Ethiopia in Depth

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4.5 Based on 5 Reviews
  • duration 13 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Rock hewn churches of Tigrai and Lalibela
  • Castles of Gondar
  • Spectacular scenery in the Simien Mountains
  • Stelae of Axum
The Ethiopia In Depth tour starts and ends in Addis Ababa. It is a cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 13 days taking you through Mekele, Bahir Dar, Lalibela and 6 other destinations in Ethiopia. Ethiopia In Depth is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

In the northeast of Ethiopia is the little visited region of Tigrai. Over the centuries a series of churches of differing sizes and architectural styles were carved into cliff-faces and rocky-outcrops, many still in use today. Whilst following Ethiopia’s classic northern circuit through Lake Tana’s monasteries, Gondar’s castles, the Simien Mountains and Lalibela’s monolithic churches, we get off the beaten path and explore this beautiful region in the heart of Ethiopian history.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 5 reviews
Ethiopian Odyssey
5 - Excellent
“This was a fascinating journey through northern Ethiopia. We saw churches and monasteries galore, each one interesting for its paintings or architecture, often hewn out of the living rock. The road journeys were long but the scenery and the sheer engineering feats involved made it worthwhile. Accommodation throughout was much better than I'd anticipated; we had en suite facilities in all hotels and hot water was usually available.”
Ethiopia in depth
5 - Excellent
“A fantastic trip to an amazing country. The travelling was sometimes long and hard but the scenery and sights made it all totally worthwhile.”
Ethiopia in Depth - Timkat Depature
4 - Very Good
“A very enjoyable trip in a very interesting country. Ethiopia is a fast growing and exciting country, and within Africa, a population second only to Nigeria. The infrastructure is improving fast and its mainly young population are starting to enjoy the freedoms of an education and an emerging confident country. The rural areas remain very poor, but infrastructure, including electricity and improved irrigation and transport links, mean that Ethiopia is no longer the barren, drought prone region imagined by most westerners. In fact, during the rainy season, it must be one of the greenest countries in Africa, and the people are generally very friendly and welcoming. Addis in particular is something of a building site, but most of the other towns have concrete shells intended as future apartment blocks and hotels, and there are apparently more university graduates than jobs in many areas - so the future of the country appears bright - although there are still challenges with over-population and the amount of available land for farming. Most people are still subsistence farmers, and the economy is yet to open fully (you can't own land for example), and if the population is to continue growing, more efficient methods of farming will need to be adopted. However, Ethiopia is already a generally good place to travel. The hotels are good and clean, and despite the worries of others, hot water is generally available, and most places have Wi-Fi of varying quality. The country also yet, hasn't become a tourist mecca, meaning you will not have the place to yourself, but you certainly won't be experiencing the crowds of other more well known destinations. The scenery is wonderful - I hadn't realized quite how mountainous most of the country is. We were there in the dry season, but it was clear that following the rains, when everything greens up, it must be spectacular. Ethiopia is also very culturally distinct from anywhere else I've been in Africa - things start to look very "Ethiopian" quite quickly, being a blend of Jewish, Arabic and both north and southern African, as well being close to Sudan, so it comes across as a real melting pot of cultures and ideas.”
A Wonderful Tour
5 - Excellent
“Amazing culture, history and scenery.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Addis Ababa; city tour.
  • Day 2: Fly to Bahar Dar; free afternoon with option of Blue Nile Falls visit.
  • Day 3: Discover Lake Tana's famous monestaries.
  • Day 4: Drive to Gondar; visit the castles, Fasilides' bathhouse and the church's ceiling.
  • Day 5: Drive to Simien Mountains; afternoon hike along the plateau.
  • Day 6: Continue to Axum.
  • Day 7: Full day visiting the ancient capital of the Axumite Kingdom.
  • Day 8: Visit Yeha Temple and through eatern Tigrai to Wukro.
  • Day 9: Visit Wukro's rock-hewn churches and on to Mekele.
  • Day 10: Drive through mountains and gorges on the way to Lalibela.
  • Day 11: Explore Lalibela amazing churches.
  • Day 12: Mule trek up to Ashatan Maryam.
  • Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa. End.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 10 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights basic hotel, most with en suite facilities , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts
Transport
  • Two internal flights
  • All transport and listed activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
Others
  • Travel by mini or coaster bus
  • Off the beaten path in the Tigrai region
  • Tour leader throughout
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Addis Ababa are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ethiopia in Depth tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ethiopia in Depth tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 03 February 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 February 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ethiopia in Depth 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.

Visa

For this Ethiopia in Depth 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:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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