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Alexander + Roberts Plunges into Ethiopian Programs

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | July 15, 2015

Alexander + Roberts Plunges into Ethiopian Programs

PHOTO: National Geographic photographer Scott Davis will accompany a September departure of Alexander + Roberts' Adventure in Ethiopia. (Photo by Scott Davis)

Even in 2015 when it seems there are tourists tramping around practically everywhere in the world, there are still tourism frontiers.

Alexander + Roberts, which during its more than half century as General Tours was among the first operators to open many tourism frontiers, such as the USSR, China, Eastern Europe, Syria, Cambodia, Vietnam and Jordan, is now on the leading edge of tour operators opening programs in Ethiopia.

After generations of political conflicts and economic troubles, Ethiopia in recent years has calmed down and begun to get its tourism act together. It’s a newcomer on the tourism stage, although it has some of the oldest and richest tourism attractions in the world.

Alexander + Roberts introduced a 12-day program called Adventures in Ethiopia, which will premier in 2016.

The timing of the new launch is propitious. Not only is Ethiopia on the verge of breaking onto the world stage as a serious tourism destination, the European Council on Tourism and Trade recently named it as the Best Travel Destination in the World for 2015.

The Alexander + Roberts tour includes three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the churches carved into solid rock in Lalibela, the Konso Highlands and the Lower Omo Valley.

Six full days of the trip will be spent in Southern Ethiopia, which contrasts sharply with the north. While in the southern region, Alexander + Roberts’ guests will be able to experience intimate encounters with local tribal groups, such as the Mursi, Dorze, Dassanech, Karo and Hamer tribes.

The September 2016 departure of the trip will be a special departure that will be joined by Scott Davis, a National Geographic Society photographer. Davis will be an incomparable resource for his travel compatriots on the trip, sharing his experience and love of both photography and travel.

Some departures are timed to allow for participation in some of Ethiopia’s many festivals.

Departures are limited to 16 guests each. The base price is $5,699 per person, land only. Those who pay in full at the time of booking receive a $300 price reduction per person. Travel agents can also earn a $100 bonus when their clients exercise the payment-at-time-of-booking option.

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