ETHIOPIA HISTORIC NORTH AND MOUNTAINS
9 – Day Group Tour of Ancient Sites & Simien Mountains
Experience Northern Ethiopia on this small group trip. On our Ethiopia Historic North and Mountains tour you'll discover fascinating sites such as rock-hewn churches, impressive stalea and lively markets in Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum & Lalibela. Plus explore the stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains with an opportunity to view endemic Gelada baboon.
DAY 2 – BAHIR DAR: Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar [flight priced separately] and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest body of water – Lake Tana (1,390 square miles) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD). Overnight Summerland Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 – GONDAR: Drive from Bahir Dar 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 Selassie, famous for its wall and ceiling paintings of angels. Overnight Goha Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK: Drive from Gondar to Debark and then into the Simien Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Enjoy the stunning scenery with the chance to spot the Gelada baboon, a species endemic to Ethiopia. Overnight at Simien Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 – AXUM: Scenic drive to Axum – the earliest capital of Ethiopia, crossing the Tekezze Gorge along the way. Overnight Yeha Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 6 – AXUM: Take a sightseeing tour of Axum, which includes visiting the Archaeological Museum, the famous Stelae Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion (believed to house the legendary Ark of the Covenant), the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC). Overnight Yeha Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 – LALIBELA: In the morning, fly to Lalibela [flight priced separately] – 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 or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 – LALIBELA: In the morning, take a mule ride to the semi-monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards you with the great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and third groups of Lalibela churches. Overnight Roha Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)
DAY 9 – ADDIS ABABA/DEPART: Fly back to Addis [flight priced separately] and enjoy a half-day city tour, which includes the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, the Merkato – the largest open-air market in Africa, and a drive to Mt. Entoto (10,500 ft) for a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis, where you can try a variety of Ethiopian dishes and see a traditional folk dance performance. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your onward flight [international flight booked separately]. (B, D)
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All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.