Ethiopia Holidays - Lalibela


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The Historic Route


The Historic Route

Ethiopia Holidays - Golgotha Church, Lalibela

Addis AbabaSheraton
1 night
Bahir Dar
Avanti Blue Nile
1 night
GondarMayleko Lodge
1 night
Maribela Hotel
2 nights
Sabean Hotel
1 night
Addis Ababa
1 night

Click on the name of the hotel above for details.  Please note that the website for the hotel in Lalibela is not functioning.


8 days from £2569

International flights NOT included - see below




 Recommended flight from London: Ethiopian Airlines from London Heathrow (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.



For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)

DAY 1 - Arrive in Addis Ababa.

DAY 2 - Fly to Bahir Dar.  Lake Tana cruise and the Blue Nile Falls.  (B,L,D)

DAY 3 - Drive to Gondar.  (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Fly to Lalibela.  (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Further sightseeing in Lalibela.  (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Fly to Axum.  (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Fly back to Addis Ababa. (B)

DAY 8 - Depart on your homeward flight.

Ethiopia Holidays - Gondar - Debre Birhan Selassie churchEthiopia Holidays - Axum - Stelae

Ethiopia Holidays - Lake Tana - The Blue Nile Falls

International Flights from the UK.

We recommend the services of Ethiopian Airlines from London Heathrow direct to Addis Ababa.  These daily flights are the only direct flights between the UK and Ethiopia. Current timings from London Heathrow (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Addis Ababa. Depart at 21.00; arrive Addis Ababa at 06.20 (next day)
Addis Ababa
/Heathrow*. Depart at 03.25; arrive Heathrow at 09.05
* The timings of the return flight from Addis Ababa to London vary from day to day.

IMPORTANT NOTE on the domestic flights: if you are using Ethiopian Airlines on the international sectors (as recommended) it is possible for us to offer far more competitive prices (50% reduction) on the domestic flights used on this tour. 

International fares on other airlines such as Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul) are usually lower, but this advantage is cancelled out by the additional cost of the domestic flights.  We have shown the difference in the price grid below.

You can book the international flights yourself via the Skyscanner website.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).


Ethiopia Holidays: The Historic Route (Reference: WDET001)
2018 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures


All year
Domestic flights (using
Ethiopian Airlines for the
International flights)
Domestic flights (using
another airline for the
International flights)

Single Room Supplements on request.



The sample tour shown above is exactly that - a sample tour.  We can change it to suit your precise requirements in may ways - by amending the accommodation, by taking out or putting in additional sightseeing, by changing the number of nights in each place, by booking special meals, activities or cultural visits.  We are happy to advise and help you create your ideal holiday.


Popular extensions to the 'Historic Route' tour include the following:

Ethiopia Holidays - Simien Mountains National ParkSIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

(All year, but not recommended during the rainy season from June to September).  Fabulous scenery and good wildlife viewing, with comfortable accommodation at the Simien Lodge.  Can be included as a side-trip from Gondar.



Ethiopian Holidays - Bale Mountains National Park - Yellow-fronted parrotBALE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

(As with Simien above, avoid the rainy season).  Excellent for walking and horse riding, and a birdwatcher's paradise.  It's also the best location in the country for spotting the Ethiopian Wolf in the wild.



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