Classic Ethiopia - the Northern Historic Route

16 days
FROM £ 4095
Countries Visited: Ethiopia

Classic Ethiopia - the Northern Historic Route

A private safari with your own guides and vehicles, with flights to reduce travel times in key places. You visit all the main highlights of the Northern Circuit which include the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana Lalibela, the Simien Mountains and Aksum.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1-2

Addis Ababa
On arrival after completing immigration, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the Capital Hotel & Spa for your two night stay. Lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure with dinner at the Hotel. The next morning you will met by your private guide and private vehicle and take a full day guided city tour of Addis Ababa with lunch included. The tour encompasses visits to The National Museum, The Ethnological Museum, Trinity Cathedral and the Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa. Arrive back at the Capital Hotel in the afternoon then relax at leisure.


Lake Tana
This morning you will fly to Bahir Dar. In the Arrivals Hall you will meet your driver who will assist you to the vehicle. Drive to the Kuriftu Resort and Spa, set on the shores of Lake Tana, where you will check in and freshen up then drive to the jetty and take a boat trip on Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest body of water (3,600 square kilometres). You will visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam which are found on the largest peninsular of the Lake. In the afternoon, drive to the town of Tiss Abay and walk about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The Falls plunge 45 metres into the River Nile below, giving rise to stream clouds, ‘smoke for fire’, which is known locally as ‘Tiss Issat’. Back to the Kuriftu Resort where you will have time to relax before dinner and overnight stay.


After breakfast, depart from Lake Tana and take a step back in time whilst driving through the fascinating countryside of beautiful landscape and people to Gondar. Arrive at the Taye Hotel, check in and enjoy lunch. After lunch, afternoon tour of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage site). Visit the Bath of Emperor Fasilidas, the Church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century), the Church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings, and the residence of Empress Mintewab. Back to the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before dinner and overnight stay
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  • Domestic flights and departure taxes
  • Accommodation and board basis as specified
  • All detailed transfers
  • Private tour with guide
  • Services of our office in Ethiopia and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, gratuities & laundry, increase in fuel surcharge and government taxes after confirmation, any items of a personal nature
visas & visa fees

Price Guide

  • Per person sharing: from £4,250 (low season)
  • This trip is available all year round
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation and transfers/car hire as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

International Flights   We are ATOL bonded and can easily arrange international flights for you as required. Please contact us so we can provide an accurate tailor-made costing based on your travel dates, availability, cabin/route/airline preferences and special offers.

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