This tour is perfect for someone looking for a short trip away to Ethiopia, or for someone looking to combine Ethiopia with another tour perhaps in Cape Town, Nairobi (Masai Mara) or Victoria Falls? On this tour you will get to experience some of Ethiopia’s true highlights. You will spend 5 days staying in the hubbub of Addis Ababa, which is a truly international city. From this base you will get to explore the beauty of Lake Wenchi, where you can take a leisurely horse ride in stunning surroundings. You will also get to visit all the local museums, coffee shops and even a traditional Ethiopian Cultural evening. The highlight of your tour will be the visit to the Rock Hewn Churches, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site and offer a truly unique cultural experience.
Prices from £1445pp based on 2 sharing in mid-range accommodation
You will be met at Addis Ababa Bole Airport and transferred to your chosen hotel for 2 nights. On arrival you will be presented with a full detailed and timed itinerary of your tour and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you have prior to the start of the tour. You will be given time to settle in and rest for the afternoon, before being picked up early evening for an exciting Ethiopian dinner experience at the excellent Yod Abyssinia Restaurant!
Today is the opportunity to experience the buzz and excitement of the city of Addis Ababa. The tour can be easily tailored to fit with your interests and preferences. However, usual sights would include the Holy Trinity Church, National Museum, Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, Sholla Market and Entoto Hill. We also usually arrange for a stop at the amazing family run To.Mo.Ca Coffee Shop, which is the oldest in Addis Ababa running since 1953.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a short flight to Lalibela. On arrival at Lalibela airport you will be met at the airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Your local guide will then let you know the timings and the plan for the next 2 days of exploring the region. The afternoon will involve a brief stop somewhere local for lunch and then a tour of some of the famous rock hewn churches in the region.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel ready for a full day tour exploring the churches in Lalibela. Two particular highlights of the day will be the visits to Bet Giyorgis which is probably the most famous of all the churches and Yemrehanna Kristos, which is a beautiful church hidden up in a cave. You will be taken to a local restaurant for lunch before being returned to your hotel for dinner.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for a short flight back to Addis Ababa. On arrival in Addis Ababa you will once again be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel or to the airport if this is the end of your Ethiopian trip.
After breakfast you will be picked up by your private guide and driven to the beautiful Wenchi Crater lake is located on a mountain range at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level. The lake, caused by an now-extinct volcano, is surrounded by hot mineral springs, cascading waterfalls, stunning valleys, and fertile farmlands. This full day tour gives you the opportunity to hike around the region or take a horse ride ride down to the lake and a boat ride to the ancient monastery.
Today you will leave Addis Ababa for an excursion to Menagesha Forest with a stop at Gofers Reservoir. This area is famous for its endemic Birding.
At a pre-arranged time you will be picked up and transferred to Addis Ababa Bole Airport for your flight home.