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Ethiopia: Journey into the Ancient Past

January 17 - February 5, 2024

“Ethiopia was the trip of a lifetime and a spectacular experience. We are trying to cling to the magic and the memories.” Barbara & George

“Its beauty is unsurpassed, its villages authentic and unspoilt, and its treasures simply amazing. Ethiopia has surprised and delighted us all.” Graham & Jo


“The highlight of the trip was the Danikil Depression, especially sleeping under stars. The next day was pure magic. We have such fond memories.” Hania & Jones


“Traveling with Uncommon Journeys has given me the best adventures I've ever experienced in my many travels around the world.” Tewfic

Ethiopia, the former Kingdom of Abyssinia, is a “must visit” for anyone intrigued by ancient history, captivated by timeless cultures, inspired by religious pageantry and exhilarated by geological marvels. The tour begins with the Timket (Epiphany) processions and ceremonies of the Ethiopian Orthodox faith.  Our exploration then takes us to the majestic, bio diverse Simien Mountain Range. We continue to the Omo Valley, the cradle of civilization, where proud nations of stone age tribes maintain their lifeways of the centuries. Last, but by no means least, is the ultimate adventure seeker’s dream: the salt flats, Erta Ale Volcano and geothermal fields of the Danakil Depression. You must see Ethiopia to believe it. Then again, we’ve seen it and we still can’t believe it!

Tour Highlights

  • Splendid processions of the Timket (Epiphany) ceremonies

  • Monolithic hand-carved rock churches of Lalibela

  • Simien Mountains, the most spectacular of the diverse Ethiopian landscapes

  • Stone age tribes and markets of the Omo Valley

  • Salt flats, geological marvels and nomadic lifestyle of the Danakil Depression

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