Ancient Civilisations Explored

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  • duration 49 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Cairo, Egypt
  • Ends Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
The Ancient Civilisations Explored tour starts from Cairo and ends in Addis Ababa. The Ancient Civilisations Explored tour is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 49 days. You will travel through Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and visit Danakil Depression, Gondar, Awra Amba and 23 other destinations. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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.

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“I loved Tehran and I also really enjoyed being on the road - the actual journey. It was a fairly small group so we had a lot of room on the truck which helped, but also the whole idea of being on the open road and camping in places where probably nobody, certainly no tourists, had camped before. It helped make for a very special trip.”
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Day 1: Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Alexandria
  • Day 4: Alexandria
  • Day 5: Port Said
  • Day 6: Zafarana
  • Day 7: El Quseir
  • Day 8: Marsa Alam
  • Day 9: Marsa Alam
  • Day 10: Marsa Alam
  • Day 11: Luxor
  • Day 12: Luxor
  • Day 13: Luxor
  • Day 14: Aswan
  • Day 15: Nile Felucca
  • Day 16: Aswan
  • Day 17: Aswan
  • Day 18: Abu Simbel
  • Day 19: Wadi Halfa
  • Day 20: Wawa
  • Day 21: Karima
  • Day 22: Naqa
  • Day 23: Naqa
  • Day 24: Naqa
  • Day 25: Khartoum
  • Day 26: Khartoum
  • Day 27: Gedaref
  • Day 28: Gondar
  • Day 29: Gondar
  • Day 30: Gondar
  • Day 31: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 32: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 33: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 34: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 35: Axum
  • Day 36: Axum
  • Day 37: Mekele
  • Day 38: Danakil Depression
  • Day 39: Mekele
  • Day 40: Lalibela
  • Day 41: Lalibela
  • Day 42: Lalibela
  • Day 43: Awra Amba
  • Day 44: Bahir Dar
  • Day 45: Bahir Dar
  • Day 46: Bahir Dar
  • Day 47: Debre Markos
  • Day 48: Addis Ababa
  • Day 49: Addis Ababa
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Transport
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Ferry, Boat
Guide
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Meals
  • 98 Breakfasts
  • 24 Lunches
  • 24 Dinners
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Cairo and from Addis Ababa 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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CANCELLATION

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.

Payment

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.

Visa

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.

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