Historic Northern Ethiopia

Holidays in Northern Ethiopia

Northern Ethiopia is a treasure trove of historical capitals where religious customs from the Middle Ages continue to thrive in the Queen of Sheba's Axum, Lalibela with its 13th century rock-hewn churches, and Gondar, capital in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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  • Axum was the first city in Ethiopia to receive Christianity, in the 4th century, and is believed by many to be the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Elsewhere, the eleven ancient subterranean churches at Lalibela are a must see, and host some of the country's most sacred ceremonies. Gondar, with its medieval castles, is still a centre of culture and learning.
  • In this area too is Lake Tana, whose island monasteries have existed for hundreds of years. The lake is the source of the Blue Nile, which curls its way over the nearby Tissisat Falls and all the way through to the White Nile at Khartoum.

Holidays to Northern Ethiopia

Finally, we can arrange treks into the Simien Mountains, nicknamed 'God's chess set' after their weather eroded shapes, to explore the habitat of the gelada baboon.

Original Travel have repeatedly visited the north of this fascinating country and the guides that we use are well educated and will substantially enrich your whole experience in Ethiopia.


Original Highlight

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There's such a myriad of fascinating historical sites in Ethiopia - many of which stretch back to the cradle of mankind.

Amelia, Original Traveller

A note on price

A two week tour of Northern Ethiopia costs from £3,505 per person based on two travelling. It includes international and domestic flights, transport, accommodation in four star hotels, a local guide and full board throughout. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.7 inches
Flight from London

8:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +3 hrs

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