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Blue Nile Falls Blue Nile Falls
Castle at Gondor Castle at Gondor
Simien Mountains Simien Mountains
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St Mary of Zion St Mary of Zion
Church in Lalibela Church in Lalibela
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History, Mountains & Wildlife History, Mountains & Wildlife

8 Nights

Ethiopia is a land packed full of history, wildlife, culture and adventure, and whether you're a first of fifth time visitor, there will always be something interesting and exciting to see.

This tour is perfect for travellers wishing to visit the northern historical attractions of Ethiopia, but have little time. Flying from one place to another limits travelling time, allowing plenty of time to visit the fascinating and important sites on this northern circuit.

A visit to the Simien Mountains National Park will leave a lasting impression. The beauty of the jagged mountain peaks, sharp precipices and deep valleys will take your breath away. The park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, hosts some very rare animals such as the Simien fox, Gelada baboon and the Walia ibex.

Day 1 Addis Ababa

Met by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, and transfer to your hotel
Overnight : Jupiter International Hotel

Day 2 Bahir Dar

Fly to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Ethiopia's largest body of water - Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam (both 14th Century AD).
Overnight: Summerland Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Gondar

Drive to Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the 'Bath of Emperor Fasiladas', the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.
Overnight : Goha Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Simien Mountains National Park

Drive to Debark (the headquarter of the Simien Mountain National Park), and proceed to the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to visit the endemic mammal of Ethiopia - the Gelada Baboon, and the breathtaking scenery of the Simien Mountains.
Overnight: Simien Lodge.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Axum

Drive to Axum, the earliest Capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekezze Gorge.
Overnight : Yeha Hotel Axum
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Axum

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological Museum of Axum, the famous Stele Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion, believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (5th and 6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).
Overnight : Yeha Hotel Axum
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela, home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Overnight: Roha Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 Lalibela

In the morning take a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). The reward for reaching the top is the magnificent view. In the afternoon, visit the remaining groups of churches of Lalibela.
Overnight: Roha Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Departure

Fly back to Addis and have a half-day city tour of Addis that includes visits to the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open-air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto (3,200 metres) for a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, time permitting, 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.
Meals : Breakfast and Dinner

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Quick Look

  • A boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Exquisite mountain scenery
  • Rock-hewn churches
  • Museums and markets

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