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Mysteries of Ethiopia

13 days, Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa

Lalibela rock churches in Ethiopia.
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Ethiopia stands at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Discover its dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures on a 13-day adventure. Trek into the stunning Simien Mountains, explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the progressive village of Awra Amba. In this unique country, surprises await around every turn of the dusty road.

13 days - Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa

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Ethiopia stands at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Discover its dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures on a 13-day adventure. Trek into the stunning Simien Mountains, explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the progressive village of Awra Amba. In this unique country, surprises await around every turn of the dusty road.

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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13 days - Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa

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Trip Code: DEHNG

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To travel Ethiopia is to discover a realm of epic landscapes and ancient cultures, of rock-hewn churches and exotic wildlife. From the otherworldly formations of the Simien Mountains to the plunging escarpments of the Central Highlands, to the fossil-dotted reaches of the Great Rift Valley (where the bones of Lucy, maybe the most documented prehuman, were found), this timeless land offers a glimpse into the origins of Africa—and of humankind." Jayne Wise, Senior Editor, National Geographic Traveler magazine

Map of the route for Mysteries of Ethiopia

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar

Take a late morning flight 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.”

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Bahir Dar

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Bahir Dar/Gondar

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. After a tasty local lunch provided by some of the community members, continue to Gondar and visit the Kusquam Castle.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Awra Amba Community Visit and Lunch

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 5Gondar

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. There may be some free time in Gondar in the afternoon, where you can opt to visit the local market.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Ploughshare Women's Association Visit

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Gondar/Simien Mountains NP

Visit the Kossoye Community where you’ll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration and tasting, then travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Community Injera Making Demonstration and Tasting

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Simien Mountains NP

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Simien Mountains NP/Axum

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Axum

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Axum/Lalibela

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

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Lalibela

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.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Lalibela/Addis Ababa

Take a late morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 13Addis Ababa

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Awra Amba Community Visit and Lunch, Gonder
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Ploughshare Women's Association Visit, Gonder
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Community Injera Making Demonstration and Tasting, Gonder
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Blue Nile Falls
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Bahir Dar market visit
  • Guided tour of Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Fasiladas's Bath, and historic castles in Gondar
  • Simien Mountains trek
  • Visit to Axum historical sites
  • Guided tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
  • Asheton Maryam hike
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (12 nts).

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Allow USD260-340 for meals not included.

Transportation

Plane, minivan/bus, boat, walking, hiking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides.

Departures

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Mysteries of Ethiopia

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