Ethiopia holidays, tailor made

“Combine the historical Northern Circuit, with its astonishing relics, with the Afro-Alpine scenery of the Simien Mountains - and the remote and ancient walled city of Harar.”


Addis Ababa | Bahir Dar | Blue Nile Falls | Boat trip to island monasteries on Lake Tana | Gonder | Camping and wildlife in the Simien Mountains | Chenek | Aksum | Stelae | Lalibela | Rock hewn churches | Harar and hyenas | Rimbaud's house

Description of Ethiopia holidays, tailor made

Ethiopia doesnít feature on any standard tourist trail, but this exotic and surprising country is ideal for exploring. This Ethiopia holiday is tailor made, and introduces you to the natural beauty, rich culture, long history and friendly people of this country. Visit Ethiopiaís diverse historical attractions, from the monuments, museums and markets of Addis Ababa to the ancient capital of Gonder and the iconic rock churches at Lalibela. Ethiopiaís beautiful, natural landscape is home to endemic wildlife only found here and trekking at the Simien Mountain National Park brings you closer to the spectacular scenery.

This 14-day itinerary includes domestic flights, to reduce travel times and help you reach key sights easily. Accommodation is in locally owned hotels, with camping in the Simien Mountains and Chenek. You will have a tour leader throughout with local guides at specific sites. This is a time-efficient and cost-effective package, with great levels of service, so you can explore Ethiopia with ease in just two weeks.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary. Minimum 2 people
Our top tip:
Carry small denomination notes for tips, markets and of course - the ubiquitous Ethiopian coffee.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Min. 2 people, min. age 5.
Activity level:
Locally owned hotels, camp sites in Simien Mountains and Chenek.
Accomm., private transport and transfers, tour leader throughout, local guides for specific activities, driver, listed activities, local flights. Meals not included.
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

All the guides throughout the trip are locals who are well trained and with adequate experience. We purchase most of the items that are necessary for your stay, from local shops. You may also wish to buy gifts and souvenirs, weavings, and intricate creations and various kinds of handicrafts from the locals. The income they will earn as a result of your trip will have a great deal of importance for their children and families they support.

Most of the accommodations are owned and operated by the locals. They have put in place environmental conservation, water and energy usage, and economic policies such as employing local staffs and using local resources for the services they provide.

As part of an environmental responsibility, they participate in different initiatives like in an initiative against the deforestation and land degradation in Ethiopia. It is a campaign that has helped the community to realize the importance of clean and green environment. They also protect the environment by giving away plastic bags to recycling agencies.

For you to have better knowledge of the trip we will provide you an accurate pre-trip information before the start of the tour. Also in order for you to have a good understanding of the places, the environment, and the local community; we will supply you with our Travelers Code of Conduct which is also supplied to our staff and local suppliers.

If you get some spare time at Lalibela, we recommend a visit to a local initiative which provides services in supporting and promoting disability prevention and rehabilitation. They have an income generation scheme and vocational trainings to help improve their lives. This small initiative also gives training to the community about personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.

As part of our environmental concerns, this trip will help us buy a few seedling trees in a way to support an initiative which is working with school administrations through planting vegetable gardens and nurseries. The idea is to raise environmental awareness among students and to teach skills on how to grow, protect and plant trees as well as vegetables for income generation or improved diets.

41 Reviews of Ethiopia holidays, tailor made

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019 by

the most memorable part of the holiday was the religious ceremonies at lalibela and roasted goat dinner at our guides home. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2019 by

The whole experience was fulfilling and exciting. Getting to know the local landmarks, both natural and cultural, our charming guides... everything! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2019 by

We were blown away by Ethiopia. The scenery was stunning with the Blue Nile waterfall and awesome volcanic mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2019 by

It was good to see and experience contrasting aspects of Northern Ethiopia, both cultural and natural, and having guides who knew their town or region made a huge difference to our trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2019 by

Everything was memorable. Perhaps the "treks" in Janamora and West Mesket stand out, or the smiley friendliness of everyone... Fabulous, loved every minute. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was visiting the livestock market... A wonderful first (and not last) experience of Ethiopia. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the flora, fauna and scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019 by

It was a really memorable holiday, helped a great deal by the fascinating history and people of Ethiopia - including our guides and drivers who could not have taken more trouble. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the history of Ethiopia; the grandeur and landscape of the Simien mountains in northern Ethiopia. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2018 by

It was a great adventure and made me love Ethiopia. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2018 by

The visit to Tigray was astonishing. Fabulous mountain views and the red rocks and lush vegetation was impressive... Wonderful - Ethiopia is a fascinating place with a huge variety of things to see and the friendliest people. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by

Excellent. The operator was extremely well organised. During our trip we visited a number of places and took several internal flights. Despite the complexity of the schedule all went without a hitch. Guides and Drivers were also generally very good Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2018 by

Very interesting, eye-opening and moving. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2018 by

This is very difficult to answer because there are so many memorable aspects to the trip for example the hikes in the Simien mountains with all the monkeys, the Tigray church on the top of the cliff, the rock churches of Lalibela, the art work in some of the churches. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2018 by

Trekking in the Simien mountains for 5 days. Loved every moment. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2018 by

Meeting interesting guides, seeing amazing churches in Lalibella. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by

The most beautiful sight must have been the Blue Nile waterfalls, which were just awesome. Followed by Lalibela and Axum. The entire countryside, culture, sights and sounds are amazing too to see. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2018 by

The highlight was hiking in the Simien Mountains and the wonderful views at Lake Buonyi. seeing the mountain gorillas up close in Uganda. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2017 by

The fabulous landscapes and seeing how these happy, friendly, people live.The children were delightful. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2017 by

Trekking in the mountains near Laliebela and staying in the Community huts was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by

It was the most fantastic holiday. I cannot recommend it highly enough. incredibly varied, amazing culture and history, stunning landscape and scenery, really nice people and just an extraordinary experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2017 by

The Simeon Mountains where we were lucky enough to see 5 Ibex in one day with our wonderful interesting guide Desu ( who knew to much about the flora & fauna of the country as he was born there!) and the Bale Mountains were we spent a very lovely afternoon walking through the forest with a guide Hussain and saw so many animals Nyala, Reedbuck, Bushbuck and Wort hogs. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2017 by

This went above and beyond all expectations. Such warm, beautiful people everywhere that we went. We ate well, saw and experienced incredible things: all wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2017 by

This part of Africa was a fascinating insight into a hugely varied country of lovely people - many leading a very hard life in good humour and without apparent religious or ethnic conflict. Their welcome was invariably friendly and helpful and an effort to make us welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 May 2016 by

A truly fabulous holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by

Fantastic. Ethiopia is beautiful, ancient and dramatic. A sight to see around every corner. The holiday provider crafted our itinerary, provided some superb guides and ensured we experienced the country as more of a traveller than a tourist. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2016 by

Extremely good. Well thought out and very good value for money. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2016 by

The three days we spent in Lalibela over Timket were extraordinary - but so was watching our guide in Harar negotiate for a can of camel milk in a local village. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2016 by

We both loved walking in the Simien mountains and time time spent with the gelada monkeys. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2016 by

Excellent holiday, we saw some amazing buildings, paintings and scenery and met some really nice and helpful people. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2015 by

It was most excellent. So many highlights to choose from however the Simian highlands and the Golada baboons were amazing. Go for it, sit back and enjoy! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2014 by

This was an incredible vacation. It was beautifully planned, by our agent, who planned every detail with precision and wisdom. The places we stayed were excellent, and the entire itinerary, designed specifically to our needs, was wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2014 by

Go for it! The whole trip was brilliantly organised - ran like clockwork - and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2014 by

Although my tent living conditions were not 5 star, the experience was. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2014 by

Loved every minute of it! Camping and hiking in the Simiens. Travelling through breathtaking landscapes. The friendliness and hospitality of the people we met along the way but most of all our driver and guide who looked after us throughout the whole trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2013 by

It was a fantastic experience for our whole family; the children coped extremely well with the change of culture and will have learnt a great deal from their experiences. They are looking forward to sharing their photos and thoughts with their schools. We are extremely grateful to Eskinder for his meticulous attention to detail, efficiency and organisation, and also to the fantastic guides... Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2013 by

I can't speak highly enough of Eskinder and his team - organisation was efficient and all the guides were excellent. The only reason not to give it 5-star rating is that Ethiopian food is an acquired taste (that I haven't acquired) Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2012 by

It was a dream come true, an absolutely fantastic trip and one I would take again in a heartbeat. Everything went well, from general organisation to travel to accommodation to the sightseeing itself. The agent, Eskinder, chose the best people in each town and made sure that everything was as good as it could possibly be. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2012 by

It's not easy to pick out any one thing that stood out above all else, this trip was a feast for the mind from start to finish. Itís now a good couple of months since our return and I've had time to begin digesting the memories. With that in mind, I guess it has to be the people we met along the way, so many wonderful people. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2012 by

The Ethiopians themselves are the most memorable part of our holiday. They are genuinely kind people, passionate, proud of their heritage and country and fun-loving! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2012 by

The most memorable part was seeing the diversity of culture, history and geography in the north of Ethiopia. All places visited were special in their own way but Lalibela was especially stunning. Read full review

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