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Cox & Kings Ethiopian Odyssey

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Cox & Kings Ethiopian Odyssey

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.

Tour Highlights: 

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

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

Cox & Kings Ethiopian Odyssey 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. Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals IncludedBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. (B, L, D)
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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – To London

Early morning arrival. 

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