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*NEW* 11 DAYS TIMELESS ETHIOPIA: CULTURE, NATURE & HISTORY (12 – 22 Feb 2025)

Turmi, Bahir Dar, Simien Mountains NP, Gondar, Lalibela, Addis Ababa

History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Witness a tribal dance performance in the Omo Valley, arranged exclusively for our group
  • Participate in a private traditional coffee ceremony, an integral part of the social and cultural life of the hospitable Ethiopians
  • Immerse yourself in Ethiopian music at a Traditional Masinko house, experiencing the soulful melodies of this unique one-string instrument
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and accompanied by Intriq’s Travel Concierge

Begin your Ethiopian adventure in the captivating Omo Valley, where time comes to a standstill amidst the ancient traditions of its diverse tribes. Find tranquility in Bahir Dar’s Lake Tana before scaling the rugged Simien Mountains, where encounters with unique endemic wildlife and awe-inspiring vistas await. Then, explore the ancient wonders Gondar and Lalibela, where centuries of history are etched into every stone, before concluding in Addis Ababa, a vibrant tapestry of past and present.

On this enchanting Intriq Signatures departure, guests are promised a kaleidoscope of experiences, from the mesmerising rhythms of Evangedi Dance to the soulful melodies of Ethiopian music, and savour the time-honoured tradition of a private traditional coffee ceremony. Join us on this unforgettable journey, and unlock the secrets of Ethiopia’s cultural, natural and historical treasures.

 

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: S$ 11,880 per person
Single Supplement: S$ 1,610 per person

SGD 11,880 Per person
Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Superior View Room in Limalimo Lodge for 2 nights

Deposit Amount

SGD 2,376/- Per person

20% deposit at sign up

11 Days 10 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
14 Nov 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 14 Nov 2024: forfeit deposit From 14 Nov 2024: 100% cancellation fees apply

DETAILED ITINERARY OF XINJIANG

D01
12 FEB 2025 (WED) ADDIS ABABA - JINKA - TURMI

Turmi
Lunch & Dinner included

Journey to Southern Ethiopia

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa Airport, connect to your domestic flight to Jinka. 

Embark on a one-hour drive to Mago National Park, one of Africa’s vast wildernesses established in the 1960s, encompassing dense acacia forests and open savannah. Visit the village of the fascinating Mursi tribe, renowned for their body scarification and the large circular clay labrets worn by the women in their lower lips. We will then continue driving for approximately three hours to Turmi, where we will rest for the night.

D02
13 FEB 2O25 (THU) TURMI

Turmi
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Different Tribes of Ethiopia

Following an early breakfast, drive to Korcho village for a visit to the Karo tribes. They are regarded as masters in the art of body painting, in which they engage when preparing for a dance or celebration. 

Afterwards, visit the lively Key Afer Market, the largest outdoor market in Omo Valley, and wander amongst the Valley’s diverse ethnic groups, such as the Tsemai, Hamer, and Bena tribes that gather every Thursday. 

Return to Turmi and visit the village of the Hamer tribe, renowned for their Bull-jumping Ceremony, and enjoy a private Evangedi (moonlight) Dance performance. 

D03
14 FEB 2025 (FRI) TURMI - BAHIR DAR

Bahir Dar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Transfer to Bahir Dar

This morning, we drive about 3 hours to Jinka Airport, and take domestic flights to Bahir Dar via Addis Ababa. Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara region, is situated on the shores of Lake Tana. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. 

D04
15 FEB 2025 (SAT) BAHIR DAR

Bahir Dar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Vivid Bahir Dar

Hop on the boat to explore Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake, dotted with numerous islands hosting monasteries dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Visit the monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret on the Zeghe Peninsula, offering insight into the splendour of Ethiopia’s religious heritage. Later, immerse yourself in the vibrant colours, aromas, and cultural exchanges at the Bahir Dar Market.

D05
16 FEB 2024 (SUN) BAHIR DAR - SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NP

Simien Mountains National Park
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Journey to Simien Mountains

Embark on a scenic drive (approximately 5h) to Simien Mountains National Park, with an enroute stopover at Kossoye Viewpoint, with an elevation of about 2,300m and magnificent views of the Simien Mountain range and its lower ridges and valleys. As you continue on the drive to Sankaber at around 3,200m, keep a lookout for Ethiopia’s endemic Gelada monkeys. 

D06
17 FEB 2025 (MON) SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NP

Simien Mountains National Park
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Simien Mountains Exploration

After breakfast, we will set out to soak in the scenic views of the mountains and Jinbar Falls. Journey further to Chennek at 3,620m, where you may chance upon the endemic Walia Ibex, as well as Klipspringers and Bushbucks. 

D07
18 FEB 2025 (TUE) SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NP - GONDAR

Gondar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Gondar, “The Camelot of Africa”

Depart from the Simien Mountains, and drive about 2.5 hours to Gondar, the first capital of the Ethiopian empire. Dating back to the 17th century, Gondar is renowned for its historical castles and churches. Visit the UNESCO-listed Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbi), home to the palace of Emperor Fasilidas, and Kuskuam to see the castle of Empress Mentewab. Proceed to Debre Birhan Selassie, or “Trinity at the Mount of Light,” a charming church renowned for its remarkable ceiling and wall murals.

D08
19 FEB 2025 (WED) GONDAR - LALIBELA

Lalibela
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Transfer to Lalibela 

Early this morning, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Lalibela.

