Travel to the country with over 3,000 years of history and rulers descendant from the legendary King Solomon himself. Known as the birthplace of humankind, and home to unique tribes & peoples, Ethiopia presents itself as a vibrant hub of food and culture. Join our guides as we explore the complex connections between tradition, agriculture, environment, and culture, while immersing ourselves in centuries of history along the way. This trip will focus on adventure, food, history, and culture as we meet with locals from across the country. 

Trip Summary: Ethiopia | 10 Days

Next Group Trip: 2 - 11 October 2017

Group Size: Capped at 16

Price From: $3800 per person


Trip Highlights:

  • See the oldest skeleton remains in history - Lucy’s skeleton

  • Discover the source of the Blue Nile and take a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Tana

  • Visit Axum – the home of the Ark of the Covenant and the  UNESCO rock-hewn churches in Lalibela

  • Have experiences with the tribal people – learning about Amharic Culture

  • Visit Africa’s most famous “Woven Basket” Markets and try delicious Ethiopian Cuisine

Itinerary | 10 Days

Days 1 & 2, Addis Ababa: We will arrive in Addis Ababa and meet to get acquainted and acclimated. The next day we will have an orientation with professional guide before taking a tour of Ethiopia’s capital, which includes their Natural Museum, housing the oldest human bones (Lucy’s Skeleton), the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and Entoto Mountains. We will learn about Ethiopian culture and tradition while we visit the former palace and begin our adventures to the tribes & nature wonders of the surrounding regions. Accommodation: The Golden Tulip or similar | Meals : D, B, L

Day 3, Bahir Dar: We will leave Addis Ababa and journey to the Northern region of Bahir Dar – the source of the Blue Nile.  Here you will take a boat trip on the beautiful lake Tana, learning about the history of region while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding nature, wildlife, and monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam.  The falls are some of Africa’s most scenic and are known as Tis Issat, which means “smoking water.”  Accommodation: Blue Nile Resort | Meals: B, L

Days 4-5, Gondor/Bonga/Jimma Region:  Be prepared for a journey through beautiful villages in the desolate plateau of Ethiopia, as you travel through one of Ethiopia’s most cultured regions.  Gondar hosts numerous castles and is known as the “Camelot of Africa”.  You will spend your day visitin Fasilida’s Pool, Ras Gimb Palace Museum, and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church – which hosts the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Accommodation: Goha Hotel or similar | Meals: B, L

Day 6-7, Axum: After breakfast travel to Axum, one of Ethiopia’s oldest & holiest cities and thought to be the home of Queen Sheba.  We will visit the famous obelisks, archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath, and the St. Mary of Zion church (where the Ark of the Covenant is kept).  Accommodation: Planet Resort or similar | Meals: B, L

Day 8-9, Lalibela:  An early morning flight will take us to Liaibela – home of the famous rock-hewn churches.  We will visit the Northwestern cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, and many more…  The highlight of the day will be visiting the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron sait of Ethiopia – Saint George.  Accommodation: Turkul Village Hotel | Meals: B, L

Day 10, Mekele / Addis Ababa – We conclude our trip by heading back to the capital, stopping at several small carter lakes along the way, to explore markets and rest, followed by a traditional farewell dinner.  If you wish to extend your trip to hike or (donkey ride) to the Etra Ale Caldera – we will continue on towards Mekele. B

Optional Extension to Mekele and Etra Ale Volcano (4 days): From Mekele - travel on to a second beautiful secluded village about 45 minutes away where you will encounter one of Ethiopia’s most indigenous tribes.  From here it is about a 6-hour drive through stunning villages, white sand, camel trains, and even dried lava to the infamous Etra Ale Volcanoe.  Spend a full day and night sleeping on the ridge of the Caldera, enjoying fantastic moments taking photos of the lava pools, before we begin our adventure back to Addis Ababa.  Accommodation: Basic accommodation local villages | Meals: B, L, D

This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.

Expedition Route:

Expedition Dates:

2 - 11 October 2017

23 April - 02 May 2018

28 May - 06 June 2018

Private dates upon inquiry.

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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.

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