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15 days,Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa
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Explore rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar, admire the monasteries of Lake Tana, visit the Blue Nile Falls, discover the Simien Mountains and historical Axum

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Rich with natural contrast, captivating human history and countless surprises, Ethiopia has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This 15-day adventure is perfect for the traveller looking to delve into the history and culture of this incredibly diverse land like few others do. In fact, we’ll help to take some of the infamous bumps out of African travel through a combination of flights and comfortable land transport. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged.

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer. Guided tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Guided tour of Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Fasiladas' Bath, and historic castles in Gonder. Boat trip with guided monasteries tour and visit to a traditional home museum on Lake Tana. Excursion to Blue Nile Falls. Simien Mountains trek with local guides. Mekele City tour. Entrance fees and guided visits to Wukro and Abreha We Atsbeha churches. Visit Yeha Temple, Axum Historical Site, Kuskuam Church and Palace. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 14 breakfasts. (Allow USD200-300 for meals and drinks not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (14 nts).
  • Plane, minivan, minibus, boat, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10.
Day 1 Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Bahir Dar (1B)

Fly to Bahir Dar. Opt to wander through the Bahir Dar market. Enjoy an excursion to the Blue Nile Falls.

Days 3-4 Gondar (2B)

Take a boat trip on Lake Tana, visit Ura Kidane Mehret, and the Kibran Gabriel (men only) and Entos Yesus (women only) monasteries. Visit Fasiladas' castles, bath and gardens before going to the Debre Birhan Selassie Church.

Days 5-6 Simien Mountains (2B)

Visit Simien Mountains National Park, take guided excursions around Sankaber campsite, the Jinbar waterfalls and Chenek campsite.

Day 7 Gondar (1B)

Visit the Ploughshare Women's Association and Kusquam, the Queen Mentawab's residence.

Days 8-10 Lalibela (3B)

Visit Lasta Massif. Take a guided tour of Lalibela historical sites, including St George Church, Yemrehana Kristos, and other rock-hewn churches. Take an optional hike to Asheton Maryam on morning of Day 10.

Days 11-12 Mekele/Hawzien (2B)

Enjoy the scenic views en route to Mekele on Day 11. Take a short tour of Mekele and Abraha Atsbera en route to Hawzien. Enjoy an optional afternoon walk to visit Debre Tsion Abraham or Abuna Yamata on Day 12.

Days 13-14 Axum (2B)

Visit Maryam Korkor and Yeha en route to Axum. Enjoy guided tours of Axum's archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church.

Day 15 Addis Ababa (1B)

Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Tour ends upon arrival, please book any ongoing travel after 3pm.

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