Ethiopia is like nowhere else on earth – a beautiful country with an amazing history – the oldest independent country in Africa.
We go to Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba; explore the Simien Mountains National Park; discover mystical Gondar, known as “the Camelot of Africa”; cruise on Lake Tana and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela.
– All airfares & taxes
– Visa for Ethiopia
– Most meals
– Group tipping
– Services of English-speaking National Guide
– Assistance of your Tour Leader, Mandy Page
– Land Only price on application
– Extending your stay – before or after Tour Dates
We are off and away as we fly north towards Africa
We take time to breath as we rest in our Dubai hotel for a night.
Our gateway to Ethiopia as we arrive in the bustling city of Addis Ababa. We will be met at the airport and taken to our hotel for a sleep.
After breakfast its off and away to introduce ourselves to ‘Lucy’ at the National Museum. Lucy is very small but so significant. Then its lunch and an afternoon visit to the Ethnological Museum, Trinity Church and the colourful Merkato.
Tonight we dine out with accompaniment of Ethiopian Jazz.
This morning we start the day with a visit to Mt Entoto, the highest peak in Addis to get a grand view of Addis, the surrounding plains and volcanic cones. On out way back we take in the Shiro Meda market, the place to buy textiles and clothing. Early afternoon we fly to Axum and will have time to walk around this charming town fill of cafes and interesting shops.
A full say of sightseeing in Axum which will include the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion, the stele fields and where the Queen of Sheba once had a palace. Near the cathedral is the chapel which houses the legendary Ark of the Covenant. One of the most interesting aspects to Axum are the pilgrims visiting – an opportunity to observe the dignified traditions and rituals of the Ethiopian Christians.
On the way to Simien Mountains we drive through daily life : Ethiopian priests, school children livestock and all the people walking to various destinations, truly fantasising!
A day to explore the Simien Mountains National Park and get up close and personal with the Gelanda monkeys. There are majestic views across the mountains and the opportunity to stretch your legs.
After breakfast we will travel on to Gondar. Famous for its medieval castles and churches Gondar is another facet of Ethiopian history,
Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia and home to some wonderfully painted churches and the source of the Blue Nile. We will take a trip to the Blue Nile Falls and the interesting countryside round and about.
A day to visit some of the islands on Lake Tana and their assorted painted churches. Nothing can quite prepare you for the glory of these paintings – so vivid and historical.
This morning we will fly to Lalibela.
There is nothing in the world quite like Lalibela – centuries of dedication and determination went into the masterpieces of these rock hewn churches. Carved out of the solid rock and disappearing below ground level we will have the opportunity to discover these intimate spaces.
This morning we travel out into the countryside to visit Yimrehane Christos Church located 42 kms from the Lalibela. This highly atmospheric place is unique in itself and a wonderful opportunity to people watch.
Our last opportunity to explore this charming town and learn more about the millions that come here during the year on pilgrim.
We finish the day with a traditional Ethiopian cooking class and coffee ceremony.
Today we fly back to Addis Abada for a light lunch a last glimpse of the city. We finish the day with a farewell dinner and chance to reflect on our many adventures in this ancient land.
Today there is a mid-morning flight for us to Dubai.
Yes, its the end of the journey as we take that final leg home to New Zealand.
Mandy is one well-travelled person, having visited all 7 continents!
She is interested in the arts and has an unquenchable fascination with ancient history and cultures. You’ll benefit from Mandy’s extensive travel experience, and especially enjoy her infectious laughter.
Fantastic, Mandy went out of her way every day to check up on everyone, was very inclusive and informative. An excellent leader, strong and direct.
Mandy is an exceptional tour leader. A lovely caring personality. Always fun.
Mandy did a great job of meeting the needs of a disparate group. We enjoyed her roadside walks and ability to keep us amused with stories, jokes, crosswords, etc.