Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10.
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Discover rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar, hike in the Simien Mountains NP and to see the Blue Nile Falls, visit two monasteries on Lake Tana on a boat ride
Tucked in between the Middle East and Africa, Ethiopia sits in the middle of these distinctive regions and yet takes on a cultural mosaic and aesthetic that's tangibly distinct. On this 10-day tour you'll see just what we mean with Christian churches hewn from solid rock; national park's vivid, green peaks; and fascinating cities where luxury sports cars and assorted livestock hang out together in perfect harmony.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 10 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Addis Ababa||Day 1 Addis Ababa|
Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means "new flower" in Amharic. At an elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft), its the third highest capital in the world and the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present, the streets a mishmash of expensive cars, old Russian (Lada model) taxis, along with donkeys, sheep, and goats. Traditional mud houses stand not far from austere fascist architecture and private-sector banks. Additional Notes: Accommodation in Ethiopia is not to the standard of the west or other parts of Africa where tourism is more developed. Please see about accommodation section in trip details for more information. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Axum||Day 2 Addis Ababa/Axum (1B)|
Axum is Ethiopias oldest and holiest city, and was once the home of the Queen of Sheba. Included Activities: Axum Historical Site Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Flight (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 3||Simien Mountains National Park||Day 3 Axum/Simien Mountains NP (1B)|
Travel, via the Lima Limo Valley, to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges. Additional Notes: It is cold in the morning, during the day, in the evening, and at night when there is cloud cover or sleet. Ice often forms on water in the early mornings during the cold period of December through February, and afternoon spurts of hail frequent the beginning of the rains (April through May). Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 280km)
|Day 4||Gondar||Day 4 Simien Mountains NP/Gondar (1B)|
The scenic Simien Mountains are a good break from the busy cities. Rising high above an eroded landscape of deep gorges and valleys, they rank as one of the continent's most beautiful (and unusual) mountain ranges. A number of peaks reach well over 4,000m (13,123.4 ft), and Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, is one of Africa's highest mountains. Here, you can see some of Ethiopias remarkable flora and fauna, including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if youre lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here. Additional Notes: Today is a full day of hiking. Those not interested in hiking can spend the day relaxing at the lodge. Included Activities: Simien Mountains Trek Transport: Hiking Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 5||Gondar Area||Day 5 Gondar Area (1B)|
Enjoy a cultural and nature excursion in a rural Amhara community, then return to Gondar in time for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Debre Birhan Silassie Church. Included Activities: Amhara Culture & Nature Excursion Debre Berhan Selassie Church Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 40km)
|Day 6||BAHIR DAR||Day 6 Gondar/Bahir Dar (1B)|
Continue exploring Gondar in the morning, then head to Bahir Dar. Included Activities: Fasiladas Castle and Bath Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 185km)
|Day 7||BAHIR DAR||Day 7 Bahir Dar (1B)|
The scenic Blue Nile Falls are known as Tis Issat, which means "smoking water." Included Activities: Lake Tana Boat Trip (Monastery Visit) Blue Nile Falls Hiking Excursion
|Day 8||Lalibela||Day 8 Bahir Dar/Lalibela (1B)|
Lalibela is a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 315km)
|Day 9||Lalibela||Day 9 Lalibela (1B)|
In the morning, opt for a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. Included Activities: Lalibela Churches Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 10||Addis Ababa||Day 10 Lalibela/Addis Ababa (1B)|
Book onward travel after 5pm. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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