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Ethiopia – Treasures of Abyssinia: A Tapestry of Man and God

Price Starting at $8,295.00

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Ethiopia is the home of legends and monuments, both formed by the great hand of nature and erected by the genius and devotion of man. From the moment you land in Addis Ababa, you will be immersed in the wonder of the city’s mighty cathedral and brought face to face with a plaster of Lucy – our oldest ancestor and a cornerstone of modern evolutionary science. This trip will take you through the many vibrant landscapes of Ethiopia, from the Blue Nile Falls and Simien Mountains to the Danakil Depression, and will present to you the man-made wonders of the sparkling pink churches in Lalibela and the European-style castle fortress of Emperor Fasilides. Exotic plant and animal life blends into remarkable works of art and religious iconography, coming together to create an adventure unlike any other.

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Your journey begins as your board your Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa in the USA. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and escorted to your hotel. Your exploration of Addis Ababa this afternoon includes the magnificent Trinity Cathedral and the National Museum, where a plaster cast of “Lucy,” the 3.2 million-year-old Hominid, is displayed. At the Zoological National History Museum at AAU, see the wildlife attractions of Ethiopia in well-preserved specimens. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight and get your first taste of Ethiopian cuisine. SHERATON HOTEL.

(Meals Aloft, Dinner)

Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

Maximum group size: Although larger groups can be accommodated, we recommend 24 travelers.

  • Best available accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals, starting with dinner on day 2 and ending with dinner on day 14.
  • All wildlife viewing by private 4WD, minibus or coaster bus.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and with meals.
  • Specialist guide throughout.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallets.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
The climate in Ethiopia is temperate, especially in the large central plateau region, and because many of the places visited in our itinerary are on higher elevation, it tends to be cooler and more comfortable, around 70 degrees F. High season in Ethiopia is January through March when the skies are sunny and the days warm. Wildlife viewing is excellent during this time and some colorful festivals occur, like Timkat and Leddet. During the shoulder season – October through December, the country is green, the skies are sunny, and the crowds are missing, and the Blue Nile Falls are the most spectacular to view. This is an excellent time to enjoy trekking, as well. Low Season is April through September when it can be rainy, particularly in southern Ethiopia and the heat is scorching in the lowlands, but you can still visit – best to avoid July/August (long rains) when it can be very rainy. For our program, we recommend travel between October and April.