Ethiopia holiday

One of our most popular Ethiopia holidays takes in the lesser-explored regions. With a focus on local life, you’ll visit mountains and medieval towns, supporting local communities whilst experiencing music nights, coffee ceremonies and a (high welfare) mule trek.
Harar Awash National Park Addis Ababa Zeghie Peninsula Blue Nile Tississat Falls Gondar Debark Simien Mountains Axum Optional activites include: mule trekking
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£3362£3230To£3587£3455 including UK flights
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Duration
16 Days
Type
Small group
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From £2508 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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Up to £130 off selected dates.
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Description of Ethiopia holiday

This 16-day trip takes in the highlights of Ethiopia – as well as lesser visited areas like Harar and Awash National Park. On this jam-packed tour you’ll get around using a series of internal flights and long, immensely scenic drives. Not many travellers make it out to Ethiopia. This enormous and underexplored country necessitates a longer trip to do it justice.

This trip is a chance to hop between the country’s amazing sights at pace. You’ll explore the walled city of Harar with its labyrinthine streets, join the Blue Nile at the thundering Tississat Falls, spot magnificent Gelada monkeys in the Simien mountains, see the medieval castles at Gondar, and descend into Lalibela’s unique UNESCO-listed monolithic churches, which are carved straight out of the rock. The trip starts and ends in Addis Ababa – Addis for short – where you can meet Lucy, one of our earliest ancestors, in the National Museum.

On this trip you’ll be accompanied by a tour leader. Local guides are also used, where possible, in the different cities. You’ll stay in simple hotels and get simple breakfasts – and there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy Ethiopia’s delicious cuisine throughout the trip. There’s also a chance to see unique wildlife, partake in a coffee ceremony, enjoy local music, and take an optional mule trek.

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Price information

£3362£3230To£3587£3455 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £2508 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the Simien Mountains

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a full on tour with few rest opportunities. Hotels are normally the best available but in some places are basic.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. our tour guide (Sue) advised us on how to deal/react to locals and prioritise certain groups/areas. There was disappointment amongst the group in the weight restriction on the mule ride - there should be some warning given in the itinerary.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Thoroughly enjoyed our first tour with the operator. The tour leader (Sue) was without doubt the best we have ever had from any tour company. Her knowledge and enthusiasm contributed to a fascinating and unforgettable tour of a beautiful country.

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting Lalibela.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a wide variety of activities: visiting cities, churches that involve a bit of a hike, hiking, etc.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We spent most of our time outside of the capital city, which was certainly good for spreading the money spent throughout the country. It would have been better if we had some free time to just visit the towns we were in, go shopping, etc (we had a little but not much).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good; although personally I found it a little too fast-paced. I would have preferred more downtime.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

Ethiopia - with its fantastic churches, amazing scenery and wonderful people - has a rich cultural heritage, which we fully explore on this comprehensive tour. We travel in small groups ensuring that local suppliers are able to gain the maximum benefit from our visit.

As well as viewing the magnificent sites, groups are encouraged to experience local life - such as eating in local (and excellent!) restaurants and passing time chatting in local markets. The very warmth of the Ethiopian people is for many a tour highlight. On many departures we use local leaders as part of our policy to employ local people wherever possible, however, some departures are led by UK based leaders who have worked in Ethiopia for many years and have formed strong relationships with local crew, suppliers and the people.

Whether you travel with a local or UK based leader we can ensure an experience that allows plenty of opportunity for local interaction.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

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