Africa’s Petra: Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches 

Known as Africa’s Petra, Lalibela and its medieval rock-hewn churches are arguably Africa’s top attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, set among the rugged Lasta Mountains at an elevation of 2,630m. You will visit what has been dubbed the 8th wonder of the world: the churches of King Lalibela (A.D. 1180 to 1220). According to legend, the 11 monolithic churches, hand-carved directly from the stone of the earth, required 25,000 people and 24 years to complete. This afternoon, explore the north-west cluster of churches, including the isolated monolith of Bet Giyorgis (the Church of St. George).

D09
20 FEB 2025 (THU) LALIBELA

Lalibela
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Exploring Lalibela

This morning, we will drive approximately 2 hours to visit the ancient cave church of Yemrehanna Kristos, one of Ethiopia’s best-preserved late Axumite churches, built around the 12th century from stone and wood.

Return to town for lunch before visiting the second group of rock churches of King Lalibela to delve into their historical and religious significance. This south-east cluster of churches features more irregular designs than the north-western cluster. According to legend, Bet Abba Libanos was built overnight by Lalibela’s wife, Meskel Kebre, with the assistance of a group of angels.

D10
21 FEB 2025 (FRI) LALIBELA - ADDIS ABABA

Addis Ababa
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Transfer to Addis Ababa

Transfer to Lalibela Airport for your domestic flight to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Upon arrival, proceed to Meskel Square, the bustling town square where a variety of events and festivals are held, providing a vibrant snapshot of city life. For the history buffs, a visit to the Red Terror Martyrs’ Memorial Museum offers insight into Ethiopia’s recent tumultuous chapter.

D11
22 FEB 2025 (SAT) ADDIS ABABA

Nil
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Addis Ababa Discovery 

Embark on a full day exploration of Addis Ababa, starting with a scenic drive to the peak of Entoto Hills at 3,200m, where the Entoto Maryam Church offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city below. A must-visit in the capital city is the National Museum of Ethiopia, home to the star attraction “Lucy,” the remains of a 3.2 million-year-old hominid.

Proceed to explore Mercato, a sprawling open-air marketplace, teeming with vibrant local life and offering a vast array of products, from livestock to spices to handicrafts and more.

Conclude your day with a farewell dinner, savoring the flavors of Ethiopian cuisine, before transferring to Addis Ababa Airport for your onward flight.

Intriq Journey's Curated Hotels

Tour Cost Per Person

Twin Share S$ 11,880
Single Supplement S$ 1,610

Turmi Paradise Lodge • Avanti Blue Nile Resort • Limalimo Lodge • Gondar Hills Resort • Sora Lodge Lalibela • Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa

Turmi

Turmi

Turmi Paradise Lodge

Located just outside the town of Turmi, in a Hamer village called Kanya, sitting at an elevation of 925m above sea level. Its cottages feature a rustic tribal style, reflecting the unique craftsmanship of the people of the rift valley by blending modern architecture with traditional huts of the southern region. The rooms are minimalist and functional, offering the essential comforts without any frills. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 20)

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Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar

Avanti Blue Nile Resort

This resort is ideally located on the edge of Lake Tana, providing guests with the opportunity to take in the lovely, expansive lake scenery right from the comfort of the room. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 135)

Simien Mountain NP

Simien Mountain NP

Limalimo Lodge

Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Limalimo Lodge is a beautiful place to experience Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park. Combining simple luxury and elegant design in a stunning setting, the lodge promotes sustainable tourism with minimal environmental impact, and provides new opportunities to the local community. (Opened: 2016; Rooms: 14)

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Gondar

Gondar

Gondar Hills Resort

Gondar Hills Resort is an eco-friendly upscale accommodation located in the mountainous outskirt of Gondar town, and provide a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, along with incredible views of the royal enclosure, urban and countryside. (Opened: 2019; Rooms: 78)

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Lalibela

Lalibela

Sora Lodge Lalibela

An unique accommodation offering spectacular view of the Asheten Mariam Mountain, the valleys and countryside villages around Lalibela. Sora Lodge has nine Standard Rooms in its three-storey building (2013), six Tukul rooms in traditional round huts (2017), twelve Rock-Hewn Rooms (2018) built with stones by local masons, and a few Treehouses.

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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa

Centrally located on Meskel Square, connecting to the large artery roads of Addis Ababa, this upmarket hotel offers convenience with modern character. (Opened: 2018; Rooms: 188)

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Estimated Price Per Person

Economy Class S$ 1,960
Business Class S$ 10,385

Ethiopian Airlines

12 Feb, Singapore – Addis Ababa (ET639), 02:00 – 06:10
23 Feb, Addis Ababa – Singapore (ET638), 00:10 – 14:50  

We recommend arriving on/before 12 Feb 2025, 06:10hrs in Addis Ababa Airport and departing after 22 Feb 2025, 23:00hrs to fully participate in this journey. 

DEPOSIT
SGD 2,376/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get complimentary upgrade to Superior View Room in Limalimo Lodge for 2 nights

Registration Closing Date: 14 Nov 2024 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Domestic Flights on Economy class: Addis Ababa-Jinka, Jinka-Addis Ababa-Bahir Dar, Gondar-Lalibela, Lalibela-Addis Ababa 
  • Accommodation as stated on twin sharing basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportations and shared transfers as stated on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees of sites as stated
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staff
  • Service of Intriq’s Travel Concierge throughout the trip

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Airport transfer before or after stated travel dates
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as spa, laundry, telephone and bar bills

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