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Ethiopia in Depth

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1 country
5 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Special departure: 10 January 2020 will enjoy the Timkat Festival
SPECIAL DEPARTURE 10 JAN 2020 - TIMKAT FESTIVAL
Celebrating 'Epiphany', the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, Ethiopia's famous Timkat Festival involves colourful processions and festivities and is the one day of the year Gondar's Fasilides baths are filled with water for ceremonies.The tour includes a morning visit to watch the baptism ceremony at the baths.
Explore a different side of Africa on a fascinating adventure across rich and diverse Ethiopia. From the capital of Addis Ababa to the water wildlife haven of Lake Chamo in the south and the majestic Simien Mountains in the north, discover the source of the Blue Nile, cruise Lake Tana and see the remains of the Fasilides Empire in Gondar. Visit the ancient obelisks and tombs of Axum and be amazed by the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.Addis to Bahir DarDelve into the history of Ethiopia in the capital of Addis Ababa and indulge in local delicacies on a culinary walking tour through the city neighbourhoods. Fly north to Bahir Dar and admire majestic Blue Nile Falls before cruising Lake Tana and visiting the island churches decorated with colourful frescs.History and HighlandsTravel to Gondar, home to the remains of the Fasilides Empire in the form of palaces, residences and baths. Then discover the stunning Simien Mountains, some of Africa's most beautiful ranges, searching for the unique endemic wildlife such as the Ethiopian wolf, walia ibex and the famous red-chested gelada baboons. World WondersSee the historic sites of Axum, including the fascinating stele fields and tombs. Stand in awe in front of the monolithic rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of the 'wonders of the world'. Carved in the 12th century from pink granite, these 11 churches all boast a unique architectural style and are decorated with well-preserved art.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 5 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights in Simien Mountains National Park, staying at the highest hotel in Africa (3,260 metres)
  • 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 16 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide throughout
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Discover the diversity of Ethiopia

  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Addis Adaba from it's former capital Entoto.
  • City tour of Addis Ababa including the Ethnological (Haile Selassie House) Museum, National Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
  • Explore some of Addis Ababa's best restaurants on a culinary walking tour.
  • Visit the Jinka Museum.
  • Excursion to the Mursi Tribe.
  • Tour the village of Konso.
  • Cruise on Lake Chamo in Arba Minch in search of the many hippos and crocodiles that inhabit this area.
  • Visit the Dorze tribe in their village, see the bee-hive shaped houses and admire their impressive weaving skills.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana visiting the beautifully decorated Monastaries of Ura Kidane Miheret and Azwa Mariam.
  • Take a short hike to the lookout point of majestic Blue Nile Falls.
  • Visit the fascinating village of Awra Amba, where everyone is equal and works collectively to make them independent from aid and poverty.
  • Explore the remains of the Fasilidas empire in Gondar, including the castles, palaces, residents and baths.
  • Visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity) and admire its colourful frescoes.
  • Explore Simien Mountains National Park on foot and by safari vehicle in search of the local endemic animals such as the Ethiopian wolf, Waliya ibex and gelada baboon.
  • Explore the ancient city of Axum, known for its monolithic obelisks and ancient castles which housed the likes of the Queen of Sheba.
  • Visit the Monastery of Nakuto Leab.
  • Explore 'one of the wonders of the world', the first and second group of rock hewn churches which have been carved out of the pink granite rock in Lalibela.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $10,895
Start Location
Ethiopia
End Location
Ethiopia
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Walking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
10 Sep 201901 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,380
08 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,380
13 Nov 201904 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,380
10 Jan 202031 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,980
11 Feb 202003 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,580
10 Mar 202031 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,580
ItineraryExpand
Ethiopia in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Addis Ababa

Welcome to Ethiopia and its capital, Addis Ababa! Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]

Day 3. Addis Ababa

Today we'll discover some of the city's history on a sightseeing tour, visiting the Ethnological Museum, the National Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Explore Addis Ababa's best restaurants on a culinary walking tour. Learn the story and traditions behind each dish and get to know more of the local neighbourhoods.

