Travel to the country with over 3,000 years of history and rulers descending from the legendary King Solomon himself. Known as the birthplace of humankind and home to numerous unique tribes, Ethiopia is a vibrant cultural hub. Join us as we explore the complex connections between tradition, agriculture, and environment, while immersing ourselves in centuries of history along the way. Prepare for a new adventure every day on our Ethiopian expedition!
Trip Summary: Ethiopia | 10 Days
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Group Size: Capped at 16
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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.
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.
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- Gaze upon Lucy, the oldest skeletal remains in history
- Take a boat ride across the beautiful Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile
- Travel to the famous city of Aksum, where you’ll see the Ark of the Covenant, Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches, and many other historically significant sites
- Get to know the local people and learn about Amharic culture
Itinerary | 10 Days
Days 1 & 2, Addis Ababa: We’ll arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, and spend the day getting acquainted with the group. The next morning, we’ll attend an orientation before heading out on a guided tour. Destinations include the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Entoto Mountain, and the National Museum of Ethiopia—home to Lucy, the oldest partial skeleton ever found. We’ll learn about the country’s culture and traditions while visiting the National Palace, meeting local tribes, and taking in the natural wonders of the land. Accommodation: The Golden Tulip or similar
Day 3, Bahir Dar: Today we’ll journey north to the bustling city of Bahir Dar. We’ll take a boat trip on the vast Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Learn about the region’s history while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding nature, wildlife, and monasteries, including the colorful Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. The Blue Nile Falls—also known as Tis Issat, or “smoking water”—are among Africa’s most breathtaking scenes and are sure to be a scene you’ll never forget! After a nonstop day of adventure, head back to the hotel to recharge for tomorrow. Accommodation: Blue Nile Resort
Days 4-5, Gondar/Bonga/Jimma Region: Venture through beautiful villages in the desolate plateau of Ethiopia, one of the country’s most cultured regions. Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa,” is famous for its many regal castle remains. We’ll visit Fasilida’s Pool, Ras Gimb, and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church, where we’ll find the most famous, intricately designed ceiling in all of Ethiopia. We’ll also travel through the lush greenery of Bonga and bustling markets of Jimma. Accommodation: Goha Hotel or similar
Day 6-7, Axum: After breakfast, travel to Aksum—one of Ethiopia’s oldest and holiest cities, thought to be the home of the Queen of Sheba. There’s a long list of can’t-miss sites, so prepare yourself for a jam-packed day of exploration! We’ll visit the famous obelisks, the Archeological Museum of Aksum, Queen of Sheba’s Bath, and the Church of St. Mary of Zion, which holds the Ark of the Covenant. Accommodation: Planet Resort or similar
Day 8-9, Lalibela: An early morning flight will take us to Lalibela, famous for its legendary rock-hewn churches. We’ll head to the northwest churches first, touring Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, and Bet Meskel, to name a few. Despite visiting so many seemingly similar locations, each church is unique with something new to see at every turn! The highlight of the day is sure to be the famous Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of Saint George, the patron saint of Ethiopia. Gaze upon the stunning, entrenched building bathed in pale pink and golden yellow. Accommodation: Tukul Village Hotel
Day 10, Mekele / Addis Ababa: The time has come to end our unforgettable Ethiopian trip. We’ll head back to Addis Ababa, stopping at several small crater lakes, exploring bustling markets, and gathering for a traditional farewell dinner along the way. If you’re not ready to fly home just yet, join our 4-day extension trip to Mekele and Erta Ale Volcano.
Optional 4 Day Extension to Mekele and Etra Ale Volcano: From Addis Ababa, we’ll travel to Mekele by donkey before visiting a nearby secluded village, home to one of Ethiopia’s most indigenous tribes. After getting to know the people and their culture, we’ll drive ~6 hours to the infamous Erta Ale Volcano, roaming through diverse villages, glistening sand, voyaging camel trains, and igneous rocks. We’ll spend a full day on the ridge of the caldera, exploring the area, photographing lava pools, and sleeping under the stars before venturing back to Addis Ababa. Accommodation: basic accommodations in local villages