- Discover the unique magnificence of Lalibela's incredible rock-hewn churches
- Marvel at the soaring stelae of Axum, standing upon forgotten tombs.
- Wander the vast royal palaces of Gondar, once the seat of an empire
- Explore the lonely island monasteries that dot the serene Lake Tana
Journey to the northern highlands of Ethiopia, where the rich architectural heritage of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church illuminates a history packed with religious fervour, powerful empires and charismatic characters.
Begin with the remarkable collections of the museums of Addis Ababa, before venturing on towards Axum, seat of the mighty Axumite Empire and famed for its towering stelae. Continue to the rock-cut churches of Lalibela, alive with pilgrims and capable of inspiring awe among the faithful and faithless alike. Travel to the castles of the Empire of Gondar, before finally exploring the isolated treasure-rich monasteries of the vast Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile. Experience first-hand the unsurpassed scenery, undiluted culture and unspoilt treasures that make up this fascinating region.
Why should I travel to Ethiopia?
Visiting the magnificent rock churches of Lalibela, the people of Ethiopia are incredibly welcoming, the 1,700-year-old monolithic stelae in Axum, boat trip on Lake Tana visiting more remote churches,
Why should I join this group tour?
Our group tour to Ethiopia is accompanied by William Taylor, an Anglican priest and writer/broadcaster on the Islamic world and orthodox churches. He will be joined by local guide Assefa who will give an insight from an Ethiopian side. Small group with a maximum of 15 people.
Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What is the accommodation like?
Most of the hotel accommodation in Ethiopia falls into the two or three star category. Some hotels are better and some are a bit worse, but all offer en-suite western facilities and reasonable food. Wherever possible, we try to ensure that you will be accommodated in the highest available standard of hotel and room in a particular area on your trip.
How fit should I be to enjoy this tour?
General overall fitness is required. There is a lot of walking however at a leisurely pace with some stairs. We would suggest that you make sure you bring a comfortable pair if walking shoes, that are easy to take on and off as you will be required to remove your shoes when going into churches.
What is the food like in Ethiopia?
Injera, which is a sour tasting bread, looking a bit like a pancake is the staple diet in Ethiopia. This is eaten together with meat or a vegetarian based stew by hand. Ethiopian food tends to be hot and spicy however milder dishes can of course be made. Meals in hotels can lack variety.
What will the weather be like?
Warm sunny days with cooler nights. As it will be before the rains the landscapes will be dusty and dry.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.