Ethiopia, The Historic Route

This little known destination offers a spectacular adventure throught the Historic Route of Ethiopia for the intrepid traveller. The country’s magic unfolds as you trek in the majestic Simien Mountains and discover painted monasteries, ancient castles and rock-hewn churches. Experience traditional village life, visit an authentic African market and be welcomed into a private home to participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Welcome to the Ethiopian capital and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: Sheraton Addis, 2 nights

Day 2: Addis Ababa

Explore the city of Addis Ababa, founded in 1886. Visit the National Museum, home to the fossilised hominid ‘Lucy’; St. George and Holy Trinity Cathedrals and the Mercato, Africa’s largest market. There is also an opportunity to visit the ZOMA museum an environmentally conscious art installation.

Day 3: Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar

Fly north to Bahir Dar, located on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Afternoon sightseeing of this town, referred to by some as the Ethiopian Rivera, thanks to its wide streets shaded by palm tress and views across Lake Tana’s shimmering waters.

Hotel: Kuriftu Spa & Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Bahir Dar

Hike to the beautiful Tis Isat Falls (Blue Nile Falls) followed by an afternoon cruise on Lake Tana. Watch local fishermen at work in traditional papyrus reed boats and visit a selection of the remote island monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret with its extraordinary murals and frescoes.

Day 5: Bahir Dar – Simien Mountains

Skirt the northern shores of the lake passing rural villages and farmers along the road to Godar, the 17th and 18th century capital. Famous for its medieval castles and churches, some of the sights you’ll explore include Fasiledes Castle and the 16th century Church of Debre Birhan Selassie with its iconic ceiling of painted angels. Late afternoon, continue by road to the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, UNESCO World Heritage site. Your lodge is situated on the edge of an escarpment with breathtaking views all around.

Hotel: Limalimo Lodge

Day 6: Simien Mountains – Gondar

Spend a full day exploring the parks truly dramatic jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices. The national park is also home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelade monkey, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, found nowhere else in the world. Discover the extraordinary wildlife and scenery on a short trek through the park. Afterwards return by road to Gondar.

Hotel: Gondar Hills Resort

Day 7: Gondar – Axum

A flight north to the oldest city in Ethiopia. An afternoon exploring the ancient trading posts and the impressive Stelae Fields which cared columns represent the tombs of ancient rulers.

Hotel: Atroanos Hotel

Day 8: Axum – Lalibela

Fly to the World Heritage site of Lalibela. Explore the monolithic red-hued churches carved into the rock. Your guide will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. Still in use today step inside and you may see a robed priest observing the faith in time-honoured fashion.

Hotel: Mezena Lodge, 2 nights

Day 9: Lalibela

Discover the eastern group of rock churches. Smaller in size, these are no less impressive with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore. Finish the day with an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Day 10: Lalibela – Addis Ababa

Journey back to Addis Ababa by air.

Hotel: Sheraton Addis

Day 11: Depart Addis Ababa

Transfer to the airport where your tour ends. 

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Addis AbabaPrice on ApplicationPrice on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Flights: Air Ticket: Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar / Gondar – Axum - Lalibela - Addis Ababa
Accommodation:10 nights accommodation
Guide: Local Experienced Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tribes of Omo Valley

Discover the incredible number of different ethnic groups in and around the Omo Valley. Explore their villages, learn about local customs and wander through bustling markets.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Addis Ababa – Jinka

Transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Jinka. On arrival visit the South Omo Research Centre and museum which focuses on the various ethnic groups living in South Omo. You also visit a Yetnebersh village to watch how the Ari distil their own liquor from sorghum, garlic and maize.

Hotel: Eco Omo Lodge

Day 2: Jinka – Turmi

This morning head into Mago National Park on the east bank of the River Omo, home to a wide range of ethnic groups. Visit a Mursi village and learn something of their unique habits including lip plates and large decorative ear plugs. En route to Turmi there will be a stop in a Bena village to visit the Beshada people who are adorned with clay and wear impressive headdresses. Afterwards continue to Turmi, home of the proud Hamar tribe. If your visit falls on a Saturday there is an opportunity to wander around the colourful Saturday Dimeka market, where tribes travel for miles to trade.

Hotel: Buska Lodge, 2 nights

Day 3: Turmi

Following breakfast drive and cross the Omo River and visit the Bume tribe who are renowned as great warriors. They are also specialised crocodile hunters using harpoons from a dugout canoe. Cross back over the Omo River and drive to the village of Kolcho to visit the Karo tribes who are considered the masters of body painting when preparing for a dance, feast or celebration.

Day 4: Turmi – Arba Minch

This morning after breakfast drive to Arba Minch. En route you will view the beautiful terraced agricultural fields of the Konso people who are well known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials, and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves. This afternoon enjoy a boat trip on Lake Chamo for an opportunity to spot hippos and Nile crocodiles.

Hotel: Haile Arba Minch Resort

Day 5: Arba Minch – Addis Ababa

This morning drive up into the hills to visit to the village of Chencha, home to the Dorze who are renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive-shaped dwellings are among the most distinctive traditional structures to be seen anywhere in Africa. Their weavings and the shama cloth produced around Chencha is considered to be the finest in Ethiopia. Transfer to Arba Minch Airport your departure flight back to Addis Ababa where tonight you will have a wonderful cultural evening at a local Restaurant. Witness a performance displaying some of the country’s many diverse cultural dances and costumes, and enjoy a traditional meal with a drink of Tej, a type of wine made from Honey.

Hotel: Sheraton Addis Ababa

Day 6: Depart Addis Ababa

This morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

Note: We recommend that this journey commences on a Friday to take advantage of a local market visit on Day 2. Departures on alternate days will not include market visits as detailed above and alternate activities will be included. Ask your Travel Specialists for more details.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Addis AbabaPrice on ApplicationPrice on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Air Ticket: Addis Ababa - Jinka / Arba Minch - Addis Ababa
Accommodation:5 nights accommodation
Guide: Local Experienced Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Africa

Discover the wonders of Africa with an unforgettable organised group or private tour of this stunning continent. Regardless of your budget, trip length or activity preference, our Africa tours are specifically designed to help you make the most of these awe-inspiring countries.

Check out the amazing wildlife on a Serengeti safari, trek the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, experience the astonishing Victory Falls or even join a tribe and live like a local – the possibilities are endless.

Can’t find what you are looking for, don’t worry. and speak to your friendly Consultant and we can put together the perfect itinerary for you.

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