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Ethiopia - Enchanting Ethiopia - Cycling Holiday

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27 Feb. to 13 March 2021 - Join us for a spot of cycling and walking in Africa's hidden gem! Already a guaranteed departure with spaces limited.

Holiday Highlights

  • The spellbinding Simien Mountains & its Gelada Baboons
  • Beautiful biking through Ethiopia’s agricultural heartland
  • Delicious food and Ethiopian coffee stops
  • Lake Tana and The Blue Nile waterfall
  • Historic Lalibela, Axum & tales of the Queen of Sheeba
  • The climb to Abuna Yemana Guh Rock Church

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Departure for Ethiopia    
2 Arrival in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia Altitude 2355 Metres L D  
3 Lake Tana - Blue Nile Waterfall 20 Miles / 32 Kms - Altitude 1788 Metres B L D  
4 Bahi Ddar to Gondar 31 Miles / 50 Kms - Altitude 2133 Metres B L D  
5 Gondar & the Simien Mountains 37 Miles / 60 Kms - Altitude 3250 Metres B L D  
6 Sankaber - Geech 8 Miles / 13 Kms - Hiking - Altitude 3600 Metres B L D  
7 Jinbair Rift Valley 8 Miles / 13 Kms - Hiking - Altitude 2850 Metres B L D  
8 Tekeze Mountains - Axum 24 Miles / 38kms - Altitude 2131 Metres B L D  
9 City Tour of Axum Non Cycling Day - Altitude 2131 Metres B L D  
10 Axum - Gheralta Mountains 24 Miles / 38 Kms - Altitude 2105 Metres B L D  
11 Gheralta Mountains - Abuna Yemata Church 25 Miles / 40 Kms - Altitude 2254 Metres B L D  
12 Mekele - Weldiya 25 Miles / 40 Kms - Altitude 2112 Metres B L D  
13 Weldiya - Gashena - Lalibela 37 Miles / 60 Kms - Altitude 2600 Metres B L D  
14 Lalibela Non Cycling Day - Altitude 2600 Metres B L D  
15 Departure   B L D  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

Ethiopia is an ancient country whose unique cultural heritage, rich history and remarkable biodiversity are reflected in a tally of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Within its borders, you’ll find the world’s 4th holiest Islamic city along with the oldest continuously occupied town south of the Sahara.
Compelling antiquities include the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and Axum, ruined palaces and temples dating back 3,000 years, the magnificent 17th century castles of Gondar, and the oldest human fossils unearthed anywhere on the planet. Add to this the beautiful Simien Mountains with its awe inspiring views, incredible wildlife such as Gelada Baboons, Walia Ibex and the majestic Bearded Vultures and it is little wonder that Ethiopia is a must see destination for adventurous cyclists and hikers.
Following arrival into the country’s bustling capital Addis Ababa we fly up to Bahir Dar where after a visit to Ura Kidane Monastery we start our cycling with a ride to the Blue Nile Waterfall. Next stop is the former capital of Gondar, with its magnificent castle, before we head to the majestic Simien Mountains for a couple of days of simply stunning hiking.
Back on the bikes we leave the lofty heights of the Simien and wind our way through the Tekeze Mountains to Zarima before reaching Axum. There’s lots to see here and so with this in mind we spend a day exploring its numerous cultural highlights.
Our next spot of cycling sees us exploring the region of Tigra and the Gheralta Mountains. It’s here in this spaghetti-western landscape of flat dry plains and towering rock outcrops, that rust-red pinnacles soar like sandcastles above the plateaus and is where we have an incredible barefoot climb to the famous church of Abuna Yemata in Gar’Alta Hawzen.
We end the tour in style with two lovely days of cycling in Mekele and Gashena before time at the UNESCO world heritage site of Lalibela where we spend a day visiting the magnificent rock-hewn churches.
Back in Addis there just time for a final delicious spot of Ethiopian food and a cold celebratory Dashen beer at one of its most famous restaurants before connections home.

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Holiday Details

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10 nights hotel

1 night lodge accommodation

2 nights camping

13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners

8 days cycling

2 days hiking (Simien Mountains)

2 non cycling days (Axum and Lalibela)

Fully guided with vehicle support

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