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- Just You Tour Manager as your host and specialist Local Guides
- Return flights from Heathrow with Ethiopian Airlines
- A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
- Use of an airport lounge in the UK
- 10 nights in authentic lodges & hotels of a great standard plus 2 nights in flight
- 32 included meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners including welcome dinner & drink
- Learn how to make & have a taste of injera, a sour flatbread & Ethiopia's national dish
- Overseas transfers, internal flights, transportation & porterage
- Addis Ababa city tour
- Cruise across Lake Tana
- Walk around the Blue Nile Falls
- Tour of the hidden Lake Tana monasteries
- Enjoy some of your meals at local restaurants
- Enjoy traditional music & food in the heart of the Simien mountains
- Exploration of Lalibela's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Guided tour of ancient Axum
Day 1: UK - Addis Ababa
Today, you'll depart the UK on your overnight flight to Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa
Arrive in the sprawling capital of Addis Ababa and transfer straight to your first hotel. You'll get to know your fellow travellers before tucking into a dinner of tasty traditional Ethiopian fare.
Day 3: Addis Ababa
Soak up Ethiopia's vast capital city on a full-day tour. Meander through Addis Ababa's streets, stopping off at key sites such as the fascinating National Museum and the Ethnological Museum, which is set within Haile Selassie's splendid former palace.
Day 4: Bahir Dar
Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Bahir Dar. After checking in at your hotel, we'll make our way to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. It is one of the greatest waterfalls in Africa, known locally by the poetic title 'Tis Abay', meaning 'smoking water'. Watch the water plunge 45 metres from the top before taking a walk around the falls, including crossing an ancient Portuguese bridge.
Day 5: Lake Tana
Today, you'll get to explore a handful of Lake Tana's mysterious island monasteries. Due to their remote location within the rainforest, they were left untouched for centuries and can only be found by a Local Guide.
Day 6: Gondar
Today, we'll take a coach to our next hotel in Gondar. It is Ethiopia's historic capital, and its walled city of Fasil Ghebbi (also known as the Royal Enclosure) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former seat of Ethiopian emperors.
Day 7: Simien Mountains
After breakfast, we'll drive to the Simien Mountains to spot gelada baboons and klipspringers. You may even catch sight of native Ethiopian species like endangered walia ibex, Menelik's bushbuck and Ethiopian wolves.
The trip will include a stop at Sankaber to soak up impressive vistas of the mountains. Next, we'll head straight to our hotel, where we will have time to change before heading out to the campfire to enjoy some Azmari music this evening.
Day 8: Axum
This morning, drive to Axum, an ancient city which was once the capital of Ethiopia's Aksumite Empire. Later this afternoon a Local Guide will give us a tour of its historic and archaeological highlights, including its iconic obelisks, the Queen of Sheba's palace and various royal tombs. We'll also visit the Church of Zion, which is thought to be the final resting place of the True Ark of the Covenant.
Day 9: Lalibela
Today, we fly to magical Lalibela, which is famed for its unique cave churches cut into the surrounding mountains. The town itself is traditional, authentic and refreshingly free of souvenir shops, making your visit feel like a real step back in time.
Day 10: Lalibela
Continue your exploration of Lalibela with an excursion to cave churches. Built during the 12th century, they’re considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. The many highlights here include Bete Medhane Alem, the largest of the rock-hewn monasteries which is home to the sacred Lalibela Cross. You’ll then get to experience Lalibela’s local life by visiting a countryside home and learning how to make injera (Ethiopian sourdough flatbreads) and honey wine.
Day 11: Debre Zeit
Fly back to Addis Ababa and journey on to Debre Zeit. Also known as Bishoftu, the small town just over an hour from the capital, is surrounded by volcanic crater lakes and is a real haven for those after some peace and quiet. We'll be staying at the Kuriftu Resort and Spa for our final night and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 12: Debre Zeit - Addis Ababa
Enjoy a day at leisure at your hotel today, making the most of the facilities. After your evening meal we will transfer you to the airport for your late night flight back to the UK, arriving on day 13.
Day 13: Addis Ababa - UK
You'll arrive back in the UK today.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 1 person with a room of their own. 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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