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Highlights of North Ethiopia - 8 Days

Highlights of North Ethiopia

Ethiopia · Private Tour · 8 Days
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Private Tour
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culture
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landscape

Discover the inspiring landscapes and elaborate architecture of Ethiopia. Contemplate the frescoes of its immaculate churches and monasteries, and lose your breath at its evoking mountains. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Addis Ababa
Day 2 - Lake Tana & Blue Nile Falls
Day 3 - Bahir Dar → Gondar
Day 4 - Simien Mountains
Day 5 - Gondar → Axum
Day 6 - Axum → Lalibela
Day 7 - Lalibela
Day 8 - Lalibela → Addis Ababa

What is included

  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance using 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels, on sharing basis
  • Meals on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • All entrances, local guide and scout fees
  • English speaking local guides

What is NOT included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Porter fees at hotel and airport
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Excursions not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and other personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Addis Ababa

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport meet our representatives and transfer to the hotel.

After check in at the hotel, city tour of Addis which includes the National Museum, home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy that date 3.2 million years back; Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level; Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa; the Ethnographic Museum and Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Debre Damo Hotel

Addis Ababa

day
2
Lake Tana & Blue Nile Falls

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Bahir Dar.

After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Tana. Then visit Azua-Mariam Monastery and Ura Kidane Mihret Monastery which are rich in icon painting.

In the afternoon, enjoy a journey to the mighty Blue Nile Falls commonly known as Tis Isat, water that smokes. After hiking the waterfalls, drive back to Bahir Dar.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Addis Ababa → Bahir Dar 1h 5min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Homeland Hotel

Bahirdar

day
3
Bahir Dar → Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar, which was one of the major cities of trade in the 17th century.

After check-in at the hotel, witness the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architecture at the Royal Enclosure, also known as the Camelot of Africa. Visit the iconic church of Debre - Birehan Silassie and the bath of king Fasilledes, still in use for the Ethiopian festivals.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Bahir Dar → Gondar173 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Florida International Hotel

Gondar

day
4
Simien Mountains

After breakfast, drive to Simien Mountains National Park which is the most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes.

Simien Mountains National Park constitutes many summits above 4000m and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia. It is also the home of the endemic gelada baboon, Ethiopian wolf and Walya ibex.

After our visit, drive back to Gondar

Overnight at the hotel.

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Gondar → Simien Mountains145 km 2h 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Florida International Hotel

Gondar

day
5
Gondar → Axum

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include the archaeological museum, monolithic steles, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of the ancient palace of Queen Sheba.

You will also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Gondar → Axum 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Consular Hotel

Axum

day
6
Axum → Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Lalibela, the mother of all Ascetic Mountain towns. After check-in at the hotel, enjoy a full day city tour of Lalibela.

Lalibela is famous for its Rock Hewn churches dating back 800 years. This magnificent architecture often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. The afternoon is spent exploring the atmospheric subterranean complex of passages and the 11 remarkable rock-hewn churches.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Axum → Lalibela 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lal Hotel

Lalibela

day
7
Lalibela

After breakfast, drive north east of Lalibela to visit the church of Yimrehane Kirstos, a built-up cave church in Axumite wood and stone.

The church has become famous for the decoration of its interior. The flat-span roof displays paneling richly adorned with geometrical designs. The ceiling over the sanctuary is domed and displays carvings and paintings. 

In the afternoon, visit the Second Group of Churches of Bete Emanuel, Bete Mercurios, Bete Abba Libanos, Bete Lehem and Bete Gabriel - Rufael and Bete Giorgis, dedicated to the national saint of Ethiopia is isolated from the other two groups of churches.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lal Hotel

Lalibela

day
8
Lalibela → Addis Ababa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa.

In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time. In the evening, traditional farewell dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations.

Then transfer to airport to fly to back home where the tour ends.

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Lalibela → Addis Ababa 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Addis Ababa
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Debre Damo Hotel

Bahirdar
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Homeland Hotel

Gondar
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Florida International Hotel

Axum
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Consular Hotel

Lalibela
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Lal Hotel

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$1776$1431

Photos

Bete Giorgis, Lalibela
Fasil Bath, Gondar
Simien Mountains
Axum Woman
Addis Ababa
Lake Tana Monastery
Lalibela
Ark of the Covenant, Axum

Map

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