Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum & Lalibela
7 nights private tour from $5,200 Per person

Experience a land of fascinating contrasts on this all-encompassing journey which transports you from the rugged Simien Mountains to the famous rock churches of Lalibela and on to castles of Gondar before ending in the bustling city of Addis Ababa.

Churches Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia
At a glance
  • Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains and spot the Gelada Baboon

  • Visit Axum, the holiest city in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • Marvel at the construction of the rock churches in Lalibela

  • Take a city tour of Addis Ababa - visiting the archaeological museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the final resting place of Haile Selassie

Journey highlights
  • Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains and spot the Gelada Baboon

  • Visit Axum, the holiest city in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • Marvel at the construction of the rock churches in Lalibela

  • Take a city tour of Addis Ababa - visiting the archaeological museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the final resting place of Haile Selassie

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.


Price Guide: (Per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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October $5,700 $1,400 plan your trip
November $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
December $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
January $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
February $6,200 $1,500 plan your trip
March $5,700 $1,400 plan your trip
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  • May
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,700
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    $1,400
  • June
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,200
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    $1,300
  • July
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,200
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    $1,300
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,300
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,700
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $6,200
    Deposit from*
    $1,500
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,700
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $5,700
    Deposit from*
    $1,400
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Itinerary

Fly to Addis Ababa
Day 1-2

Tigray Region, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

Today fly to the archaeological town of Axum. Axum is the oldest and holiest city in Ethiopia and offers plenty to keep you occupied during your visit, including the stele and the Mariam Tsion Church which was said to house the Arc of the Covenant.

Accommodation: Yared Zema International Hotel ( 1 night )
Day 2-3

Gondar, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

A short flight or seven hour drive will take you further off-the-beaten-track to Gondar,  the "Camelot" of Ethiopia. A day of exploring the six Royal enclosure castles, the history and stories of this intriguing city awaits you.

Accommodation: Ghion Goha Hotel ( 1 night )
Day 3-5

Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

This itinerary really is a voyage of discovery and as you drive to Simien Mountain National Park the following day, an explorer is exactly what you will be. The magnificence of this UNESCO world heritage site provides an amazing trekking opportunity and the place to see the mighty Gelada Baboons, indigenous to these highlands.

Accommodation: Limalimo Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 5-7

Lake Tana, Ethiopia

Drive on to Lake Tana where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy stunning views of the lake and explore the island monasteries by boat.

Accommodation: Kuriftu Resort and Spa ( 2 nights )
Day 7-8

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Fly back to Addis snd enjoy a packed day of sight-seeing and a visit to see "Lucy" and the other artefacts at the Ethnographic museum, before visiting Trinity Cathedral and Menelik Palace. Enjoy your final day and night in this remarkable country.

Accommodation: Sheraton Addis ( 1 night )
Fly home from Addis Ababa
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.

Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia
Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

Plan your trip

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
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  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
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