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Jules Verne Tour to The Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

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The fascinating Channel 4 programme on October 13 2019 explored the history of Sudan’s ancient African superpower. Most people associate pharoahs images of Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt and the Pyramids of Giza. Less often told, however, is the story of Sudan’s fascinating ancient past, a time when the Kingdom of the Kush dealt with the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Emperors of Rome. These Nubian rulers, known as the Black Pharaohs, left behind a fascinating array of archaeological sites dotted along the Sudanese Nile Valley.

Jules Verne offers an eight-night journey in Sudan that ventures north from Khartoum, through the fringes of the Sahara desert, to the ancient lands of Nubia and the Kingdom of the Kush. Travelling in an escorted group of no more than 15, the itinerary’s highlights include the UNESCO sites of Jebel Barkal and Meroe (with its Royal Necropolis, boasting no less than 40 pyramids), the Archaeological Museum in Khartoum (which houses two entire temples rescued by UNESCO from Lake Nasser), Old Dongola, the Pyramids of Nuri, the village of Tombos, stelae on the shores of the Nile and the Bayuda Desert, an area bounded by the 4th and 6th Cataract of the Nile where isolated camel and donkey caravans roam. Guests will cross the Nile at Atbara to visit the Railway Museum, gaze in awe at the 1st-century Apedemak (Lion) Temple in Naga, with its remarkable bas-relief images, and much more.

This unforgettable tour features accommodation at the Grand Holiday Villa in Khartoum (a centrally located colonial four-star hotel), the Nubian Rest House in Karima (a small, charming property built in typical Nubian style, set at the foot of Jebel Barkal) and at Meroe Camp: 22 twin-bedded, tastefully furnished tents (each with private facilities close by) with spectacular views of the 40 pyramids of the Royal Necropolis. It also includes two Jules Verne Special Events: a Whirling Dervish ceremony in Ahmed al Nil and a traditional Sudanese evening with local music and dancing.

The Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs tour costs from £3,095 per person (based on two sharing), including flights from Heathrow, photo and travel permits, entrance fees, transfers, seven nights’ accommodation (three nights in Karima, two in Meroe and one in Khartoum), full-board (breakfast and lunch only in Khartoum), escorted excursions, and the services of guides and local representatives. One overnight flight. The tour departs on November 14 2019 and February 13, March 19 , April 9, October 15, November 12 and December 10 2020. No Single Supplement applies to the April 9 2020 departure, subject to availability. Jules Verne is offering an early booking discount of £100 per person if booking is made five calendar months or more before departure.

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