The only African country that has never
been colonised, Ethiopia is also unusual
for its rich Orthodox Christian heritage,
which was maintained even when all
its neighbours embraced Islam in the
seventh century. This journey travels
through this enthralling and beautiful
country, little explored by tourists, and
discovers the layers of history that have
shaped the land.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to
Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. (N)
Arrive in the third highest capital in the world.
Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic
Museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Overnight
at the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). Pre-dinner
welcome drink. (L, D)
Morning flight to Mekelle. Short tour of Mekelle,
including Bete Yohannes. Drive to Hawzien. En
route, visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukro
Cherkos and Abraha Atsbeha. Stay overnight at the
Gheralta Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Axum. Stay 2 nights at Sabean
Hotel (or similar). Morning excursion the next day
to the tombs of King Kaleb and Gebra Meskel, the
Queen of Sheba’s swimming pool and palace, King
Ezana’s Stone and the magnificent stele (obelisks).
Afternoon visit to 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.
(B, L, D)
Fly to the world heritage site of Lalibela, via Gondar.
The site features 11 rock-hewn churches. 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). Morning walk
the following day up to Asheton Maryam (weather
permitting). Alternatively, visit the cave church
Nakutelab, accessible by car. Afternoon visit to the
south-east cluster of churches. (B, L, D)
Fly to Gondar, located at the foot of the Simien
mountains. Visit the Church of Debre Berhan
Selassie to see its murals. Drive to the Simien
Mountain Lodge and stay for 2 nights. Evening talk
on gelada monkeys, endemic to this area. Morning
drive the following day to Chennek, home to the
endemic walia ibex. Stop to view gelada monkeys
and walk to a waterfall. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Gondar and make a short visit to the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie to see its murals. Stay 1 night at the Mayleko Lodge (or similar). Afternoon tour of the castles of Emperor Fasiladas and the Palace of the Queen Mentuab. (B,L,D)
Drive to Gorgora and visit the monastery of Debre
Sina Mariam. Cross Lake Tana by boat and visit
Narga Selassie. Continue to URA Kidane Mihret
and Azwa Mariam on the Zeghe peninsula. Stay
2 nights at the Kuriftu Resort & Spa (or similar).
(B, L, D)
Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat. Afternoon visit
to the Bezawit Palace and the market in Bahir Dar.
Optional spa treatments available. (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Day room at the
Golden Tulip Hotel Addis Ababa. Short visit to
the Mercato. Dinner at a cultural restaurant and
transfer to the airport. Fly to London. (B, L, D) Arrive
the next day. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in
This tour is best suited to
the hardier traveller as it includes some basic
accommodation and some rougher road journeys.
Ethiopia is mountainous and
altitude may be a problem for some visitors.
It is also a poor country. Hotels, while sometimes
not reaching western standards, are clean
and comfortable and the country’s cultural
wonders more than make up for occasional
deficiencies. Some churches are not open to
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you,
for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 3930 5008 or
or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Some of the departures have been scheduled to coincide with Ethiopia’s most celebrated
festivals listed below.
Taking place in Bahir Dar on 19 January, Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration
of Epiphany. The 7 January 2017 departure leaves and returns on a Saturday. The 7 January
2018 departure leaves and returns on a Sunday. Both departures are for 15 days & 12 nights.
Celebrated in Addis Ababa on 26 September, Meskel commemorates the finding of
the true cross by Queen Helena. The 14 September departure 2017 leaves on a Thursday and
returns on a Wednesday.
Celebrated in Axum on the 30 November, Hidar Tsion is associated with the
presence of the Ark of the Covenant and is a joyous annual pilgrimage. The 26 November 2017
departure leaves on a Sunday and returns on a Saturday.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
ETH2018: 11 Nights
The scenery was amazing throughout the tour, but the two main sights for us were St. Georges cruciform rock church and the Blue Nile falls. Both truly amazing.Mr David Eyres
The entire Ethiopian experience, coffee making in a small hut, sitting with Gelada baboons in the Simian Mountains, the churches of Lalibela, and the exciting participation in Timkat was an experience not to be missed. Mrs Suzanne Vincent
Although the rock churches of Lalibela were particularly impressive, it was the overall balance of sights that impressed us: the stelae of Axum and the castles of Gondar plus the magnificence of the Simien Mountains and Lake Tana. Mr Roger Darlington
We are experienced travellers and always looking for something a little different. We thought Ethiopia Odyssey was beyond our expectations and to see so many different Unesco World Heritage Sites in one holiday was exceptional. The wildlife content was unexpected and to see so many different types during such a short holiday was surprising. Would recommend Cox & Kings to others and congratulate them for putting together our holiday - the literature and the tour manager were first class. Mr David King
This large town is situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana and has...
Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many...
Lalibela, the ‘New Jerusalem’ was built by King Lalibela ‘with the help of...
Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountains National Park is situated about...