£2,340 excl. flight
- Explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of the wonders
of the ancient world
- Visit the auspicious and enigmatic stelae of Axum
- Discover the fortresses of Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa”
With immense scenery and a remarkable culture, Ethiopia is a front runner for Africa’s most unique country. The history is ancient yet alive and vibrant, with places like Lalibela, Axum and Gondar possessing a captivating and almost supernatural aura. When combined with Ethiopia’s remarkable people, it is little wonder that the country leaves an indelible impression on all those who visit.
Day 1 London/ Addis Ababa – Fly overnight.
Day 2 Addis Ababa - City tour including Mount Entoto and the churches of Bet Maryam and Archangel Raguel.
Day 3 Addis Ababa - Explore the National Archaeological Museum, the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Trinity Church (which houses the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie) and Emperor Menelik’s Mausoleum.
Day 4 Axum – Fly to Axum, the ancient seat of an empire that extended to Arabia. Explore the stelae park (burial place of 3rd and 4th century kings) the Maryam Tsion Cathedral, the ruins at Dungur, the new museum and the hilltop tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal.
Day 5 Adwa, Yeha – Adwa is of huge significance to Ethiopians as it was here that Emperor Menelik II defeated the Italian Army in 1896 on their first attempt
to colonize Ethiopia. Visit Yeha, Ethiopia’s first city settlement dating back 2,800 years.
Day 6 Lalibela – Fly to Lalibela, known as “The New Jerusalem” and “The Eighth Wonder of the World” thanks to its exceptional 13th century rock-hewn
churches. Explore the northern complex of these unique churches, culminating with the masterpiece, Bet Giorgis.
Day 7 Lalibela - Travel north to the remarkably preserved church of Ymrahanna Kristos, built in Axumite style within a huge cave. Return to Lalibela to the southern church complex.
Day 8 Gondar – Fly to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa” due to its many forts and castles.
Day 9 Gondar – Full day to explore Gondar, with a visit to the Royal Enclosure, the Bathing Palace of Fasilades and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church.
Day 10 Bahir Dar – Drive to Gorgora on the northern banks of Lake Tana, from where a boat will take you to Bahir Dar. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and is home to a number of ancient monasteries, located on islands around the Zenge Peninsula.
Day 11 Bahir Dar – Visit the source of the Nile and the Tis Abbay Monastery in the morning before returning to town for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 12 Addis Ababa - Fly to Addis with the rest of the day at leisure (day use of hotel available).
Day 13 Addis Ababa/ London – Return flight to London.
Dr William Taylor
Dr William Taylor is Chairman of the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association, an Anglican priest and a writer and broadcaster on the Islamic world and Orthodox Churches.
William is one of The Traveller’s most experienced tour lecturers and has travelled extensively throughout the Balkans, Middle East and Central Asia and speaks Syriac, Arabic and Turkish. His publications include Light from the East, Christians in the Holy Land, Christianity in Iraq, Antioch & Canterbury, and Narratives of Identity, a comparative study of provisions for minorities under Islam. His PhD was on Orthodox Churches in the late Ottoman period, which drew on archival material from the monasteries of the Tur Abdin, in Eastern Turkey, where he lived while carrying out research in the monastery archives.
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