Classic Ethiopia - 8 Day

 

Day 00:

  • As per own flight arrangements, depart from your home country to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

Day 01:

  • On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
  • We will start our site-seeing by visiting the National Museum which houses some of the country’s historic treasures.
  • Visit the two major highlights of the city, the Ethnographic Museum and the church of the Holy Trinity, Ethiopia’s main cathedral and home to the remains of the last emperor, Haile Selassie.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02:

  • After breakfast, fly north to Bahir Dar, capital of the Amhara region situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country.
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the lake to learn the secrets held by the monasteries and churches on the islands.
  • Visit the Ura Kidane Mihret church on Zeghie Peninsula.
  • In the afternoon we will visit Tississat Falls, Amharic for ‘water that smokes’.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 03:

  • After breakfast, drive for the 3 Hour (185km) north to Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia.
  • This afternoon, we’ll visit the Debre Birhan Selassie church (Light of Trinity) with its sensational angelic ceiling and mural.
  • Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04:

  • After breakfast we drive to Debark on the edge of the Simien Mountains.
  • In the late morning we drive up into the mountains for some spectacular views of this unique ecosystem.
  • We take an optional 1.5hr walk, mostly flat or downhill, and we will see the Endemic Gelada baboons, Klipspringers, Lammergeyer vultures, and bushbuck.
  • The scenery is truly breath-taking and there will be time for a walk around the Sankaber region of the National Park.
  • In the afternoon we will drive back to Gondar for our overnight at the Hotel.  

Day 05:

  • After breakfast, board your morning flight to Axum.
  • We visit the famous monolithic stelae of Axum.
  • We will also visit the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba.
  • Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06:

  • After a short flight, we start our day by visiting the first cluster of Rock Hewn churches in the afternoon.
  • Overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 07:

  • Today we will visit the church of Yimrhane Kristos.
  • Drive back to Lalibela.
  • In the afternoon, we will visit the remaining rock-hewn churches of Lalibela that include the Churches of Bete Gabriel and Rafael, Merkorous, Emanuel and Abba Libanos.
  • Overnight in Hotel.

Day 08:

  • Enjoy breakfast with the rest of the day free for last minute shopping and exploring the city.
  • In the evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for traditional dinner and live stage dances from the different ethnic groups.
  • You will then be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to your onward destination.