Gondar

Ethiopia

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Gondar

Gondar, formerly the royal capital of Ethiopia from 1666 to 1864, was founded by Emperor Fasiladas in 1635. The town is famous for its many medieval castles and churches. The oldest of these structures are located in the 15th-century Royal Enclosure built by Fasiladas.

Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya

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Featured itineraries

Ethiopia's Historic Route

Discover Axum, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Bahir Dar and Gondar on this guided 10-day tour of Ethiopia's Historic Route. This sightseeing programme can also be extended to include walking in the Simien & Bale Mountains, remote Tigray, or the Rift Valley Lakes.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from £2770 pp

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Ethiopia's Historic Route (with Tigray and Simiens)

This 2-week itinerary offers a comprehensive overview of Ethiopia's Historic Route - including Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Lake Tana and Addis Ababa - as well as remote Tigray and the Simien Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Cultural Holidays
  • Walking and Climbing

Prices from £3095 pp

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Simien Mountains Full Trek with Historic Route

Our full Simien Mountains trek takes you to remote parts of the Ethiopian Highlands, including Ras Dejen, Arkwasyie, Lamo and Mulet. This guided trekking tour also includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route, and can be extended to include the Rift Valley Lakes, Omo Valley, or Bale Mountains.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from £2970 pp

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Simien Mountains Trek with Historic Route

Our standard Simien Mountains trek takes you to the summit of Ras Deshen, Ethiopia's tallest peak, via Geech and Ambiko. The tour also includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route, including Gondar and Lalibela, and can be extended to feature more.

Destination

  • Ethiopia

Experience

  • Walking and Climbing
  • Cultural Holidays

Prices from £2480 pp

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Accommodation

Florida International Hotel

Florida International is a comfortable four-star hotel in Gondar. There are more characterful properties in and around Gondar, but the Florida is well-located for those looking to explore the city.

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Goha Hotel

The Goha Hotel boasts a great location on the outskirts of Gondar, where it perches on a high hill overlooking the city. From here it offers easy access to Gondar's chief attractions, including Debre Birhan Selassie.

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Acclimatising safari helps Kelly Katcher summit Kilimanjaro

[Kilimanjaro] was one of the most difficult things I've ever done, and will probably be the most memorable.

Kelly Katcher from the USA