A 10-day journey that incorporates the classic highlights of Lalibela, Gonder and Axum, this spectacular adventure takes you into the cultural heart of one of Africa’s most bewitching destinations. Hosted by local communities, it provides an unrivalled insight into a culture that can trace its origins back to the dawn of mankind.
Beginning in Addis Ababa you’ll visit the prominent landmarks of the city’s Holy Trinity Church and its National Museum, before taking a morning flight on to the old imperial city of Gonder, Africa’s very own Camelot. The journey then takes you on to the spectacular rock-cut churches of Lalibela and the extraordinary setting of Axum, said to be the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant and home to the ancient ruins of the palace of the Queen of Sheba.
Driving into the Northern Tigray region you then enjoy a truly unique cultural experience, spending the next few days trekking through the countryside in the company of the local communities. This is one of the most remote and untouched parts of the country and the level of interaction here will be unforgettable.
*Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
See the castles of the King Fasilides dynasty in Gondor
Marvel at the stunning rock-cut church system of Lalibela
See the reputed home of the Ark of the Covenant
Trek through the breathtaking mountains of Tigray
Relax in one of Ethiopia’s best mountain lodges
1 night Jupiter International
1 night Mayleko Lodge
2 nights Hotel Maribela
1 night Sabean Hotel
3 nights Community Guest Houses
2 nights Gheralta Lodge
4 internal flights
5 nights in three star hotel accommodation, 1 night in a comfortable lodge and 3 nights in community guesthouses
9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
English speaking local guide at the sites
Private minibus and driver for ground transportation
Sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.