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Ethiopia’s Historic & Natural Wonders

Tigray, Axum, Gondar, Simien Mountains & Bahir Dar

Best time to travel
Oct – Jun
Best time to travel
12 nights
Perfect for
Couples
From (incl flights)
€9,499 pp

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa.
  • All private transfers and domestic flights.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in Addis Ababa, Tigray, Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park and Bahir Dar.
  • Historical and cultural tours including an Addis Ababa city tour, explorations of Lalibela and Axum and visits to the rock-hewn churches of Tigray, Hawzien and Tsada.
  • Guided excursion in Simien National Park as well as a Blue Nile Falls tour and a visit to Lake Tana.
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Introduction

An intensive exploration of Northern Ethiopia, set out on a guided journey to its historic churches, sprawling national parks and the Blue Nile Falls. From the rock-hewn churches of Tigray to the ancient relics of Axum, this suggested itinerary is perfect for those looking for a culture-rich holiday. To ensure the perfect balance of experiences, we’ve also arranged nature tours and wildlife explorations throughout your stay.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin the Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

On arrival, your private driver will transfer you to your hotel for your two-night stay. We’ve arranged a visit to Mount Entoto as well as privately guided city tour to introduce you to the capital’s highlights.

Depart for Mekelle and transfer to Hawzien, a town in the Gheralta Mountains.

Spend two nights in a mountain lodge and set out on a guided tour of the three ancient rock churches of Hawzien, including Ethiopia’s most historic church, the 8th-century Madhane Alem Adi Kesho.

Visit Madhane Alem Cathedral during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Transfer to Axum, home to ancient relics from the former kingdom.

Spend one night exploring Axum’s impressive sites like the pre-Azumite temple of Yeha, Mountains of Adwa and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.

Explore historic Axum during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Depart for the town of Lalibela, known for its distinctive 12th-century monolithic churches.

Spend two nights in a countryside lodge and visit the impressive churches that surround. The rock-carved church of Bet Giyorgis is possibly the most impressive of all and is only reachable through a tunnel.

Visit Bet Giyorgis church in Lalibela during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Fly to Gondar, a city known for the imposing Fasil Ghebbi Fortress.

Spend the night in the former citadel of the Ethiopian emperors, exploring the dozens of castles that date back hundreds of years. A highlight includes the magnificent murals of the Debre Birhan Selassie Church.

Visit Gondar Fortress during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Take a scenic transfer to the Simien Mountains National Park.

Take a scenic transfer to the Simien Mountains National Park.

Spot Gelada baboon in Simien National Park during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Transfer to Bahir Dar, where you’ll spend two nights on the shores of Lake Tana.

During your stay, we’ll take you on a guided boat tour on Lake Tana, visiting the island monasteries of the lake. In the afternoon, stop off at a local market to admire locally produced handwoven capes and scarves.

Enjoy a guided boat tour on Lake Tana during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Experience the Blue Nile Falls, known fondly as the “Great Smoke”.

No journey to Bahir Dar is complete without experiencing the thundering falls of the Blue Nile River. With your guide, watch the water plummet at great speed, forming clouds and magnificent rainbows.

Experience the Blue Nile Falls during your luxury Ethiopian holiday
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Kuriftu Resort & Spa

Kuriftu Resort & Spa

Kuriftu’s Resort & Spa occupies a prime location along the shores of Bahir Dar’s Lake Tana. The property is set within a traditional lodge building, decorated with wooden interiors and classic African-style furnishings.

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Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Sheraton Addis, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Sheraton Addis offers luxury accommodation in Addis Ababa. Grand exteriors feature elegant interiors with classic furnishings and opulent embellishments like grand chandeliers and indoor water features.

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Korkor Lodge

Korkor Lodge

Korkor Lodge is situated in the heart of Tigray, offering fantastic views over the arid plains and mountains of the region. The sustainable property offers a variety of excursions with experienced guides.

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Mezena Lodge

Mezena Lodge

Mezena Lodge is a traditional property situated in the town of Lalibela. It is set in a countryside estate and lies within a classic lodge-style building with panoramic views over the arid landscape.

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Limalimo Lodge

Limalimo Lodge

Limalimo Lodge occupies a prime position in the Simien Mountains National Park. A sustainable eco-lodge, it features minimalist interiors which feature wooden fixtures and Scandinavian-style furnishings.

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Gondar Hills Resort

Gondar Hills Resort

Gondar Hills is one of the most recent additions to the town of Gondar. The luxury resort sits high on a hilltop, promising excellent views over the mountains and surrounding medieval castles.

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Atranos Fantasy Hotel & Spa

Atranos Fantasy Hotel & Spa

Atranos is a traditional hotel situated in the city of Aksum. Interiors are furnished in a classic Ethiopian style. Within the hotel grounds, guests will find a relaxation area as well as a garden pool.

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What people are saying

We recently travelled to Paros, Naxos and Mykonos for our honeymoon and OROKO seemed like a perfect fit for what we were looking for. Everything from the planning stages all the way to the actual trip was executed perfectly. The OROKO team were extremely friendly, and their advice and expertise helped us create and plan the most unforgettable honeymoon!

James & Sam – Honeymoon, July 2019

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