Day 1- Arrival - Bahir Dar
After your arrival to Addis Ababa international airport our local representative will give you a warm welcome. We will then proceed driving to Bahir Dar after a quick lunch in Addis. On this day, we will have en route stops at Debre Libanos Monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge.
Arrival in Bahir Dar will be in the evening.
Overnight in Bahir Dar
Day 2- Bahir Dar Tour
Our day starts with a tasty breakfast at your hotel followed by a boat trip on the wide Lake Tana for a visit to Ura Kidane Mihret, Kibran Gabriel and Azwa Maryam.
Afternoon, we will have an excursion to the smoking fall, Blue Nile Falls which hights 35+ meters. This day ends sunset a stunning sunset towards Lake Tana.
Overnight in Bahir Dar.
Day 3- Gondar, the Camelot of Africa
The morning drive takes us to Gondar where a 17th Century Royal Enclosure and Deber Berhan Selassie Church are found. The enclosure generally consists of 8 parts. Within the Fasil Ghebbi palace compound, the Castle of Emperor Fasilidas, the Castle of Emperor Iyasu, the Library of Tzadik Yohannes; the Chancellery of Tzadik Yohannes; the Castle of Emperor David, the Palace of Mentuab and Banqueting Hall of the Emperor Bekaffa are found. Whereas the remaining seven parts are located in and around the city of Gondar: the Debre Berhan Selassie (Monastery and church); the Bath of Fasilidas; Kiddush Yohannes; Qusquam (Monastery and Church); Thermal Area; the Sosinios (also known as Maryam Ghemb); the Gorgora (Monastery and Church) and the Palace of Guzara.
Overnight in Gondar.
Day 4- Majestic Simien Mountains
After breakfast we start our drive to Simien which is popular for its breathtaking landscapes, friendly gelada baboon, endemic mammals and birds and hiking. For its natural value, UNESCO has registered this park in 1978. Simien Park is also distinctive for the human population living inside the park. This would help the visitors experience the real local life while they are in the park.
Overnight in Simien.
Day 5- Limalimo - Axum
Leaving the Simien Park, we will head to Axum after a quick breakfast in the early morning. Our arrival in Axum will be in the midday. Once we check in our hotel and have lunch, we will be visiting this ancient city. The old staele field, Axum Zion Church, and the ruins of old palaces will be our main attractions while we are this town.
Overnight in Axum.
Day 6- Mekele - Wukro Cherkos
En route, we will have stops at Wukro Cherkos church and Negash Mosque. Arrival in the capital of the Tigray Region, Mekele, will be later afternoon. The rest of the day is spent in our hotel for leisure.
Overnight in Mekele
Day 7- Mekele-Lalibela
Our longest drive takes us to the home of the world’s largest monolithic church. We will cross magnificent landscapes and colourful markets en route on this day.
Overnight in Lalibela
Day 8- Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
After breakfast we visit this small town which holds 11 churches each carved from a single block of granite. Most of the churches are beautifully designed with fragile-looking windows of different sizes, various forms of crosses, and catchy wall paintings. The churches are connected to each other by tunnels and walkways.
Overnight in Lalibela.
Day 9- Yemrhanna Kirstos Church
After a relaxed breakfast at your lodge, we will drive about 42km beyond Lalibela for Yemrhanna Kirstos church. This church predates Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches by about 80 years. The church is built rather than excavated. This entirely inspiring complex sits within a cave roofed by basalt lava flows.
Overnight in Lalibela.
Day 10- Dessie
We are now starting the drive back to Addis Ababa where the tour ends. Today, we will drive about half of our way to Addis. Arriving late afternoon in Dessie, we will spend the rest of the day at our leisure.
Overnight in Dessie.
Day 11- Addis Ababa
Most of this day would have no stops on the way. We will be reaching Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. The tour ends with a farewell dinner organized at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa where you will experience traditional dances, music, foods, and drinks.