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Ethiopia - Enchanting Ethiopia - Cycling Holiday

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17-31 October - Last few spaces on this biking and hiking departure for Ethiopia. Don't leave it too late now!!

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   L D  
3 Lake Tana - Blue Nile Waterfall 20 Miles / 32 Kms B L D  
4 Bahi Ddar to Gondar 31 Miles / 50 Kms B L D  
5 Gondar & the Simien Mountains 37 Miles / 60 Kms B L D  
6 Sankaber - Geech 8 Miles / 13 Kms - Hiking B L D  
7 Jinbair Rift Valley 8 Miles / 13 Kms - Hiking B L D  
8 Tekeze Mountains - Axum 24 Miles / 38kms B L D  
9 City Tour of Axum Non Cycling Day B L D  
10 Axum - Gheralta Mountains 24 Miles / 38 Kms B L D  
11 Gheralta Mountains - Abuna Yemata Church 25 Miles / 40 Kms B L D  
12 Mekele - Weldiya 25 Miles / 40 Kms B L D  
13 Weldiya - Gashena - Lalibela 37 Miles / 60 Kms. B L D  
14 Lalibela Non Cycling Day 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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Trip 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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Trip Summary

Duration:
15 days
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$195
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Single Room Supplement:
$365
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Trip Details

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10 nights hotel

1 night lodge accommodation

2 nights camping

13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 13 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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