Ethiopia Family Vacation
The Ethiopia family vacation allows you to experience an Ethiopian safari tour following an historic route to Lalibela. This has often been described as a creation of angels. The 16 days Ethiopia family vacation also goes to Gonder – city of fairytale castles. The most breathtaking and dramatic Simien Mountains is among the places that you will visit while on the Ethiopia family vacation.
On this African safari tour in Ethiopia, you will not miss Axum. It is the center of one of world’s most powerful kingdoms. This Ethiopia family holiday vacation will not be complete if you do not visit the spectacular Blue Nile Falls and island monasteries at Bahirdar.
About the 16 Day Ethiopia Family Vacation
The 16 days Ethiopia family holiday vacation features four of the eight Ethiopia world heritage sites recorded by UNESCO. This safari holiday in Ethiopia allows you to explore the dramatic ranges of Simien Mountains. This is the last refuge for remarkable primates of the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, and Red fox. This African wildlife are found nowhere else on earth.
The 16-day Ethiopia family vacation will enable you to experience the spectacular and exotic historical attractions of Ethiopia. We look forward to providing you an enjoyable trip and one of the best photographic opportunities that you will always treasure.
- Lake Tana Monasteries and Blue Nile Falls in Bahir Dar
- Royal Compound and Debre Birhan Selassie church in Gondar
- Famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
- National Museum, merkato, Entoto Mountain in Addis Ababa
- Great game drives
- Superb sun downers
- Lovely topography and landscape
- Beautiful and amazing people
16 Day Ethiopia Family Vacationi Itinerary
Day 1: Addis Ababa
Meet and greet upon arrival at Bole International Airport. Our Ethiopia safari rep will help with the arrival. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Addis Ababa. Overnight will be at Ghion Hotel which is booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Addis Ababa
Today on your 16 day Ethiopia family vacation you will have a city tour of Addis Ababa. You will enjoy a tour to Entoto Mountain. This was the capital of Ethiopia before Addis Ababa. The tour takes you to Merkato that is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market.
You will also visit the National Museum. This is home of Lucy, hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years. In the evening you’ll enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner. This comes with cultural music and dance show. Your overnight will be at Ghion Hotel. Accommodation in Addis Ababa is on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 3: Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar
Drive to Bahirdar. Visit one of Ethiopia’s most holy sites, the monastery of Debre Libanos which was founded in the 13th century. The site is beautifully set beneath a cliff on the edge of gorge and is a peaceful place to wonder. There is a good chance of seeing gelada baboon and lammergeyer along the way. Then proceed to a truly magnificent Blue Nile gorge where you will admire the expansive views over terraced slops and euphorbia studded cliffs on the opposite wall. It is the most dramatic stretches of road in Ethiopia dropping over 1000m. You will return for overnight in Bahir Dar will be at Tana Hotel.
Day 4: Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and Island Monasteries
You will have the full day on Ethiopia Family Vacation to visit Bahirdar. This is one of Ethiopia’s most attractive towns. The town is characterized by its wide avenues of palms and flamboyant trees. It makes pleasant base from which to explore the areas main sites; the Blue Nile falls and the island monasteries of Lake Tana. Have a boat excursion to Lake Tana islands and medieval monasteries of Kibran Gabriel, Mitsle Fasiledes & Tana Cherkos. The most famous is Ura Kidanemihret of the Zege peninsula with its very beautiful painted temples.. You will return for overnight in Bahir Dar will be at Tana Hotel.
Day 5: Bahir Dar – Gondar
You will begin your day with an early breakfast on this 13 day Ethiopia Kenya tour safari. This will be followed by departure from your hotel in Bahir Dar. You will be driving north to Gondar. The drive will take you through rural villages. The villages offer wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. You’ll get to interact with their traditional agricultural methods still in use today.
You are expected at your Gondar hotel before lunch time. The afternoon will be spent exploring the sites of Gondar. They include the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally you’ll visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today.
There is also the Debre Birhan Selassie church. It has the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. You’ll sleep in Gondar at the Goha Hotel. This is set on a hill overlooking the town of Gondar.
Day 6: Gondar – Simien Mountains
You will wake up to an early breakfast in Ethiopia historical safari. This is before an early morning departure to Sankober. This is in the Simien Mountains. From here you will go for an easy hike to the Geech Abyss. Here you’ll see a large waterfall as the Jinbar River plunges into the abyss. This area is also a great place for viewing the endemic gelada baboon. They are also known as the ‘bleeding heart baboon. This is because of the red patch of skin on its chest. Your night in the Simien Mountains will be at Simien Lodge.
Day 7 and 8: Simien Mountains Hike
Spend the next two days on Ethiopia family vacation with a trek to experience the beauty of the mountain. You shoudld look forward to seeing great African wildlife in Ethiopia, bird watching and camping.
