Ethiopia Explorer

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5.0 Based on 2 Reviews
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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Marvel at the monolithic churches of Lalibela
  • Discover the medieval castles in the old capital of Gondar
  • Day walk in the Simien Mountains
  • Cruise to the tranquil island monasteries of Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls
The "Ethiopia Explorer" tour starts from and ends in Addis Ababa. It is an adventure trip that takes 11 days taking you through Addis Ababa, Debark, Bahir Dar and 3 other destinations in Ethiopia. "Ethiopia Explorer" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Explore Ethiopia's unique cultural heritage and spectacular mountain scenery. Ethiopia is an African enigma, combining a rich history, mosaic of cultures and incredible geographic diversity. The highlands strong Orthodox Christian heritage has been formidably maintained over the millennia, alone amongst Islam and tribal cultures in surrounding Africa. From the colourful chaotic sprawl of the capital Addis Ababa and medieval castles of Gondar to the tranquil island monasteries of Lake Tana, it is indeed a land of contrasts. This itinerary includes walking in the Simien Mountains for a look at highland life as well as time to take in the greatest of the ancient churches and monasteries home to art and religious icons, including the amazing 12th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and ancient obelisks of Axum. The tremendous ethnic diversity and resplendent cultures of Ethiopia are evident as we explore the only country in Africa to have escaped colonialism.
5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 01 2018
5 - Excellent
“We had several trip leaders. Abraham was our first driver/guide for the first week and very fun, knowledgeable, experienced and pleasant.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 03 2016
5 - Excellent
“This trip exceeded my expectations. Fascinating country, excellent tour guide, very friendly people.”
  • Day 1 : Join Addis Ababa
  • Day 2 : In Addis Ababa, city tour
  • Day 3 : Fly to Lalibela
  • Day 4 : In Lalibela
  • Day 5 : Fly to Axum, visit churches
  • Day 6 : Drive to small town of Debark (250km, approx 5hrs)
  • Day 7 : Day walk in Simien Mountains, drive to Gondar in the late afternoon (145km, approx 3hrs)
  • Day 8 : Gondar sightseeing
  • Day 9 : Drive to Bahir Dar, afternoon city tour (175km, approx 4hrs)
  • Day 10 : Lake Tana boat trip and Blue Nile Falls
  • Day 11 : Fly to Addis Ababa, trip concludes on arrival
  • 2 nights in 3 star hotel in Addis and 8 nights in best available hotels elsewhere on a twinshare basis
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfer Day 1 only
  • Private road transport
  • Local guides at each location (English speaking tour leader throughout for 6 or more guests)
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Site entrance and national park fees per itinerary
  • international flights
  • internal flights Addis Ababa/ Lalibela/Axum and Bahir Dar/Addis Ababa. *we recommend booking these flights with World Expeditions as it is easier to manage any schedule changes locally
  • arrival and departure transfers in Addis Ababa (other than airport transfer on Day 1 only).
  • NOTE - The Addis Ababa group hotel (Jupiter Hotel) offers a free airport to hotel shuttle service upon arrival or departure. This shuttle must be pre-booked prior to your arrival or departure – please refer to your reservations consultant for more details.
  • bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • items of a personal nature such as phone calls, internet, laundry, etc.
  • travel insurance
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ethiopia Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 03 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 January 2022, a deposit of 1500 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ethiopia Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Ethiopia Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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