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Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. This journey for solo travellers visits the highlights of this extraordinary country, while also including enjoyable extras which are designed to connect you to the locals and your fellow travellers alike.
- Encounter extraordinary animals such as gelada baboons & walia ibex
- Join an Ethiopian cuisine cooking class
- Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
- Experience awe-inspiring landscapes with like-minded travellers
- Small group size - maximum 12 people
- 3-star accommodation
- Twin / double rooms for single use
- Small group size - maximum 12 people
- Direct international flights
- Internal flights
- Experienced local tour manager
- 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
- Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- A range of sociable, cultural activities
Day 1: Fly to Addis Ababa
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa
Arrive early in the Ethiopian capital, located 3,000 metres above sea level, where you will be met at the airport and taken on a guided city tour. Potential stops include the National Archaeological Museum, home to some of earliest evidence of human existence including the 3.5-million-year-old bones of ‘Lucy’, said to be an ancestor of all humankind. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar).
Day 3: Bahir Dar
Morning flight to Bahir Dar, located next to Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Spend some time relaxing before an afternoon excursion to the cascading waters of the Blue Nile Falls. In the late afternoon take a tour of Bahir Dar, including a journey to a scenic lookout over the city and lake. The palace of Emperor Haile Selassie can also be seen from the outside. Spend 2 nights at the Kuriftu Resort & Spa (or similar).
Day 4: Bahir Dar
Visit the Zege peninsula, known for its 14thcentury grass roofed churches and their magnificent wall murals. Then enjoy a change of scenery with a walk through a dense forest which is home to an abundance of birdlife. Afternoon at leisure or optional spa treatments at the hotel.
Day 5: Simien Mountains National Park
Breakfast early before setting off on the long but magnificent journey north to the Simien mountains. En route, there will be stops at the Jewish village of Wolleka which was largely abandoned for Israel in the 1980s, and the Kossoye viewpoint which provides stunning vistas over the Simien mountain range. Spend 3 nights at the Simien Mountain Lodge (or similar).
Day 6: Simien mountains
Drive to the Jinnbar Falls, then on to Hyena Meda for an optional climb up Immet Gogo, which offers tremendous views from its 3,926-metre-high peak. Alternatively, you can spend the day at the lodge which is well positioned for wildlife-seeking strolls. Gelada monkeys are the most famous local residents, but several rare birds and other flora and fauna are also prevalent.
Day 7: Simien mountains
Take a scenic drive to Chennek, home of the endemic walia ibex, famed for their ability to navigate very steep cliff faces. Kilpspringers and bushbucks can also be found here.
Day 8: Gondar
Transfer by road to Gondar, known as ‘the Camelot of Africa’ due to the large number of medieval style castles and churches found there. It was, for 250 years, the capital city and though its influence has waned since the 18th century, you will visit a number of buildings that still exude majesty and grandeur. This evening, enjoy a traditional local musical performance. Overnight at the Mayleko Lodge (or similar).
Day 9: Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela, a small town with an astounding collection of extraordinary churches carved entirely from a single piece of stone, which historically helped protect those with Christian faith from persecution. Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster, including the Church of St George. In the evening take part in a traditional coffee ceremony in the country where the crop was first discovered. Stay 2 nights at the Mezenga Lodge (or similar).
Day 10: Lalibela
Morning visit to the cave church of Yemrehane Christos. Afternoon visit to the south-east cluster of rock-hewn churches. In the evening you can choose to join an optional traditional cooking experience in which you will shop for ingredients, then head to the kitchen to learn how to create Ethiopian dishes like injera (a slightly sour pancake) and shiro (a vegetarian stew).
Day 11: Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to a textiles producer, or the ZOMA Museum, which houses eco-friendly art. Later, enjoy a cultural evening of traditional dance, food and drink. A room will be available for you at the Golden Tulip Hotel, before you transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.
Day 12: Fly to London
Very early morning flight back to London.
Golden Tulip, Addis Ababa
The Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is conveniently located just 1km away from the international airport and within easy reach of Addis' main attractions. All of the property's 90 rooms are spacious and offer a modern design. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of international dishes and there is also a coffee shop and a bar for evening drinks. Features: 90 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, restaurant, bar, lounge.
Kuriftu Resort & Spa, Bahar Dar
Situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the Kuriftu Luxury Resort comprises 28 stone bungalows set out in gardens by the lake. Each room is decorated in a traditional Ethiopian style with en suite facilities, a four-poster bed, lounge and flat-screen television.
Mayleko Lodge, Gondar
Situated just a couple of minutes drive from Theodros airport, and only 15km from the ancient castle of Fasiledes, Mayleko Lodge is surrounded by nature. The lodge has 20 bungalows that are situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountain. They are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated with traditional furniture. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains and there is a cosy bar.
Mezena Lodge, Lalibela
Mezena is situated to the east of Lalibela, amid luxuriant trees and savannah grasses with panoramic views over the valleys. It is ideally located to visit the historic sites of the rock hewn churches which were declared heritage sites back in 1970. This is the newest architecturally designed lodge that combines eco-friendly designs with classic Ethiopian building styles. Large stone and thatch bungalows offer either twin or double four poster beds with private bathrooms. There is an all-day dining restaurant and a bar along with a spacious swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day. A modern day spa offers a sauna and steam room and massages are available. All the staff are from the local community.
Features: All day dining, lounge, bar, souvenir shop, panoramic views, historical church sites, spa and gym.
Simien Mountains Lodge, Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountain Lodge is the highest hotel in Africa at 3260 m. This is an eco-friendly lodge built at Buyit Ras with wonderful views across the mountain range. The accommodation has traditional tukul-style exteriors and the interiors are very comfortable with tasteful decor. The main lodge building has a friendly bar with an open fire that is a great place to gather in the evening before dinner. The food is well above the usual standard found in Ethiopian hotels and the staff are friendly and hospitable.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Addis Ababa on day 2 until your return to Addis Ababa on day 11.
Based on 12- or 20-seater vehicles in which at least six seats will be unoccupied.
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some rough road journeys and some basic accommodation. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the country’s cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies. Please note that some churches are not open to female travellers. Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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