Ethiopian Highlands Itinerary

Discover the delights of Ethiopia from the natural beauty of the Simien Mountains to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela – and so much more in between.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $1,645
      CAD $1,780
      AUD $1,750
      EUR €1,205
      GBP £970
      NZD $1,950
      ZAR R17,470
      CHF FR1,455
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      USD $372
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,017*
      CAD $2,183*
      AUD $2,161*
      EUR €1,476*
      GBP £1,216*
      NZD $2,390*
      ZAR R21,425*
      CHF FR1,784*
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Days 1-2 Gonder

Discover Gondar's castles, churches and palaces. The city is often referred to as 'Africa's Camelot'.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-5 Simien Mountains National Park

Hike through rugged terrain passing eroded volcanic cores, raging rivers and the jagged peaks of the Simien Mountains.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 6 Debark

Rest and recoup from some time in the mountains.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 7 Enda Selassie

Travel through the rugged countryside towards Aksum, stopping overnight in Enda Selassie.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 8-9 Aksum

Explore the ancient city of Aksum, peppered with obelisks and crumbling palaces.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 10 Mekele

Wander through Mekele's cliff-face churches of Tigray.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 11 Woldiya

Venture further into the Ethiopian landscape and spend the night at a bush camp near Woldiya.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 12-14 Lalibela

Peer into Lalibela's astounding rock-hewn churches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 15-17 Bahir Dar

Walk around the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, then board a reed boat bound for the lake's isolated monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 18 Debre Markos

Stop en route to Addis and take a break by spending the night in the small city of Debre Markos. Perhaps take the time to sample some Ethiopian specialities – try kolo (roasted barley) or gored gored (spicy cubed beef).
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 19-21 Addis Ababa

Finish the trip in Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2