This 14 day tour of the northern part of Ethiopia is an excellent itinerary for those travelers who are not in a hurry and really want to explore the Christian history and traditions of northern Ethiopia.
This main focus of the route will be on on the ancient churches of North Ethiopia. Starting off from Addis Ababa, we drive to north to Lalibela – famous for it’s rock-hewn churches. After Lalibela, we continue farther north to Mekele and take our time to visit rock churches of Eastern Tigrai (Gheralta). Then we drive right to the top of Ethiopia, to visit Axum, stopping off at Debre Damo monastery along the way. From Axum we turn to the southwest, to spend one night camping in the Simien Mountain National Park. After visiting the national park, we head south to the town of Gondar; famed for it’s castles. From Gondar we head future south, to the lakeside modern town of Bahir Dar. From here we can visit the isolated island monasteries on Lake Tana. After Bahir Dar, we complete our loop by heading back to Addis Ababa, stopping off at Debre Libanos monastery along the way.