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Embark On An 8-day Tour Of Gondar, Lalibela And Kombolcha
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Embark on a journey to visit notable cities of Ethiopia and discover their rich history! Enjoy a scenic drive to Bahir Dar and visit its two famous monasteries along with the beautifully decorated churches of Gondar City. Then hike through the picturesque Simien Mountains Park to see a wide range of wildlife before continuing to Labilela to see its historic churches. End the tour with a visit to Kombolcha to see its ancient monastery.

Highlights
  • See the Blue Nile Falls crossing one of the oldest bridges over the Blue Nile River
  • Visit the Debre Birhan Selassie Church to admire its beautiful paintings
  • Spot endemic animals like Gelada Baboon, Menilik Bushbuck & Walia Ibex at Simien National Park
  • Marvel at the most beautiful church in Lalibela - St George
  • Visit the ancient monastery of Hayk Estifanos (St. Stephen) en-route to Kombolcha
  • Enjoy Ethiopian cuisine and the dances of Ethiopia's different ethnic groups 
  • Day 1: Drive from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar expand_more
    • Drive to Bahir Dar while enjoying the beautiful countryside on the way to your destination.
  • Day 2: Visit Lake Tana monasteries and Blue Nile Falls expand_more
    • Go on a morning boat trip to two of the monasteries found on the island of Lake Tana, then return to Bahir Dar.
    • In the afternoon, drive 37 kilometres to see the Blue Nile Falls, crossing one of the oldest bridges over the Blue Nile River built in the 16th century by the Portuguese.
  • Day 3: Drive to Gondar and go for a half-day city tour expand_more
    • Depart for the historic city of Gondar. After arriving, go for an afternoon visit to the Royal Enclosure, consisting of 17th and 18th-century royal castles (UNESCO world heritage sites). 
    • Also, visit the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, one of Gondar's historic churches known for its beautiful paintings on its walls and ceilings.
  • Day 4: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park expand_more
    • Take an excursion to Simien Mountains National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the amazing landscapes consisting of a chain of mountains and high elevations.
    • Also, see the area's endemic mammals like the Gelada Baboon, the Menilik Bushbuck and the Walia Ibex. However, you are likely only to spot Gelada baboons on a day trip. 
    • Hike through some picturesque viewpoints before driving back to Gondar for an overnight stay.
  • Day 5: Full day drive from Gondar to Lalibela expand_more
    • Drive for a full day to Lalibela, passing by the beautiful countryside where you can take several photographs.
  • Day 6: Visit the churches in Lalibela expand_more
    • Visit the most amazing churches carved out from a single rock found in the small town of Lalibela, which was once ruled by a set of rulers of the Zagwe Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. 
    • In the morning, see the first group of six churches found in adjacent courtyards. 
    • Continue your visit in the afternoon to the second group, including the most beautiful church in Lalibela - St George. 
    • Later, you can visit a local bar in the town to enjoy the traditional dance and music while testing the locally made honey wine named ‘tej’.
  • Day 7: Head to Kombolcha expand_more
    • Leave for Kombolcha, a town found roughly halfway between Lalibela and Addis Ababa, and visit the ancient monastery of Hayk Estifanos (St. Stephen) on the way.
  • Day 8: Return to Addis Ababa and transfer to airport expand_more
    • Drive back to Addis Ababa, visiting any markets on the way. 
    • After arriving,  you can go shopping at the souvenir shops.
    • In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner party in one of the cultural restaurants in the city, and see the dances of different ethnic groups in Ethiopia while enjoying the wonderful Ethiopian cuisine. 
    • Transfer to the airport for your flight back home—end of the tour.
What's Included
  • Room

  • Professional English speaking Ethiopian guide

  • Entrance fee

  • Car rent with fuel expense

  • Boat rent

  • Local guide and park ranger fees

  • Government Tax

What's Excluded
  • Meal (unless with hotels offering free breakfast)

  • Tips

  • Professional camera fee

  • Anything not found on the " What's Included" list

Meeting Point

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • Lucinda

    It was a true pleasure to have Birhanemeskel lead our group of ten  around Ethiopia. Birhanemeskel was very accommodating to our requests, and ensured that we had adequate time to view sites  and places of interest according to our itinerary. He went out of his way to ensure we had very authentic experiences with local people, and shared about his own personal experiences in Ethiopia when it was appropriate to discuss these with our group. Birhanemeskel is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, and maintained a very positive attitude with our group for the duration of our time in Ethiopia. He went out of his way to get to know group members in an appropriate way, and was very compassionate and caring when explaining local traditions and customs to our group. Would certainly ask him again to guide future groups.

Starting From

From

USD 1185.00 / person

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