Ethiopia has a unique and ancient heritage. It contains the oldest human bones ever discovered, the 3,000 year old city of Axum, the palace of the Queen of Sheba and the 12th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, as well as the castles of Gondar. The mountainous landscapes of northern Ethiopia are breathtaking and the culture vibrant and eclectic. The tour is led by Dr Richard Marsh, an experienced tour leader who provides expert insight into Ethiopian history, music and contemporary culture. There is an extension to Lake Awassa after the tour.
Explore the capital Addis Ababa and visit Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of the city. Fly onto Lalibela, where eleven complete churches were hewn out of solid rock almost 800 years ago. Fly to Axum, Ethiopia's most ancient city, where you wil lsee the holiest church in the country, a chapel where the Ark of the Covenant is said to rest and where the Emperors of Ethiopia were traditionally crowned, as well as the Queen of Sheba's Palace. Visit Gondar, the capital of 17th century Ethiopia, with its dramatic castles and palaces. Visit the famous church of Debre Birhan with spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. Visit the vast expanse of Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls, with its "smoking water" as it plunges into a gorge below.
Dr Richard Marsh has a long association with the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches. He is the author of Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia, Prayers from the East and co-authored Millenium Challenges for Development and Faith Institutions. He works in the voluntary sector, building capacity and improving governance and impact. Richard has travelled extensively and is an experienced tour leader, having led many successful tours to many destinations. He lives in Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Sub-saharan Africa extension: 3 - 6 March 2021