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Ethiopia & Madagascar in 16 Days • 13 Nights in Destination

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A journey of discovery that takes you around Ethiopia, from unearthing medieval cave churches to meeting the people of age-old tribes, followed by encountering the tropical delights of the Nosy Mitsio islands.

Trip Highlights
Addis Ababa
Arba Minch
Bahir Dar
Nosy Be
Nosy Komba
Nosy Tanikely
All flights
All transfers.
Some meals
Departures available until
until December 2024
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Accommodation: 13 Nights

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Included activities


Included activity for day 3

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:30 Approx

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Visit the Northwestern Cluster of Churches

Explore the Northwestern Cluster of rock-hewn churches; Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.

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Included activity for day 4

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

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Visit the Southeastern Cluster of Churches

Unearth the history of Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos, and the most famous of all, Bet Giyorgis, a huge monolith in the shape of a cross.

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Included activity for day 4

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

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Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Take part in a traditional coffee ceremony with a local family. Ethiopian coffee is served up to three times. Tradition says; 1st is for pleasure, 2nd to provoke contemplation, 3rd serves as the blessing to the drinkers.

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Included activity for day 5

Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

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Gondar City Tour

Known as "the Camelot of Africa" it’s famous for its medieval castles and churches, and also known as the Imperial City of Fasilides. Discover Gondar Castle, the Fasil Pool, and Debre Birhan Trinity Church.

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Suggested activity for day 14

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

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Lokobe Reserve Excursion with Boat Transfers and Picnic Lunch

Discover nocturnal and diurnal lemurs,reptiles, endemic chameleons, tropical birds among others in this natural reserve.

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Suggested activity for day 14

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

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Nosy Iranja Excursion with Boat Transfers and Picnic Lunch

Nosy Iranja is a paradise island formed by two small islets connected by a sand bank. It offers postcard-like reflections, and hosts a variety of sea life such as turtles and whales (July-December).

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Suggested activity for day 14

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:00 Approx

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Sunset in Mont Passot

End your day by enjoying the sunset at Mont Passot. From the top of the hill, you can enjoy a 360 degree view of Nosy Be, the Indian Ocean and some of the twelve volcanic lakes of the island.

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.

  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa - Nosy Be, Nosy Be - UK/Ireland.*

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  • Internal flights: Addis Ababa - Lalibela, Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa - Arba Minch, Jinka - Addis Ababa.*

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  • 13 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.

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  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners.

  • All transfers

  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.

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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.

  • Lake Tana Boat Cruise.

  • ATOL Protection.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required)*, entrance **, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Ethiopia: online Visa before arrival is recommended and can be done through the following website: www.evisa.gov.et  Approx. price: £45.

* Madagascar: required and costs approx. £31 to be paid on arrival in cash.

** £45 Lalibela Churches entrance fee payable directly on spot.

IMPORTANT: This trip is not suitable for a person with reduced mobility due to the nature of the excursions and the terrain.
However, please note that this tour can be taken privately. There will be a private guide and a specifically designed itinerary to ensure maximum enjoyment. The excursions will be taken via alternative routes with ease of access and the pace will be dictated by the passenger.
To take part in the private tour it is required that the person with reduced mobility is accompanied by a dedicated person at all times, to assist in any necessary situations, such as getting in and out of the transport vehicle, on excursions, and so on.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter the country. E-visa or visa on arrival services are available. For more information visit: https://www.ethioembassy.org.uk/consular-services/visas/tourist-visa/
  • Currency
    Ethiopian Birr
  • Language
    Amharic is the official language in Ethiopia, although many tribal languages are spoken in the country such as Oromo and Tigrigna.
  • Electricity
    220 V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 03:00.
  • Tourist Office website

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +44 20 8068 3176 or via our contact form.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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