Ethiopian Discovery

Classic Touring

13 Days from £3,699

Oct 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

​Embark on an extensive exploration of one of Africa's most beautiful nations on our Ethiopian Discovery Tour. Travel to awe-inspiring natural landmarks like the Blue Nile Falls, admire historic cities filled with fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites and spot wonderful wildlife in the Simien Mountains National Park. You'll get to soak up the country's rich local culture and meet some of the continent's friendliest communities, all while staying in accommodation with a truly authentic feel.

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Your holiday at a glance

CLASSIC TOURING
NEW
FULL BOARD
MAX GROUP SIZE 20

What's included

  • 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 



 

Included excursions

  • 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​

 

Your itinerary

Today, you'll depart the UK on your overnight flight to 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. ​

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.

​In the afternoon, we'll drive up to the Entoto Mountains fringing Addis Ababa to admire panoramic views of the city.

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.

We'll then return to the hotel. ​

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.

​Take a boat across the lake to view several of these hidden gems of antiquity. Ura Kidane Mihret is the most famous of the lake monasteries and it's filled with intricate artwork and other treasures. 

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.

​Spend the morning exploring Gondar's many allures, from the ruins of the 17th century Royal Enclosure to the nearby Fasilides' Bath. Later, we'll journey to Gondar's ornate Debre Berhan Selassie Church; its beautiful, brightly painted ceiling depicts the faces of over a hundred angels.

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.

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.

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.

​Lalibela's 11 extraordinary rock-hewn churches (many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are the main attraction, although the views of highland landscapes are also spectacular. 

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.​

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. ​
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.

​You'll arrive back in the UK today.

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

11 days

Tuesday 13 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£3,174

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11 days

Tuesday 10 November 2020

GUARANTEED

£3,274

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

London (Heathrow)

Monday 12 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£3,699

Available

Outbound
Ethiopian Airlines

Monday 12 October 2020

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

06:35 Addis Ababa Bole

Operated by

Ethiopian Airlines

Inbound
Ethiopian Airlines - ET

Saturday 24 October 2020

Departs

00:45 Addis Ababa Bole

Arrives

07:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Ethiopian Airlines

London (Heathrow)

Monday 09 November 2020

GUARANTEED

£3,799

Available

Outbound
Ethiopian Airlines

Monday 09 November 2020

Departs

21:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

06:35 Addis Ababa Bole

Operated by

Ethiopian Airlines

Inbound
Ethiopian Airlines - ET

Saturday 21 November 2020

Departs

00:45 Addis Ababa Bole

Arrives

07:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Ethiopian Airlines

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