A Taste of Ethiopia

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Cox and Kings

Ethiopia is scenically beautiful and culturally rich, home to diverse ethnic groups and unusual wildlife. There is much to experience on this journey for solo travellers; visit volcanic lakes, explore the vast Rift Valley and the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and search for Ethiopian wolves in the Simien mountains.

  • Visit the palace of Emperor Menelik II
  • Explore the impressive rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
  • Spend 2 nights immersed in the spectacular scenery of the Simien mountains
  • Take a boat trip on Lake Tana & visit the Blue Nile Falls
  • Small group size - maximum 18

Golden Tulip, Addis Ababa

The Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is conveniently located just 1km away from the international airport and within easy reach of Addis' main attractions. All of the property's 90 rooms are spacious and offer a modern design. The hotel's restaurant serves a variety of international dishes and there is also a coffee shop and a bar for evening drinks. Features: 90 rooms, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, restaurant, bar, lounge. Room amenities: Air conditioning, refrigerator, minibar, television, tea & coffee...

Limalimo Lodge, Simien Mountains National Park

LimaLimo Lodge is situated on the edge of an escarpment, with the bar and restaurant providing a wonderful area in which to relax and enjoy the dramatic views onto the lowlands below. Stay warm around the fire pit in the evenings, tuck in to a delicious meal from the kitchens or curl up in front of the log fire. The 14 en suite rooms are scattered amongst the trees of the 10 hectare site, with views over the wooded hillsides. The interiors are designed with beautiful Ethiopian textiles. The entire lodge has been constructed using rammed earth, wood and thatch, ensuring that it blends into the surroundings. There is plenty to explore on the site itself, such as the large acacia trees with hammocks, inviting benches, and you may be lucky to see troops of gelada monkeys passing by. Activities which can be undertaken from the lodge include long and short guided treks, birding, bush dining,...

Mayleko Lodge, Gondar

Situated just a couple of minutes drive from Theodros airport, and only 15km from the ancient castle of Fasiledes, Mayleko Lodge is surrounded by nature. The lodge has 20 bungalows that are situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountain. They are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated with traditional furniture. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains and there is a cosy bar. The property has a swimming pool and a driving...

Mountain View Hotel, Lalibela

Mountain View Hotel is situated at an altitude of 2,680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Mountain chain. It has wonderful panoramic views of the mountain range and is an excellent place from which to view the sunset. The hotel rooms are clean and...

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia
Tour Types
  • group
  • General interest
  • Singles
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Scenic
  • Small Group
  • Wildlife

Day 1: Fly to Addis Ababa

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Addis Ababa

Arrive in the third highest capital in the world. Afternoon tour of the Entoto hills and Emperor Menelik II’s palace, including the artefact museum. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Hotel (or similar). Welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Fly to Gondar • Simien mountains

Morning flight to Gondar. Drive via Sankaber and Bauit-Ras to view the Chain mountains before proceeding to Simien Mountains National Park. This world heritage site is home to the endemic walia ibex, Ethiopian wolves, Menelik’s bushbuck and gelada monkeys. Stay 2 nights at Limalimo Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Simien mountains

Drive to Chenek; at 3,620 metres above sea level it is a spectacular viewing point to witness the mountain range and the impressive escarpment right to the summit of Mount Buhit. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Gondar

Return to Gondar and check in to the Mayleko Lodge (or similar) for 1 night. Explore Gondar, the first capital of the Ethiopian empire. Ancient castles and picturesque ruins lie in the royal enclosure dating back to the 17th century. Visit Debre Birhan Trinity Church, adorned with murals. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Fly to Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela for a 2 night stay at Mountain View Hotel (or similar). Explore the rock-hewn churches dating back to the 12th century, built by King Lalibella of the Zaghwe dynasty. The first group of churches lie in rock cradles, one behind the other, with Bet Medhane Alem being the largest, resembling a Greek temple. South of the Jordan river are another four churches with elaborate exteriors. (B)

Day 7: Lalibela

Begin with a visit to Naktolaab church, built around a shallow cave in which several pools are fed by natural springs. Treasures on display include paintings, crosses and a leather bible. This afternoon, explore a second group of churches and Bet Giyorgis, on a sloping rock terrace reached through a tunnel. In the evening take part in a traditional coffee ceremony at a local house in Lalibela. (B)

Day 8: Fly to Addis Ababa

Morning flight to Addis Ababa. You have the option to spend the day at leisure or visit St George’s Cathedral, built in 1896 to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa. Finally, visit the Mercato – one of the largest open-air markets in Africa. Farewell dinner in a cultural restaurant. Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

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Discovery tour

This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some rougher road journeys and some basic accommodation. Hotels, while sometimes not reaching western standards, are clean and comfortable and the country’s cultural wonders more than make up for occasional deficiencies (please note that some churches are not open to female travellers). Ethiopia is mountainous and altitude may be a problem for some visitors.

Tailor-made travel

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• 3-star accommodation
• Twin / double rooms for single use
• Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
• Small group size - maximum 18
• Direct international flights
• Internal flights
• Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicles
• Experienced local tour manager
• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
• Welcome & farewell group dinners
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Porterage at airports & stations

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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