Simien Mountains National Park has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. One of the principal mountain ranges of Africa, there are a number of peaks rising above 4000m including Ras Dashen. As a 1925 traveler Rosita Forbes in 1925 described them as ‘The most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes’.
Among the most beautiful mountain ranges in Africa they will give you a taste of Ethiopia’s remarkable wildlife, including the beautiful walia ibex, gelada baboons and Ethiopian wolves. You will spend your nights cam[ping as you hike the mountain while on this African family holiday vacation in Ethiopia.
Day 9: Simien Mountains – Axum
You will wake up to tour breakfast in Simien Lodge. Your Ethiopia family vacation then departs north for Axum. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Simien Mountains as you drive away. You’ll have a stop for lunch in Adi Arkay. The drive then proceeds through the dramatic Tekeze Valley. This place offers some of the best landscapes in the country. Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire. It is also the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant. Your overnight in Axum will be at Africa Hotel.
Day 10: Axum
Today your Ethiopia family vacation has a full day visiting the sites of Axum. This includes the famous obelisks. One was recently erected after being returned from Italy. There is the archeological museum and the Queen of Sheba’s Bath. The latter supplies water to Axum year-round. You’ll also visit Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb and King Bazen’s tomb. You cannot finish the royalty visit without the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. In Axum you can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church. This is where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. It is only men who are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. This is a preserve one specially chosen guardian monk. Your overnight will be at in Axum at Africa Hotel.
Day 11: Axum – Mekele
After breakfast you’ll drive to Mekele. Journey to a little visited but peaceful and astonishing spot ‘Yeha’ which is Ethiopia’s first known capital and considered the birth place of the country’s earliest civilization. Its ruins are impressive for their sheer age, dating from around the 5th century BC. Also the monastery of Debre Damo which is the first monastery in Ethiopia dates back to Aksumite times. It boasts the oldest standing church in the countr.. The Ethiopia family vacation safari then proceeds to Mekele for overnight at Hilltop Hotel.
Day 12: Mekele – Lalibela
You’ll spend the full day of Ethiopia family vacation in Lalibela. The morning will be spent on a trip to the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. It is the most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela. This church is built with layers of wood and granite. It is set in the entrance to a large cavern. Your Ethiopia historical safari will return to Lalibela for lunch break. You’ll have the afternoon visiting the Southeastern Cluster of churches. They include Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. You cannot finalize Ethiopia family holiday vacation without visiting Bet Giyorgis. It is the most famous Ethiopian church. It was constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight will be in Lalibela Lal Hotel.
Day 13: Lalibela
You’ll start the day on Ethiopia family vacation with an early breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to the airport. Enjoy the morning flight onto Lalibela. This is the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites.
After lunch, begin to explore the 11 rock-hewn churches of the remarkable king Lalibela. You’ll first visit the Northwestern Cluster of churches. They are Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam and Bet Meskel. You also have Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha.
Entry is not permitted for women at Bet Golgotha. Your overnight in Lalibela will be at Alief Paradise Hotel.
Day 14: Lalibela – Kombolcha
Your Ethiopia family vacation will begin with breakfast. This is before you visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab. The monastery is set on the side of a cliff. After the visit you’ll proceed to Kombolcha via Woldia. On the way you will stop for a rest in Hayk. Here you can enjoy the views of this stunning lake. You can visit the local monastery that is open for men only and enjoy the birdlife. Your overnight in Kombolcha will be at Sunnyside Hotel.
Day 15: Kombolcha – Addis Ababa
This day on Ethiopia family vacation will begin with an early breakfast. This will be followed by departure to the capital Addis Ababa. The drive takes you through the Mezezo Escarpment. You have a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. If this falls on a Sunday, a stop at Senbete will be important. Here you’ll visit the lively market including the interesting camel market. Upon arrival, Transfer to Ghion Hotel where you are booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 15: Departure
You will have the morning of your Ethiopia family vacation at leisure. this is before you are transfered to the Bole International Airport in time for your departure flight
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16 day Ethiopia Family Vacation Costs:
What is included in the cost of 16 day Ethiopia Family Holiday Vacation?
- Vehicle hire in 4WD or minibus
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Driver’s allowance (for his food & accommodation)
- Fuel and road insurance
- Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar quality, based on availability), double or twin share including breakfast
- Entrance fees to all locations including local guide service and boat trip on Lake Tana
16 day Ethiopia Family Vacation Price excludes:
- Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa
- Lunch, dinner and beverages, including all alcoholic beverages
- Camera and/or photo fees
- Tips for driver, guides, priests, etc (at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature
What to Carry on the 16 day Ethiopia Family Vacation
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat