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Mysteries Of Ethiopia

13 Days, Addis Ababa to Addis Ababa
Mysteries Of Ethiopia

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Ethiopia holds a culturally unique place between Africa the Middle East. Discover it for yourself over 13 days experiencing the country's diverse offerings. Trek read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 12 nights accommodation (Hotels (12 nts)).
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Plane, minivan/bus, boat, walking, hiking).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flight.
  • Excursion to Blue Nile Falls.
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana.
  • Bahir Dar market visit.
  • Guided tour of Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Fasiladas's Bath, and historic castles in Gondar.
  • Kossoye Community cooking lesson and dinner.
  • Simien Mountains trek.
  • Visit to Axum historical sites.
  • Guided tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
  • Asheton Maryam hike.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, driver, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD285-370 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa
Day 2 Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar
Day 3 Bahir Dar
Day 4 Bahir Dar/Gondar
Day 5 Gondar
Day 6 Gondar/Debark'
Day 7 Debark
Day 8 Debark'/Aksum
Day 9 Aksum
Day 10 Aksum/Lalibela
Day 11 Lalibela
Day 12 Lalibela/Addis Ababa
Day 13 Depart Addis Ababa
Departures
  • Nov
    2017
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 20 Nov '17
  • Sat, 02 Dec '17
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Addis Ababa
  • Bahir Dar
  • Gondar
  • Debark
  • Axum
  • Lalibela
  • DAY 1 Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means "new flower" in Amharic. At an elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft), it's the third highest capital in the world and the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present, the streets a mishmash of expensive cars, old Russian (Lada model) taxis, along with donkeys, sheep, and goats. Traditional mud houses stand not far from austere fascist architecture and private-sector banks.

    Private Vehicle
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport - Addis Ababa
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 17:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar

    Fly to Bahir Dar. Enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are some of of Africa's most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means "smoking water."

    Plane
    Addis Ababa Bole International Airport - Bahir Dar Airport 1h-1h 30m 565km
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Blue Nile Falls Hiking Excursion
    Bahir Dar
    Enjoy a two-hour hike to the Blue Nile Falls, crossing over the Blue Nile via the historic Portuguese bridge. You can also take a path to the bottom of the falls to experience a close-up view. These falls are some of the most spectacular in Africa. During full flood (July - September), the falls increase to 400m (1,312 ft) across and a 45m (148 ft) drop.

    Private Vehicle
    Bahir Dar
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Bezawit Climb

    Bahir Dar
    Drive to Bezawit, the palace of Haile Selassie, which lies on a hill 5km (3.1 mi) outside of Bahir Dar. The panoramic views of the Blue Nile River, Lake Tana, and the town are absolutely stunning. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Bahir Dar

    Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, take a city tour with a visit to the Bahir Dar market.

    Lake Tana Boat Trip (Monastery Visit)
    Lake Tana
    Visit two monasteries on Lake Tana. Both men and women can visit these monasteries, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. From Ura Kidane Mihret, go for a twenty-minute walk through the forest on Zege Peninsula to a second monastery, Azwa Maryam. Have a short visit at this monastery before boarding your boat.

    Bahir Dar Market
    Bahir Dar
    Visit the busy market in Bahir Dar, where you can see colourful woven clothing, basketry, cereals, spices, and other local goods. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Bahir Dar/Gondar

    Visit the egalitarian community of Awra Amba with a local expert. You'll learn about the unique way of life that sets men and women equally in all community, social, and labour matters. Continue to Gondar and visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Kusquam Castle.

    Private Vehicle
    Bahir Dar - Gondar
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Awra Amba Community Visit
    Gondar
    Visit the unique egalitarian community of Awra Amba. Founded in 1980, the village, which aims to relieve poverty and provide social security to its members, has been ostracized for failing to subscribe to a mainstream religion. Join a local expert and learn about the way of life in this innovative community where men and women are treated equally and labour is not divided by gender.

    Debre Berhan Selassie Church Tour
    Gondar
    Visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, probably the country's most famous church and a highlight of Gondar. Its ceiling is covered with famous paintings of Ethiopian cherubs and the walls portray Ethiopian saints, martyrs, and lore.

    Kusquam Castle Visit
    Gondar
    Visit Kusquam, Queen Mentawab's 18th century residence and church, which is dedicated to St Mary. The skeletal remains of Empress Mentawab, Emperor Iyasu II, and her grandson, Iyoas, are all found (underground) inside the church. The impressive banquet hall is also worth a visit too.

    Free Time
    Gondar Afternoon
    Enjoy some free time on your own. Opt to visit the local market.

