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ETHIOPIA Cultural Ethiopia 12 nights from £3649 Including optional travel insurance or from £3578 without insurance§ Join a small group of solo travellers on this fascinating 12-night escorted tour holiday, uncovering the timeless mysteries of Ethiopia. Explore Ethiopia's unique cultural heritage, breathtaking natural beauty and ancient ruins including four UNESCO-protected sites in the company of your tour manager, who will also act as your solos host during your holiday. Small group 15 or less Your tour includes · VIP door-to-door travel service ­ see page 92-94 · 11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight · 33 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners All our Solo tours include... Fast track security and airport lounge UK Welcome drink and dinner Drinks party Farewell dinner Meet and greet at the airport Social activities l l l l l l Lalibela's rock-hewn churches Axum Gondar Lake Tana Simien Mountains Lalibela Blue Nile Falls Debre Libanos Addis Ababa Bale Mountains Bahir Dar Excursions and visits City tour of Addis Ababa The Blue Nile Gorge area Tour of Bahir Dar Boat trip on Lake Tana Gondar and Fasil Ghebbi Simien Mountains National Park Tour Axum and its Stelae Field The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela Visit a local guest house in Lalibela Addis Ababa market l l l l l l l l l l Ethiopia nights in hotel Rift Valley `Timkat', the Orthodox Epiphany Plus all this... Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Return flights and transfers Saga tour manager Porterage at all hotels. l l l l 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. Enjoy a welcome drink and welcome dinner ­ the perfect opportunities to get to know your fellow solo travellers. 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, 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 you stay for two nights. An afternoon tour reveals a colourful market. B, L, D Day 5: Bahir Dar. This morning, discover the Blue Nile Falls, nicknamed 'smoking water'. Later you have the chance to explore some local villages on an excursion or just relax. 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, then visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam. After lunch drive to Gondar for a three-night hotel stay, visiting local villages en route. B, L, D Day 7: Gondar. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Gondar and the fortress-city of Fasil Ghebbi. B, L, D Day 8: Simien Mountains. Visit the spectacular UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains National Park ­ you might even 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. A 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 your overnight hotel stay. B, L, D Day 10: Lalibela. Fly to Lalibela for a two-night stay. Tour 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. Visit more of Lalibela's monolithic cave churches, then experience traditional Ethiopian hospitality during a visit to a guest house. B, L, D Day 12: Addis Ababa. Fly back to the capital for an overnight stay. Explore the vibrant open-air market of Merkato, one of the largest in Africa, with the rest of the day free. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. 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*). Please note: At most of the sites visited ­ and around some accommodation ­ the ground is generally rocky and uneven, and there will be a few challenging walks. Tourism in Ethiopia is still in its infancy and accommodation outside of Addis Ababa is comfortable but can be fairly basic. Prices from: Feb 5, 2020 3749 Mar 4 3649 Oct 14 3649 Cultural Ethiopia. Holiday code: AF746. All prices are £s per person, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. § Optional travel insurance: A reduction of £71 applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights ­ see page 92-94 for details. You can extend your holiday in The Rift Valley and Bale Mountains. Getting You There Prices are based on Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow. Please enquire for regional flights and alternative airline options. · Fly in style ­ ask about our great value cabin upgrades · Remember, wherever you are in the UK, our VIP travel service means we will get you to the airport for no extra cost! To book, please visit your Travel Agent 39