Historic & cultural adventure to northern Ethiopia with added excursions

Bahir Dar, Gondar, Āksum, Lalibela & Addis Ababa

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Lake Tana

Addis Ababa

Blue Nile Waterfalls, Tis Issat

St. George's Church, Bahir Dar

Delano Hotel, Bahir Dar

Blue Nile Waterfalls, Tis Issat

Blue Nile Waterfalls, Tis Issat

Fasilides Medieval Castle, Gondar

AG Hotel, Gondar

Church Mural, Axum

Sabean International Hotel, Axum

Church of Our Lady of Zion, Axum

Ruins of Axum

St. George's Rock Church, Lalibella

Bet Abba Libanos Church, Lalibela

Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela

Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela

Monolithic Church, Lalibella

Addis Ababa

Azzeman Hotel, Addis Ababa

Megalithic Stone Pillas, Addis Ababa

Enchanting Ethiopia: UNESCO World Heritage sights, ancient kingdoms and more

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Up to -39% supplier's online rate ?
You'll start your holiday with two nights in a Double room at Delano Hotel, Bahir Dar.

Next, you will spend one night in a Standard room at AG Hotel, Gondar.

Then, you'll spend one night in a Standard room at Sabean International Hotel, Aksum.

Next, you will spend two nights in a Double room at Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela

Finally, you will spend one night in a Standard Double room at Azzeman Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Breakfast is included throughout.

Please note that if the advertised hotel is unavailable for your selected dates, it will be replaced with one of a similar standard. Please visit our supplier Exoticca's website for more information.

This offer also includes a range of tours and excursions with an English-speaking guide, as per the itinerary:

- Visit Bahir Dar market
- Visit the Blue Nile waterfalls
- Boat trip on Lake Tana

- Visit the monastery of Ura Kidanemihret
- City tour of Gondar
- City tour of Axum

- Visit to the Queen of Sheba’s Palace and the mysterious tomb of King Kaleb
- Walking tour of the Northwestern group of Orthodox Rock Churches
- Full-day tour of the Southeastern Cluster

There are a range of optional excursions available on this tour for an additional cost; please call Exoticca directly on 0203 695 9677 to arrange these before booking on the website. Additional tours must be confirmed before your final payment. Please note your final payment is due 60 days before your departure. More information can be found on our supplier's website.

Please note the admission fee to visit the churches of Lalibela is not included and must be paid directly at the destination. The cost is around $50 per person.

Return flights are included from your selected departure airport to Addis Ababa, Ethipoia. One piece of hand luggage luggage allowance per person is included, as per the airline terms and conditions.

If you select a flight without included luggage, you can add luggage by contacting the airline directly after receiving the flight information.

Shared air-conditioned transfers and internal flights (Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar, Gondar - Axum - Lalibela - Addis Ababa) are included.

Please note that at the time of booking, your name must be filled out exactly as per your passport (including any middle names). This is in order to accurately book flights and for any required visa invitation letters.

The total amount of nights in the confirmation email may differ from the duration that appears on the website, as it includes accommodation nights and nights spent travelling.

Please be aware that our supplier, Exoticca, will require a copy of the valid passports in order to process the reservation.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 43% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate.

The discount stated above was checked on 04/11/2019.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

This holiday is supplied by Exoticca and is ATOL protected (11248).

Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of Ethiopia on this adventure, taking in Lake Tana, Lalibela, the Blue Nile Waterfalls and more – with travel, breakfast and excursions throughout

Day 1: Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar

After an overnight flight, touch down in Ethiopia’s capital and hop aboard another flight to Bahir Dar, situated in the north of the country. Later on, enjoy a trip to the Blue Nile Waterfalls, a 42-metre-high waterfall otherwise known as the ‘great smoke’ in the local Amharic language. Then, check in to Delano Hotel.

Day 2: Bahir Dar

Enjoy a boat trip across the shimmering waters of Lake Tana and visit the famous monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam, both of which contain a collection of religious artifacts from the 16th to 18th centuries. End the day with a beautiful sunset at Bezait Palace and panoramic views across Lake Tana and the Blue Nile River. Head back to Bahir Dar to shop in the local markets, then you can opt to head out and see the local nightlife for an authentic slice of Ethiopian culture. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 3: Bahir Dar – Gondar

Set off to the medieval city of Gondar, often billed as the ‘Camelot of Africa’. On arrival, take a city tour and admire the complex of castles in the Royal Enclosure, the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, home to the most glorious ceiling frescoes, as well as the Fasiladas’ Bath. Visit Quskuam Church, situated on the outskirts of the city. Later, check in to the AG Hotel, Gondar. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 4: Gondar – Āksum

Hop aboard a flight to the historic city of Āksum, famed for its tall, carved obelisks; relics of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum. Enjoy a city tour and explore the aforementioned obelisks, the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion where the Ark of the Covenant is said to be hidden, as well as the Dungur ruins, otherwise known as the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. Check in to the Sabean International Hotel for the night. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 5: Āksum - Lalibela

Take a flight to Lalibela, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site synonymous with its iconic rock-hewn churches. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a tour of the first group of Orthodox Rock Churches, still to this day guarded by priests and monks who practice ancient religious rituals. Enjoy time at leisure, then check-in to the Panoramic View Hotel for the night. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Lalibela