    Optional Activities
    Gondar Market Visit

    Gondar
    Opt to visit the city market to see the locals shopping and pick up a few trinkets for yourself or friends back home. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Gondar

    Explore Gondor and visit Fasiladas's castles, bath, and gardens. Visit the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. Continue to our lodge just outside Gondor. In the evening, visit the Kossoye Community where you'll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration before enjoying a traditional dinner.

    Fasiladas Castle and Bath Visit
    Gondar
    Visit the Fasiladas' Castle compound, which covers an area of over 70,000sq m (229,659 sq ft), surrounded by high stone walls. Emperor Fasiladas's Palace is the oldest and perhaps most impressive of the castles. It is two stories high, has an imposing parapet and four small domed towers. Thought to be designed by an Indian architect, it reflects Indian, Portuguese, Moorish, and Aksumite influences. Following the castle visit, we drive to Emperor Fasiladas's bath and wander around the grounds shaded by huge fig trees.

    Ploughshare Women's Association Visit
    Gondar
    Visit the Ploughshare Women's Crafts Training Centre where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. Tour the facility, learn more about the initiative, enjoy handicraft demonstrations, and talk to some of the trainees. Browse the small on-site gift shop where you can see some of the completed works and finish off the experience with a traditional coffee ceremony.

    Private Vehicle
    Gondar
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Community Injera Making Demonstration and Traditional Dinner
    Gondar
    Venture to the Kossoye community to discover the key ingredients of local dishes and try making injera, the flatbread that accompanies most meals. Then sit down to a traditional dinner, scooping up savoury stews with injera that's fresh off the griddle. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Gondar/Debark'

    Travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.

    Private Vehicle
    Gondar - Debark' 2h 30m-3h 130km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Debark' Afternoon
    Relax and take in the fresh air of the mountains. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Debark

    Spend the day in Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided hiking excursions around Sankaber campsite, the Jinbar waterfalls, and Chenek campsite with its scenic views and wildlife. Return to our comfortable lodge for the evening.

    The scenic Simien Mountains are a good break from the busy cities. Rising high above an eroded landscape of deep gorges and valleys, they rank as one of the continent's most beautiful (and unusual) mountain ranges. A number of peaks reach well over 4,000m (13,123.4 ft), and Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, is one of Africa's highest mountains. Here, you can see some of Ethiopia's remarkable flora and fauna, including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if you're lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here.

    Simien Mountains Trek
    Simen
    Enjoy a day visit to Simien Mountains National Park. In the morning, hike from Sankaber campsite to the Jinbar waterfalls. Later, depending on road conditions, drive as far as the Chenek campsite for a picnic lunch and short excursions in search of Walia Ibex and the Ethiopian wolf.

    Hiking
    Simen
    Lace up your hiking boots and get to the next stop under your own power. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Debark'/Aksum

    Drive to Axum, Ethiopia's oldest and holiest city, which was once the home of the Queen of Sheba.

    Private Vehicle
    Debark' - Aksum 9h-10h 280km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Aksum

    Spend the day exploring Axum, Ethiopia's oldest city. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded here in the 4th century and it remains the holiest city in the country. Visit archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church.

    Axum Historical Site Visit
    Aksum
    Explore the Axum historical site, including visits to the main stelae field, the Queen of Sheba's palace and bath, and the Church of Tsion Maryam (St. Mary of Zion), which is believed to be the first church in Sub-Saharan Africa and claimed to house the Ark of the Covenant.

    Private Vehicle
    Aksum
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Aksum/Lalibela

    This morning, we rise early for our flight to Lalibela. Upon landing, we head out to visit historical sites, including St. George Church, Yemrehana Kristos, and other rock-hewn churches.

    Lalibela is a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance.

    Plane
    Aksum - Lalibela 45m-1h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Lalibela
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Lalibela Churches Tour
    Lalibela
    Lalibela is considered by many as the greatest of the religio-historical sites. The churches, carved out of single rocks, date back to the 11th and 12th century AD and are still in use. Visit various churches here, learning more about the culture and history of the area. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Lalibela

    In the morning, enjoy a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. In the afternoon, we'll continue our tour of the second group of churches.

    Asheton Maryam Hike
    Lalibela
    Enjoy a morning hike to Ashetan Maryam, set at 3,150m (10,335ft) on top of the highest peak. Take some time to wonder at the panoramic views of the town and countryside.

    Lalibela Churches Tour
    Lalibela
    Lalibela is considered by many as the greatest of the religio-historical sites. The churches, carved out of single rocks, date back to the 11th and 12th century AD and are still in use. Visit various churches here, learning more about the culture and history of the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Lalibela
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Lalibela/Addis Ababa

    Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Plane
    Lalibela - Addis Ababa Bole International Airport 1h-2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 13 Depart Addis Ababa

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD285-370 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt. of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. ACCOMMODATION: Please note that due to the remote nature of our Ethiopia adventures some of our accommodation may seem rustic by western standards.


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