Towering mediaeval castles and unspoilt landscapes. Mountains called ‘the roof of Africa’. The ancient home of the Queen of Sheba. A diverse culture with over 45 ethnic groups. Is Ethiopia the travel world’s best ‘secret’ destination?
The words ‘explore’ and ‘discover’ are used often enough in the travel industry. But with Ethiopia the invitation to set out on a voyage of discovery is practically irresistible.
A tailor-made holiday to Ethiopia takes you beyond the heightened comfort of luxury hotels and into a world that is entrancing in a different way. For the full effect our Ethiopian expert, Lydia Craig, recommends you drive across country rather than fly, and treat yourself to some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.
The astonishing Simien Mountains, for example, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for the beauty of their jagged ridges, conical tops and heart-stopping precipices.
Journeying further; Bahar Dar offers the Blue Nile and Lake Tana. Addis Ababa teems with life, culture and diverse people. Gondar is the Camelot of Africa. Harrar is a magical, Islamic walled city. Churches are hewn out of the living rock at Lalibela; the place – according to Lydia – to join in the amazing Timkat religious fesitival that is celebrated every January.
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(11 - 25 October 2014)
An escorted tour offering an in-depth visit to Ethiopia from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the stunning landscape of the Simien Mountains.Read more
(14 - 28 March 2015)
This unique escorted tour will take you through the ancient land of Ethiopia, complete with with highland scenery of surpassing grandeur as well as ecclesiastical and imperial architecture.Read more
Recommended areas to visit in Ethiopia
Wide tree-lined streets, fine architecture and numerous cultural attractions make Addis Ababa a delightful city to explore.Read more
The stelae of Axum and rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are an incredible and unique heritage.Read more
Stunning waterfalls and island monasteries attract visitors to Bahir Dar on the southern shore of Lake Tana.Read more
An ancient capital of Ethiopia, Gondar is remarkable for its medieval churches and castles, unlike any other built in Africa.Read more
North-east of Gondar are the dramatic Simien Mountains for fantastic trekking in breathtaking scenery.Read more