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Cox & Kings Ethiopian Odyssey
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  • Location
    Ethiopia , Africa
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    Selected Meals Included
  • Duration
    14 Days
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Ethiopia really is a jewel in Africa's Crown; the only African country that hasn't been colonised, it is steeped in rich Christian heritage. You will tour this wonderful country and visit many villages and towns- meeting the friendly locals and sampling the tasty local cuisine. Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat and tour the monastery of Debre Sina Mariam; all in all, a fabulous Cox and Kings tour too good to miss.

What's Included
  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable) 
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described 
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Signature Experiences
  • Explore the impressive Tigray & Lalibela rock-hewn churches
  • Spend 2 nights immersed in the spectacular Simien mountains scenery
  • Five special festival departures, including Timkat
  • Take a boat trip on Lake Tana or visit the Blue Nile Falls
  • Small group size - maximum 18 people
Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – To Addis Ababa

Fly from London to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines.

Day 2– Addis Ababa

Arrive in the third highest capital in the world. Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato. Stay 1 night at the Radisson Blu Hotel or similar.

Day 3 – To Hawzien

Morning flight to Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region. A short tour of Mekelle, including Bete Yohannes. Drive to Hawzien. Stay overnight at the Agoro Lodge or Gheralta Lodge. En route, visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukro Cherkos and Abraha Atsbeha. 

Day 4 – To Axum

Morning drive to Axum, the centre of early civilisation in Ethiopia and reputed home of the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant. Stay 2 nights at the Sabean International Hotel or similar. Meals 

Day 5 – Axum

Morning excursion to the tombs of King Kelab and Gebra Meskel, the Queen of Sheba's swimming pool and palace, King Ezana's Stone and the magnificent stele (obelisks). In the afternoon, visit the Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the Chapel of the Tablet said to contain the Ark of the Covenant, as well as the Axum Museum.

Day 6 – To Lalibela

Fly to the world heritage site of Lalibela, via Gondar. Created as the ‘new Jerusalem' by King Lalibela in the 12th century, the site features 11 rock-hewn churches, most of which are still used for worship today. Afternoon visit to the north-west cluster of churches, including the Church of St George. Stay 2 nights at the Mountain View Hotel or similar. 

Day 7 – Lalibela

Morning walk up to Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit Nakutelab Cave Church, which is accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the south-east cluster of churches. 

Day 8 – To the Simien mountains

Fly to Gondar, Ethiopia's first capital, located at the foot of the Simien mountains. Afternoon visit to the church of Debre Berhan Selassie to see its murals. Drive to the Simien Mountain Lodge and stay for 2 nights. Evening introductory talk on gelada monkeys, endemic to this area. 

Day 9 – Simien mountains

Morning scenic drive to Chennek, 3,620 metres above sea level and home to the endemic walia ibex, as well as klipspringers and bushbucks. En route, pass some of Ethiopia's most spectacular mountain scenery, and stop-off to view gelada monkeys and take a short walk to a waterfall. A picnic will be arranged in a scenic spot. Afternoon at leisure. 

Day 10 – To Gondar

Drive to Gondar and stay 1 night at the Goha Hotel or similar. Afternoon tour of the castles of Emperor Fasiladas and the Palace of the Queen Mentuab. 

Day 11 – To Bahar Dar:`

Drive to Gorgora and visit the monastery of Debre Sina Mariam. Cross Lake Tana by boat and stop off at various island monasteries, including Daga Istafanos. Continue to the Zeghe peninsula and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret and Azuwa Mariam. Stay 2 nights at the Kuriftu Resort & Spa or similar. 

Day 12 – Bahar Dar

Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat. Afternoon visit to the Bezawit Palace and the market in Bahir Dar. Optional spa treatments available. 

Day 13 – To Addis Ababa

Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Day room at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Dinner at a cultural restaurant and transfer to the airport. Fly to London. 

Day 14 – To London

Early morning arrival. 


Gheralta Lodge, Hawzien
Located near to Hawzien, in the northern region of Ethiopia, Gheralta Lodge offers bungalow style accommodation and a small restaurant.

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. 

Kuriftu Resort and 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.

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.

Mountain View Hotel, Lalibela 
This hotel is situated at an altitude of 2,680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Mountain chain. It has wonderful panoramic views of the mountain range and is an excellent place from which to view the sunset.

Sabean International Hotel, Axum
Sabean International Hotel is a modern and centrally located hotel in Axum. All the rooms have satellite televisions and wireless internet access.The suites are larger and have a balcony and work desk.

