Travel To
Northern Ethiopia

Ethiopia

11 Nights & 12 Days

December 31, 2024 – January 11, 2025

Prices from

$3,900/px

single & double occupancy available

Ethiopia – The Northern Route

– Elevate, Enlighten & Escape –

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.

The capital of Ethiopia is 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.

On this tour, you will travel throughout Northern Ethiopia celebrating the colourful festival of Epiphany, while exploring cultural, historical, and ecological sites in the areas of Bahir Dar, Debark, Gondar and ending in Lalibela before returning to Addis Ababa.

Add-Ons Available

Please schedule a phone call or send us a message to inquire about international round trip flights.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Away to Africa - Addis-Ababa

DAY 1

Arrive to Ethiopia and Unwind

Tuesday, December 31, 2024

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 that you can rest yourself for tomorrow’s activities.

  Jupiter International Hotel .   Dinner Included

DAY 2

City Tour

Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Today morning you will visit the National Museum of Ethiopia, and Merkato, which used to be the largest open-air market in Africa.

In the afternoon, you will visit Unity Park; located in the premises of the Grand Palace, composed of various historical, natural and cultural sites.

  Jupiter International Hotel .   Breakfast Included

DAY 3

Travel to Bahir Dar

Thursday, January 2, 2025

Early morning flight to Bahir Dar, the city known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colourful flowers.

Upon arrival, take a boat ride on Lake Tana to access the 14th century monasteries where you will have a forest walk at Zeghe Peninsula and an hour biking to Bezawit Hill. In the afternoon, drive to the Blue Niles Falls.

  Avanti Blue Nile Resort .   All Meals Included

DAY 4

Travel to Debark

Friday, January 3, 2025

In the morning, take a 5 hour drive to Debark, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage- Simien.

  Simien Lodge .   All Meals Included
Ethiopia Simion Mountains National Park Away To Africa

DAY 5

Simien Mountains National Park

Saturday, January 4, 2025

Spend the day discovering the park, which is an exotic place with unique wildlife, breathtaking views and a captivating combination of endemic species, superb scenery and traditional village life.

  Simien Lodge .   All Meals Included

DAY 6

Travel To Gondor

Sunday, January 5, 2025

Take the morning drive to Gondar, a medieval city which was once the Ethiopian capital between the 17th and 19th centuries.

After lunch, visit the Royal Enclosure of Fasiledes, Fasil Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie Church, one of the finest in Ethiopia, with walls and ceilings covered in stunning ancient murals.

  Goha Hotel .   All Meals Included

DAY 7

Ephiphany In Gondor

Monday, January 6, 2025

Today you will celebrate the festival of Epiphany, which is celebrated and attended by crowds of people carrying lighted oil lamps. There is frenetic activity, including the ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense.

At dawn, the priest uses a ceremonial cross to extinguish a candle burning on a pole in a nearby river and inevitably, some of the congregations leap into the river.

This festival is very special in Gondar because King Fasiledas, the founder of Gondar, used his bath to rebaptize the people who changed their religion to Catholic during the reign of his father Susanyes, who had accepted the religion for the first time.

  Goha Hotel .   All Meals Included

DAY 8

Drive To Lalibela

Tuesday, January 7, 2025

This day is dedicated to the drive to Lalibela, along with stopovers in villages, viewpoints and local markets.

The small city of Lalibela is one of the most important pilgrimage places of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is famed for its 11 Medieval churches, all of which are hewn into the rock.

  Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included
away to africa ethiopia lalibela 2

DAY 9

Lalibela

Wednesday, January 8, 2025

Today you will visit the northern group of Lalibela churches; one of the three groups where Bete Medhanialem, Bete Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bete Denagl, Bete Debre Sina and Micheal are found.

  Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included

DAY 10

Lalibela II

Thursday, January 9, 2025

Early morning excursion to the top of Asheton Mariam Monastery.
Visit the rest of Lalibela Churches in the afternoon.

  Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included

DAY 11

Travel to Addis Ababa

Friday, January 10, 2025

Today you will make your return flight back to Addis Ababa.

