Departure by Request From $3,600USD per person (based on 4 people)
Length: 15 Days
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Start: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
End: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Travel to Ethiopia and enter an ancient world. This trip exposes you to northern Ethiopia's natural, historical and cultural wonders. Experience raw nature at its finest in the Simien Mountains, feel the religious devotion in Lalibela and live the local culture during a community-based trek in the Meket highlands. This relaxed-pace trip with 3 local flights allows you to lose yourself in ancient tales and fables, stunning churches and castles, magnificent waterfalls and unique wildlife. Let Ethiopia capture you with all it has to offer and we are sure it will leave a lasting impression.

Included Highlights:

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Addis Ababa city tour
  • Guided trip to the Blue Nile Falls
  • Monastery visit on Lake Tana
  • Guided visit to Gondar castle
  • Guided visit to Debre Berhan Salassie Church
  • Guided visit to Lalibela rock-hewn Churches
  • 3 day cultural trek in Mekat Highlands
  • Accommodation: 12 nights comfortable hotels (twin-share) / 2 nights community-run huts
  • Transport: 4-wheel drive vehicles / minivan / coaster bus / 3 internal flights
Day 1
Addis Abbaba – arrive at Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Abbaba at any time. You will be met by an Original Trails
Day 2
Addis Abbaba – an early start to the day, as we join our local guide and go explore the sights of Addis. The city
Day 3
Bahir Dar – we take an early flight to Bahir Dar, located on the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake
Day 4
Gondar – today we get on the lake nice and early. By boat we visit 3 of the monasteries that were built long ago
Day 5
Gondar – explore and absorb some of the fascinating relics of this city. In the morning, we visit Gondar Castle
Day 6
Simien National Park – today we depart early and begin our journey to our next destination, another UNESCO
Day 7
Axum – en route to Axum, we will pass through some scenic country, namely Lima Limu Tekeze Valley
Day 8
Axum – today we explore Axum and its historical sites with our local guide. We first visit the field in which
Day 9-10
Lalibela – off to the local airport for our short flight to Lalibela, one of the holiest cities in Ethiopia
Day 11-13
TESFA Cultural Trek – over the next 3 days, you will live the Ethiopian highlands! We will trek in the incredibly
Day 14
Addis Abbaba – our flight in the morning will take us back to Addis Abbaba. Check in and relax and do any last
Day 15
Addis Abbaba – depart at any time

What's included?

  • All accommodation within the itinerary
  • Incoming transfer from Airport to hotel
  • All ground transport and transfers within the itinerary
  • 3 internal flights
  • All meals indicated on the itinerary
  • Guided Addis city tour
  • Guided Blue Niles Falls visit
  • Guided Lake Tana boat ride and 3 monasteries tour
  • Kuskuam Church visit
  • Guided tour of Gondar Castle
  • Debre Birhan Selassie Church visit
  • Simien National Park fees
  • Guided Simien Park walk
  • Guided tour of Axum Historical Site
  • Guided tour of Axum church
  • Guided visit of Lalibela churches
  • TESFA project fees
  • All entrance fees for guided tours
  • Full time adventure guide
  • Local expert guides

What's not included?

  • International airfare
  • Meals and drinks not indicated in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included above
  • Tips and gratuities
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