£2,420 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 Jacke Phillips
Dr Jacke Phillips is a research and teaching fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as well as a visiting scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and a summer lecturer at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada). Her Ethiopian fieldwork over the past two decades includes five seasons as Assistant Director of the Aksum Archaeological Research Project and her current project around Lalibela focuses on the Zagwe-Solomonic cultural transition. During her time in Ethiopia she also worked on an Ethiopian Heritage Conservation Project to develop the new Aksum Museum. Dr Phillips has also worked on projects in the Sudan, Egypt, Greece and Qatar.
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