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This guided private journey takes you
to the many highlights of Ethiopia’s
famed ‘Northern Circuit’. Visit sites
of enormous historical and religious
importance, landscapes of astonishing
natural beauty, and wildlife that is found
nowhere else on earth. Comfortable
accommodation, modern vehicles
and expert local guides result in an
adventurous but rewarding tour that is
ideal for first-time visitors.
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections
available) to Addis Ababa. Afternoon guided city
tour including a visit to the National Museum,
home to the remains of ‘Lucy’, said to be an
ancestor of every human alive today. Overnight
at the Golden Tulip Hotel. (N) (L, D)
Fly to Makelle, then transfer by road to
Gheralta. En route, visit a cluster of hidden
Orthodox Christian churches, including Debre
Mariam Korkor and Daniel Korkor which have
been painstakingly carved into the barren,
rocky landscape. Devote the next day to
exploring the Tigray region around Gheralta
with its stunning mountain landscapes, remote
hermitage caves and ancient Christian relics.
Spend 2 nights at Gheralta Lodge. (B, L, D)
Transfer to Axum, stopping at the Yeha Temple
ruins. Axum was once the seat of an empire
that boasted its own alphabet, and numerous
large-scale engineering projects, and is said
to have been one of the greatest powers of
the ancient world. You will visit a number of
fascinating sites here, including the purported
house of the Ark of the Covenant and the
alleged former home of the Queen of Sheba.
Overnight at the Sabean Hotel. (B, L, D)
Drive to the Simien mountains, home to gelada
monkeys, bearded vultures, cliff dwelling walia
ibex, Nile feeding waterfalls and superb hiking
opportunities. You can choose your excursions
depending on your interests and also get
involved in a community project in one of the
poorest areas on the planet. Spend 2 nights at
the Simien Lodge. (B, L, D)
Head to Gondar, stopping at a working farm
on the way. Gondar, another former capital, is
often dubbed the ‘Camelot of Africa’ due to the
many medieval style castles and churches that
adorn its streets. Explore some of these before
overnighting at the Goha Hotel. (B, L, D)
Journey to Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile,
and board a boat trip to an ancient island
monastery and onwards to Bahir Dar*. The
following day enjoy a 20-kilometre drive,
followed by a short hike to the Blue Nile Falls,
before visiting the old palace of Emperor Haile
Selassie in Bahir Dar. Spend 2 nights at the
Kuriftu Resort. (B, L, D)
Fly east to Lalibela. Over the next two days
you will visit the town’s collection of 11
extraordinary Unesco-listed rock-hewn
churches. Created from single stone blocks,
they were designed to give worshippers a place
to pilgrimage after religious conquests cut off
access to the holy lands in the 12th century.
You will also take part in an Ethiopian cooking
class and dine at the famous Ben Abeba
restaurant. Spend 2 nights at the Maribela
Hotel. (B, L, D)
Fly back to Addis Ababa. Day at leisure with
day room at Golden Tulip Hotel, before
transferring to the airport for the very early
flight to London the following day. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Boat trip and monastery visit in high
season only. In low season, the journey from
Gondar to Bahir Dar will be by road transfer.
This tour is best suited to the
hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.
Available on request.
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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