Ethiopia Uncovered Itinerary

Travel to Africa and get to know Ethiopia on a fascinating trip that circuits the country's north. Visit the Blue Nile Falls, underground churches in Lalibela, wild Simien Mountains and the historic city of Gonder.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,935
      CAD $2,095
      AUD $2,055
      EUR €1,415
      GBP £1,140
      NZD $2,290
      ZAR R20,530
      CHF FR1,710
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      USD $400
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,385*
      CAD $2,582*
      AUD $2,552*
      EUR €1,743*
      GBP £1,438*
      NZD $2,822*
      ZAR R25,315*
      CHF FR2,108*
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Days 1-2 Addis Ababa

Make your acquaintance with Addis Ababa. Meaning 'new flower' in the local Amharic, the city blossoms with activities and attractions. Head to the Ethnological Museum for a fascinating insight into traditional culture and customs or indulge in spicy cuisine at a local restaurant or cafe.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 3 Debre Markos

Drive on to Debre Markos, stopping off for a gawk down the Blue Nile Gorge en route.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 4-6 Bahir Dar

Board a reed boat bound for the ornately decorated monasteries on Lake Tana's isolated islands and peninsulas.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 7-9 Lalibela

Nestled among the country's northern hill country, Lalibela is home to eleven myth-laden churches hewn from the surrounding rocks. Join a guided tour around these hallowed, World Heritage-listed structures and learn about the remarkable history behind their construction.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 10 Bush Camp

Travel through the Ethiopian countryside, stopping en route for an evening camped underneath expansive night skies.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 11 Mekele

Marvel at the dramatic desert landscapes and imposing cliff-face churches of Tigray.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 12-13 Aksum

Discover the once-mighty city of Aksum. With towering ancient obelisks, a network of underground tombs and the crumbling ruins of what is believed to be the Queen of Sheba's palace, this is the stuff legends are spun from.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 14 Enda Selassie

Get ready for a rough but scenic travel day through the rugged Ethiopian landscape.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 15 Debark

Spend a day preparing for the epic hike ahead.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 16-18 Simien Mountains National Park

Home to a number of animals found nowhere else on the continent and some staggering natural scenery, the Simien Mountains are a true highlight of any visit to Ethiopia. Spend two spectacular days hiking across sheer mountain passes, deep ravines, eroded volcanic craters, raging rivers and tiny village hamlets.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Days 19-20 Gonder

Explore the castles, churches, palatial complexes and baths of Gonder, commonly referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Mersa

Travel across stark, remote countryside to Mersa.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 22 Debre Birhan

Continue on to Debre Birhan, one of the nation's first capitals.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 23 Addis Ababa

Arrive back in vibrant and cosmopolitan Addis. Perhaps brave the hustle of Addis Merkato, Africa's biggest open-air market, or suss out the night scene for a final feast of flavoursome local fare.