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10-Day Tour To Northern Ethiopia's Highlights From Addis Ababa
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    10 Days

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Explore the cultural highlights and the incredible historical sites of northern Ethiopia such as the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the castles of Gondar, and the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Visit Azua-Mariam in Bahir Dar, take in the views of the Blue Nile Falls, see the Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles in Aksum with the wildlife and stunning scenery of the Simien Mountains.

  • Visit the Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana monasteries

  • See the unique Gelada baboon and Walia ibex in a spectacular mountain setting

  • Explore the well preserved royal compounds in Gondar

  • Travel the UNESCO World Heritage ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

  • Marvel at the ancient stelae (obelisks) and the national museum

  • Experience the beautiful streets of Aksum

  • Witness the ruins of the Palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba

  • Day 1: Explore Addis Ababa expand_more
    • Arrive at Bole International Airport, met the representative, and transfer to the hotel.

    • After check-in to the hotel, explore the city tour of Addis Ababa to see the National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy.

    • See the panoramic views of Mount Entoto, the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.

    • Visit beautiful Trinity Cathedral church with the baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum, and Merkato (the largest open-air market in Africa). Overnight stay in Hotel.

  • Day 2: Travel to Bahir Dar expand_more
    • In the morning, transfer to the airport to fly to Bahirdar.

    • After check-in to the hotel, embark on a boat excursion on Lake Tana to see Christian mysticism, the religious interpretations of African art characterized by Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament practice.

    • Visit Azua-Mariam and Ura Kidane Mihret monasteries which are rich in iron painting. Overnight in Kuriftu resort and spa.

  • Day 3: Visit Blue Nile Falls expand_more
    • In the morning, a journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile Fall commonly known as Tis Isat (water that smokes).

    • After hiking, drive back to Bahir Dar with your Ethiopian travel guide.

    • In the afternoon enjoy free leisure time. Overnight in Kuriftu resort & spa.

  • Day 4: Drive to Gondar expand_more
    • In the morning, drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area. Explore the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style.

    • After check-in to the hotel, visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as the Camelot of Africa, the iconic church of Debre Birhan Selassie, the bath of king Fasilledes which is still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in Hotel

  • Day 5: Visit to Simien Mountains expand_more
    • After breakfast, drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park which is the most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes. Simien Mountain National Park constitutes many summits and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia and it is the home of the endemics Gelada baboon, Ethiopian wolf, and Walia ibex.

    • Drive back to Gondar and overnight Hotel.

  • Day 6: Fly to Aksum expand_more
    • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to the ancient town of Aksum.

    • After check-in to the hotel, visit the archaeological and historical attractions in Aksum to see the Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, the tombs of King Kaleb, and King Gebre Meskel, the legendary bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of the ancient palace of Queen Sheba.

    • Also, visit the new and the old Cathedral of St.Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the Covenant. Overnight in Hotel

  • Day 7: Fly to Lalibela expand_more
    • In the morning, transfer to the airport to fly to the legendary and the framed aesthetic mountain town of Lalibela.

    • After check-in to the hotel, indulge in a full-day visit to rock-hewn churches, and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the World. There are many rock churches in Lalibela some hidden in enormous caves.

  • Day 8: Stroll across Lalibela expand_more
    • After breakfast, drive to the northeast of Lalibela to visit the church of Yemrehana Krestos, a built-up cave church in Axumite wood and stone construction, and see displays of carvings and paintings.

    • In the afternoon, visit the second group of Churches of Biete Emmanuel, Biete Qeddus Mercoreus, Biete Abba Libanos, Biete Lehem, and Biete Gabriel-Rafael, and St.George, dedicated to the national saint of Ethiopia.

  • Day 9: Drive to Bishoftu or Debre Zeyit expand_more
    • In the morning, transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. 

    • After lunch in Addis, drive to Debre Zeyit or Bishoftu for overnight in Kuriftu resort & spa.

  • Day 10: Final Departure expand_more
    • In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time.

    • In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurants in Addis followed by folkloric dances of different Ethiopian nations.

    • Then transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.

What's Included
  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using 4/3 star hotels in Addis & best available lodges & hotels in other destinations outside of Addis

  • Meal on half board basis, breakfast, and dinner

What's Excluded
  • Any international & domestic flight cost

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Tips and other personal expenses

Know before you go
  • Can arrange the tour according to your interests.

Meeting Point

Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
1 To 4 USD 4972 Per Person

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