Classic Ethiopia - Escorted Private Tour
This exciting private tour features some of the best historical attractions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and dramatic mountains in this proud and ancient country. Royal Palaces and monasteries, 900 year old churches, amazing people and stunning scenery provide an unforgettable experience. An English speaking guide escorts the tour.
An evening flight from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa.
Transfer on arrival to your hotel for an overnight stay. After time to refresh, take a guided city tour – Ethiopia’s capital is the third highest capital in the world, with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, historical landmarks and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa. The tour includes a trip to the Entoto Mountains.
Fly up to Bahir Dar on Lake Tana, the country’s largest lake, for 2 nights. View the Blue Nile Falls and local market. There are 37 islands on the lake, of which 30 have churches and monasteries of considerable historical interest housing important collections of religious icons – a boat trip to explore is included.
Drive north through beautiful scenery to Gondar, the 17th century capital, for an overnight stay. Visit the castles in the Imperial Castle Compound, the Bath of Emperor Fasilides, where pilgrims still bathe at Epiphany, and Debre Birhan trinity church with its glorious murals.
Drive to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to indigenous Gelada Baboons and Ethiopian Wolves. Stay here for a night and enjoy a trek on the escarpment and admire the stunning views.
Fly to Axum, a city dating back over 2,000 years, for an overnight stay. Visit historical wonders of World Heritage status, including the Stelae Park, where giant stelae resembling multi-storey houses are carved out of single pieces of granite, the churches of St Mary of Zion, believed to house the Ark of the Covenant, and ancient palaces, one attributed to the Queen of Sheba.
Fly to Lalibela for a 2 night stay. Here there are 11 monolithic churches hewn out of pink granite rock in the 12th century, now classified as a wonder of the world. Visit the churches, including the cave church of Na’akuto La’ab, and attend an evening coffee ceremony.
Fly back to Addis Ababa for your final night, with free time in the afternoon and a farewell dinner with traditional Ethiopian music and dance.
Some time at leisure before transferring to the airport for the overnight flight.
Arrive at Heathrow airport in the morning.
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