Two camels with pyramids of Gizeh in background and hieroglyphic wall inscriptions

Sudan/Egypt: Nile Journey - Lands of the Black Pharaohs

22 January to 11 February 2020

Our journey begins in fabled Khartoum, before heading to one of the great undiscovered treasure troves left on earth, North Sudan. Witness the confluence of the Blue and While Niles before journeying to the forgotten kingdoms of the Black Pharaohs in the land of Kush, the oldest civilisation in sub-Saharan Africa with a great indigenous culture which rivalled even that of the Romans. Within these landscapes, looming like a mirage in the red sands, are the spellbinding Nubian Pyramids of Meroe. With far more pyramids – every bit as captivating as those of their northern neighbour but without the tourist hoards – these monoliths are a truly amazing sight. We follow the meandering ribbons of the Nile cataracts through the changing faces of the great Nubian Desert. From here we begin a journey north by road that crosses the border to Abu Simbel in Egypt, where we see this great wonder of the world. From Aswan we embark on a magnificent three-night Nile Cruise to Luxor through possibly the world’s greatest open-air museum: the scale and grandeur of the monuments defies all superlatives! We then visit Cairo in depth, including of course the breath-taking Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, before making the journey to Alexandria where the Nile drains into the Mediterranean Sea. This is an adventure that unveils hidden kingdoms and a vast tract of humanity that has depended on these mythical waters since the beginning of time.

Zen Oriental Journeys appoints tour managers and leaders who have significant experience in management at senior education department levels and are experienced in professional tour leadership. Nile Journey will be escorted and managed by Julie Presser, past Principal, Adelaide Secondary School of English. Julie lived and worked in India in the mid-nineteen eighties and has also been a keen traveller to many Asian destinations since 1975. Following the completion of her Post-Graduate Certificate “Including Studies of Asia in Curriculum” from Flinders University, she has participated in and escorted a number of study tours for educators and leaders to Thailand, Laos, Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and Nepal, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

Departure date: 22 January 2020
Duration: 21 Days
Hotel Standards: 4 – 5 star standard


Anticipated price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 8860.00
Single Supplement: AUD 1560.00
Airfare ex Adelaide or (other capitals by arrangement): TBA, currently approx. AUD 1590.00 (subject to change)

Please register your interest to receive the details by sending an email to Lee Grafton or ring 0401 123 347


Costs have been based on prices prevailing at the time of the finalization of the tour program and are subject to change based on currency exchange fluctuations, your departure city (other than Adelaide) and minimum group size contingency. Please visit or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking

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