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Cox and Kings Ethiopian Odyssey

Cox and Kings Ethiopian Odyssey

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Ethiopia really is a jewel in Africa’s Crown; the only African country that hasn’t been colonised, it is steeped in rich Christian heritage. You will tour this wonderful country and visit many villages and towns- meeting the friendly locals and sampling the tasty local cuisine. Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Tissisat and tour the monastery of Debre Sina Mariam; all in all, a fabulous Cox and Kings tour too good to miss.

  • 3-star accommodation
  • Flexible – extensions, room and flight upgrades available
  • Small group – average 10 people (max 18)
  • International flights
  • Internal flights as specified
  • Transfers
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Welcome drink
  • Guided sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Festival departures including Timkat
  • Tour the National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Visit lesser-known Adadi Mariam, Ethiopia’s southernmost rock-hewn church
  • Experience the Blue Nile Falls and Laka Tana
  • Enjoy private access to a viewing point on the Simien Mountains

Day 1 – To Addis Ababa

Fly from London to Addis Ababa.

Day 2– Addis Ababa

Arrive in the third highest capital in the world. Afternoon city tour, including the Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato. Enjoy a pre-dinner welcome drink and stay overnight at the Golden Tulip hotel (or similar).
(Lunch and dinner)

Day 3 – Adadi Mariam – Tiya stelae field

In the morning, visit Adadi Mariam, a striking, subterranean rock-hewn church less visited than those in Lalibela. Continue to the Tiya stelae field, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to 160 archaeological sites. Overnight at the Golden Tulip hotel (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 4 – Lalibela

Fly to the town of Lalibela this morning, arriving in time for lunch at Ben Abeba restaurant. Then begin your tour of Lalibela’s rock-hewn, UNESCO-listed churches with a visit to the first group of six. The churches in this cluster lie in rock cradles, one behind the other. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest, resembles a Greek temple. Overnight at Mezena Lodge (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 5 – Lalibela

This morning, hike with mules up to the mountaintop monastery of Asheton Maryam (weather permitting). After lunch, you will visit the south-eastern cluster of Lalibela’s 11 rock-carved churches. In the afternoon, experience Ethiopian hospitality during a traditional coffee ceremony. Overnight at Mezena Lodge (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6 – Bahir Dar

Fly to the town of Bahir Dar, which means ‘Beside the Sea’ in the Amharic language – so named for its position on the southern shore of shimmering Lake Tana. Spend your afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring the peaceful jacaranda-fringed avenues, dotted with shops, restaurants and attractive architecture. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 7 – Blue Nile – Lake Tana

In the morning, drive from Bahir Dar to the Blue Nile Falls, with sightseeing opportunities en route. The picturesque falls are known locally as Tissiat, which means ‘The Smoking Water’. This afternoon, take a relaxing boat trip, visiting two of the Lake Tana region’s prettiest monasteries, Ura Kidane Mihret and Azua Maryam. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 8 – Gondar

Today, drive to Ethiopia’s very own castle-filled ‘Camelot’, the medieval city of Gondar. Visit Fasilidas’ Bath, in which pilgrims still take a ceremonial plunge during the annual Timkat (Epiphany) celebrations. Overnight at Mayleko Lodge (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 9 – Simien mountains

Set off on a scenic morning drive to Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose rugged precipices and alpine valleys shelter all manner of interesting wildlife. This afternoon, drive to the Sankaber campsite for a hiking excursion up to the vertiginous Jinbar Falls. Overnight at Simien Lodge (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 10 –  Simien Mountains National Park

After a three-hour drive, arrive at the Chennek campsite for an exhilarating excursion in this biodiversity hot spot. You have the opportunity to explore on foot, admire phenomenal vistas and spot local fauna such as the endangered walia ibex, before settling down for a picnic lunch. Overnight at Simien Lodge (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 11 – Addis Ababa – Fly to London

Return to Gondar for a flight to Addis Ababa. There is time enough to visit bustling Mercato, Africa’s largest open-air market, before catching your return flight home. Enjoy day-use of a room at the Golden Tulip hotel (or similar).
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 12 – Arrive in London

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.

Mezena Lodge, Lalibela
Mezena is situated to the east of Lalibela, amid luxuriant trees and savannah grasses with panoramic views over the valleys. It is ideally located to visit the historic sites of the rock hewn churches which were declared heritage sites back in 1970. This is the newest architecturally designed lodge that combines eco-friendly designs with classic Ethiopian building styles.

Kuriftu Resort and Spa
Situated on the shores of Lake Tana, Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar comprises 28 stone bungalows set in attractive gardens. Each room is decorated in a traditional Ethiopian style with en suite facilities, a four-poster bed, lounge and television. The resort also boasts its own restaurant and swimming pool, while the spa treatments, a fusion of traditional Asian and European techniques, are some of the best in Ethiopia.

Mayleko Lodge
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.

Simien Mountain Lodge
The Simien Mountain Lodge is the highest hotel in Africa at 3,260 metres. It is an eco-friendly property built at Buyit Ras with wonderful views across the mountain range. The accommodation has traditional tukul-style exteriors and the interiors are very comfortable with tasteful decor. The main lodge building has a friendly bar with an open fire that is a great place to gather in the evening before dinner.

Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Addis Ababa.

Discovery tour
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 0800 707 6229 for more information.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

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