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Ethiopia: Historic Route & Simien Mountains 2021


11 days from $7,495 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Discover the stunning jewels of Ethiopia, revealing the threads of ancient culture, religion, architecture and natural beauty that form this diverse nation’s rich tapestry, and experience unrivaled insider access as you cruise to the source of the Blue Nile, examine the Lucy skeleton and explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

A&K Advantages

  • Gain privileged access to the National Museum’s authentic, 3.2-million-year-old Lucy skeleton, skipping the representational reproduction displayed to the public
  • Unearth the history of Axum, taking in Stelae Park’s iconic obelisks and viewing a church rumored to house the Ark of the Covenant, in this alleged home of the Queen of Sheba
  • Explore the vivid frescoes of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches, each an inspiring, active shrine to a Christian civilization that pre-dates its northern European counterpart by centuries
  • Set out on a drive through the staggeringly scenic Simien Mountains National Park in search of exotic wildlife, such as the country’s endemic gelada monkeys and Walia ibex.
  • Roam the medieval castles and churches of Gondar, revealing the secrets of Africa’s Camelot
  • Cruise Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, and hike out to see the breathtaking Blue Nile Falls

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
DAY 2
Addis Ababa | A Rich History of Diversity
DAY 3
Axum | Echoes of a Glorious Empire
DAY 4
Lalibela | Ethiopia’s New Jerusalem
DAY 5
Lalibela | Hewn by the Angels
DAY 6
Simien Mountains National Park | Wild Retreat
DAY 7
Simien Mountains National Park | Scenic Safari
DAY 8
Gondar | Camelot of Africa
DAY 9
Bahir Dar | Lake Tana Cruise
DAY 10
Bahir Dar | Majesty of the Falls
DAY 11
Depart Addis Ababa


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