Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AFRICA

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Axum

1

1

Simien National Park Trek

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

2

Gondar

1

Lake Tana

1

Lalibela

2

Bahir Dar

2

ETHIOPIA

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

1

Addis Ababa

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Visit to Axum historical sites • Simien Mountains trek • Guided tour of Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Fasiladas’s Bath and historic castles in Gondar • Excursion to Blue Nile Falls • Boat trip on Lake Tana • Guided tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

PRICES FROM £1699pp

10 day Discover Ethiopia Addis Ababa • Axum • Simien Mountains • Kossoye • Gondar • Bahir Dar • Lalibela

TOUR DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. Day 2: Addis Ababa – Axum Fly to Axum, then spend the afternoon exploring the many archaeological sites. Axum is Ethiopia’s oldest and holiest city, and was once the home of the Queen of Sheba. (B) Day 3: Axum – Simien Mountains Travel, via the Lima Limo Valley, to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges. (B) Day 4: Simien Mountains - Kossoye 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 including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if you’re lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here. In the late afternoon, drive to Kossoye. (B) Day 5: Kossoye - Gondar Spend the morning on a guided exploration of Kossoye. Learn about the different traditions and cultures of the Amhara region and Ethiopia, and try your hand at traditional Ethiopian Injera (bread) making. Later visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, probably the country’s most famous church and a highlight of Gondar. Its ceiling is covered with famous paintings of Ethiopian cherubs and the walls portray Ethiopian saints, martyrs, and lore. (B) Day 6: Gondar – Bahir Dar Continue exploring Gondar in the morning, then head to Bahir Dar. Visit the Fasiladas’ Castle compound, which covers an area of over 70,000sq m (229,659 sq ft), surrounded by high stone walls. Emperor Fasilides’ Palace is the oldest and perhaps most impressive of the castles. It is 2-storeys high, has an imposing parapet and 4 small domed towers. Thought to be designed by an Indian architect, it reflects Indian, Portuguese, Moorish, and Aksumite influences. Following the castle visit, we drive to Emperor Fasilides’ bath and wander around the grounds shaded by huge fig trees. (B)

Day 7: Bahir Dar Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. Both men and women can visit these monasteries, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. From Ura Kidane Mihret, go for a 20-minute walk through the forest on Zege Peninsula to a second monastery, Azwa Maryam. Have a short visit at this monastery before boarding your boat. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. (B) Day 8: Bahir Dar - Lalibela Drive to Lalibela, a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance. (B) Day 9: Lalibela Enjoy a full day exploring the rock-hewn churches. Lalibela is considered by many as the greatest of the religio-historical sites. The churches, carved out of single rocks, date back to the 11th and 12th Century AD and are still in use. Visit various churches here, learning more about the culture and history of the area. (B) Day 10: Axum – Lalibela Take a morning flight to Addis Ababa, where the tour ends on arrival at Bole International Airport. Book onward travel after 5pm. (B)

£1699 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 9 nights’ accommodation

• Meals as specified: 9 breakfasts • Services of an experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides • Touring by plane, minivan/bus, boat, walking, hiking • Sightseeing and touring as specified DEPARTURES 2018: Oct 29, Nov 13, 20; Dec 24 2019: Jan 21; Feb 25; Jun 3; Jul 1; Aug 5; Sep 2; Oct 7; Nov 25; Dec 23; 2020: Jan 6; Feb 3

TOUR STYLE: Small Group (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: 16 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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