Mysteries of Ethiopia

Resort: Mysteries of Ethiopia
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: Ethiopia
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Ethiopia stands at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Discover its dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures on a 13-day adventure. Trek into the stunning Simien Mountains, explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the progressive village of Awra Amba. In this unique country, surprises await around every turn of the dusty road.

Itineraries

Day 1
Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2
Addis AbabaBahir Dar

Take a late morning flight to Bahir Dar. Enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are some of Africa’s most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means smoking water.

Day 3
Bahir Dar

Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, take a city tour with a visit to the Bahir Dar market.

Day 4
Bahir DarGondar

Visit the egalitarian community of Awra Amba with a local expert. Youll learn about the unique way of life that sets men and women equally in all community, social, and labour matters. After a tasty local lunch provided by some of the community members, continue to Gondar and visit the Kusquam Castle.

Day 5
Gondar

Explore Gondar and visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, Fasiladas’s castles, bath, and gardens. Visit the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. There may be some free time in Gondar in the afternoon, where you can opt to visit the local market.

Day 6
GondarSimien Mountains NP

Visit the Kossoye Community where youll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration and tasting, then travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.

Day 7
Simien Mountains NP

Spend the day in Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided hiking excursions around Sankaber campsite, the Jinbar waterfalls, and Chenek campsite with its scenic views and wildlife. Return to our comfortable lodge for the evening.

Day 8
Simien Mountains NPAxum

Drive to Axum, Ethiopia’s oldest and holiest city, which was once the home of the Queen of Sheba.

Day 9
Axum

Spend the day exploring Axum, Ethiopia’s oldest city. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded here in the 4th century and it remains the holiest city in the country. Visit archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church.

Day 10
AxumLalibela

This morning, we rise early for our flight to Lalibela. Upon landing, we head out to visit historical sites, including St. George Church, and other rock-hewn churches.

Day 11
Lalibela

In the morning, enjoy a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. In the afternoon, we’ll continue our tour of the second group of churches.

Day 12
LalibelaAddis Ababa

Take a late morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13
Addis Ababa

Depart at any time.

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