Ethiopia Cultures

5 days from $2,765 per person*
  • Feast on national dishes as you enjoy the dances of various groups.
  • Visit the fascinating cave monastery of Nakuto Le’abe.
  • Explore the famous churches of Lalibela with private guide.
  • Marvel at the fossil remains of “Lucy” at the Ethnological Museum.
  • Enjoy an expert selection of hotels.
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An ancient world of incense and ceremony, with startling landscapes that boast animals unseen anywhere else on earth, Ethiopia inspires awe and wonder in all who enter into its magic.

Ethiopia is the hidden gem of the African continent whose landscapes are wild, remote, and ultimately breathtaking. The Simien mountains, some of the highest in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are simply stunning, and the Danakil Depression looks more lunar than Earthly. Spend your days in this beguiling nation exploring its vibrant traditions, rich cultural heritage and old world charms. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed accommodations that offer warm hospitality and all the comforts of home.

Enjoy a private tour of Addis Ababa and visit its many highlights such as the Ethnological Museum, which boasts the famous complete hominid fossil remains of 'Lucy', and stop in at the beautiful Trinity Cathedral. Behold the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia’s most famous and remarkable attractions, then drive to the Nakuto Le’abe Monastery which houses the most interesting collections of ancient crosses, illustrated manuscripts, garments, and other icons, some of which are attributed to its founder Nakuto Le’abe. Your time in Ethiopia promises to be entirely enchanting. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa
    • Welcome to Addis Ababa - Arrival
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 2 Addis Ababa
    Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Private Tour - City Tour - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 3 Addis Ababa to Lalibela
    Addis Ababa to Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Addis Ababa - Lalibela [2 hrs 30 mins] - Escorted
    • Private Tour - Underground Cathedrals - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Lalibela
    Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Private Tour - Nakuto Leabe Monastery - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Lalibela to Addis Ababa
    Lalibela to Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Lalibela - Addis Ababa [2 hrs 30 min] - Escorted
    • Evening Folklore Show - Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
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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Day 1: Addis Ababa

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

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa

Boasting contemporary interior design and remarkable hospitality, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa welcomes guests to a relaxing getaway in Ethiopia's capital. Conveniently located in the heart of Meskel Square, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa is within a short distance from various attractions, such as the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Jubilee Palace, and the United Nations Conference Center. Breathe in the Ethiopian air and watch as people shuffle through the bustling Meskel Square was you enjoy the fine cuisine served only at the on-site restaurant of Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa. Guests are invited to take a leisurely dip at the outdoor heated infinity pool and unwind at the spa facility. Whether you are looking to explore this fascinating city or to spend time in the warm comfort of the hotel, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa is sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby

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: Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Holy Trinity Cathedral - Ten Commandments Stain Glass
Holy Trinity Cathedral - Ten Commandments Stain Glass

Day 3: Addis Ababa - Lalibela

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

This flight travels between Addis Ababa and Lalibela, Ethiopia. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours and 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.

Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bet-Giorgis
Bet-Giorgis
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lalibela
Lalibela

Day 4: 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
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ethiopian Cross Stitched on Ancient Garment
Ethiopian Cross Stitched on Ancient Garment

Day 5: Lalibela - Addis Ababa

Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.

This flight departs Lalibela and travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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: Depart (B) (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Bole international airport - end of itinerary.

Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Coffee Ceremony
Coffee Ceremony
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.

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.

Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa

Boasting contemporary interior design and remarkable hospitality, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa welcomes guests to a relaxing getaway in Ethiopia's capital. Conveniently located in the heart of Meskel Square, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa is within a short distance from various attractions, such as the National Museum of Ethiopia, the Jubilee Palace, and the United Nations Conference Center. Breathe in the Ethiopian air and watch as people shuffle through the bustling Meskel Square was you enjoy the fine cuisine served only at the on-site restaurant of Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa. Guests are invited to take a leisurely dip at the outdoor heated infinity pool and unwind at the spa facility. Whether you are looking to explore this fascinating city or to spend time in the warm comfort of the hotel, Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa is sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dining
Dining

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.

Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel
Ethiopia Cultures Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel

Depart (B) (Int`l Airport): Addis Ababa

Depart from Bole international airport - end of itinerary.

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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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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