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    Mysteries of Ethiopia

    • 20 Nov
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    • 02 Dec
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    • 13 days


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      Ethiopia holds a culturally unique place between Africa and the Middle East. Discover it for yourself over 13 days experiencing the country's diverse offerings. Trek into the unforgettably stunning Simien Mountains, get up close to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the innovative village of Awra Amba. Grab yourself an adventure you'll be talking about for years to come.

      Day 1

      Day 1 Addis Ababa

      Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

      Day 2

      Day 2 Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar (1B)

      Fly to Bahir Dar. Enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are some of Africa's most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means “smoking water.”

      Day 3

      Day 3 Bahir Dar (1B)

      Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, take a city tour with a visit to the Bahir Dar market.

      Day 4

      Day 4 Bahir Dar/Gondar Area (1B)

      Visit the egalitarian community of Awra Amba with a local expert. You’ll learn about the unique way of life that sets men and women equally in all community, social, and labour matters. Continue to Gondor and visit the Kusquam Castle.

      Day 5

      Day 5 Gondar Area (1B, 1D)

      Explore Gondar and visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, Fasiladas's castles, bath, and gardens. Visit the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. Continue to our lodge just outside Gondar. In the evening, visit the Kossoye Community where you’ll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration before enjoying a traditional dinner.

      Day 6

      Day 6 Gondar Area/Debark’ (1B)

      Travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.

      Day 7

      Day 7 Debark’ (1B)

      Spend the day in Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided hiking excursions around Sankaber campsite, the Jinbar waterfalls, and Chenek campsite with its scenic views and wildlife. Return to our comfortable lodge for the evening.

      Day 8

      Day 8 Debark’/Āksum (1B)

      Drive to Axum, Ethiopia's oldest and holiest city, which was once the home of the Queen of Sheba.

      Day 9

      Day 9 Āksum (1B)

      Spend the day exploring Axum, Ethiopia's oldest city. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded here in the 4th century and it remains the holiest city in the country. Visit archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church.

      Day 10

      Day 10 Āksum/Lalībela (1B)

      This morning, head out for a flight to Lalibela. Upon landing, we head out to visit historical sites, including St. George Church, and other rock-hewn churches.

      Day 11

      Day 11 Lalībela (1B)

      In the morning, enjoy a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. In the afternoon, we'll continue our tour of the second group of churches.

      Day 12

      Day 12 Lalībela/Addis Ababa (1B)

      Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

      Day 13

      Day 13 Addis Ababa (1B)

      Depart at any time.