Simien Mountain 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

Tour Extensions

Rift Valley 7 Nights 

Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Tiya • Arba Minch
Drive to Arba Minch via the Unesco-listed site of Tiya. Stay 2 nights at Paradise Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Konso • Lake Chamo
Morning visit to Konso. Afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos and crocodiles. (B, L, D)
Days 16-17: Chencha • Yirgalem
Morning visit to Chencha, home of the Dorze people – cotton weavers who live in tall beehiveshaped dwellings. Afternoon drive to Yirgalem. Stay 2 nights at Aregash Lodge. Following day at leisure and take part in the daily sunset coffee ceremony. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Lake Langano
Drive to Lake Langano. Overnight at Sabana Beach Resort. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Day 19: Addis Ababa
Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D).
Day 20: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Bale Mountains National Park
Bale Mountains
7 Nights from £2145
Discover Ethiopia’s natural wonders with an extension to the Bale mountains. Visit the Sanetti plateau and take forest walks in Dinsho to discover the local scenery and endemic flora and fauna.

Bale Mountains 7 Nights 

Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Lake Awasa
Descend the Great Rift Valley. Take lunch at Lake Zwai and visit Lake Abijatta. Stay overnight at the Haile Resort on Lake Awasa. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Bale mountains
Drive to Goba in the Bale mountains and stay for 3 nights at the Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)
Days 16-17: Bale mountains
At leisure to enjoy the many walking trails, including those on the Sanetti plateau. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Wondo Genet • Lake Langano
Drive to Lake Langano via Wondo Genet, an area of natural springs. Stay overnight at Sabana Beach Resort (B, L, D)
Day 19: Addis Ababa
Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Day 20: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (N)
Old Dongola ruins
6 Nights from £2815
Discover Sudan’s historical highlights. Begin in Khartoum before heading into the desert in search of the remote Unesco-listed sites of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga and Mussawarat.

Sudan 6 Nights 

Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D).
Day 14: Fly to Khartoum
Fly to Khartoum and transfer to Corinthia Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum. Sunset performance of the Whirling Dervishes (Friday only). (D)
Day 15: Old Dongola • Gaddar • Karima
Drive to Karima via the Coptic temple of Old Dongola and the Nubian houses of Gaddar. Stay 2 nights in the Nubian Rest House, Karima, at the foot of Jebel Barkal. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Jebel Barkal
Visit Jebel Barkal (‘Jebel’ means mountain in Arabic). Lunch at the Nubian Rest House then drive south to the village of El Kurra and the necropolis of Napata. Return to Karima. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Bayuda desert • Meroë
Cross the Nile and visit the Pyramids of Nuri. Picnic lunch in the Bayuda desert characterised by sharp, black basalt mountains. Cross the Nile and overnight at Meroë Tented Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Meroë • Khartoum
Visit the royal necropolis of Meroë, then drive south to the ruins of Naga and Mussawarat. Return to Khartoum and overnight at Corinthia Hotel. (B, L, D)
Days 19-20: Fly to London via Addis Ababa
Morning visits to Khalifa’s House (including Mahdi’s Tomb) and the Omdurman market. Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Addis Ababa, arriving the next day. (B, L) (N)
Zanzibar Extension to Highlights of Tanzania
Zanzibar (Z Hotel)
4 Nights from £1775
Zanzibar was once the centre of the slave trade and an important trading post for spices and cloves. This extension combines Zanzibar’s idyllic beaches with an opportunity to discover the island’s history. Stone Town is a wonderful place to explore, with its winding alleys, ornate mansions and intricately carved doors.

Zanzibar 4 Nights

Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D).
Day 14: Fly to Zanzibar
Fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to Breezes Beach Club and stay for 3 nights. (B, D)
Days 15-16: Zanzibar
Days at leisure. (B, D)
Day 17: Stone Town
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Stone Town and stay 2 nights at Emerson Spice. (B)
Day 18: Stone Town
Morning walking tour of Stone Town’s winding mansion-lined lanes. Afternoon spice tour. (B)
Day 19: Fly to Addis Ababa
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Day 20: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (N)

Important Tour Information

Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Addis Ababa.

Discovery tour
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.

Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors. It is also a poor country. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the country’s cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies. Some churches are not open to female travellers.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 0800 707 6229 for more information.

Festival departures
Taking place in Bahir Dar on 19 January, Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. The 7 January 2017 departure leaves and returns on a Saturday. The 7 January 2018 departure leaves and returns on a Sunday. Both departures are for 15 days & 12 nights.

Celebrated in Addis Ababa on 26 September, Meskel commemorates the finding of the true cross by Queen Helena. The 14 September departure 2017 leaves on a Thursday and returns on a Wednesday.

Hidar Tsion
Celebrated in Axum on the 30 November, Hidar Tsion is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and is a joyous annual pilgrimage. The 26 November 2017 departure leaves on a Sunday and returns on a Saturday.

Single Supplement Available

A single supplement is available from £545- £605. Please call us on 0800 707 6229 for more information. 

Price Information

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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