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Ethiopia: Timkat Festival Tour

We are proud to be able to offer this unique itinerary that gives a rare opportunity to share in the annual Timkat ceremonies in the company of village communities. Timkat is the most important festival in the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar and is a wonderful time to visit this endlessly surprising country. Working closely with TESFA (Tourism in Ethiopia for Sustainable Future Alternatives), an NGO founded by Wild Frontiers ex-tour leader, Mark Chapman, we will celebrate Timkat in the central highlands, experiencing the hospitality & friendliness of the Ethiopian people - you will seldom find a more attractive and fun-loving people anywhere on earth.

We also visit all the better known (and some lesser known) destinations in Ethiopia from the staggering 12th Century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the 17th century castles of Gonder and the 3,000 year-old stelae of Axum. Add in the stunning Simien Mountains and some remote monasteries in Tigray and what you have is a very special trip to one of our favourite countries. Come prepared to be amazed!

Highlights:

  • Celebrating Timkat with village communities
  • Exploring the rarely visited Tigray region
  • Travelling through the Ethiopian countryside by 4WD
  • UNESCO sites of Lalibela, Gonder & Axum
  • Stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains


Tour Includes:
  • Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 14 breakfasts, 15 lunches & 15 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • Drinking water throughout
  • All transport ( 4WD's & Minibuses)
  • 14 nights' accommodation (8 in Hotels, 3 in Lodges & 3 in Tukul Huts)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)


ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

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Tour Details


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Departure: 14th January 2018

Tour Status: Available

Duration: 14 Days

Land only price: £3,665 -

Optional Single Supplement: £410

Max Group Size: 12

Wild Miles: 7318 -


What's Included:
Tours are generally on a full board basis with no local payments, hidden extras or compulsory single supplements

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Nigel

Wear slip on shoes - you're not allowed to wear them in the churches so you'll be taking them off a lot.

Jonny
Jonny

When visiting the Simien Mountains, take binoculars - they're great for spotting Ibex and Gelada baboons.

Lulu
Lulu

The cuisine of Ethiopia is underrated, but the coffee as most people know is out of this world.

Peter

Limalimo Lodge is a wonderful property in the Simien Mountains with outstanding views.

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