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Ethiopia, Timkat Festival & The Simien Mountains 16 nights (20 nights with Danakil Depression)

Magnificent views in the Simien Mountains, colourful Timkat Festival, explore rock churches and enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony. Ethiopia is a diverse melting pot of culture and history.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Simien Mountains – experience dramatic scenery and some of Africa’s finest walking.
  • Attend the most important festival in the Ethiopian calendar - Timkat.
  • Discover rock churches and religious architecture.
  • Explore the beauty and history of Gondar and Lalibela.
  • Savour incredible cuisine and the coffee ceremony.
  • Spot Gelada monkeys, hamadryas baboon, hyena and jackal.
  • Local guides throughout for specialist knowledge and support.

A visit to Ethiopia unveils so many contrasting experiences. From the Roof of Africa in the Simien Mountains to the Danakil Depression, from the rock-hewn churches to the centuries-old Ethiopia coffee ceremony, from gelada monkeys to a visit to the earliest human, the country’s epic landscapes, culture, and rich history make every day one to savour.

We begin our adventure in the bustling city of Addis Ababa. We then fly to Bahir Dar and explore Lake Tana and its centuries-old monasteries. Here we also see hippos, visit the Blue Nile Falls, and discover Gondar, known as the Camelot of Africa, with its castle and stone churches.

We spend four days hiking and camping in the Simien Mountains which give the Grand Canyon a serious run for its money. We encounter Mother Nature’s finest work and spot Gelada monkeys as you leave civilisation behind. Delve into religious history in Axum and get amongst rock churches in Lalibela.

This departure coincides with Timkat Festival. Timkat, which means ‘baptism’ in Amharic, is the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's celebration of Epiphany, which represents the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Timkat celebration in Gondar is considered the most colourful and vibrant festival in Ethiopia.

Plus, if you opt to join our extension to the Danakil Depression, you can visit 410 ft below sea level for active volcano views, salt pans and camel trains from the edge of the world. This is Mother Nature on a day where it used up all of its best toys!

  • Flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines).
  • Internal flights and airport transfers.
  • Twelve nights in en suite hotel accommodation.
  • All costs associated with Timkat Festival.
  • Three nights fully supported tented accommodation (four season sleeping bag recommended).
  • 13 breakfasts, 14 dinners and 5 lunches. (With Danakil Depression 16 breakfasts, 9 lunch and 17 dinners)
  • English speaking local guide for expert knowledge and insights.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified).
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill).
  • Discretionary tips.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Insurance.
  • eVisa.

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

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