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Ethiopia Photography Expedition

  • 13-day exploration with a National Geographic and G Adventures
  • Hike into the gorgeous Simien Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

National Geographic Expedition Ethiopia 

13-day exploration around Ethiopia and the Simien Mountains

Expedition Details 

Discover what makes Ethiopia unique while trekking into the stunning Simien Mountains, exploring the famous cities of Gonder and Axum, and meeting the residents of the innovative village of Awra Amba. Then venture into the subterranean labyrinth of tunnels and rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, where the faithful have worshipped since the 12th century.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the incredible ancient sites of Lalibela and Axum, see the royal monuments of Gonder, and cruise Lake Tana.
  • Visit artisans at a women’s cooperative, and make (and eat!) local dishes in a rural community supported by
    G Adventures.
  • Hike into the gorgeous Simien Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


  • Jan 23 – Feb 04, 2017 (sold out)
  • Feb 20 – Mar 04, 2017
  • Jul 03 – 15, 2017
  • Sep 11 – 23, 2017
  • Oct 30 – Nov 11, 2017
  • Nov 13 – 25, 2017
  • Nov 20 – Dec 02, 2017

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  • Jan 22 – Feb 03, 2018
  • Feb 19 – Mar 03, 2018
  • Jun 03 – 15, 2018
  • Jul 02 – 14, 2018
  • Sep 10 – 22, 2018
  • Oct 29 – Nov 10, 2018
  • Nov 12 – 24, 2018

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View Itinerary (13 Days)
Day 1 — Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Days 2 & 3 — Bahir Dar

Fly to Bahir Dar for an excursion to the Blue Nile Falls. Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views. Visit lakeside monasteries and wander through the lively markets of Bahir Dar. (2B)

Days 4 & 5 — Gonder

Drive north, stopping in the unique egalitarian community of Awra Amba, founded as a progressive social experiment more than 40 years ago. Then spend time exploring the ancient capital of Gonder, including Debre Birhan Selassie Church and the castles of the Royal Enclosure, built by a succession of emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit Ploughshare Women’s Crafts Training Center and then the Kossoye community to learn about the staples of Ethiopian food, with a demonstration and traditional dinner. (2B, 1D)

Days 6 & 7 — Simien Mountains National Park

Travel to Debark, our base for visiting the Simien Mountains. Head out on guided hiking excursions amid the remarkable eroded landscapes that have earned these mountains World Heritage status. (2B)

Days 8 & 9 — Axum

Travel to Axum, one of Ethiopia’s oldest and holiest cities and thought to be the home of the Queen of Sheba. Enjoy guided tours of the city’s archaeological sites and the ancient church of St. Mary of Zion. (2B)

Days 10 & 11 — Lalibela

Take an early morning flight to Lalibela and enjoy two incredible days discovering this World Heritage site. Venture into a subterranean maze of passageways and rock-hewn churches that have drawn worshippers for centuries. (2B)

Day 12 — Addis Ababa

Take a morning flight to Addis Ababa. Opt to enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (1B)

Day 13 — Addis Ababa

Depart at any time. (1B)





Expedition Cost

2016 - 2018

Starting price $3,199

Call for details 1-800-281-2354

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