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See incredible Lalibela on Ethiopia Holidays

Historic Ethiopia + Kenya Safari


YPC11A
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,996
International flights quoted separately
Explore the hidden treasurers of northern Ethiopia. Take a boat ride on beautiful Lake Tana, the largest in the country, view the Blue Nile Falls & ancient castles & palaces of Gondar.  Fly to sacred Lalibela with its amazing rock-hewn churches, a World Heritage site & complete your holiday on safari in the famous Masai Mara in Kenya. English speaking guides, light aircraft flights, transfers & game drives included.
Blue Nile Gondar Lalibela Ethiopia Tours Kenya Safari Vacation
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Addis Ababa
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Bahir Dar
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Lake Tana
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Blue Nile Falls
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Gondar
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Castles & Palaces
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Lalibela
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Bet Giyorgis
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Rock Hewn Churches
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Cultural Dinner
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Addis Ababa
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Bahir Dar
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Lake Tana
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Blue Nile Falls
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Gondar
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Castles & Palaces
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Lalibela
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Bet Giyorgis
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Rock Hewn Churches
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Cultural Dinner
Day 1
You will be met at Addis Ababa Airport and transferred to your hotel in Ethiopia's capital city. This beautiful high-altitude country was once ruled by the Queen of Sheba and has a fascinating and ancient history. With over 80 different languages, and many different religions, its strong tribal traditions and festivals are world famous.
 
After checking into your hotel, enjoy a short City Tour, including a visit to the National Museum and Trinity Cathedral. Then ascent captivating Mount Entoto for panoramic views over the city.
Day 2
Transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Bahir Dar Airport and transferred to this palm-tree lined resort town, decorated with colourful flowers and situated on shores of beautiful Lake Tana - the largest lake in Ethiopia.
 
After checking into your hotel, we drive to the small town of Tiss Isat to visit the spectacular Blue Nile Falls, known locally as Tiss Abay (or 'Smoke of Fire' in Amharic). These dramatic falls are the second largest in Africa. When in full flood, they are over 1,300 ft (400 m) wide and drop down over 150 ft (45 m) into a sheer chasm below, giving rise to steam clouds and a continuous spray of water that drenches onlookers. You can walk 20-minutes to a great viewing point or, if you are more energetic, walk down to the base of the falls for amazing views.
Day 3
Today we drive 2.5-hours to the historic city of Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia and also of the ancient Abyssinian Empire. Its emperors built many castles here, giving the region a very European feel - hence the name "African Camelot". The whole city is today a World Heritage Site.
 
We visit the Castle Compound with its six castles, including including the oldest and most magnificent Fasiledes Castle, with its Royal Enclosure and Emperor Fasilidas’ bath. This is where the colorful Timket festival (Epiphany) is celebrated every January.
 
We also visit the residence of the Empress Mintewab and the church of Debre Berhan Selassie (meaning 'Light of the Trinity'), located on the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. This church was not destroyed, even during the dervishes, and on its painted ceiling 18th century over 100 winged cherubs look down on you, with slightly different but equally quizzical expressions. Full of all the colour, life, wit and humanity of Ethiopian art at its best, the walls provide a compendium of Ethiopian saints, martyrs and folklore.
Day 4
Transfer to Gondar Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Lalibela Airport and transferred into this spiritual town - the 'African Jerusalem'.
 
Perched high on an isolated mountain over 8,500 ft (2,600 m) above sea level, Lalibela is home to 11 spectacular rock-hewn churches built by King Lalibela (1181 - 1221) after whom the town is named. Each church is carved entirely out of a single block of granite, with its roof at ground level, and each is built in a different architectural style. The entire town seems frozen in biblical times and is today a pilgrimage site for Christians.
 
On arrival we will visit the extraordinary first group of rock-hewn churches and subterranean complex of passages, that are today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5
This morning take a mule ride to the hilltop 13th century church of Asheten Mariam, formed from large blocks of stone The peak of the hill offers wonderful views over the surrounding area, including the town of Lalibela.
 
In the afternoon we visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela. The most famous of these is the Church of St George (Bet Giyorgis), carved in a cross-shape from solid red volcanic rock. It is the most beautiful monolithic cruciform church and symbolises Noah's Ark.
 
In the evening relax in one of Ethiopia's holiest cities.
Day 6
Transfer to Lalibela Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Axum Airport and transferred to your hotel in this ancient capital of Ethiopia.
 
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Axum, including the Archeological Museum and the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant.
 
We also visit the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site at Stele Field (4th century), the ruined palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (5th & 6th century) and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC).
Day 7
Transfer to Axum Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Addis Ababa Airport and transferred to your hotel.
 
In the evening enjoy an included dinner at a traditional restaurant, where you can enjoy Ethiopian music, folk dance and a delicious variety of local food.
Day 8
Transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 9
Transfer to Wilson Airport in Nairobi for your light aircraft flight to the Masai Mara, named after the Masai people and the Mara River that divides the park.
 
Masai Mara National Park is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest from the adjoining Serengeti National Park. This phenomenon occurs every year from July to October, when game migrates along a circular route from the plains of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara and back again in search of fresh pastures, followed by hungry predators - most notably lions and hyena.
 
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy a late afternoon game drive.
Days 10 To 11
Today is dedicated to game viewing on the open plains of the world famous Masai Mara.
 
Nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara National Park is famous for its many prides of lions, packs of hyena and other predators - as well as huge herds of wildebeest, which number over one million, zebra and giraffe. All the Big Five can be seen here, as well as numerous other species including the Thomson's gazelle, topi, kongoni, impala, roan antelope and hippo. The nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, also inhabits this park as well as the endangered cheetah and black rhino. Bird watching is also excellent with over 450 different species including the vulture, marabou stork, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle and african pygmy-falcon.
 
Set off early each morning, when game viewing conditions are at their best, to view the abundant wildlife of the Masai Mara region. Return to the lodge to rest in the heat of the day, before setting off again in the late afternoon for another game drive.
Day 12
After a final early morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Wilson Airport.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to a restaurant (meal for own account), before being dropped off at Nairobi Airport for your flight home.
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