Ethiopia - Addis to Axum
Ethiopia, Discovery, 13 days - from £1,545 (land only) - from €1,930 (land only) - from $2,705 (land only)
- Experience the ancient kingdom of Abyssinia
- See the `Smoking Water` of the Blue Nile Falls & Lake Tana
- Enjoy the beauty of Simien Mountain views
- Journey to Axum and explore the ancient heart of Ethiopia
- Visit the monolithic rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
North of the pleasant capital of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia can boast a wealth of historical and cultural treasures unlike anything else on Earth. Our 'Northern Circuit' starts out with a short flight to Bahir Dar, where we visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a cruise on Lake Tana. Proceeding to Gondar, we have a day there to explore the Royal Enclosure, with its ruined fairy-tale castles. Heading north-east, we spend time in the Simien Mountains, famous for far-reaching views and for rare wildlife species. Our next port of call is Axum, home to giant engraved obelisks, the Queen of Sheba's palace and the Saint Mary of Zion Church, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. We have time to check out more of Tigray's amazing rock churches before heading south to Lalibela, a medieval city that ranks amongst the wonders of the world, thanks to its outrageous complex of 12th century rock hewn churches. The landscapes, people and history of northern Ethiopia are a revelation!
Is this holiday for you?
A touring holiday exploring the highlights of Ethiopia. Overall this trip falls within our EASY grade. However, there are several long drives and some days where we may clock up considerable walking time as we tour the historic sites. Road conditions can be variable, so you should be prepared for adventurous journeys and occasional delays. In the Simien Mountains we will hike for approximately 3 hours to various viewpoints. You should ensure that you are fit enough for this trip.
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