Depending on the time of arrival, you will have free time to explore more sites in Addis before the cultural show dinner at one of the restaurants.

  Jupiter International Hotel .   Breakfast Included
away to africa travel roasting coffee in ethopia

DAY 12

Depart Mama Africa

Saturday, January 11, 2025

Reflect on your amazing experience throughout Ethiopia before departing back home

  Traveling .   Breakfast Included

“When the webs of the spider join, they can trap a lion.”

– ETHIOPIAN PROVERB

Your Investment

WE offer flexible & custom payment plans
contact us for a quote with flights included

Single room for one person. Couples are considered double occupancy.

December 31, 2024 – January 11, 2025

$4,500/pp

DEPOSIT $250

For alternate payment options including direct deposit & PayPal please contact us.

Custom Payment plans available at booking

One room with two beds. Paired travelers will share a room.*

December 31, 2024 – January 11, 2025

$3,900/pp

DEPOSIT $250

For alternate payment options including direct deposit & PayPal please contact us.

Custom Payment plans available at booking

*If booking a double room as a solo traveler we will attempt to pair you with another solo traveler. If we’re unable to match within 60 days of tour, you must upgrade and pay a single traveler supplement (single occupancy).*

Included

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

  • Swag Bag including our ‘I Met God’ T-shirt upon arrival
  • All Lodging Accommodations.
  • Domestic Transportation to Bahir Dar, Debark, Gondar and ending in Lalibela before returning to Addis Ababa (The inclusion of listed flights is contingent on your selected tour package).
  • Specified Meals 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.
  • All Transportation Costs which includes Personal Driver and Airport Pickup & Drop-off.
  • Entry Fees into all Excursions and all lounges we attend as a group.
  • Pricing is contingent on the time which tickets are purchased.

Not Included

  • International Round Trip Flight Add-On is available for each departure.
  • Required travel documentation (Valid Passport &/or Visa).
  • Parties and Events not included in package.
  • Transport outside of tours.
  • Gratuities for Guides & Drivers.
  • Travel Insurance (More Info About Insurance).*affiliate link*
  • Hotel Room Charges, Personal Telephone Calls on Hotel Phones & Laundry.
  • Souvenirs & Snacks, Lunch, Dinner & Alcoholic drinks.
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    DAY 1

    Arrive to Ethiopia and Unwind

    Tuesday, December 31, 2024

    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 that you can rest yourself for tomorrow’s activities.

      Jupiter International Hotel .   Dinner Included
    Away to Africa - Addis-Ababa

    DAY 2

    City Tour

    Wednesday, January 1, 2025

    Today morning you will visit the National Museum of Ethiopia, and Merkato, which used to be the largest open-air market in Africa.

    In the afternoon, you will visit Unity Park; located in the premises of the Grand Palace, composed of various historical, natural and cultural sites.

      Jupiter International Hotel .   Breakfast Included

    DAY 3

    Travel to Bahir Dar

    Thursday, January 2, 2025

    Early morning flight to Bahir Dar, the city known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colourful flowers.

    Upon arrival, take a boat ride on Lake Tana to access the 14th century monasteries where you will have a forest walk at Zeghe Peninsula and an hour biking to Bezawit Hill. In the afternoon, drive to the Blue Niles Falls.

      Avanti Blue Nile Resort .   All Meals Included

    DAY 4

    Travel to Debark

    Friday, January 3, 2025

    In the morning, take a 5 hour drive to Debark, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage- Simien.

      Simien Lodge .   All Meals Included

    DAY 5

    Simien Mountains National Park

    Saturday, January 4, 2025

    Spend the day discovering the park, which is an exotic place with unique wildlife, breathtaking views and a captivating combination of endemic species, superb scenery and traditional village life.

      Simien Lodge .   All Meals Included
    Ethiopia Simion Mountains National Park Away To Africa

    DAY 6

    Travel To Gondor

    Sunday, January 5, 2025

    Take the morning drive to Gondar, a medieval city which was once the Ethiopian capital between the 17th and 19th centuries.

    After lunch, visit the Royal Enclosure of Fasiledes, Fasil Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie Church, one of the finest in Ethiopia, with walls and ceilings covered in stunning ancient murals.

