Cultural Tours In Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the world's great crossroads, where the people and cultures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have been interacting for thousands of years. The resulting ethnic and cultural diversity has given rise to many unique and dynamic visual traditions. The country has thus been called a cultural mosaic, due to its 80 different languages and dialects and as many, if not more, cultural varieties.

The strong religious setting, celebrations, and festivals play an important part in everyone's daily life. Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. Above all, it is a country of great antiquities, cultures, and traditions stretching back 3000 years.

These cultural tours have been designed in a way to enable visitors to experience this amazing culture and history of one of the world's most ancient peoples and civilizations. Click on the links below for each tour for specific information.

    The Historic Route of Ethiopia and the Simien Mountains National Park — 11 Days

    This tour takes you to one of the most magnificent cultures and landscapes on Ethiopia's Historic Route. In this fascinating part of Africa, the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. 

    Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the Great Blue Nile Falls, and last but not least, the friendly and charming people. This is truly a trip of a lifetime!

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive in Addis Ababa and take an afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa. 

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Bahirdar

    In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 3: Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Bahir Dar

    In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 4: Bahir Dar, Gondar

    After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon, visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Berhan Selassie church.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 5: Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park

    After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien Mountains National Park. The rest of the day, trek around the park.

    Overnight: lodge

    Day 6: Sankaber, Chenek, Simien Mountains

    Today, you will do a relaxing trek in some of the most dramatic scenery of the park — the Ginbar River Falls and Wolkafit Mountains.

    Overnight: lodge

    Day 7: Simien Mountains National Park, Axum

    After breakfast, drive to Axum through the beautiful Simien Mountains, Limalimo, and Tekeze River Gorge.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 8: Axum, Yeha

    After breakfast, we will visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, we will go to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 9: Axum, Lalibela

    In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from 1200 AD.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 10: Lalibela, Asheten Mariam

    In the morning, we go on a mule ride and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

    Overnight: hotel

    Day 11: Lalibela, Addis Ababa

    In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include Mercato, Entoto, and Piassa. In the evening, there will be a traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

     

    Additional Info

    • Trip Type: Historic
    • TourCode: GHET-021
    • JourneyType: Private Journey
    • TourDuration: 11 Days
    • Activities/Description: This tour features a mix of ancient history and culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and much more.
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