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  • Led by private guide, visit the fifth century Temple of Yeha.
  • Visit the fascinating cave monastery of Nakuto Le’abe.
  • Hike through Buhit Ras and get up close to friendly gelada monkeys.
  • Marvel at the fossil remains of “Lucy” at the Ethnological Museum.
  • Enjoy an expert selection of hotels.
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Ethiopia is not a destination for those who seek thrills; it is a destination for those who wish to be moved.

Immerse yourself in a landscape of incense and stone and experience the blurring of past and present. Journey through fertile highlands fraught with antiquities; experience the bustling Mercado marketplace with its thousands of stalls; and tour the island monasteries of Lake Tana, where coffee grows under the shade of the forest canopy. In the evenings, relax in comfortable accommodations that offer warm hospitality and modern amenities.

Tour Addis Ababa and visit the Ethnological Museum which boasts the famous complete hominid fossil remains of 'Lucy,’ and tour the beautiful baroque Trinity Cathedral. Explore the many medieval castles and beautifully decorated churches of Gondar, in particular Debra Berhan Selassie, a representative masterpiece of the Gondarene school of art. With your private guide and driver, head for the Simien Mountain region and hike the natural habitat of the gelada monkey. Continue on to Lalibela, the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, and tour its many rock hewn churches, arguably Ethiopian’s most famous and remarkable attractions. Your journey through this resplendent country will be one you’ll treasure forever. ... 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)
    • 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] - Economy
    • 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
    • Private - Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Gondar
    Gondar
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Private - Simien National Park (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Gondar to Lalibela
    Gondar to Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Gondar - Lalibela [30 mins] - Economy
    • Private - Underground Cathedrals - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Lalibela
    Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Private - Nakuto Leabe Monastery - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Lalibela to Axum
    Lalibela to Axum
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Lalibela - Axum [30 mins] - Economy
    • Private - City Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Axum
    Axum
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Private - Yeha Excursion (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Axum to Addis Ababa
    Axum to Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide(6)
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Axum - Addis Ababa [1 hr] - Economy
    • 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

Depart in a privately driven vehicle, with an English speaking guide, on this excursion to Buhit Ras, a segment of the Simien Mountain region.  Buhit Ras is considered the most wild and spectacular of all the diverse Ethiopian landscapes. Enjoy a hike amongst the natural habitat of the gelada monkey, endemic to this area. These friendly creatures allow for a very close experience, fantastic for a memorable photo opportunity.  Enjoy a traditional picnic lunch in the mountains, before returning back to the point of departure.  

Accommodation: Goha Hotel
Baby Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains
Baby Gelada Baboons in the Simien Mountains

Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: Axum

Enjoy this exploration tour of the 5th century Temple of Yeha, dating back to about seven or eight hundred years before the birth of Christ. This temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. Beside the remarkable temple, visit the church of Abba Aftse, dedicated to one of the famous nine saints who came to Ethiopia in the 6th century from the eastern Roman Empire to spread the word of the Gospel. This church shares the same compound with the temple of Yeha. Upon completion of the tour a return transfer is provided.

Accommodation: Yeha Hotel
Old Christian painting in an ancient Orthodox Church in Yeha Village
Old Christian painting in an ancient Orthodox Church in Yeha Village

Day 10: 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.

    I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.

    Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.

    Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!

    Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!

  • Bruce Lundstrom — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation.

  • Belinda Skelton — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!

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