Classic Ethiopia Historic Route

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East Africa
8 Days/7 Nights
From $4,150 USD/PER PERSON
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Classic Ethiopia Historic Route

Expedition to Cradle of Civilization

8 Days/7 Nights

Ethiopia's has been rated with CNN Travel as the new hot place to visit. It is a fascinating country that is much overlooked by the traveler.

Considered the “Cradle of Civilization”, Ethiopia is teeming in rich historical sites and ancient cultures. The sites are unique, people are charming and food delicious. The rock-hewn below ground churches are one of the true man-made wonders of the world. Its landscapes are epic in beauty from the Simien and Bale mountains to the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression. In between there are lush highlands, savannahs, lakes and high lush plateaus.

Ethiopia, is the only country in Africa to have escaped European colonization, thus has retained much of its original identity. All can still be seen from the echoes of the Queen of Sheba, the passion of Christianity and of ancient Israel and the Falasha Jews.

Classic Ethiopia takes you to the north of Addis Ababa to Lalibela, Axum, Gondar and the Blue Nile to encounter the enduring spirituality that makes Ethiopia one of the most culturally magnificent destinations in the world. Much of Ethiopian's traditions remain as they have for hundreds of years. This can be experienced more in-depth in Omo Valley that lies south of Addis. It is here where it seems time has stood still, and primitive traditions are still practiced.  

When traveling to Ethiopia we suggest aligning the trip with market days and one of the festive holidays.

Dates for holidays will change each year. 2020 schedule: Orthodox Easter - April, Meskel - September;  Timkat - January;  Christmas in Lalibela January.

Featured Inclusions:  Born Free Concierge Service, 24/7 Emergency Contacts, Pre-Journey Briefing Booklet, Born Free Customized Backpack, Luggage tags, Personalized Bound Final Itinerary.

Full list of inclusions and tariff details will be sent upon inquiry. 

Born Free Exclusive Option: All private guide gratuities can be included.

Journey Priced From:  $4150 per person, double occupancy.

Rates are in US dollars, includes current taxes & park fees. Subject to change 

Rates shown are starting prices based on Shoulder Season, Silver Accommodations

Request rate if you would like a single room.

Does not include international or internal air. There are special rates for internal flights when international flight is booked on Ethiopian Airlines. If you are not flying Ethiopian Airlines, the internal flights will be quoted separately.

Is this your dream trip?

Born Free has been organizing trips to Ethiopia for over 35 years. In the past, the infrastructure did not make it an easy place to tour or provide services. While accommodations are simple, clean, private facilities, they are not up to the same high standard found elsewhere in Africa. But we can promise you that the local people go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable, while showing you the best of their country. Ethiopia is quite simply one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world.

Tailor-Made Itinerary:  Classic Ethiopia Historic Route can be combined with the Omo Valley. Rate reduction for combined trip. Extensions available to the Semien Mountains and the Danakil Depression Each itinerary is Tailor-Made to your individual interests. Your research has led you to Born Free Safaris, now let our Specialists create your journey the way you want to experience it.


  • Private Journey
  • Your Choice of Accommodations
  • Exclusive Born Free Safari Guide
  • Local Specialty Guides
  • Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Reported Resting Place of The Ark of the Convenant
  • Royal Tombs and Ancient Axum Castles
  • The Source of the Blue Nile
  • Wander the Largest Market in Africa
  • Traditional Dinner and Local Music
  • Unique Amhara Village
  • Home of the Falasha
  • Ploughshare Women’s Crafts Center
  • Gondar, UNESCO World Heritage site

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Africa offers a wide array of fabulous accommodations - from luxurious hotels to premium camps to rustic hideaways. The accommodation can be as much a part of the experience as the destination. Born Free selects hotels and lodges based on their proximity to the best wildlife viewing sites, and also considers the property's views, compatibility with the natural surroundings, friendliness of the staff, travelers' needs, food quality and cleanliness. A trip can combine many types of properties depending on your comfort level, itinerary and budget.