Day 4. Addis Ababa - Jinka

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Jinka, set in the hills above Mago National Park. Here we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we'll visit the South-Omo Museum & Research Centre, with a fascinating exhibition on the region's cultures. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Jinka - Konso

Be immersed in the local traditions today as we visit the intriguing Mursi tribe. Here we meet the tribe members and learn the local customs. Interestingly, in this tribe it is still the norm for women to wear plates in their lower lips. Next we'll travel to the town of Konso, located on the Sagan River and declared a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Featuring human-like wooden statues and stone walls, the cultural traditions of this village date back 400 years. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Konso - Arba Minch

Special Experience: Today we will tour this fascinating village including a visit to the King's residence, where we will see the traditions and culture that make this place so special.

This afternoon we drive to Arba Minch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Arba Minch

Today we'll enjoy a cruise on Lake Chamo, searching for hippos, crocodiles and waterbirds. After lunch we'll visit the Dorze tribe in one of their villages. They are renowned for their beehive-shaped houses and impressive weaving skills. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Arba Minch - Bahir Dar

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bahir Dar via Addis Ababa, on the shores of Lake Tana. [B,D]

Day 9. Bahir Dar

We'll enjoy a half-day cruise on Lake Tana this morning, visiting some of the 37 islands that dot the lake. Certain islands are famous for their beautiful churches decorated with colourful frescs. We'll also discover the monastery of Ura Kidane Miheret, and Aswa Mariam. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to the town of Tiss Abay, then continuing on foot to the majestic Blue Nile Falls (weather permitting). Estimated to be over 40-metres-high and 400-metres-wide during the wet season, the falls are the most dramatic spectacle on the Nile. [B,L]

Day 10. Bahir Dar - Gondar

The morning is free for you to enjoy at leisure before we make our way to Gondar, visiting the fascinating village of Awra Amba along the way. In Awra Amba society, everyone is respected equally and works collectively to make the community self-sufficient rather than dependent on aid. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Gondar

Gondar was the first capital of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 and lasted 236 years. Many castles were built here during this time. Today we'll explore the remains of the empire, visiting the palaces, residences and baths of Fasilides. After lunch we'll visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie, famous for the mesmerising frescs that decorate its interior. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park

This morning we depart for the Simien Mountains, some of Africa's most beautiful ranges.

In the afternoon we'll explore on foot as we discover all the local flora and fauna. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Simien Mountains National Park

Today we travel further into the beautiful national park and further discover the amazing landscape. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: Hike through the stunning Simien Mountains in search of the area's endemic animals, such as the Ethiopian wolf, walia ibex and gelada baboons.

Day 14. Simien Mountains National Park - Axum

After breakfast take in the rich and varied landscape as we sit back and relax with a day of driving. Our destination is Axum, known for its tall, carved obelisks. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Axum

We see the historic sites of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Axum today, visiting the stele fields and tombs. We will also see the Church of St Mary of Zion, remains of Queen Sheba's Palace and the Archaeological Museum. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Axum - Lalibela

This morning we will fly to Lalibela, famous for its 11 monolithic churches, carved in the 12th century from pink granite. We then visit the Monastery of Nakuto Leab, a rural church carved into a cave and featuring natural springs. It was originally developed by King Nakuto who renounced his throne in the 12th century to live a hermit's life. Here we will meet locals and learn more about Ethiopian culture and religious practices. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Lalibela

Special Experience: Explore one of the 'wonders of the world', the first and second group of monolithic rock-hewn churches. Each church boasts a unique architectural style and is superbly carved and decorated with well-preserved art.

[B,L,D]

Day 18. Lalibela - Addis Ababa

We will head to the airport this morning for our flight back to Addis Ababa. This evening we'll experience a traditional group farewell dinner with live cultural music and dance. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Addis Ababa

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia