This classic tour of North and South Ethiopia is a sensory overload of everything that makes Ethiopia great—for travellers with a passion for real experience of History, Culture and Nature and includes Lalibela rock churches, Axum Obelisks, monuments, Blue Nile Falls, Castle of Gondar, Addis Ababa, the most diversify tribes of Omo Valley Mursi People, Hamer People, Karo People, Konso People….
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Arrival at Bole International Airport and be transfer to hotel. Depends on your arrival time we start exploring the town of Addis Ababa that includes the National Museum (home of Lucy, hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years) and Holy Trinity Cathedrals and end Addis Ababa tour with Merkato Africa’s largest market of its kind .
Optional tour to Fistula Hospital is a remarkable place to visit, and is considered the best-run charity in the country
Overnight Jupiter International Hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Debre Libanos-Bahir Dar
Drive to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese Bridge, continue through the scenic Blue Nile Gorge to our destination. Overnight Tana Hotel.
Day 3: Bahir Dar
Take a boat tour on Lake Tana to explore some of the monasteries hidden on the shores and islands of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, depart out of town to the Blue Nile Falls for an easy hike in the area. End the day with a sunset over Lake Tana from the top of Bezawit Hill, next to the former palace of Haile Selassie. Overnight Tana Hotel.
Day 4: Bahir Dar - Gondar
After breakfast, proceed driving north to Gondar. The drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture and the traditional agricultural methods still in use today. Afternoon will be spent exploring the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight Goha Hotel.
Day 5: Gondar –Simien Mountain National Park
Early in the morning, depart for the stunning Simien Mountains National Park. The jagged mountains and deep valleys lend spectacular views to these mountains, home to many of the endemic animal species of Ethiopia including the gelada baboon (guaranteed to be seen) as well as the rare Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf. The afternoon will be available for hikes in the area surrounding the lodge. Overnight at the Simien Lodge.
Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park -Axum
After breakfast, continue to Axum, enjoying the final views of the Simien Mountains. After stopping for lunch at Adarky, proceed driving through the Tekeze Valley to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight Sabean Hotel.
Day 7: Axum
Today is a full day visiting the sites in Axum. Sites to visit include the famous obelisks, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You will also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept, according to local Ethiopian tradition. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight Sabean Hotel.
Day 8: Axum-Geralta
After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men climb up a 15-m rope to enter the uphill situated monastery. Overnight Hawzien hotel.
Day 9: Geralta-Mekele
Explore the Geralta cluster rock churches of Tigrai with picnic lunch Mariam Korkor, AbuneYemataGue, YohanesMekudi and others then drive to Mekelle, overnight Axum hotel.
Day 10: Mekele-Lalibela
A full day Drive to Lalibela passing outstanding chains of Mountain and visit one of the Amhara traditional village, overnight Roha hotel.
Day 11: Lalibela
Day 12: Lalibela –Kombolcha
Day 13: Kombolcha –Awash
Day 14: Awash –Harar
Day 15: Harar
Day 16: Harar –Langano
Overnight Sabana Hotel .
Day 17: Langano- Ariba Minch
Day 18: Ariba Minch -Turmi via Dimeka
Day 19: Turmi –Murule –Turmi
Day 20: Turmi -Mursi-Jinka
Day 21: Jinka-Ariba Minch
Day 22: Ariba Minch –Addis Ababa
Drive back to Addis Ababa via Shashemene via Butajirra, on the way visit Tiya Engraved Stelae field dated back 12th century and UNESCO’s world heritage site.
Early evening, we will have a coffee ceremony to our appreciation for touring with us, Foot prints and we dine a fair well dinner at one of the traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Then transfer to the airport for departure.