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Complimentary champagne afternoon tea for two.*Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. This journey for solo travellers visits the highlights of this extraordinary country, while also including enjoyable extras which are designed to connect you to the locals and your fellow travellers alike.
*Book this Solo Travellers tour on or before 17 October and receive a Platinum Champagne Afternoon Tea for two gift voucher at your choice of Handpicked Hotels' country house and spa hotels.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Addis Ababa. (N)
Arrive early in the Ethiopian capital, located
3,000 metres above sea level, where you will
be met at the airport and taken on a guided
city tour. Potential stops include the National
Archaeological Museum, home to some of
earliest evidence of human existence including
the 3.5-million-year-old bones of ‘Lucy’, said to
be an ancestor of all humankind. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). (L, D)
Morning flight to Bahir Dar, located next to
Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Spend
some time relaxing before an afternoon
excursion to the cascading waters of the Blue
Nile Falls. In the late afternoon take a tour
of Bahir Dar, including a journey to a scenic
lookout over the city and lake. The palace of
Emperor Haile Selassie can also be seen from
the outside. Spend 2 nights at the Kuriftu
Resort & Spa (or similar). (B, L, D)
Visit the Zege peninsula, known for its 14thcentury
grass roofed churches and their
magnificent wall murals. Then enjoy a change
of scenery with a walk through a dense forest
which is home to an abundance of birdlife.
Afternoon at leisure or optional spa treatments
at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Breakfast early before setting off on the long
but magnificent journey north to the Simien
mountains. En route, there will be stops at
the Jewish village of Wolleka which was largely
abandoned for Israel in the 1980s, and the
Kossoye viewpoint which provides stunning
vistas over the Simien mountain range. Spend
3 nights at the Simien Mountain Lodge (or
similar). (B, L, D)
Drive to the Jinnbar Falls, then on to Hyena
Meda for an optional climb up Immet Gogo,
which offers tremendous views from its
3,926-metre-high peak. Alternatively, you can spend the day at the lodge which is well
positioned for wildlife-seeking strolls. Gelada
monkeys are the most famous local residents,
but several rare birds and other flora and
fauna are also prevalent. (B, L, D)
Take a scenic drive to Chennek, home of the
endemic walia ibex, famed for their ability to
navigate very steep cliff faces. Kilpspringers
and bushbucks can also be found here. (B, L, D)
Transfer by road to Gondar, known as ‘the
Camelot of Africa’ due to the large number
of medieval style castles and churches found
there. It was, for 250 years, the capital city and
though its influence has waned since the 18th
century, you will visit a number of buildings
that still exude majesty and grandeur. This
evening, enjoy a traditional local musical
performance. Overnight at the Mayleko Lodge
(or similar). (B, L, D)
Fly to Lalibela, a small town with an astounding
collection of extraordinary churches carved
entirely from a single piece of stone, which
historically helped protect those with Christian
faith from persecution. Afternoon visit to the
north-west cluster, including the Church of St
George. In the evening take part in a traditional
coffee ceremony in the country where the
crop was first discovered. Stay 2 nights at the
Mezenga Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the cave church of Yemrehane
Christos. Afternoon visit to the south-east
cluster of rock-hewn churches. In the evening
you can choose to join an optional traditional
cooking experience in which you will shop for ingredients, then head to the kitchen to learn
how to create Ethiopian dishes like injera (a
slightly sour pancake) and shiro (a vegetarian
stew). (B, L, D)
Fly to Addis Ababa. Afternoon at leisure or
optional visit to a textiles producer, or the
ZOMA Museum, which houses eco-friendly art.
Later, enjoy a cultural evening of traditional
dance, food and drink. A room will be available
for you at the Golden Tulip Hotel, before you
transfer to the airport for your early morning
flight home. (B, L, D)
Very early morning flight back to London. (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 Addis Ababa on day 2 until your
return to Addis Ababa on day 11.
Based on 12- or 20-seater vehicles
in which at least six seats will be unoccupied.
This tour is best suited to the
hardier traveller as it includes some rough
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.
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 collection here.
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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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