One of Africa’s most beautiful countries, Ethiopia truly is one of the continent’s undiscovered gems. Taking you from the bustling streets of its capital to the source of the Blue Nile, this comprehensive journey through its northern highlands reveals the country’s staggeringly rich cultural pedigree, from the Queen of Sheba to Haile Salassie.
In Addis Ababa you will have a chance to visit one of the most important sub-Saharan museums in Africa, before flying on to the extraordinary rock-cut churches of Lalibela, one of Africa’s most remarkable historical settings. Next stop is Axum, a city steeped in the legends of the Queen of Sheba, the Ark of the Covenant and the Aksumite Kingdom, once one of the most powerful in the ancient world.
After journeying through the breathtaking vistas of the Simien Mountains, you then head for the old imperial city of Gonder, the 17th century capital of the emperor Fasiladas, before the last leg of the journey sees you standing before the expansive waters of Lake Tana. The source of the Blue Nile, the lake is also home to the smoking waters of Tis Isat Falls and a number of fascinating island monasteries.
*Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
The Extraordinary rock churches of Lalibela
The ancient city of Gonder, famed for its medieval castles and churches
The dramatic scenery of the Simien Mountains one of the highest ranges in Africa
This UNESCO city for Axum, with its ancient obelisks and stelae
1 night Jupiter International
2 nights Hotel Maribela
2 nights Sabean Hotel
2 nights Simien Mountain Lodge
2 nights The Goha
1 night Kuriftu Lodge & Spa
3 internal flights
10 nights three star hotel accommodation
Accompanied by an experienced English speaking driver
Private vehicle for one or two people
English speaking local guide at the sites
Sightseeing programme including all entrance fees
Private guided transfers to and from all airports
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.