Why not immerse yourself in Ethiopia’s rich history and culture and embark on a 7-night tour of the northern regions of the country on our Classic Ethiopia Tour. You will visit museums, palaces, carved granite obelisks, rock-hewn churches and ancient remains and see spectacular landscapes.
Our itinerary highlights are as follows:
Day 1 Addis Ababa
Met at Addis Ababa Airport and transferred to your chosen hotel for overnight.
Day 2 Bahir Dar
Blue Nile Falls
You will drive 32 km southwest of Bahir Dar to the small town of Tiss Abay and walk for twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The Falls plunge 45 metres below, giving rise to steam clouds known locally as ‘Tiss Issat’, smoke for fire.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest body of water, Lake Tana, and visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam which are found on the largest peninsula of the Lake. These monasteries are known for the colourful frescoes of religious scenes, and an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in Ge’ez, Ethiopia’s oldest language.
Day 3 Gondar
Drive to Gondar, the 17th and 18th century capital of Ethiopia. Visit the ‘Royal Compound’ with many majestic castles constructed in the European middle age architectural style, the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasilades’, and finally Debre Birhan Sillassie church (‘Trinity at the mount of light’ ) which is the finest of the Gonderine churches. It was built during the reign of Emperor Iyasu (1682 – 1706). The inside walls of the front room are covered with paintings on cloth, glued to the surface. The ceiling is built with thick beams and it is decorated with winged angel heads looking down. The wall paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ and Mary.
Day 4 Axum
After breakfast you will fly to Axum, the most ancient capital of Ethiopia. You will visit the Archeological Museum of Axum and the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous ‘Stele field’ (4th century AD) and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruin palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (5th and 6th century AD) and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC).
Day 5 Lalibela
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela, which is home to the 12th century hand-carved rock churches of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) whom the town is named after. After lunch visit the first group of churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which are found northeast of a stream named ‘River Jordan”.
Day 6 Lalibela
After breakfast, take a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheten Mariam (13th century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area, including the town of Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela.
Day 7 Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa for a day at leisure. Maybe visit the most famous street in Addis, Churchill Street, named after Winston Churchill of England, who helped Ethiopia to regain its independence from the Fascist Italian occupation. This street is famous for its antique shops.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Addis, visiting museums, monuments, churches, a market and Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of the city. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants, where you will taste a variety of Ethiopian food and be entertained by folk dancers. Then transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your onward journey.