Ancient Ethiopia: the empire of Aksum & churches of Lalibela

17 September 2021 to 28 September 2021
From £3,995 per person
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Gain unique insights from lecturer Dr Jacke Phillips, a specialist in the archaeology of Ethiopia and former assistant director of the Aksum Archaeological Project, as you explore ancient Ethiopia. On your journey you will visit Lalibela with its UNESCO-listed rock-hewn churches, as well as the monolithic obelisks, royal tombs and ruined castles of Askum.


  • Explore Lalibela – a testimony to Ethiopia’s place at the very heart of early Christianity, and still a place of inspiring pilgrimage today
  • Visit the Blue Nile Falls, a magnificent waterfall on the Blue Nile river
  • Enjoy Askum and its monolithic obelisks, royal tombs and ruined royal castles
  • Discover the Empire of Gondar, once known as the ‘Camelot of Africa’ and explore its medieval castles and palaces
  • Discover the little-known cave churches of Tigray, set high up in the rugged Geralta mountains, many of which are still in use today

Trip scholar
Dr Jacke Phillips, Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of Art History and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London
Dr Phillips' fieldwork includes five seasons as Assistant Director of the Aksum Archaeological Project for the McDonald Institute

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