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  • Visit St Mary’s Church and the sanctuary chapel with private guide.
  • Feast on national dishes as you enjoy the dances of various groups.
  • Travel to Mount Etono for spectacular views of Addis Ababa.
  • Explore medieval castles, monasteries, and churches.
  • Enjoy an expert selection of hotels.
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Ethiopia is just about the only country in Africa never to have been colonized, and its people claim the longest continuous monarchy in history, 3000 years of kings. The country is also unusual for its rich Orthodox Christian heritage, which the Ethiopians maintained even when all its neighbors embraced Islam in the 7th century.

The Ethiopia Signature tour is an in-depth exploration of the unique archaeological treasures of the country. Start in Addis Ababa the capital city, known for the bustling Mercado marketplace where thousands of stalls sell a profusion of goods from the entire country. Fly to Bahir Dar where you tour the island monasteries of Lake Tana, and drive to Gondar to see the royal castles of ancient dynasties. Then fly to Lalibela, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the famous underground carved churches. These amazing cathedrals were carved from soft lava rock, resulting in a complete building composed of a single contiguous rock. Fly to Axum with its gigantic carved stellar and the holy church that legend claims holds the Ark of the Covenant. Return to Addis Ababa for a farewell folklore dinner complete with traditional coffee ceremony, a classic finish to your incredible Ethiopian journey. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Tour - Private - City Tour - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar
    Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar [1 hr] - Escorted(1)
    • Tour - Private - Sightseeing and Boat Trip - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Bahir Dar to Gondar
    Bahir Dar to Gondar
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Bahir Dar - Gondar [3 hours] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Gondar to Lalibela
    Gondar to Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Gondar - Lalibela [30 mins] - Escorted(1)
    • Tour - Private - Underground Cathedrals - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Lalibela
    Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Tour - Private - Nakuto Leabe Monastery - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Lalibela to Axum
    Lalibela to Axum
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Lalibela - Axum [30 mins] - Escorted(1)
    • Tour - Private - City Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Axum to Addis Ababa
    Axum to Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Axum - Addis Ababa [1 hr] - Escorted(1)
    • Folklore Show - Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
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Day 1: Addis Ababa

A private vehicle with an English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel

The Addis Ababa hotel is located near the UNCC and is in the heart of the city's business centres. A modern design characterises the hotel's 204 rooms and 16 suites, which include amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and flat-screen televisions. Additionally, a fitness centre, spa, lounge, restaurant and nine meeting rooms provide even more hotel amenities for guests' convenience.

Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Radisson Blu Addis Ababa
Radisson Blu Addis Ababa

Day 2: Addis Ababa

This full day city tour explores the many highlights and monuments of this special Ethiopian city. Begin with a tour of the Ethnological Museum, boasting many archaeological and historical findings including the famous complete hominid fossil remain of 'Lucy', locally known as 'Dinknesh', which translates to wonderful. Visit the Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church built in the baroque style, similar to much of the European inspired architecture unique to Ethiopia. Next proceed to Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, a fascinating glimpse of the vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country. Travel to Mount Entoto to admire the stupendous views of the city and its surrounding plains.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel
Holy Trinity Cathedral - Ten Commandments Stain Glass
Holy Trinity Cathedral - Ten Commandments Stain Glass

Day 3: Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar

A private vehicle with an English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport.

This flight travels from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Depart the hotel this morning to enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana. This boat ride visits the 14th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mehret, one of the most famous monasteries of the area, boasting some very beautiful painted maqdas and a priceless collection of crosses and crowns. After the boat ride, drive to the village of Isat to view the nearby Blue Nile Falls.

Accommodation: Abay Minch Lodge

The Abay Minch Lodge is a good value property located 200 meters off the Addis-Bahr Dar -Gondar main road.  This 40 room property is uniquely designed with furnished tukul rooms.  Abayminch Lodge lies in an area of 45,000 sq. mt. of lush vegetation.

Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar
Abay Minch Lodge Exterior
Abay Minch Lodge Exterior

Day 4: Bahir Dar - Gondar

The distance from Bahir Dar to Gondar is 170 kilometers and it is a flat road. Instead of waiting for 2 hours for check-in and 25 minutes for the flight, it is recommendable to drive.  Experience the Ethiopian countryside and see the country by private car. 

This tour explores the many historical sites and monuments of the Ethiopian city of Gondar. Founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, this city has gained fame due to its many medieval castles and elegantly designed and decorated churches. In particular, Debra Berhan Selassie, a representative masterpiece of the Gondarene school of art. Upon completion of the tour a return transfer is provided.

Accommodation: Goha Hotel

The Goha Hotel stands at the crest of a hill with a commanding view of the city of Gondar, the city with its enchanting and mysterious castles. The Hotel has 4 suites, 60 twin bed rooms, restaurant, 2 cosy bars, well-equipped laundry, stand-by power generator, garden, telephone, fax & satellite TV.

Gondar
Gondar
Goha Hotel Exterior
Goha Hotel Exterior

Day 5: Gondar - Lalibela

A private vehicle with an English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport.

This short flight travels between Gondar and Lalibela, Ethiopia. The flight time is approximately 30 minutes.