Lalibela is home to the largest monolithic church in the world, and you’ll get the chance to explore it today, along with other churches dating all the way back to the 12th century. Admire the frescoes and paintings inside and enjoy ample leisure time to explore, then partake in a traditional coffee ceremony with a local Ethiopian family. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 7: Lalibela – Addis Ababa

Transfer back to the country’s capital and the continent’s political epicentre. There are plenty of museums here, and you’ll get to enjoy a visit to the National Museum, home to the oldest human ancestor in the world, Lucy, who is said to be 3.2 million years old. After a visit here, opt to explore some of the country’s finest cuisine in a plethora of restaurants dotted about the city. Later on, check in to the Azzeman Hotel for the night. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 8: Addis Ababa

Enjoy a breakfast in the hotel, before heading to the airport and catching your flight back to the UK. (Meals: breakfast)

Good to know

Please note that at the time of booking, your name must be filled out exactly as per your passport (including any middle names). This is in order to accurately book flights and for any required visa invitation letters.

There are a range of optional excursions available on this tour for an additional cost; please call Exoticca directly on 0203 695 9677 to arrange these before booking on the website. Additional tours must be confirmed before your final payment. Please note your final payment is due 60 days before your departure. More information can be found on our supplier's website.
Delano Hotel, Bahir Dar (two nights)

Conveniently located right opposite the Bahir Dar International Stadium right in the heart of town, this modern pad offers comfy and polished digs with all the mod-cons you need for a relaxing stay. There are great views from the higher floors, and there’s an in-house restaurant and bar serving up a wide range of tasty cuisine.

Amenities: bar, restaurant, outdoor terrace, bike rental, massage services, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi

AG Hotel, Gondar (one night)

Centrally located with immaculate rooms and great city views from the top floor, this hotel is a great spot from which to explore medieval Gondar. The on-site restaurant serves traditional Ethiopian and continental meals, and the bar often has local musical entertainment on offer to accompany that evening nightcap.

Amenities: bar, restaurant, laundry service, room service, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi

Sabean International Hotel, Āksum (one night)

Set right in the heart of Āksum, just a kilometre or so from King Bazen’s Tomb, this casual and relaxed hotel is a great spot from which to explore the region’s cultural and architectural delights. There’s a restaurant serving up a whole range of tasty local fare, as well as a bar, a shared lounge and a 24-hour reception. Rooms are simple yet comfy; perfect for a good nights’ kip after a day of exploring.

Amenities: restaurant, bar, 24-hour reception, laundry service, Wi-Fi, lounge, luggage storage

Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela (two nights)

The clue is in the name; this modern pad offers incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Rooms have all the mod-cons you need, and some have their own private balcony. There’s a sociable bar – a great spot to meet other holidaymakers – as well as verdant gardens, a restaurant, a gift shop and hiking and bike rental opportunities to explore the region.

Amenities: bar, restaurant, gift shop, terrace, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bike rental, tour desk, gardens

Azzeman Hotel, Addis Ababa (one night)

Relatively new on the Addis Ababa scene, the Azzeman is a modern and solid choice for a capital city stay. You’re just a stone’s throw from the airport for ease of access, and you’re surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. In terms of the hotel itself, there’s a lovely restaurant as well as an on-site gym and spa with a sauna, steam room and gym.

Amenities: spa and wellness facilities, bar, restaurant, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, gym
AG Hotel Gondar, Fasil Street, Gondar 542, Ethiopia (your second destination)

Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.

Details

Return flights are included from London Heathrow, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Exoticca operates flights with all airlines, and will select the most cost effective fare at the time of booking. Please note all airlines are subject to change.

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email from the tour operator, Exoticca. This includes departure times, as well as flight numbers.

Please note that your outbound and inbound flight may be indirect and include a stopover. Your flights may also be overnight, so please bare this in mind when planning the time you'll be away for.
If you need any further information about flights before booking, please call Exoticca on 0203 695 9677 or contact via sales@exoticca.com.

Please check the luggage rules in the booking confirmation. More information can be found on the airline's website. Please note that the prices of the tour operator are daily adjusted according to the exchange rate and may vary from the stated price.

If you select a flight without included luggage, you can add luggage by contacting the airline directly after receiving the flight information.

At the time of booking, Exoticca will book the best available airfare for the selected date.

Please note that at the time of booking, your name must be filled out exactly as per your passport (including any middle names). This is in order to accurately book flights and for any required visa invitation letters.

Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from our supplier, Exoticca, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation.

The total amount of nights in the confirmation email may differ from the duration that appears on the website, as it includes accommodation nights and nights spent travelling.

Please be advised it is your responsibility to check any passport, visa, health and immigration requirements, including any countries you have a connection in. For flights via the US or Canada, you must apply for an ESTA or eTA visa before travel.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The flights inclusive offer shown on this page is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for Exoticca with ATOL number 11248 and your contract is with that company. Exoticca booking conditions are available from http://www.exoticca.com

For comprehensive travel, visa and health advice, please visit FCO Travel Advice

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