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Four Faces of Ethiopia in Comfort

Ethiopia or Abyssinia as it is otherwise known delivers the magnificence of the Simien Mountains and nights in the highest lodge in Africa, wildlife and monasteries of Lake Tana, plus rock churches of Lalibela.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Spend four nights in the Simien Lodge; the highest lodge in Africa.
  • Explore the rock churches and surrounding area of Lalibela on foot.
  • Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa; see the 3.2-million-year-old fossil called Lucy.
  • Enjoy a walk around Lake Tana, visit monasteries and wander around the market in Bahir Dar.
  • Visit a monastery in the foothills around Addis Ababa with a short walk down the mountainside.
  • Walk along different sections in the Simien Mountains for incredible views of the ‘Roof of Africa’.
  • See local wildlife such as hippopotamus, ibex and Gelada monkeys.
  • Local guides throughout for expert knowledge and country insights.

Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes, a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites - and some of the lowest, such as the incredibly hot but fascinating Danakil Depression.

Ethiopia, also known by the exonym Abyssinia, is old beyond imagination with its culture and traditions dating back over 3,000 years. Far earlier than this lived "Lucy" or Dinknesh, the 3,2 million old fossilized hominid meaning 'thou art wonderful', as she is known to the Ethiopians, whose remains were found in a corner of this country. 

Many people visit Ethiopia because of the remarkable manner in which ancient historical traditions have been preserved. Indeed, the ceremonies and rituals of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church open a window on the authentic world of the Old Testament. In no other country is it possible to be dramatically transported back in time or to participate with such freedom in the sacred rituals of an archaic faith.

However, the best way to explore the country is on foot. On this 12-day holiday, you will explore off the main destinations of northern Ethiopia Highlands including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Simien Mountains, and Lalibela. Not only that but you will stay in the highest lodge in Africa, with one of the most exceptional views to be found. They don’t call it the ‘Roof of Africa’ for nothing!

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines). If you book a land only tour, you must travel with Ethiopian Airlines internationally otherwise an internal flight supplement will apply.
  • Internal flights & airport transfers.
  • Nine nights in hotel or lodge accommodation.
  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • English speaking local guides and RWH leader.
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees for attractions listed as part of the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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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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