Our Approach

 

Why Book a Tour with Ethiopia Travel Planner?

Are you searching for a travel service that can craft an exciting journey just for you – one that connects you with the real Ethiopia?

If so, then you have come to the right place.

Below are just a few of the reasons why our travel services are different and offers many advantages over the average tour company:

Small, Private Tours – We offer small, private or custom-designed tours for as few as one person or for a six-person group (an entire family!).

Since there’s no large tour group to set the itinerary, you can choose when you want to leave, how long you want to stay and what you want to see.

No Cancellations – Some travel companies will cancel the trip if not enough people sign up for their tour group. Not us!

When you book your tour with us, you can rest assured knowing you will go even if you are the only one on the tour.

Concierge Service – We offer complete concierge service on your trip, from beginning to end, airport to airport. When you arrive in country, your tour organizer will meet with you there.

During your journey you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and driver who will stay with you throughout your trip.

And of course you will be able to contact us or our tour organizer if you need to.

The Best Accommodations – You’ll stay in the best hotels and/or lodges available in each region you visit.

During any road travel you will be transported using a well maintained and reliable private vehicle (not a bus). And all of your domestic flights Ethiopia Airlines.

The Best Prices – You have no reason to travel in a group when you can travel on your own for less-than-group prices.

Our custom or private group tours start at very affordable prices. The prices we quote are very fair and include (almost) everything (i.e., accommodation, guides, transportation, flights, etc.) except for some of your meals.

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Q&A About Ethiopia Travel Planner

Is Ethiopia Travel Planner a travel agency?

Not really. Unlike the average travel agency, Ethiopia Travel Planner is an independent travel service and consultancy operated by Steve and Pat Kutay. They offer a fresh take on private travel and custom group tours to select countries around the world. 

We seek to create for you an once-in-a-lifetime adventure:

  • Whether you’re looking to take a unique tour of part of Africa few Americans have ever seen that is fun yet educational.
  • Or you are just a couple of adventurers who want a trip that is a combination of both hiking and sightseeing.
  • Or if you are a photographer who is interested in putting together a photo safari of the unique tribal cultures in the Omo Valley or capturing some of the 800 species of birds, we can help.

 

**Where is Ethiopia Travel Planner Located?

We are an American-based company (Raleigh NC) that works closely with trusted local tour operators in our core market. This enables us to regularly visit the destinations we recommend and ensure that our knowledge is relevant and up to date for our clients.

Why work with Ethiopia Travel Planner?

Bottom line – We have years of first-hand knowledge and experience in organizing international travel groups. As a result, we work hard to partner with only the best people on the ground to look after you while you are traveling.

Booking with Ethiopia Travel Planner lets you use our expertise as travel experts to plan and craft an unparalleled tour package that is perfectly suited to your needs – completely hassle-free.

How Much Does Your Ethiopia Tours Cost? What Is Your Tour Pricing Guide Based On?

All tour prices are in U.S. dollars and are based on your tour itinerary and number of people traveling from 1/2/4 or more.

Can Ethiopia Travel Planner Help Me Get a Visa?

We do not request visas for you, but we can certainly help point you in the right direction in terms of how to obtain them! Getting a visa to Ethiopia is very easy and affordable > http://www.evisa.gov.et

Can Ethiopia Travel Planner Advise On Vaccinations And Health Related Issues?

We recommend that you seek a qualified opinion from your doctor about getting the vaccines that the CDC recommends.

Does Ethiopia Travel Planner Accept Credit Cards?

Yes we do take Mastercard, and Visa via PayPal; additional payment options such as checks or money orders are also available.

Can You Book Groups Through Ethiopia Travel Planner?

Yes you can. We specialize in small group travel and private guided tours services.

Is Working With Ethiopia Travel Planner More Expensive Than Doing It Myself Online?

We pride ourselves in providing excellent value above all else and have spent a lot of time building our relationships with in-country tour operators. As a result, we are able to offer extremely competitive pricing.

For example, if you are looking to organize a hiking or trekking tour, and this is your first time in Ethiopia, our in-depth knowledge, expertise and advice can prove to be invaluable in saving you time.

And if you are comparing our prices to a hotel website, please do note that our rates include transportation and other tour service fees – which hotel websites don’t include in their rates.

Does Ethiopia Travel Planner Cancel Tours Due a Lack of People?

Some travel companies will cancel the trip if not enough people sign up for their tour group. Not us! When you book your tour with us, you can rest assured knowing you will go even if you are the only ones on the tour.

How Does Ethiopia Travel Planner Ensure that Safe to Travel? What Do We Do In The Event Of An Emergency Situation?

In Ethiopia, we work with trusted local tour operators whose job it is to advise us on the current political situation and any threats that may affect our clients. We also pay close attention to the news and are very aware of what is going on there.

In the event of a cancellation due to natural disasters or increased political risks, we will of course do everything in our power to reimburse our clients.

However, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase travel insurance in order to safely insure themselves against any eventuality. Please refer to our Terms of Service.

In the event of an emergency, your first point of contact should be our in-country tour operator and/or your driver or local guide for the trip.

Here at Ethiopia Travel Planner, we also are contactable on the emergency number, as indicated on your final travel documents.

The Ethiopia Travel Planner Difference

As an American-owned company, we only book tours to Ethiopia. It’s not just our specialty; it’s all we do!

We pride ourselves in providing excellent value above all else and have spent a lot of time building up our relationships with local in-country tour operators. As a result, we are able to offer extremely competitive pricing.

If you are looking to do a simple wildlife photo safari for example, we should be no more expensive than if you took the hours of research and time to organize and book the trip yourself online.

If you are comparing our prices to a hotel website, please do note that our rates include transportation and other tour service fees – which hotel websites don’t add on at the outset!

We’ve stayed at or have had inspected almost every hotel or eco lodge highlighted in our itineraries. We offer them to you because we know you will find them as wonderful as we did.

You can take advantage of our personal experience in Ethiopia. We can advise you what to bring with you and what to expect when you go.

Our personal experiences translate into a superior trip.

You can trust our first-hand experience and knowledge to direct you to the must-see historical sites as well as to more off-the-beaten-track areas of the country.

It all depends on your curiosity and sense of adventure.

Need help planning an Ethiopia tour? 

Call us today at 984-202-5958 to schedule a FREE 30 Minute Travel Planning Session