Lalibela is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the most famous churches and the scene of so many major religious ceremonies. Also known as ‘Africa Petra’, Lalibela and its rock hewn churches are arguably Ethiopian’s most famous and remarkable attraction. These churches include Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskal, Bete Denaghel, Bete Golgotha, Bete Mikael, and Bete Giorgis. You will start your tour this morning and continue in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Roha Hotel

The Roha Hotel in Lalibela, Ethiopia, is the most comfortable and desirable lodging in town. Snuggled into the bosom of this mountain village, the 64 room hotel and its staff guarantee impeccable service. Try the local food, which is typically made with spicy meats and vegetables along with flat bread and salads. Situated a mile outside of town, you will find yourself taking pictures of the intricate artifacts adorning this attractive, simple space. More humble than the crystal chandeliers and gold-plated walls of more arrogant hotels, the Roha boasts something above high ranked holiday hot spots. With a lush countryside and some of history’s most incredible monolithic churches from centuries of yore, there is little need for spas and tennis courts in this region.

Lalibela
Lalibela
Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel

Day 6: Lalibela

This tour begins with a drive to the Nakuto Le’abe Monastery. Nakuto Le’abe was the son of King Gebre Meskel, who abdicated his throne in 1270 AD, and then began a hermit’s life in a nearby cave. This dramatic cave has ever since became a monastery, housing one of the most interesting collections of ancient crosses, illustrated manuscripts, garments, and other icons, some of which are attributed to its founder Nakuto Le’abe.

Accommodation: Roha Hotel
Ethiopian Cross Stitched on Ancient Garment
Ethiopian Cross Stitched on Ancient Garment

Day 7: Lalibela - Axum

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

Relax during this short flight travelling from Lalibela and arriving in Axum, Ethiopia. The flight duration is approximately 30 minutes.

This tour explore the once centre of a great empire, and the highest seat of learning for the ancient Ge’ez language and literature, Axum, a prime historical site located in the north of Ethiopia. Enjoy a city tour that include a visit to the Stelae park, St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Tomb of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel, Ezana’s inscriptions, the Queen of Sheba’s bath, Queen of Sheba’s palace ruins and the Axum Museum.

Accommodation: Yeha Hotel

The Yeha Hotel has 3 suites with private baths, 60 twin bed rooms with private baths, 157 seat restaurant (dining style), 153 seat bar, telephone, fax, satellite TV, well equipped laundry, stand-by generator, garden.

Axum
Axum
Yeha Hotel Exterior
Yeha Hotel Exterior

Day 8: Axum - Addis Ababa

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

This flight departs from Axum and arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

In the evening, attend a folkloric dinner, where several national dishes are provided for sampling.  Enjoy the sights and sounds during the dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. A traditional coffee ceremony will also be presented.

A private vehicle with an English speaking driver will provide a transfer to the airport.

Accommodation:

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Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Radisson Blu Hotel: Addis Ababa

The Addis Ababa hotel is located near the UNCC and is in the heart of the city's business centres. A modern design characterises the hotel's 204 rooms and 16 suites, which include amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and flat-screen televisions. Additionally, a fitness centre, spa, lounge, restaurant and nine meeting rooms provide even more hotel amenities for guests' convenience.

Radisson Blu Addis Ababa
Radisson Blu Addis Ababa

Abay Minch Lodge: Bahir Dar

The Abay Minch Lodge is a good value property located 200 meters off the Addis-Bahr Dar -Gondar main road.  This 40 room property is uniquely designed with furnished tukul rooms.  Abayminch Lodge lies in an area of 45,000 sq. mt. of lush vegetation.

Abay Minch Lodge Exterior
Abay Minch Lodge Exterior

Goha Hotel: Gondar

The Goha Hotel stands at the crest of a hill with a commanding view of the city of Gondar, the city with its enchanting and mysterious castles. The Hotel has 4 suites, 60 twin bed rooms, restaurant, 2 cosy bars, well-equipped laundry, stand-by power generator, garden, telephone, fax & satellite TV.

Goha Hotel Exterior
Goha Hotel Exterior

Roha Hotel: Lalibela

The Roha Hotel in Lalibela, Ethiopia, is the most comfortable and desirable lodging in town. Snuggled into the bosom of this mountain village, the 64 room hotel and its staff guarantee impeccable service. Try the local food, which is typically made with spicy meats and vegetables along with flat bread and salads. Situated a mile outside of town, you will find yourself taking pictures of the intricate artifacts adorning this attractive, simple space. More humble than the crystal chandeliers and gold-plated walls of more arrogant hotels, the Roha boasts something above high ranked holiday hot spots. With a lush countryside and some of history’s most incredible monolithic churches from centuries of yore, there is little need for spas and tennis courts in this region.

Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel

Yeha Hotel: Axum

The Yeha Hotel has 3 suites with private baths, 60 twin bed rooms with private baths, 157 seat restaurant (dining style), 153 seat bar, telephone, fax, satellite TV, well equipped laundry, stand-by generator, garden.

Yeha Hotel Exterior
Yeha Hotel Exterior
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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