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

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  • Michael
  • On Jun 01 2018
“Overall a really good route, seeing great scenery.”
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  • Yvonne
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Travelled with you before (The Silk Road - Beijing to Ashgabat) and had a great time then. Travel experience with you has only got better!”
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  • Day 1: Addis Ababa
  • Day 2: Debre Markos
  • Day 3: Bahir Dar
  • Day 4: Bahir Dar
  • Day 5: Bahir Dar
  • Day 6: Awra Amba
  • Day 7: Lalibela
  • Day 8: Lalibela
  • Day 9: Lalibela
  • Day 10: Mekele
  • Day 11: Danakil Depression
  • Day 12: Mekele
  • Day 13: Axum
  • Day 14: Axum
  • Day 15: Debark
  • Day 16: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 17: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 18: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 19: Gondar
  • Day 20: Gondar
  • Day 21: Gedaref
  • Day 22: Khartoum
  • Day 23: Khartoum
  • Day 24: Khartoum
  • Day 25: Musawwarat
  • Day 26: Karima
  • Day 27: Wawa
  • Day 28: Dongola
  • Day 29: Wawa
  • Day 30: Wadi Halfa
  • Day 31: Wadi Halfa
  • Day 32: Abu Simbel
  • Day 33: Aswan
  • Day 34: Aswan
  • Day 35: Nile Felucca
  • Day 36: Luxor
  • Day 37: Luxor
  • Day 38: Luxor
  • Day 39: Marsa Alam
  • Day 40: Marsa Alam
  • Day 41: Marsa Alam
  • Day 42: El Quseir
  • Day 43: Zafarana
  • Day 44: Port Said
  • Day 45: Alexandria
  • Day 46: Alexandria
  • Day 47: Cairo
  • Day 48: Cairo
  • Day 49: Cairo
WHAT'S INCLUDED Download PDF Brochure
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Boat, Private Bus, Ferry
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • 94 Breakfasts
  • 22 Lunches
  • 22 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Addis Ababa and from Cairo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ancient Civilisations Explored tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ancient Civilisations Explored tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days before departure.

Travel Insurance

Ancient Civilisations Explored tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Ancient Civilisations Explored tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.