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Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. There is much to experience on this journey for solo travellers: Explore Gondar (Ethiopia's first capital city); visit the vast Rift Valley; discover the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; and search for Ethiopian wolves in the Simien mountains
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian
Arrive in the third highest capital in the world.
Afternoon tour of the Entoto hills and Emperor Menelik II’s palace, including the artefact
museum. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel
(or similar). Welcome dinner at a traditional
restaurant. (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Gondar. Drive via Sankaber
and Bauit-Ras to view the Chain mountains
before proceeding to Simien Mountains
National Park. This world heritage site is home
to the endemic walia ibex, Ethiopian wolves,
Menelik’s bushbuck and gelada monkeys. Stay
2 nights at Limalimo Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)
Drive to Chenek; at 3,620 metres above sea
level it is a spectacular viewing point to witness
the mountain range and the impressive
escarpment right to the summit of Mount
Buhit. (B, L, D)
Return to Gondar and check in to the Mayleko
Lodge (or similar) for 1 night. Explore Gondar,
the first capital of the Ethiopian empire.
Ancient castles and picturesque ruins lie in
the royal enclosure dating back to the 17th
century. Visit Debre Birhan Trinity Church,
adorned with murals. (B, L, D)
Fly to Lalibela for a 2 night stay at Mountain
View Hotel (or similar). Explore the rock-hewn
churches dating back to the 12th century, built
by King Lalibella of the Zaghwe dynasty. The first group of churches lie in rock cradles, one
behind the other, with Bet Medhane Alem
being the largest, resembling a Greek temple.
South of the Jordan river are another four
churches with elaborate exteriors. (B)
Begin with a visit to Naktolaab church, built
around a shallow cave in which several pools
are fed by natural springs. Treasures on
display include paintings, crosses and a leather
bible. This afternoon, explore a second group
of churches and Bet Giyorgis, on a sloping
rock terrace reached through a tunnel. In
the evening take part in a traditional coffee
ceremony at a local house in Lalibela. (B)
Morning flight to Addis Ababa. You have
the option to spend the day at leisure or
visit St George’s Cathedral, built in 1896 to
commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the
Italians at the Battle of Adwa. Finally, visit the
Mercato – one of the largest open-air markets in
Africa. Farewell dinner in a cultural restaurant.
Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created
for solo travellers. Benefits include single
occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard
and at sensible prices, plus the company of
like-minded travellers. View the complete
This tour is best suited to the
hardier traveller as it includes some rougher
road journeys and some basic accommodation.
Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western
standards, are clean and comfortable and the
country’s cultural wonders more than make
up for occasional deficiencies (please note
that some churches are not open to female
travellers). Ethiopia is mountainous and
altitude may be a problem for some visitors.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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Gondar Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many...
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Simien Mountains National Park The Simien Mountains National Park is situated about...