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ETHIOPIA Ethiopia: An Antique Land 12 nights from £2799 Including optional travel insurance or from £2728 without insurance§ Unravel the timeless mysteries of Ethiopia on this enthralling tour that explores the unique cultural heritage, ancient ruins and unrivalled natural beauty of this warm and friendly country that must be seen to be believed. Lalibela's rock-hewn churches ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Addis Ababa. Fly overnight to Addis Ababa. Day 2: Addis Ababa. Before checking in to your hotel for a two-night stay, enjoy an afternoon tour of Ethiopia's capital. You'll visit Holy Trinity Cathedral and the National Museum, home to the famous three-millionyear-old skeleton known as 'Lucy'. L, D Day 3: The Blue Nile Gorge area. Spectacular scenery awaits on an included visit to the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge area. En route you'll visit the ancient monastery of Debre Libanos. B, L, D Day 4: Bahir Dar. Take a morning flight to the lakeside city of Bahir Dar where an afternoon tour reveals a colourful market with stalls selling coffee beans, local handicrafts and fragrant spices. Stay two nights at your hotel B, L, D Day 5: Bahir Dar. This morning you'll discover the Blue Nile Falls, nicknamed 'smoking water', on an included excursion. Later you have the chance to explore some of the local villages on an excursion or perhaps relax beside the lake. B, L, D Day 6: Gondar. Take a morning boat cruise on Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, looking out for a variety of birdlife. You'll leave from Bahir Dar and visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam. After lunch at Bahir Dar, drive to Gondar for a three-night hotel stay, visiting local villages en route. B, L, D Day 7: Gondar. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour of Gondar and the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi, where ancient palaces, churches and monasteries are encircled by a vast, crumbling wall. B, L, D Day 8: Simien Mountains. Today an included full-day excursion visits the spectacular UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains National Park, where you may be lucky enough to spot the extremely rare Gelada baboon and Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else on earth! B, L, D Day 9: Axum. Fly to Axum, where an included tour reveals the 20th-century Church of St Mary of Zion and the 17th-century church of the same name, next door to which is the chapel that supposedly houses the Ark of the Covenant. Later explore the Stelae Field with its huge granite obelisks before heading to your hotel for an overnight stay. B, L, D Day 10: Lalibela. Fly to Lalibela for a two-night hotel stay. An included afternoon tour visits one of Africa's most important religious and historic sites, the medieval rock-hewn churches of Lalibela including the cross-shaped church of Bete Giyorgis (St George). B, L, D Day 11: Lalibela. Today you visit more of Lalibela's monolithic cave churches. This afternoon you'll experience traditional Ethiopian hospitality and cuisine during an included visit to a guest house. B, L, D Day 12: Addis Ababa. This morning, fly back to the capital for an overnight stay. Explore the vibrant open-air market of Merkato, one of the largest in Africa then spend the rest of the day at leisure. B, L, D Day 13: Addis Ababa-UK. Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B Accommodation... Capital Hotel and Spa (5*) or Golden Tulip (4*), Addis Ababa · Avanti Blue Nile Resort (4*) or the Kuriftu Resort and Spa (4*), Bahir Dar · Goha Hotel (4*) or Mayleko Lodge (4*), Gondar · Sabean Hotel (4*) or Yared Zema Hotel (4*), Axum · Maribela Hotel (3*) or at the Mountain View Hotel (2*), Lalibela · Capital Hotel and Spa (5*) or Golden Tulip (4*). Axum Gondar Lake Tana Simien Mountains Lalibela Blue Nile Falls Debre Libanos Addis Ababa Bale Mountains Bahir Dar Ethiopia nights in hotel Rift Valley 140 To book, please visit your Travel Agent