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Taking part in a traditional coffee ceremony
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Marvel at rock-cut churches 'made by angels'
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Experience the dramatic scenery of the highlands
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Enjoy informal presentations by Ethiopian experts

Ethiopia: Revealing the Country's Fascinating Core

Apr 18-30, 2020

13 days | Ethiopia | Cultural Explorations

Visit a hidden land of magnificent landscapes, tangible history, and welcoming people. This trip uncovers a fantastic range of magnificent sites that trace the story of one of Africa’s most fascinating countries.

Travel to the remote Tigrai region with its stunning scenery of jagged mountains and gorgeous gorges. Here churches dating from as early as the 10th century are carved from cliff faces and constructed on top of seemingly inaccessible perches. See the giant 2000-year-old obelisks of Aksum, relics of one of Antiquity’s most mysterious civilizations. Visit the Camelot of Africa at Gondar and travel by boat on Lake Tana to admire its centuries-old monasteries. Among the treasures of the natural world are the Blue Nile Falls and the lush Simien Mountains, home to the striking Gelada Baboons.

Experienced Ethiopian guides will smooth your way, taking the bumps out of adventurous travel and revealing the country’s fascinating core. I invite you to join an intrepid group of Canadian university alumni and friends and renowned Ethiopia scholar Michael Gervers on this very special tour.
Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5895
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants
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What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar; all meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners); airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; all ground transportation by private vehicle; four internal flights (Addis/Mekele, Axum/Lalibela, Lalibela/Gondar, Gondar/Addis); excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; all taxes; all Gratuities; fully escorted by study leader Professor Michael Gervers and our Ethiopian tour director.

"You must try their fresh layered juice called spris!"

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive Addis Ababa
2Visit museums, meet the 3.2-million-year-old Lucy
3Fly to Mekele, drive to Gheralta
4Gheralta's outstanding rock-hewn churches
5Drive to Axum, see the 2500-year-old Axumite Temple of the Moon
6Stelae Park, the site of pre-Christian and Christian-era giant obelisks
7Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela
8Visit the well-preserved12th-century royal church where Michael Gervers is conducting research
9A short flight takes us to Gondar, the ‘Camelot of Africa’
10Excursion to the Simien Mountains to see the Gelada Baboons
11Gondar Castles, Lake Tana
12Drive along the shores of Lake Tana to the picturesque town of Bahir Dar
13Take a private boat to visit monasteries hidden on Lake Tana’s islands
14Fly to Addis Ababa and depart
Optional Extension: Tribes and Treasures of the Omo Valley
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Your Tour Leader

Michael Gervers is a medieval historian who has taught at the University of Toronto for the past 40 years. He has travelled and researched extensively throughout Ethiopia and is particularly familiar with the sites along the historic route to the north.

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Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5895
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar; all meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners); airport transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; all ground transportation by private vehicle; four internal flights (Addis/Mekele, Axum/Lalibela, Lalibela/Gondar, Gondar/Addis); excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; all taxes; all Gratuities; fully escorted by study leader Professor Michael Gervers and our Ethiopian tour director.

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