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Ultimate Ethiopia

  • Addis Ababa
  • Axum
  • Lalibela
  • Gonda
  • Simien Mountains
  • Bahir Dar
  • Axum
  • Bale Mountains National Park
Ultimate Ethiopia Ultimate Ethiopia
£ 5550

This journey combines the best that Ethiopia has to offer from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the lesser-visited Bale Mountains.

Start your Ethiopian adventure in Addis Ababa by visiting the National Museum and the Holy Trinity cathedral, the most important worshipping place in the country, second only to the old church of St Mary of Zion in Axum.

From Addis Ababa you will fly to Bahir Dar, where you will stay right on the shores of Lake Tana and enjoy a cruise around this spectacular lake. Covering over 3,500 square kilometres, this is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is home to 37 islands, of which 20 contain monasteries. Next stop is Gondar where you will see medieval castles and the famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie.

You will then travel to the Simien Mountains for a few days, where you will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic Gelada baboons.

Then travel to the Bale Mountains via Axum, Lalibela and the Gheralta area - a unique chain of mountains and the home of the rock churches, some famous for their architecture, ancient paintings and manuscripts and others know for their magnificent view.

The Bale Mountains, which are very different to the Simien Mountains, are perfect for birdlife and walking. Here you will also find the Sanetti Plateau, home to the largest number of Ethiopian wolves.

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Day 1-2

Addis Ababa

Fly to Addis Ababa. Overnights at Jupiter Hotel

Fly to Addis Ababa. Overnights at Jupiter Hotel

Day 3-4

Bahir Dar

Short flight to Bahir Dar. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort. Visit…

Short flight to Bahir Dar. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort. Visit Blue Nile Falls. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort.

Day 5

Gondar

Drive to Gondar. Visit the medieval castles and famous church…

Drive to Gondar. Visit the medieval castles and famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie. Overnight at The Goha Hotel.

Day 6-7

Simien Mountains

Drive to and explore the Simien Mountains. Overnight at Limalimo…

Drive to and explore the Simien Mountains. Overnight at Limalimo Lodge.

Day 8-9

Axum

Drive to Axum. Overnights at Sabean Hotel.

Drive to Axum. Overnights at Sabean Hotel.

Day 10-11

Gheralta Lodge

Gheralta Lodge.

Gheralta Lodge.

Day 12-13

Lalibela

Drive to Lalibela. Overnights at Maribela Hotel.

Drive to Lalibela. Overnights at Maribela Hotel.

Day 14

Addis Ababa

Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, then drive south to…

Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, then drive south to to Lake Langano via Lake Abiata-Shala National Park. Overnight at Bishangari Lodge.

Day 15-16

Bale Mountains National Park

Drive to Bale Mountains National Park. Overnight at Bale Mountain…

Drive to Bale Mountains National Park. Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the park. Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge.

Day 17-18

Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa for flight back home.

Drive to Addis Ababa for flight back home.

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