Following a chronological order of the history of Ethiopia, your journey will take you from the original capital of the mighty Axum Kingdom and its celebrated Queen of Sheba to Addis Ababa, the Capital of Ethiopia and home to the headquarters of the African Union.
- Visit Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant
- Visit Lalibela, the “Jerusalem of Africa”, home of the fascinating rock-hewn churches from the 12th century
- Visit Gondar, the ancient capital of Ethiopia, known as the Camelot of Africa for its medieval castles and churches
- Visit Bahir Dar and embark on a boat cruise of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia, its famous island monastries and the source of the Blue Nile. Also visit the Blue Nile Falls
- Excursion to the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia’s most popular hiking destination hosting the fourth highest mountain in Africa
- “Best of Addis Ababa”, our best selling City Tour of Addis Ababa. You will visit the National Museum (where the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy lie), Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa), Lunch at Taitu Hotel (the first hotel in Ethiopia) and enjoy a panoramic view of Addis from Entoto from Entoto Mountain
- Pick-up from Airport
- Professional English speaking guide
- Transportation and accommodation for the professional guide
- Road transportation cars, drivers, fuel
- Accommodation (Twin/Double Room sharing)
- Meal plans
- Fees for entrances, local guides, scouts, boats for activities mentioned above.
- International flights and visas
- Activities not mentioned above
- Photo and video fees
- Other personal expenses
- Holidays such as Ethiopian New Year (11 September), Meskel (Finding of the True Cross; 27 September), Gena (Ethiopian Christmas; 7 January) and Timkat (Epiphany; 19 January) are celebrated colourfully throughout the region. These holidays fall one day later in leap years
- The best places for handicraft shopping are Bahir Dar, Lalibela and Aksum
- Most key sites in northern Ethiopia lie at altitudes of 2,000m or higher, with the high Simiens topping the 4,000m mark. Although day temperatures are rather mild all year round it can be chilly at night or during the rainy season. Bring plenty of warm clothing.
Some monasteries in northern Ethiopia have been closed to women for centuries, a rule also applied to tourists.
Source: Ethiopia Tourism Association