ETHIOPIA TRIP DESCRIPTION

Ethiopia is located in the ‘Horn of Africa’ along the northeast region of the continent and contains more than 70% of Africa’s mountains.Ethiopia, also known as the Cradle of Mankind, is home to the oldest humanoid on earth, the ancient Aksumite Empire, Ark of the Covenant, and countless historical museums and churches including Debre Birhan Selassie I Church.Ethiopia stands at the forefront of African nations as it was the only African country to withstand European colonization during the ‘Scramble for Africa’ and is a founding member of the United Nations.

Addis Ababa, which means ‘New Flower’, is often referred to as the ‘Political Capital of Africa’ as it is the headquarters for the African Union.The flourishing capital of Ethiopia offers a variety of authentic restaurants, theaters and the burial grounds of Emperor Selassie I.If touring Addis Ababa takes your breath away, just wait until you visit the countless rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and the beautiful castles of Gondar.Traveling to Ethiopia serves as the gateway to all history lessons and books documenting the history of this amazing country, and you will have the front row seat, experiencing this joyous cultural ride.

ETHIOPIA TRIP SPECIFICS

Available for Tours | November – May

START | Addis Ababa

FINISH | Addis Ababa

COUNTRIES | Ethiopia

PHYSICAL | Moderate

AGES | 18+

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Day 1 | Arrival to Ethiopia

After landing at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia, your private Away to Africa driver will transport you to your lodging.

Today you will have a relaxed day with a traditional Ethiopian meal and tea so you can rest yourself for an early morning flight to Axum tomorrow.

MEALS | Dinner Included ACCOMMODATION | Capital Hotel

Day 2 | Ancient Architectural Structures in Axum

After arriving in Axum you will view a variety of sites including:

  • Famous Obelisks
  • Queen of Sheba’s Bath & Palace
  • King Bazen’s Tomb
  • St. Mary Zion Church; home to the Ark of the Covenant
  • MEALS | Breakfast & Lunch Included ACCOMMODATION | Consular International or Sabean Hotel

    Day 3 | Rock Hewn Churches In Lalibela

    Today you will travel to Lalibela, the town known for its elegant architectural and 13 majestic rock hewn churches.

    Tonight you will enjoy traditional food coupled with honey wine and dancing to the sounds of Ethiopian.

    MEALS | Breakfast Included ACCOMMODATION | Single Room

    Day 4 | Lalibella Part Deux

    Awake for an early breakfast prior to heading out for our second day in Lalibela. We will continue exploring the town of Lalibela and hike to the Roof of Africa.

    Spend the evening relaxing as you take in the serene mountainous views of Ethiopia.

    MEALS | All Meals Included ACCOMMODATION | Old Abyssinia or LAL Hotel

    Day 5 | Castles of Gondor

    You will depart early morning to drive to the former capital of Ethiopia and ‘Camelot’ of Africa; Gondar.

    In Gondar you will explore the city that is recognized throughout the world for its mysterious castles which date back to the early to mid 1600’s.

    MEALS | All Meals Included ACCOMMODATION | Goha Hotel

    Day 6 | Lake Tana & Monastery of Bahir Dar

    You will explore Bahir Dar with a boat trip on Lake Tana and a visit to the island monastery of Zege Peninsula and Ura Kidane Mehret.

    Afterwards you will explore the Blue Nile Falls on the Blue Nile River.

    Enjoy a relaxing dinner along the lake as you take in the scenery while watching the sunset over the lake.

    MEALS | All Meals Included ACCOMMODATION | Blue Nile Resort Hotel

    Day 7 | History of Addis

    Enjoy a day of rest and relaxation in Addis Ababa and enjoy some traditional Beyaynetu.

    After resting for half of the day, we will travel to visit:

  • Haile Selassie Cathedral
  • National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu Museum
  • Shopping Center @ Shiromeda
  • MEALS | All Meals Included ACCOMMODATION | Capital Hotel

    Day 8 | Shashamane

    Today you will travel to Shashamane which represents 500 acres of private land set aside by Emperor Haile Selassie I in order to encourage Rastafarians, Ethiopian World Federation officers and other settlers from Jamaica and Caribbean to relocate in Africa.

