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Ethiopia: An Antique Land

Ethiopia: An Antique Land


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Unravel the mysteries of Ethiopia…

Discover the timeless mysteries of Ethiopia on this 12-night escorted tour, where you'll travel as part of a small group to explore the unique cultural heritage, breathtaking natural beauty and ancient ruins. Visit the Blue Nile Gorge, explore the UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains National Park, experience Addis Ababa – the nation’s capital city, and tour Lalibela, one of Africa’s most important religious sites.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

Dinner plate33 meals: 11 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Porterage at all hotels

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • City tour of Addis Ababa
  • The Blue Nile Gorge area
  • Tour of Bahir Dar
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Gondar and Fasil Ghebbi
  • Simien Mountains National Park
  • Tour Axum and its Stelae Field
  • The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
  • Visit a local guest house in Lalibela
  • Addis Ababa market

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

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Day 1 UK-Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

After taking your VIP included door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Addis Ababa.

Day 2 Addis Ababa

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa

After your early arrival this morning some time to freshen up before enjoying, an afternoon tour of Ethiopia's capital where you'll visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and the National Museum, home to the famous three-million-year-old skeleton known as 'Lucy'.

Stay two nights at the 5-star Golden Tulip hotel (4Q) or Capital Hotel and Spa (4Q). L, D

Day 3 The Blue Nile Gorge area

Blue Nile Gorge

Spectacular scenery awaits on an included visit to the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge area. En route you'll visit the ancient monastery of Debre Libanos. B, L, D

Day 4 Addis Ababa-Bahir Dar

Coffee beans

Fly to the lakeside city of Bahir Dar (one hour) where an afternoon tour reveals a colourful market with stalls selling coffee beans, local handicrafts and fragrant spices.

Stay two nights at either the 4-star Avanti Blue Nile Resort (3Q) or the 4-star Kuriftu Resort and Spa (3Q). B, L, D

Day 5 Bahir Dar

Blue Nile Falls

This morning you'll discover the Blue Nile Falls, nicknamed 'smoking water', on an included excursion. Later perhaps join an excursion to visit some local villages, or simply relax beside the lake. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Visit some of the villages surrounding Bahir Dar and perhaps see mule trains transporting wood from village to town.

Bahir Dar Ethiopia Africa

Day 6 Bahir Dar-Gondar

Ethiopia is a deeply spiritual country

Take a morning boat cruise on Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, looking out for a variety of birdlife. You'll leave from Bahir Dar and visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam. After lunch at Bahir Dar, drive to Gondar (107 miles, three hours), visiting local villages en route.

Stay for three nights at the the 4-star Goha Hotel (3Q) or the 4-star Mayleko Lodge (3Q). B, L, D

Day 7 Gondar

Palace ruins of Gondar

Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour of Gondar and the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi, where ancient palaces, churches and monasteries are encircled by a vast, crumbling wall. B, L, D

Day 8 Simien Mountains

Gelada baboon

Today an included full-day excursion visits the spectacular UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains National Park, known for its fine scenery and where you may be lucky enough to spot the extremely rare Gelada baboon. B, L, D

Day 9 Gondar-Axum

Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

Fly to Axum (40 minutes), where an included tour reveals the 20th-century Church of St Mary of Zion and the 17th-century church of the same name, next door to which is the chapel that supposedly houses the Ark of the Covenant.

Later explore the Stelae Field with its huge granite obelisks before heading to the 4-star Sabean Hotel (3Q) or the 4-star Yared Zema Hotel (3Q) for an overnight stay. B, L, D

Day 10 Axum-Lalibela

Church in Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela (40 minutes) where an included afternoon tour reveals one of Africa's most important religious and historic sites, the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela including the cross-shaped church of Bete Giyorgis (St George).

Stay two nights at the 3-star Maribela Hotel (3Q) or 2-star Mountain View Hotel (3Q). The Maribela Hotel is surrounded by dramatic scenery and facilities include a restaurant and bar. Each of the 25 bedrooms has a fridge (extra charge), complimentary Wi-Fi and a private balcony. The Mountain View Hotel, which sits at an altitude of around 2,600 metres, enjoys a stunning setting overlooking a dramatic valley on the outskirts of Lalibela. It has a restaurant, bar and terraces. There are 30 bedrooms each with a balcony. B, L, D

Day 11 Lalibela

Church of St George, Lalibela

This morning you visit more of Lalibela's monolithic cave churches. This afternoon you'll experience traditional Ethiopian hospitality and cuisine during an included visit to a local guest house. B, L, D

Day 12 Lalibela-Addis Ababa

Visit the open air market of Merkato

Fly back to the capital (one hour) and explore the vibrant open-air market of Merkato, one of the largest in Africa. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, staying overnight at the 5-star Golden Tulip Hotel (4Q) or Capital Hotel and Spa (4Q), where you stayed at the beginning of your holiday. B, L, D

Day 13 Addis Ababa-UK

Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK and your included UK door-to-door travel service home. B

Most of the time you will be above 6,000 feet with some excursions reaching up to 14,400 feet. Accommodation outside of Addis Ababa is comfortable but can be fairly basic. There will be a few challenging walks.

Tourism in Ethiopia is still in its infancy and accommodation outside of Addis Ababa is comfortable but can be fairly basic.


Ethiopia: An Antique Land