Duration; 6 Days / 5 Nights

 

Safari Itinerary

 

Day 1: Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar

 Early in the morning, depart on a flight for Bahir Dar (07:00). After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Peninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Diner and overnight in Bahir Dar at Kuriftu Resort and Spa

 

Day 2: Bahir  Dar – Gondar

After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore 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, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Diner and overnight in Gondar at Taye Hotel.

 

Day 3: Gondar – Axum

 Early morning flight to Axum (07:45). Upon arrival to Axum, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archaeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s inscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept (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. Diner and overnight in Axum at Sabean International Hotel/Remhai Hotel/Africa Hotel.

 

Day 4: Axum – Lalibela

Depart on a morning flight to Lalibela (11:00), the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. After lunch, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).

Diner and overnight in Lalibela at Mountain View Hotel

 

Day 5: Lalibela

 In the morning, take a trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela, this church is built with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern. After the visit, return to Lalibela for lunch and, in the afternoon, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.  Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Diner and overnight in Lalibela at Mountain View Hotel

 

Day 6: Lalibela – Addis Ababa 

  In the morning, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff. After the visit, proceed to the airport for the return flight back to Addis Ababa (11:50).

 

PRICE ON REQUEST

 

Rates Include:

  • Domestic airfare as listed above. 
  • Private ground transportation (including all airport transfers),
  •  inclusive of fuel and insurance,  
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above (or similar quality, based on availability), 
  • double or twin share including diner,breakfast and lunch
  •  Entrance fees to all locations 
  •  local guide service and boat trip on Lake Tana
  •  All applicable taxes

 

Rates Exclude:

  • Beverages including all alcoholic beverages
  • Camera and/or photo fees,  
  • Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
  • ,  Items of a personal nature