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Highlights of Ethiopia

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SPECIAL DEPARTURE 13 JAN 2019 - 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 majestic Simien Mountains in the north and the water wildlife haven of Lake Chamo in the south, discover the source of the Blue Nile, cruise Lake Tana, see the remains of the Fasilides Empire in Gondar 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. Wonders and WildlifeStand 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. End your amazing journey at Lake Chamo in the country's south, searching for hippos, Nile crocodiles and water birds.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Africa. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge safari 4WD)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 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)
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing

Discover the diversity of Ethiopia

  • City tour of Addis Ababa including the Ethnological (Haile Selassie House) Museum, Archeological Museum, National Museum and the Holy Trinity Church.
  • Explore some of Addis Ababa's best restaurants on a culinary walking tour.
  • Take a short hike to the lookout point of majestic Blue Nile Falls.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana visiting the beautifully decorated Monastaries of Ura Kidane Miheret and Azwa Mariam.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route to Lalibela.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $9,665
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
13 Jan 201929 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,565 
12 Feb 201928 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $9,365
12 Mar 201928 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $9,365
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Ethiopia

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 & Archaeological Museum, the National Museum and the Holy Trinity Church. [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 - Bahir Dar

This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana. This afternoon we'll travel to the town of Tiss Abay and continue on foot to the majestic Blue Nile Falls (weather permitting). Estimated to be over 40m-high and 400m-wide during the wet season, the falls are the most dramatic spectacle on the Nile. [B,L,D]

Day 5. 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. [B,L]

Day 6. 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 the society of Awra Amba, everyone is respected equally and works collectively to make the community self-sufficient rather than dependent on aid. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Gondar

Gondar was the first capital of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632, and consequently saw many castles built over the course of 236 years. 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 8. 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 the grounds on foot as we discover all the local flora and fauna. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Simien Mountains Excursion

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 10. Simien Mountains National Park - Gondar

Enjoy exploring more of the mountains this morning before we return to Gondar. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Gondar - Lalibela

Sit back and enjoy some of Ethiopia's most stunning and beautiful scenery as we spend the day travelling through the Amhara region to Lalibela. Lalibela is famous for its 11 monolithic churches, carved in the 12th century from pink granite. [B,L,D]

Day 12. 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 13. Lalibela - Arba Minch

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Arba Minch, via Addis Ababa. [B,D]

Day 14. Arba Minch

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

Day 15. Arba Minch - Addis Ababa

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our flight back to Addis Ababa. This evening we'll experience a traditional group farewell dinner with live cultural music and dance. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Depart Addis Ababa

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia