Cultural Tours In Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the world's great crossroads, where the people and cultures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have been interacting for thousands of years. The resulting ethnic and cultural diversity has given rise to many unique and dynamic visual traditions. The country has thus been called a cultural mosaic, due to its 80 different languages and dialects and as many, if not more, cultural varieties.

The strong religious setting, celebrations, and festivals play an important part in everyone's daily life. Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. Above all, it is a country of great antiquities, cultures, and traditions stretching back 3000 years.

These cultural tours have been designed in a way to enable visitors to experience this amazing culture and history of one of the world's most ancient peoples and civilizations. Click on the links below for each tour for specific information.

    Cultural Tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and Simien Mountains — 10 Days

    Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left a mark on the land, the people, and their monuments. In this fascinating land, the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past that began as the cradle of mankind.

    This tour provides a look at the 3,000 years of Ethiopia's history including the stelaes of Axum, the temple of Yeha, the Palace of the Queen of Sheba, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, the Great Blue Nile Falls, the Simien Mountains, and last but not least, the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind and is truly a trip of a lifetime!


    Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning, you can arrange an optional city tour of Addis Ababa.

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Axum

    In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. For the rest of the day, tour of the ancient city of Axum.

    Your day’s visit in Axum includes the Stelae Field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th-centaury Christian inscription of King Ezana, the Queen of Sheba’s Palace, the Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church, where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.

    Day 3: Axum, Yeha, Debre Damo

    After breakfast, you will visit the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

    Day 4: Axum, Lalibela

    After breakfast, transfer to Axum airport for the flight to Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches, from 1200 AD.

    Day 5: Lalibela, Asheten Mariam

    In the morning, take a mule ride and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

    Day 6: Lalibela, Gondar

    After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will take a tour of Gondar.

    Your tour includes the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and the famous Debre Berhan Selassie church.

    Day 7: Excursion to Simien Mountains, Gondar

    Full-day excursion to the Simien Mountains National Park.

    Day 8: Gondar, Bahirdar

    In the morning, drive to Bahirdar and take an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries.

    Day 9: Blue Nile Falls, Bahirdar

    After breakfast, drive 35 km to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, walk around the town and visit the colorful local market.

    Day 10: Bahirdar, Addis Ababa, Departure

    In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Addis. Optional city tour depending on your departure time.

    In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours complimentary farewell dinner party (flight schedule permitting) — the perfect end to your tour. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.


    Additional Info

    • Trip Type: Historical
    • TourCode: GHET-001
    • JourneyType: Private Journey
    • TourDuration: 10 days
    • Activities/Description: This classic tour includes a mix of ancient history and culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and much more.
    Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours has been operating responsible travel activity and adventure holidays in Ethiopia for more than a decade.Travel to Ethiopia with Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours and discover amazing Ethiopia. We have a wide selection of holiday tour packages including the following: cultural tours for groups and individuals, family holiday options, varied adventure tours and travel packages, photo expeditions, trekking adventure holidays, cultural explorations in the Omo Valley, and photo tours in Ethiopia. We are the local travel specialists and the leading Ethiopian tour operator based in Addis Ababa. Contact us for your holiday in Ethiopia.
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