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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
    • 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 Bahir Dar
    Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar [1 hr] - Escorted
    • Private Tour - Sightseeing and Boat Trip - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Bahir Dar to Gondar
    Bahir Dar to Gondar
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Private Transfer - Bahir Dar - Gondar [3 hours] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Gondar to Lalibela
    Gondar to Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Gondar - Lalibela [30 mins] - Escorted
    • Private Tour - Underground Cathedrals - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Lalibela
    Lalibela
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Private Tour - Nakuto Leabe Monastery - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Lalibela to Axum
    Lalibela to Axum
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Lalibela - Axum [30 mins] - Escorted
    • Private Tour - City Sightseeing - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Axum to Addis Ababa
    Axum to Addis Ababa
    • National Guide - National Guide
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide
    • Air - Axum - Addis Ababa [1 hr] - Escorted
    • Evening 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: 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 Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia Signature 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 Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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

Abay Minch Lodge Hotel, Ethiopia is located in the heart of Bahir Dar, a city that is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Tana, the mighty Blue Nile River and the wonders of Simien Mountains. Abay Minch Lodge is the perfect place to start your adventurous journey in Ethiopia. The lodge is built on a ground that is rich with nature, abundant vegetation and general exotic feel. It is also a place where you can breathe the fresh air that flows from the various species of trees all around the compound and hear the melodious sound of birds. There is no better place for you start your adventure than Abay Minch Lodge in heart of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

 

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blue Nile Falls
Blue Nile Falls
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar

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.

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fasilidas Castle
Fasilidas Castle
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ethiopian Countryside
Ethiopian Countryside

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.

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

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
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 is a three star hotel located in the outskirts of the city of Axum on the historic route. The guest rooms provide  the perfect balance of comfort and luxury that you need. Yeha Hotel is one of the few standard hotels and number one choice of tourists from hotels available in this ancient and historic city.

 

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Handwritten and Painted Book in the Ge'ez language
Handwritten and Painted Book in the Ge'ez language
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Axum
Axum

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: Depart (B) (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Bole international airport - end of itinerary.

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

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 Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lobby
Lobby
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dining
Dining

Abay Minch Lodge: Bahir Dar

Abay Minch Lodge Hotel, Ethiopia is located in the heart of Bahir Dar, a city that is surrounded by the beautiful Lake Tana, the mighty Blue Nile River and the wonders of Simien Mountains. Abay Minch Lodge is the perfect place to start your adventurous journey in Ethiopia. The lodge is built on a ground that is rich with nature, abundant vegetation and general exotic feel. It is also a place where you can breathe the fresh air that flows from the various species of trees all around the compound and hear the melodious sound of birds. There is no better place for you start your adventure than Abay Minch Lodge in heart of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

 

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Abay Minch Lodge
Abay Minch Lodge

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.

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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.

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel
Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Roha Hotel
Roha Hotel

Yeha Hotel: Axum

The Yeha Hotel is a three star hotel located in the outskirts of the city of Axum on the historic route. The guest rooms provide  the perfect balance of comfort and luxury that you need. Yeha Hotel is one of the few standard hotels and number one choice of tourists from hotels available in this ancient and historic city.

 

Ethiopia Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Yeha Hotel
Yeha 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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    This was the trip of a lifetime. I would not have gotten as much out of the trip if it were not for Evan, Kensington’s accommodations, and the guides! I had an amazing time on Safari, at Victoria Falls, and in Cape Town. I can’t remember all of the names of my guides but they were all knowledgeable and passionate not only about their respective countries, but passionate about their field. I felt safe and received the best education from all of them which is one of the main goals of my trips. Thank you Kensington!

  • Norah G. — September 05, 2018 — Africa

    I thought the tour was so well planned, the accommodations were amazing, and the guides were so knowledgeable. I just want to go back!

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    Zo, my guide in Madagascar was not only friendly and prompt, but also incredibly accommodating to do everything I wanted during my stay! It was another amazing trip to this beautiful island

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    Both of my guides were absolutely friendly and knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. May-Asi was my Tanzania guide and George Aburuki was my Kenya guide. This two fellas were the best!

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    Our guide Youssef was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Morocco. Everything went smoothly and he executed the plan with expertise. My husband and I were very pleased with the itinerary, the accommodations that had to be made to it, and the surprises that Youssef made happen. He added a personal touch that was above and beyond. Our driver Mohamed is the consummate professional - way beyond expectations.

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    Amanda was amazing. From Day 1 I felt I was speaking with someone who was well experienced and informed about planning an African Safari experience. She kept my budget in mind without comprising on the experience. Everything exceeded my expectations. She made it a lifetime memory and for the reason we shall return to Africa once again with the support of Kensington Tours. In today's complex world of travel, so much can go wrong but everything went seamlessly. Well done!

  • Susan T. — August 11, 2018 — Africa

    We had a wonderful safari experience and would highly recommend Kensington Tours! The highlight of our trip was our tour guide, Sam. He was highly professional and extremely knowledgeable! His guidance, friendship and professionalism allowed us to completely relax and to learn about incredible Tanzania and its beautiful wildlife and fascinating history. We could not have asked for a better guide!

  • Mark J. — September 13, 2018 — Africa

    The tour guides in Maasai Mara were outstanding!

  • Eric P. — September 11, 2018 — Africa

    One of our best trips ever! We had a phenomenal time and everything went off without a hitch.

  • Stephen B. — August 16, 2018 — Africa

    The trip was spectacular. We managed to view more than 150 animals and birds. Each location was different - guide, accommodation, scenery and food. They were all our favorites but I would make special mention of Zelda North, our guide (and now friend) in South Africa. I recommend that anyone traveling to South Africa, Cape Town, in particular, make certain to request Zelda for your guide. She is just awesome and personalized our visit in a way that was perfectly suited to our particular likes and needs.

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