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 North and East — 13 Days

    Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past that has left its 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.

    Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians/Africans as you visit the unmatched sites of the Historic Route of Ethiopia North and East — Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of the Queen of Sheba, and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Cruise along Lake Tana, visit the source of the Great Blue Nile River, explore the walled city of Harar, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains "the chess pieces of gods", see the Gelada "Bleeding Heart" Baboon, and much more. 


    Day 1: Addis Ababa

    Arrive in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, we will take a city tour of Addis Ababa that includes the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Mercato.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 2: Addis Ababa, Axum

    In the morning, we fly to Axum. For the rest of the day, we vist the ancient city of Axum.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 3: Axum, Yeha

    After breakfast, we drive out of town to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha. In the afternoon, we will walk around to explore the ancient city of Axun and interact with the local people.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 4: Axum, Lalibela

    Today we fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 5: Asheten Mariam, Lalibela

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

    Overnight: Lodge

    Day 6: Lalibela, Gondar

    After breakfast, we transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. For the rest of the day, we tour the imperial compound of Gondar and Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 7: Excursion to Simien Mountains, Gondar

    Today we have a full-day excursion to the amazing Simien Mountains National Park.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 8: Gondar, Bahirdar

    In the morning, we drive to Bahirdar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera and Gojam to arrive at Bahirdar around lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 9: Blue Nile Falls, Bahirdar

    After breakfast, we drive 35 km to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 10: Bahirdar, Addis Ababa

    In the morning, we walk around the city. In the afternoon, we will fly back to Addis Ababa.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 11: Addis Ababa, Diredawa, Harar

    In the morning, we fly to Diredawa and continue driving to Harar. For the rest of the day, we will visit the ancient city.

    Day 12: Harar

    In the morning, we visit the colorful open-air African markets and walk around the ancient city. After lunch, we visit the Hadere villages.

    Overnight: Hotel

    Day 13: Harar, Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, we will drive to Diredawa for the flight to Addis Ababa. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner party with a live traditional music show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.


    Additional Info

    • Trip Type: Cultural Tour
    • TourCode: GHET-013
    • JourneyType: Private Journey
    • TourDuration: 13 days
    • Activities/Description: You will be blown away by the history and diversity of Ethiopia! Highlights of this tour include ancient historical and cultural sites, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and much more.
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