ET1 13 Day Ethiopia Tour
The Historic North
Churches of Lalibela; Colourful festivals; Spectacular Simien Mountain scenery; Axum Stellae Park; Tribal south, kaleidoscope of cultures; Christian churches, gilded monasteriesINQUIRE ABOUT THIS TRIP
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Dates & Prices
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.
Select a date below to reserve your spot:
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Tue 24 Nov 2020||Sun 06 Dec 2020||$4690 USD|
|Sat 09 Jan 2021||Thu 21 Jan 2021||$5070 USD|
|Wed 24 Nov 2021||Mon 06 Dec 2021||$4840 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $875 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $438 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
Our 13-day Ethiopia tour is an adventure through the diverse landscapes and unique cultures of this magical land begins at its geographical centre and in its capital city, Addis Ababa.
Once a rich and powerful kingdom in northeast Africa, Ethiopia lays claim to a history that stretches back thousands of years.
From here, we travel past cascading waterfalls and through outstanding panoramic mountain sceneries - including visits to the continent's fourth largest peak at Ras Dashen and to the foothills of the Simien range.
We'll admire grand palaces, ancient monuments, majestic castles and the intricate religious paintings, artwork and architecture in rock-hewn churches dating from the 11th century, and learn about the lifestyles of locals by spending time in villages where fisherman still use papyrus boats.
Some of our tour departures coincide with Ethiopia's festivals, giving us the opportunity to witness special traditional celebrations in which tens of thousands of Ethiopians congregate in elaborate dress and sing and dance into the night.
+Alistair D. (West Vancouver, BC, CA)
Our tour leader was outstanding, very personable, well prepared and informative.
+Nancy B. (Mill Valley, CA, US)
The earth and rock churches and the scenery were the highlights for me. The local guides were well informed. The transportation was all excellent. Our tour leader was always enthusiastic and good humored. Lots of fun. Her explanations were helpful, her memory amazing and she is amazingly organized. Excellent trip.
+Susan L. (Victoria, BC, CA)
I enjoyed driving around northern Ethiopia and all the sightseeing. I enjoyed Timkat in Lalibela and the rock-hewn churches. All local guides were very good. our driver was a lot of fun and informative (and a great driver). Always enjoy seeing a country by driving. It was very important that we were only 3 in a vehicle. Good tour - definitely a prerequisite for SD1 as Eastern Ethioipia is very different to the North. Deserves its level 2 difficulty rating as one has to be prepared for standards below Canadian and to deal with altitude, long drives, and sometimes long climbs down to your accommodation. Our tour leader did a great job of preparing us for what was coming.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Best Western Addis Ababa
Location: Addis Ababa
Unfussy rooms in a refined hotel featuring a restaurant, a cafe/bar & a spa, plus free breakfast.
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Abay Minch Lodge
Location: Bahir Dar
Throughout time, the haunting images of East Africa’s myriad landscapes have captured the hearts and souls of most discerning travelers. ... one of the few places on earth where adventure still awaits is Ethiopia. This evocative land of dense forests, mountains, mighty rivers, lakes and abundant wildlife provides a unique backdrop for a truly memorable experience.
Located in the heart of Bahir Dar, a city that is surrounded by the beautiftul Lake Tana, the might Blue Nile River and the wonders of Simien Mountains, Abay Minch Lodge is the perfect place to start your adventurous journey. Our lodge is built on a ground that is rich with nature, abundant vegetation and general exotic feel. It is also a place where you can breath the fresh that flows from the various species of trees all around the compound and hear the melodious sound of birds. Come visit us and let us show you why we feel there is no better place for you start your adventure than Abay Minch Lodge.
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Lal Hotel & Spa
All rooms are fully air-conditioned and designed with private balcony that offers a panoramic view of the environment. Each room ... spacious and comes with an en-suite bathroom, a flat screen TV, a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
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Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and restaurants). All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance.
Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, visas, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
It is likely to be sunny most of the time on all departures. Most of the country is higher in elevation so, although the sun is powerful, the temperature is usually pleasant. There is always, however, the risk of sunburn at high altitude. Nights are generally cool to cold, depending on altitude. In the north, daytime temperatures seldom rise above 25C (80F) falling to around 9C (50F).
The main rains come between June and mid-September; November is one of the coolest and clearest in the year. January will be hotter and drier with a more arid landscape than September-November, which can still be quite lush after the rains.
Warning: the January departure of this tour tends to fill up as early as a year in advance; early booking is essential to ensure availability. Single supplements are strictly limited to four.
Transport and Travel Conditions
THIS IS A TRIP FOR THE HARDY!
The itinerary has been designed to be as comfortable as possible, but this part of the world is still undeveloped. Many road journeys are long, rough, hot, and dusty. While every precaution is taken to ensure the quality and hygiene of the accommodations and food provided, those with weak "constitutions" or reduced immunity should not travel to this destination. Medical facilities are limited and located only in major centres; even a minor injury or illness can become very serious in these isolated locales.
Long walks may be required to reach some areas, including walks over steep gradients and poorly-maintained paths in extreme heat. If you have difficulty walking, even over short distances, or require the assistance of a cane, we regret that this tour is not suitable for you.
We will be using a single air-conditioned 22-seat bus (in which we place 15 travellers), plus one separate van for luggage.
Overall, past travellers on this tour have referred to it as "challenging," "exhilarating," fascinating," and "exhausting." As mentioned above, many roads are in poor condition and many road journeys seem to go on much longer than they should. Food is well-prepared and served with pride, but it can get repetitive with a lack of the variety to which you may be accustomed. Our tour is busy and moves around a lot, which can be fatiguing over time. Ethiopia is a place of great beauty and a fascinating place to visit, but it is also a place of "rough edges" and things that don't always work out as planned. One must definitely approach this trip with an open mind and spirit of adventure. If you do so, you will be rewarded by one of the world's most enriching travel experiences.
Related to the above, please see our entry under "accommodation."
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
One of the problems with accommodation outside of main cities in Ethiopia, is the inconsistency in quality and comfort that we will experience as the tour progresses. Beginning/ending the trip with a modern international-class property in Addis should not suggest that we can expect this same standard throughout the tour. While some hotels, though simple and lacking charm, are still comfortable and welcoming in some locations, other hotels can be disappointing by comparison. Cumulatively, the rough edges -- lack of hot water or air-conditioning, lapses in cleanliness and basic maintenance, lack of atmosphere, etc -- can enhance once's fatigue and tiredness, especially after a long day of travel.
Though every effort is made to monitor levels of quality and to confirm our preferred properties, one should nonetheless be prepared for the reality of a tourist infrastructure that's still in its infancy.
For more information, please click on the "Map & Hotels" tab elsewhere on your screen.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, drivers, local guides.
Maximum 15 plus Tour Leader
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