Ethiopia Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Ethiopian Experience - Radisson Blu

8 days
$ 638 / day
$ 5,100
From : $ 6,885
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
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  • Tour overview:With a culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years, Ethiopia is a land of religious fervor, a glorious history, vibrant celebrations and endless festivals. Add to that a range of natural beauty that includes Afro-Alpine highlands, soaring to around 14,000 feet, the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers and a Savannah teeming with game.
  • Day 1 - Arrive Addis AbabaArrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. (D)
  • Day 2 - Addis Ababa / Bahar Dar – Lake TanaFly to Bahar Dar. Drive to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the 13th-century monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, as well as Kibran Gabriel, where only men are allowed to enter. (BD)
  • Day 3 - Bahar Dar / GondarEnjoy the drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa.” Visit the castles and churches, built by King Fassiladas and his descendants. (BD)
  • Day 4 - Gondar / LalibelaFly to Lalibela. Visit the 11 medieval, monolithic cave churches and the first group of rock-hewn churches, which were built between AD 800 to 1200. (BD)
  • Day 5 - LalibelaTour the second group of rock-hewn churches. Later, visit Na’akuto La’ab, a church built in a cave, where King Na’akuto La’ab led a hermit’s life after abdicating his throne. (BD)
  • Day 6 - Lalibela / AxumFly to Axum to see the remarkable stelae or obelisks, St. Mary’s Church, the Sanctuary Chapel, the Coronation Yard, Axum Museum, Queen Sheba’s Palace, and King Kaleb’s Tomb. (BD)
  • Day 7 - Axum / Addis Ababa – City SightseeingFly to Addis Ababa. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the 3.6 million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy.” Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Entoto. Also visit St. George Cathedral and Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. (BD)
  • Day 8 - Depart Addis AbabaTransfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
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Visits:
Ethiopia, Kenya
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Incredible Ethiopia

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 265 / day
$ 3,440
From : $ 4,644
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Search for the source of the Blue Nile on a boat cruise at Lake Tana, then discover the churches and unique castles of the regal city of Gondar.
  • Trek the majestic series of undulating amethyst peaks that make up the Simien Mountains, looking out for the distinctive red-hearted gelada.
  • After learning about its deep history, relax in the beautiful streets of Aksum and watch life go by, imagining when it was once at the centre of an important trade route that stretched from Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea
  • Explore Lalibela's unique churches - astonishing constructions sculpted from huge slabs of stone - that make up one of the world's greatest historical and religious sites.
  • Meet locals for a cooking class and traditional coffee ceremony
Visits:
Axum, Gondar, Lake Tana, Lalibela, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Splendors Of Africa 18 Days

18 days
$ 692 / day
$ 12,460
From : $ 16,821
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tours Overview:From the Cape Winelands with their internationally acknowledged vintages to the Masai Mara, this wonderful itinerary offers the heart of adventure with all the wildlife spectacle and natural phenomenon that Africa has to offer. From an evening cruise on the Zambezi River to game drives in open 4WD vehicles, you will see Africa at its most awe-inspiring.
  • Day 1 - Arrive Cape TownArrive to Cape Town, where you are met and escorted to your hotel.
  • Day 2 - Cape Town - Cape WinelandsMorning cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). Enjoy the architecture of The Castle and other historic buildings. Continue to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Also visit a professional diamond cutter. This afternoon continue on to the Cape Winelands. Explore this world-renowned region and learn about the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour and tasting. Visit the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, home to one of the country's prestigious universities, as well as fine art galleries and historic architecture. (B)
  • Day 3 - Cape Town - Cape PeninsulaFull day exploring the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the False Bay coastline via Boulders Beach (penguin colony) to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Point, at the tip of the peninsula, is regarded as the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Return to Cape Town via the scenic Atlantic Coastline. (B)
  • Day 4 - Cape Town / Kruger SafariFly to the Greater Kruger Park area and enjoy your first afternoon game drive. Later, experience a delicious dinner under the starlit sky. (BLD)
  • Day 5 - Kruger SafariRoam the reserve in open 4WD vehicles in search of elephant, leopard, cheetah, kudu, giraffe, Cape buffalo, hippo and other species. Your mid morning walk is an opportunity to feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet and experience the bushveld at close quarters. (BLD)
  • Day 6 - Kruger SafariSpend a second full day game viewing in the Kruger National Park. (BLD)
  • Day 7 - Kruger Safari / JohannesburgEnjoy one last early morning game drive. Fly to Johannesburg and spend the night at a nearby resort hotel. (B)
  • Day 8 - Johannesburg / Victoria FallsUpon arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel. Later in the afternoon enjoy the sun-downer cruise on the Zambezi River. (BD)
  • Day 9 - Victoria FallsMorning guided walking tour of the falls with its vast curtain of water that is nearly a mile wide and 355 feet high. The afternoon is at leisure for optional activities such as bungee jumping, Flight of Angels and others. Tonight enjoy a festive dinner at The Boma Restaurant. (BD)
  • Day 10 - Victoria Falls / Chobe National ParkTransfer by road to the Chobe National Park, Botswana. These combined wetlands, dry woodlands and savannas are home to a huge elephant population. Enjoy a late afternoon game viewing cruise. (BLD)
  • Day 11 - Chobe National ParkTake morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4WD vehicles. At day end, return to the lodge for another spectacular sunset on the Chobe River. (BLD)
  • Day 12 - Chobe / Kasane / JohannesburgMorning transfer to nearby Kasane Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Arrive Johannesburg and spend the night at a nearby resort hotel. (B)
  • Day 13 - Johannesburg / NairobiFly to Nairobi, Kenya, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. (B)
  • Day 14 - Nairobi / Mount KenyaDrive through the fertile central highlands to our lodge on the flanks of Kenya's highest mountain and secreted deep within her largest forest reserve. Fall asleep to the symphony of the African night or sit in stillness and observe the fascinating interplay of the animals as they arrive to drink, bath and forage around the water hole. (BLD)
  • Day 15 - Mount Kenya / Ol Pejeta ConservancyToday we travel to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, home to the largest Black rhino sanctuary and hosting the Big Five. Our afternoon game drive will visit the chimpanzee sanctuary which also shelters rare and endangered species. (BLD)
  • Day 16 - Ol Pejeta / Masai Mara National ReserveFly across the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve, the highlight of any Kenyan safari. Afternoon game drive. (BLD)
  • Day 17 - Masai Mara National ReserveEnjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Masai Mara, widely considered to be Africa's greatest wildlife reserve. A balloon safari is also available (additional cost). (BLD)
  • Day 18 - Masai Mara National Reserve / Depart NairobiEnjoy one last morning game drive in Masai Mara before returning to Nairobi by air where a day room is provided. Time permitting, you have the option of visiting the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre (additional cost). Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Visits:
Zimbabwe, Ethiopia
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Ethiopian Experience - Sheraton

