Classic Ethiopia

Classic Ethiopia

Addis Ababa . Bahir Dar . Gondar . Lalibela . Axum
Locally escorted journey - 7 days from $1,749 per person based on double occupancy*

Classic Ethiopia

Classic Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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7 Days, 6 Nights

This unique flying expedition of northern Ethiopia offers 3 unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites, highlighting its 17 centuries of Christianity. View the baths of the Queen of Sheba and experience Ethiopia’s own Jerusalem, Lalibela and its rock-hewn churches. Lalibela was the center of the Zagwe dynasty, as Axum was the center of the earlier and more powerful Axumite Kingdom. The third UNESCO site on this trip, Gondar, was Ethiopia’s capital beginning in the 16th century, marking the beginning of the country’s modern era. The tour starts in Bahir Dar, where it is believed Syrian monks built the island monasteries on Lake Tana, the source of the Nile. This program offers the convenience of flying on short flights to visit the sites and villages, while experiencing the culture and hospitality of the Ethiopian people.

Highlights

  • Addis Ababa – A city filled with amazing cultures, Africa’s biggest fair and top museums
  • Axum – The mighty Yehe temple and the ancient Debra Dama Monstery Church
  • The Churches of Labella – Rock hewn churches built in the 12 century
  • Gondar – Africa’s Camelot filled with enchanting castles
  • Bahir Dar – Beautiful views, waterfalls and 36 islands with churches

Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Six nights accommodation, with premium hotels in Addis, Bahir Dar, Gondar & Lalibela 
  • All entrance fees
  • All transfers and visits according to the itinerary
  • Boat Trip
  • Escorted English speaking guide
  • Local Guide at attractions
  • Government tax

 

Based on departures September 8, 2019 - December 21, 2019
  Price per person from*
Double occupancy $1,749
Single occupancy $1,999

Group Size

Minimum 2, solo travelers pay surcharge

Dates

2019 small group departures, with a maximum of 16 guests are scheduled as follows:
September 8 to September 14
October 6 to October 12
November 17 to November 23
December 15 to December 21

Price

From $1,749 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share occupancy. Single supplements apply.  Black-out dates may apply. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices.  Prices are current at time of posting (6/20/19) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed.  CA CST: 2076233-40, WA ID 601684531 Note: Domestic airfares in Ethiopia are discounted for travelers who arrive on Ethiopian Airways.

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Itinerary

Classic Ethiopia

Day One : Arrive Addis Ababa

On arrival in Addis Ababa, transfer to the Harmony Hotel. This afternoon visit historical sites including the National Archaeological Museum, to view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”. Continue to the Ethnological Museum. After visiting Holy Trinity Cathedral, end the day with a drive to the top of Mount Entoto, which rises to an altitude of 10,500 feet and offers a panoramic view of the metropolis. Harmony Hotel (L,D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Two : Bahir Dar

Board your early morning flight to Bahir Dar(not included) and drive to the small town of Tiss Abay to visit the Blue Nile Falls. The Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and teff, the prime ingredient for making injera, the national bread. After lunch board a cruise vessel on Lake Tana to visit the ancient monasteries. Visit two of the most accessible monasteries; Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. Your hotel is located on the shores of Lake Tana. Kuriftu Resort (B, L, D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Three : Gondar

Drive to the ancient Imperial city, traveling through landscape of wide open fields punctuated by undulating hills and valleys. Gondar, is the former imperial capital, the “Camelot of Africa”. Visit the royal enclosure containing six castles, a complex network of connecting tunnels and raised walkways. Proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie Church, whose walls and ceiling are decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval history. Goha Hotel(B,L,D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Four : Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela (not included). Legend has it that Emperor Lalibela had been instructed, in a vision from God, to build a New Jerusalem after seeing a rampaged Old City, sacked by Muslims. Visit the 11 majestic, rock churches that are still used as places of worship by Lalibelans. Lalibela’s churches are referred to as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’. Mountain View Lodge (B, L, D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Five : Lalibela

This morning you will have a short drive to visit the exquisite church of Yimrhane Kristos. This is a masterpiece of Axumite wood and stone construction. Mountain View Lodge (B, L, D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Six : Axum

Fly to the heart of ancient Ethiopia (not included) , the capital of the Kingdom of Axum. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of her ancient palace. Also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Tsion (Zion) and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the Covenant. The older of the two cathedrals is the holiest site in Ethiopia. Consular Hotel (B,L,D)

Classic Ethiopia

Day Seven : Addis Ababa and Depart

Fly back to Addis (not included). Visit the ‘Merkato’, the largest open-air market in East Africa. Late this afternoon enjoy a “farewell dinner” and coffee ceremony at a famous traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Enjoy an Ethiopian Folkloric show before your transfer to the airport and late night flight home. (B,L,D)

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