      Goha Hotel .   All Meals Included

    DAY 7

    Ephiphany In Gondor

    Monday, January 6, 2025

    Today you will celebrate the festival of Epiphany, which is celebrated and attended by crowds of people carrying lighted oil lamps. There is frenetic activity, including the ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and the burning of incense.

    At dawn, the priest uses a ceremonial cross to extinguish a candle burning on a pole in a nearby river and inevitably, some of the congregations leap into the river.

    This festival is very special in Gondar because King Fasiledas, the founder of Gondar, used his bath to rebaptize the people who changed their religion to Catholic during the reign of his father Susanyes, who had accepted the religion for the first time.

      Goha Hotel .   All Meals Included

    DAY 8

    Drive To Lalibela

    Tuesday, January 7, 2025

    This day is dedicated to the drive to Lalibela, along with stopovers in villages, viewpoints and local markets.

    The small city of Lalibela is one of the most important pilgrimage places of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is famed for its 11 Medieval churches, all of which are hewn into the rock.

      Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included

    DAY 9

    Lalibela

    Wednesday, January 8, 2025

    Today you will visit the northern group of Lalibela churches; one of the three groups where Bete Medhanialem, Bete Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bete Denagl, Bete Debre Sina and Micheal are found.

      Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included
    away to africa ethiopia lalibela 2

    DAY 10

    Lalibela II

    Thursday, January 9, 2025

    Early morning excursion to the top of Asheton Mariam Monastery.
    Visit the rest of Lalibela Churches in the afternoon.

      Maribela Hotel .   All Meals Included

    DAY 11

    Travel to Addis Ababa

    Friday, January 10, 2025

    Today you will make your return flight back to Addis Ababa.

    Depending on the time of arrival, you will have free time to explore more sites in Addis before the cultural show dinner at one of the restaurants.

      Jupiter International Hotel .   Breakfast Included
    away to africa travel roasting coffee in ethopia

    DAY 12

    Depart Mama Africa

    Saturday, January 11, 2025

    Reflect on your amazing experience throughout Ethiopia before departing back home

      Traveling .   Breakfast Included

    “When the webs of the spider join, they can trap a lion.”

    – ETHIOPIAN PROVERB

    Your Investment

    WE offer flexible & custom payment plans
    contact us for a quote with flights included

    Single room for one person. Couples are considered double occupancy.

    December 31, 2024 – January 11, 2025

    $4,500/pp

    DEPOSIT $250

    For alternate payment options including direct deposit & PayPal please contact us.

    Custom Payment plans available at booking

    One room with two beds. Paired travelers will share a room.*

    December 31, 2024 – January 11, 2025

    $3,900/pp

    DEPOSIT $250

    For alternate payment options including direct deposit & PayPal please contact us.

    Custom Payment plans available at booking

    *If booking a double room as a solo traveler we will attempt to pair you with another solo traveler. If we’re unable to match within 60 days of tour, you must upgrade and pay a single traveler supplement (single occupancy).*

    Included

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

    • Swag Bag including our ‘I Met God’ T-shirt upon arrival
    • All Lodging Accommodations.
    • Domestic Transportation to Bahir Dar, Debark, Gondar and ending in Lalibela before returning to Addis Ababa (The inclusion of listed flights is contingent on your selected tour package).
    • Specified Meals 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.
    • All Transportation Costs which includes Personal Driver and Airport Pickup & Drop-off.
    • Entry Fees into all Excursions and all lounges we attend as a group.
    • Pricing is contingent on the time which tickets are purchased.

    Not Included

  • International Round Trip Flight Add-On is available for each departure.
  • Required travel documentation (Valid Passport &/or Visa).
  • Parties and Events not included in package.
  • Transport outside of tours.
  • Gratuities for Guides & Drivers.
  • Travel Insurance (More Info About Insurance).*affiliate link*
  • Hotel Room Charges, Personal Telephone Calls on Hotel Phones & Laundry.
  • Souvenirs & Snacks, Lunch, Dinner & Alcoholic drinks.
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