A heritage that includes the ancient stelae of Axum, the Royal Enclosure of Moorish-style castles built by King Fasil in Gondar, and the extraordinary rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, considered by many to be the unofficial eighth wonder of the world. This strange and wonderful country also boasts such natural treasures as Lake Tana, the Danakil Desert and the spectacular Simien Mountains National Park, ruggedly grand and a paradise for both botanist and trekker alike.
A 12-day cultural tour of Ethiopia can include Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela and the Simien Mountains National Park. Or you could combine Lalibela and Gondar with a fully supported 6-day trek.
After an overnight flight you will arrive in Addis Ababa. After having a relaxing morning you will spend the afternoon exploring the city sites.
Arrive in Axum after a short flight from Addis Ababa. Spend two nights at the Sabean Hotel. Explore Axum and visit the stelae fields, several tombs, the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace and an archaeological museum.
In the morning take a short flight to Lalibela – one of the world’s greatest historical and religious sites in the Christian world. Stay two nights at the Maribela Hotel and spend the afternoons exploring the towns many churches, including a trek up to the summit of Abune Yosef.
Gondar – Simien Mountains
This morning you will fly to Gondar where you will be met and driven to the Simien Mountains via Debark, the base for excursions in to the Simien Mountains. This area is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for their breath-taking scenery and unique wildlife, you can spend the afternoon walking along the escarpment to some of the many fine viewpoints. You can also enjoy a picnic in Simien Mountains National Park. Two nights at Limalimo Lodge.
Today you will leave the Simien Mountains to drive back to Gondar, once the captial of Ethiopia. Stay one night at The Goha Hotel. Tour the city and visit the Royal Enclosure, a compound of palaces, banqueting halls, a chancellery, library, stables, lion cages and even a Turkish steam bath, and to Debre Berhan Selassie Church – The most famous of all Ethiopian churches due to its painted roof depicting various religious scenes, by artist Haile Meskel.
Today you will drive the scenic 3 hour journey to Bahir Dar. Spend Two nights at The Kuriftu Resort where you can take a boat cruise around Lake Tana. Covering over 3500 square kilometres, this is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is home to 37 islands, of which 20 contain monasteries.
Today you will take a short flight back to Addis Ababa to connect to your overnight flight back home.