Ethiopia holiday

Spend 16 days on this extensive tour of Ethiopia. Your small group will crack on at full-pelt through the sights: Medieval Harar, the high-altitude Simien mountains and rock-cut churches in Lalibela.
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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£3255To£3587 including UK flights
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Duration
16 Days
Type
Small group
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From £2640 - £2950 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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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

£3255To£3587 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From £2640 - £2950 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.

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