    Afterwards we will relax at the hot springs of Wondo Genet.

    MEALS | Breakfast Included ACCOMMODATION | Haile Resort

    Day 9 | Addis Skate Park

    After breakfast you will have the opportunity to spend a couple of hours volunteering in the community of Addis Ababa at the Ethiopian Skate Park.

    Afterwards you will have the opportunity to go shopping for garments in the shopping district.
    Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner as you take time to relax and enjoy your last evening in Ethiopia.

    MEALS | Breakfast Included ACCOMMODATION | Capital Hotel

    Day 10 | Relax & Depart

    Wake up early for an optional early class of yoga to reflect on your life-changing experience in Ethiopia.

    Depart for your flight at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

    MEALS | Breakfast Included

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    * PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE TRAVELER AT ANY NOTICE TIMING. AN AWAY TO AFRICA REPRESENTATIVE WILL CONTACT EACH TRAVELER TO NOTIFY OF ANY CHANGES.

    ETHIOPIA TOUR PRICING
    $3,800.00/px*
    6 CITIES | 9 NIGHTS | 10 DAYS
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    AVAILABLE FOR TOURS | OCTOBER - MARCH
    *pricing and exchange rate are contingent on purchase timing.

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    ETHIOPIA VISA INFORMATION

    All American, Canadian and British passport holders who possess a valid, up to date Passport which does not expire within the six (6) months from date of travel, can obtain a visa on arrival in Ethiopia.

    All Jamaican passport holders who possess a valid, up to date Passport which does not expire within the six (6) months from date of travel, must obtain a Visa prior to departure for Ethiopia.

    Required Vaccinations: Yellow Fever Vaccination is required.

    VISA INFORMATION

    TRIP INCLUSIONS

    Our tour to Ethiopia includes enjoying diverse cultural expeditions throughout Ethiopia based on single occupancy ensuite for all lodging.

    • Airplane tickets to Lalibela, Axum, Gondar, and return to Addis Ababa*
    • All Lodging Accommodations
    • Breakfast throughout the entire tour.
    • An Away to Africa Tour Representative that travels with you 100% of the time on the ground during the duration of the tour
    • Entry Fees into all Excursions and all lounges we attend as a group
    • All Transportation Costs which includes Personal Driver and Airport Pickup & Drop-off
    • Phone Chip (Option to Rent Local Cell Phone)

    Pricing is contingent on the time which tickets are purchased.*

    TRIP EXCLUSIONS

    • International flights
    • Incidental and personal expenses which includes but is not limited to: taxi rides outside of tours, personal telephone calls on hotel phones, hotel room charges, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
    • Lunch, Dinner & Alcoholic drinks

    Additional Information

    Country Description

    Ethiopia is located in the ‘Horn of Africa’ along the northeast region of the continent and contains more than 70% of Africa’s mountains.Ethiopia, also known as the Cradle of Mankind, is home to the oldest humanoid on earth, the ancient Aksumite Empire, Ark of the Covenant, and countless historical museums and churches including Debre Birhan Selassie I Church.Ethiopia stands at the forefront of African nations as it was the only African country to withstand European colonization during the ‘Scramble for Africa’ and is a founding member of the United Nations.

    Addis Ababa, which means ‘New Flower’, is often referred to as the ‘Political Capital of Africa’ as it is the headquarters for the African Union.The flourishing capital of Ethiopia offers a variety of authentic restaurants, theaters and the burial grounds of Emperor Selassie I.If touring Addis Ababa takes your breath away, just wait until you visit the countless rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and the beautiful castles of Gondar.Traveling to Ethiopia serves as the gateway to all history lessons and books documenting the history of this amazing country, and you will have the front row seat, experiencing this joyous cultural ride.

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