Ethiopia: Cradle of Civilization

May 21 – Jun. 4, 2021

Tour Details

Number of days: 
15
Cost: 
$6,497 [including air from SFO]
Activity Level: 
Level 3
Max Passengers: 
16
Tour Brochure 
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Tour Description 


  • Encounter the abundant historical, natural, and cultural heritage of northern Ethiopia, with visits to multiple UNESCO sites.
  • Explore the exciting, diverse capital city of Addis Ababa, a melding of old and new.
  • Tour the National Museum of Ethiopia, home to the remains of the 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of the hominid Lucy.
  • Meet Weyto people – a local ethnic group who live along the shores of Lake Tana – in their village, and learn about their tankwa reed boats.
  • Take a boat trip on the lake to the Zege Peninsula, known for its round, grass-roofed churches with magnificent murals.
  • Admire items, including jewelry, woven and embroidered garments, ox-horn drinking vessels, and grass baskets (a local specialty), in Bahir Dar’s handcraft market.
  • Hike up to the fabled Blue Nile Falls, one of Ethiopia’s most popular sights.
  • In Gondar, explore the ruins of the 17th-century castle complex of Fasil Ghebbi, a UNESCO site.
  • Ascend to the stunning Ethiopian Highlands for a two-night stay in the exotic Simien Mountains National Park.
  • Spend a full day traversing this incredible natural setting, a UNESCO site and home to rare and endemic wildlife.
  • See the remains of the Kingdom of Axum, including the massive Obelisk of Axum, at various UNESCO archaeological sites in the holy city of Axum, the kingdom’s former capital.
  • Visit Lalibela’s 11 incredible rock-hewn churches, carved out of living rock between the 7th to 13th centuries.
  • Marvel at Asheton Maryam monastery, carved into the face of a mountain some 13,000 feet above Lalibela, and the remarkable cave church of Yemrehanna Kristos.
  • Encounter the fascinating tribes of southern Ethiopia, along with the wildlife of two national parks, on a 6-day/5-night post-tour extension.

  • Elimination of Penalty on Tour Deposits (2021) As a final initiative, Odysseys Unlimited has decided to waive the $200 per person penalty associated with tour deposits. Effective immediately, each guest’s $500 per person deposit will be fully refundable up until the final payment due date: 95 days prior to tour departure.
  • COVID-19 Protocol Update

Itinerary 

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Day 2: Arrive Addis Ababa

Day 3: Addis Ababa

Day 4: Addis Ababa/Bahir Dar 

Day 5: Bahir Dar 

Day 6: Bahir Dar/Gondar

Day 7: Gondar/Simien Mountains National Park 

Day 8: Simien Mountains National Park  

Day 9: Simien Mountains/Axum

Day 10: Axum

Day 11: Axum/Lalibela 

Day 12: Lalibela 

Day 13: Lalibela/Addis Ababa 

Day 14: Addis Ababa/Depart for U.S.

Day 15: Arrive U.S.