8 days
$ 688 / day
$ 5,500
From : $ 6,765
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Tour overview:With a culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years, Ethiopia is a land of religious fervor, a glorious history, vibrant celebrations and endless festivals. Add to that a range of natural beauty that includes Afro-Alpine highlands, soaring to around 14,000 feet, the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers and a Savannah teeming with game.
  • Day 1 - Arrive Addis AbabaArrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. (D)
  • Day 2 - Addis Ababa / Bahar Dar – Lake TanaFly to Bahar Dar. Drive to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the 13th-century monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, as well as Kibran Gabriel, where only men are allowed to enter. (BD)
  • Day 3 - Bahar Dar / GondarEnjoy the drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa.” Visit the castles and churches, built by King Fassiladas and his descendants. (BD)
  • Day 4 - Gondar / LalibelaFly to Lalibela. Visit the 11 medieval, monolithic cave churches and the first group of rock-hewn churches, which were built between AD 800 to 1200. (BD)
  • Day 5 - LalibelaTour the second group of rock-hewn churches. Later, visit Na’akuto La’ab, a church built in a cave, where King Na’akuto La’ab led a hermit’s life after abdicating his throne. (BD)
  • Day 6 - Lalibela / AxumFly to Axum to see the remarkable stelae or obelisks, St. Mary’s Church, the Sanctuary Chapel, the Coronation Yard, Axum Museum, Queen Sheba’s Palace, and King Kaleb’s Tomb. (BD)
  • Day 7 - Axum / Addis Ababa – City SightseeingFly to Addis Ababa. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the 3.6 million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy.” Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Entoto. Also visit St. George Cathedral and Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. (BD)
  • Day 8 - Depart Addis AbabaTransfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Visits:
Ethiopia, Kenya
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Ethiopian Experience - Sheraton

8 days
$ 688 / day
$ 5,500
From : $ 7,425
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tour overview:With a culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years, Ethiopia is a land of religious fervor, a glorious history, vibrant celebrations and endless festivals. Add to that a range of natural beauty that includes Afro-Alpine highlands, soaring to around 14,000 feet, the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers and a Savannah teeming with game.
  • Day 1 - Arrive Addis AbabaArrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. (D)
  • Day 2 - Addis Ababa / Bahar Dar – Lake TanaFly to Bahar Dar. Drive to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the 13th-century monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, as well as Kibran Gabriel, where only men are allowed to enter. (BD)
  • Day 3 - Bahar Dar / GondarEnjoy the drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa.” Visit the castles and churches, built by King Fassiladas and his descendants. (BD)
  • Day 4 - Gondar / LalibelaFly to Lalibela. Visit the 11 medieval, monolithic cave churches and the first group of rock-hewn churches, which were built between AD 800 to 1200. (BD)
  • Day 5 - LalibelaTour the second group of rock-hewn churches. Later, visit Na’akuto La’ab, a church built in a cave, where King Na’akuto La’ab led a hermit’s life after abdicating his throne. (BD)
  • Day 6 - Lalibela / AxumFly to Axum to see the remarkable stelae or obelisks, St. Mary’s Church, the Sanctuary Chapel, the Coronation Yard, Axum Museum, Queen Sheba’s Palace, and King Kaleb’s Tomb. (BD)
  • Day 7 - Axum / Addis Ababa – City SightseeingFly to Addis Ababa. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the 3.6 million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy.” Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Entoto. Also visit St. George Cathedral and Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. (BD)
  • Day 8 - Depart Addis AbabaTransfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Visits:
Ethiopia
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Top Ethiopia Attractions & Experiences

Top Ethiopia Experiences

    Seeing “Lucy” - one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all time - at the National Museum.

    Enjoying traditional Ethiopian cuisine, with its many idiosyncratic tastes and flavors

    Birding for rare, endemic species in the Bale Mountains National Park.

    Taking a history tour through many ancient sites and ruins.

    Coming face to face with a Gelada monkey troupe in the Simien Mountains


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164 Ethiopia Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 128
Great 32
Average 4
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.7

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Everything was well organized

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We returned from our 13-day East African Explorer trip two weeks ago. The trip fully met our expectations. Everything was well organized, accommodations and food were excellent, safari drives were great. Our driver/guide in Kenya, Gitonga (aka Anderson) was excellent and enthusiastic. Based on our experience I can confidently say we will book another trip with SITA in the near future.

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