Discover the diversity of Ethiopia
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 12
Slow paced, Walking
|10 Sep 2019||01 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $10,380|
|08 Oct 2019||29 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $10,380|
|13 Nov 2019||04 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $10,380|
|10 Jan 2020||31 Jan 2020||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,980|
|11 Feb 2020||03 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $10,580|
|10 Mar 2020||31 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $10,580|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Ethiopia and its capital, Addis Ababa! Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bahir Dar via Addis Ababa, on the shores of Lake Tana. [B,D]
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 Mehret, 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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]