Duration:- 10 Days
&9 Nights Transport:- Flight
Beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free.
Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains
with views over the capital, the National museum & St George church. ON (overnight)
Fly to Axum, beginning of Ethiopian History, with
the legend of Queen of Sheba, Solomon of Israel and their son King Menelik.
Morning visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says is
deposited the Ark of Covenant), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba, and
different archeological sites. Meals & ON hotel.
Early morning drive to Adua and proceed to visit
the Yeha temple. Then visit the Tigray rock churches, as Degum Selassie, Abreha
We Atsbeha & Wikro Cherkos (or option could be Medhanealem Adikesho,
Michael MahalZenghie & Petros Paulos). Lunch on the way; dinner & ON
Axum hotel or similar in Mekele.
Drive to Lalibela, diving via Ambalagi, Alamata,
Woldya, Dild & the Tekeze river, with very nice views and admiring the
Tigray, Azebo/ Raya, Afar (with luck around Woldya) & Wollo people. Spot
also the endemic Gelada Baboons at Dild. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON htl
Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches in
Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Churches built in the 12th
century; the African Jerusalem. And late afternoon take part of the coffee
ceremony in the hotel (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian
culture). Meals & ON at your hotel.
Morning visit Naktuleab cave church. Then drive to
Gondar, admiring the Semien mountains & the Historical site of DebreTabor,
Ethiopian capital during Emperor Tewodros IV (19th century). Cross Fogera
valley, one of the most fertile in Ethiopia. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON
hotel in Gondar.
Morning tour of Gondar, visiting the castle’s
compound & King Fasiladas bath, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of
Trinity) with wonderful murals and Empress Mentewab palace. Have lunch. Then
drive to Bahirdar. Dinner & ON htl in Bahirdar.
Morning admire the Blue Nile falls. Lunch
back to Bahirdar. Afternoon boat trip on lake Tana to admire the beautiful
monasteries over the lake’s islands, as Asua Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret, with
also the visit of an Amhara people village & coffee plantations. Dinner
& ON hotel in Bahirdar.
Fly to Addis Ababa. Have a room for day use.
Afternoon visit the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner
traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances.