Ethiopia stands at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Discover its dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures on a 13-day adventure. Trek into the stunning Simien Mountains, explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the progressive village of Awra Amba. In this unique country, surprises await around every turn of the dusty road.
Explore the incredible ancient sites
of Lalibela and Axum, see the royal
monuments of Gonder, and cruise
Visit artisans at a women’s
cooperative, and make (and eat!)
local dishes in a rural community
supported by G Adventures.
Hike into the gorgeous Simien
Mountains, a UNESCO World
Itinerary - 13 Days
Day 1 — Addis Ababa
Arrive at any time.
Arrival transfer is included.
Days 2 & 3 — Bahir Dar
Fly to Bahir Dar for an
excursion to the Blue Nile Falls.
Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning
views. Visit lakeside monasteries and wander
through the lively markets of Bahir Dar. (2B)
Days 4 & 5 — Gonder
Drive north, stopping
in the unique egalitarian community of Awra
Amba, founded as a progressive social experiment
more than 40 years ago. Then spend time
exploring the ancient capital of Gonder, including
Debre Birhan Selassie Church and the castles
of the Royal Enclosure, built by a succession
of emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit
Ploughshare Women’s Crafts Training Center
and then the Kossoye community to learn about
the staples of Ethiopian food, with a demonstration
and traditional dinner. (2B, 1D)
Days 6 & 7 — Simien Mountains National Park
Travel to Debark, our base for visiting the
Simien Mountains. Head out on guided hiking
excursions amid the remarkable eroded landscapes
that have earned these mountains World
Heritage status. (2B)
Days 8 & 9 — Axum
Travel to Axum, one of
Ethiopia’s oldest and holiest cities and thought
to be the home of the Queen of Sheba. Enjoy
guided tours of the city’s archaeological sites
and the ancient church of St. Mary of Zion. (2B)
Days 10 & 11 — Lalibela
Take an early morning
flight to Lalibela and enjoy two
incredible days discovering this World Heritage
site. Venture into a subterranean maze of
passageways and rock-hewn churches that have
drawn worshippers for centuries. (2B)
Day 12 — Addis Ababa
Take a morning flight to
Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a
local restaurant. (1B)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $1,569
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional farewell dinner is at an
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels that reflect the local character (12 nights)
Meals Included 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner. Allow
an additional $285–370 for meals not included.
Transportation Plane, minivan/bus, boat,
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.