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.
Located near to Hawzien, in the northern region of Ethiopia, Gheralta Lodge offers bungalow style accommodation and a small restaurant. With its unique chain of mountains, the Gheralta area is the home of the rock churches famous for their architecture, ancient paintings and...
The Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is conveniently located just 1km away from the international airport and within easy reach of Addis' main attractions. All of the property's 90 rooms are spacious and offer a modern design. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of international dishes and there is also a coffee shop and a bar for evening drinks.
Features: 90 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, restaurant, bar, lounge.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, minibar, television, tea & coffee...
Situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the Kuriftu Luxury Resort comprises 28 stone bungalows set out in gardens by the lake. Each room is decorated in a traditional Ethiopian style with en suite facilities, a four-poster bed, lounge and flat-screen television. The resort also boasts its own restaurant, spa and swimming...
Situated just a couple of minutes drive from Theodros airport, and only 15km from the ancient castle of Fasiledes, Mayleko Lodge is surrounded by nature. The lodge has 20 bungalows that are situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountain. They are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated with traditional furniture. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains and there is a cosy bar. The property has a swimming pool and a driving...
Mezena is situated to the east of Lalibela, amid luxuriant trees and savannah grasses with panoramic views over the valleys. It is ideally located to visit the historic sites of the rock hewn churches which were declared heritage sites back in 1970. This is the newest architecturally designed lodge that combines eco-friendly designs with classic Ethiopian building styles. Large stone and thatch bungalows offer either twin or double four poster beds with private bathrooms. There is an all-day dining restaurant and a bar along with a spacious swimming pool to cool off in the heat of the day. A modern day spa offers a sauna and steam room and massages are available. All the staff are from the local community.
Features: All day dining, lounge, bar, souvenir shop, panoramic views, historical church sites, spa and gym.
Room amenities: 30 bungalows, private veranda's, internet access, ...
Mountain View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 2,680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Mountain chain. It has wonderful panoramic views of the mountain range and is an excellent place from which to view the sunset. The hotel rooms are clean and...
Sabean International Hotel is a modern and centrally located hotel in Axum. All the rooms have satellite televisions and wireless internet access.The suites are larger and have a balcony and work desk. The hotel's restaurant serves Ethiopian and International...
The Simien Mountain Lodge is the highest hotel in Africa at 3260 m. This is an eco-friendly lodge built at Buyit Ras with wonderful views across the mountain range. The accommodation has traditional tukul-style exteriors and the interiors are very comfortable with tasteful decor. The main lodge building has a friendly bar with an open fire that is a great place to gather in the evening before dinner. The food is well above the usual standard found in Ethiopian hotels and the staff are friendly and hospitable. The lodge supports a local school and is able to organise visits, subject to...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Travel south from Addis Ababa, following the course of the East African Rift Valley through dramatic landscapes.
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D)
Drive to Arba Minch via the Unesco-listed site of Tiya. Stay 2 nights at Paradise Lodge. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Konso. Afternoon boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos and crocodiles. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Chencha, home of the Dorze people – cotton weavers who live in tall beehiveshaped dwellings. Afternoon drive to Yirgalem. Stay 2 nights at Aregash Lodge. Following day at leisure and take part in the daily sunset coffee ceremony. (B, L, D)
Drive to Lake Langano. Overnight at Sabana Beach Resort. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D).
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
Discover Ethiopia’s natural wonders with an extension to the Bale mountains. Visit the Sanetti plateau and take forest walks in Dinsho to discover the local scenery and endemic flora and fauna.
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D)
Descend the Great Rift Valley. Take lunch at Lake Zwai and visit Lake Abijatta. Stay overnight at the Haile Resort on Lake Awasa. (B, L, D)
Drive to Goba in the Bale mountains and stay for 3 nights at the Bale Mountain Lodge. (B, L, D)
At leisure to enjoy the many walking trails, including those on the Sanetti plateau. (B, L, D)
Drive to Lake Langano via Wondo Genet, an area of natural springs. Stay overnight at Sabana Beach Resort (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Drive to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (N)
Discover Sudan’s historical highlights. Begin in Khartoum before heading into the desert in search of the remote Unesco-listed sites of Meroë, Jebel Barkal, El Kurru, Naga and Mussawarat.
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D).
Fly to Khartoum and transfer to Corinthia Hotel. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum. Sunset performance of the Whirling Dervishes (Friday only). (D)
Drive to Karima via the Coptic temple of Old Dongola and the Nubian houses of Gaddar. Stay 2 nights in the Nubian Rest House, Karima, at the foot of Jebel Barkal. (B, L, D)
Visit Jebel Barkal (‘Jebel’ means mountain in Arabic). Lunch at the Nubian Rest House then drive south to the village of El Kurra and the necropolis of Napata. Return to Karima. (B, L, D)
Cross the Nile and visit the Pyramids of Nuri. Picnic lunch in the Bayuda desert characterised by sharp, black basalt mountains. Cross the Nile and overnight at Meroë Tented Camp. (B, L, D)
Visit the royal necropolis of Meroë, then drive south to the ruins of Naga and Mussawarat. Return to Khartoum and overnight at Corinthia Hotel. (B, L, D)
Morning visits to Khalifa’s House (including Mahdi’s Tomb) and the Omdurman market. Transfer to the airport and fly to London via Addis Ababa, arriving the next day. (B, L) (N)
Zanzibar was once the centre of the slave trade and an important trading post for spices and cloves. This extension combines Zanzibar’s idyllic beaches with an opportunity to discover the island’s history. Stone Town is a wonderful place to explore, with its winding alleys, ornate mansions and intricately carved doors.
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. Dinner at a cultural restaurant. (B, L, D).
Fly to Zanzibar. Transfer to Breezes Beach Club and stay for 3 nights. (B, D)
Days at leisure. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Stone Town and stay 2 nights at Emerson Spice. (B)
Morning walking tour of Stone Town’s winding mansion-lined lanes. Afternoon spice tour. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to Addis Ababa and transfer to the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
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...