National Geographic Journeys: Mysteries of Ethiopia (DEHNG)

Countries Visited: Ethiopia
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
  • All the adventure you want, with a softer landing
  • Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services
  • Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time
  • More included meals, activities and transfers
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10.
    Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Discover rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar, visit the Awra Amba community and learn about the local way of life, enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony at the Ploughshare Womens Crafts Training Center, learn how to make injera (Ethiopian flatbread) before a delicious traditional dinner

    Description
    Ethiopia holds a culturally unique place between Africa and the Middle East. Discover it for yourself over 13 days experiencing the countrys diverse offerings. Trek into the unforgettably stunning Simien Mountains, get up close to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the innovative village of Awra Amba. Grab yourself an adventure youll be talking about for years to come.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    13 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1Addis AbabaDay 1 Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means "new flower" in Amharic. At an elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft), its the third highest capital in the world and the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present, the streets a mishmash of expensive cars, old Russian (Lada model) taxis, along with donkeys, sheep, and goats. Traditional mud houses stand not far from austere fascist architecture and private-sector banks. Additional Notes: Accommodation in Ethiopia is not to the standard of the west or other parts of Africa where tourism is more developed. Please see about accommodation section in trip details for more information. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 2BAHIR DARDay 2 Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar (1B)
    Fly to Bahir Dar. Enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls. The falls are some of Africas most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means "smoking water." Included Activities: Blue Nile Falls Hiking Excursion Transport: Plane (1.00-1.50 hours, 565km) Private Vehicle
    Day 3BAHIR DARDay 3 Bahir Dar (1B)
    Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, take a city tour with a visit to the Bahir Dar market. Included Activities: Lake Tana Boat Trip (Monastery Visit) Bahir Dar Market
    Day 4Gondar AreaDay 4 Bahir Dar/Gondar Area (1B)
    Visit the egalitarian community of Awra Amba with a local expert. You'll learn about the unique way of life that sets men and women equally in all community, social, and labour matters. Continue to Gondor and visit the Kusquam Castle. Included Activities: Awra Amba Community Visit Kusquam Castle Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 5Gondar AreaDay 5 Gondar Area (1B, 1D)
    Explore Gondar and visit Debre Berhan Salassie Church, Fasiladass castles, bath, and gardens. Visit the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village where underprivileged single mothers can learn pottery, weaving, and other technical skills that enable them to make a living independently. Continue to our lodge just outside Gondar. In the evening, visit the Kossoye Community where you'll learn about the staples of Ethiopian food and have an Injera making demonstration before enjoying a traditional dinner. Included Activities: Fasiladas Castle and Bath Visit Ploughshare Womens Association Visit Community Injera Making Demonstration and Traditional Dinner Debre Berhan Selassie Church Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 6Gondar AreaDay 6 Gondar Area/Debark' (1B)
    Travel to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges. Additional Notes: It is cold in the morning, during the day, in the evening, and at night when there is cloud cover or sleet. Ice often forms on water in the early mornings during the cold period of December through February, and afternoon spurts of hail frequent the beginning of the rains (April through May). Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 130km)
    Day 7DebarkDay 7 Debark' (1B)
    The scenic Simien Mountains are a good break from the busy cities. Rising high above an eroded landscape of deep gorges and valleys, they rank as one of the continent's most beautiful (and unusual) mountain ranges. A number of peaks reach well over 4,000m (13,123.4 ft), and Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, is one of Africa's highest mountains. Here, you can see some of Ethiopias remarkable flora and fauna, including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if youre lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here. Additional Notes: Today is a full day of hiking. Those not interested in hiking can spend the day relaxing at the lodge. Included Activities: Simien Mountains Trek Transport: Hiking
    Day 8AksumDay 8 Debark'/Aksum (1B)
    Drive to Axum, Ethiopias oldest and holiest city, which was once the home of the Queen of Sheba. Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00-10.00 hours, 280km)
    Day 9AksumDay 9 Aksum (1B)
    Spend the day exploring Axum, Ethiopias oldest city. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was founded here in the 4th century and it remains the holiest city in the country. Visit archaeological sites and Axum Tsion church. Included Activities: Axum Historical Site Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 10LalibelaDay 10 Aksum/Lalibela (1B)
    Lalibela is a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance. Included Activities: Lalibela Churches Tour Transport: Plane (0.75-1.00 hours) Private Vehicle
    Day 11LalibelaDay 11 Lalibela (1B)
    In the morning, enjoy a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside. In the afternoon, well continue our tour of the second group of churches. Included Activities: Asheton Maryam Hike Lalibela Churches Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
    Day 12Addis AbabaDay 12 Lalibela/Addis Ababa (1B)
    Morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Transport: Plane (1.00-2.00 hours)
    Day 13Addis AbabaDay 13 Addis Ababa (1B)
    Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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