Starting from $300 per person [1]

6 days touring

Travel by Private Car & Internal Flights

Tour Available: All year round

Meals: 5 Breakfasts; 5 Lunches; 5 Dinners; [2]

Fitness level required: Low

This 6 day fly / drive itinerary is great for those visitors who are pressed for time but still want to see the major attractions in the north of Ethiopia. The tour will visit the towns of Addis Ababa, Axum, Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar.

Addis Ababa, the capital, is the economic hub and driving force behind Ethiopia’s economic rise in the last ten years. From Addis Ababa, fly right to the top of the country to visit Axum – the ancient capital of the great Axumite Empire. Take another internal flight to see Lalibela – famed for it’s amazing and hard to fathom rock-hewn churches. Next up, fly to Gondar – known as the “Camelot of Africa” as a result of it’s group of castles right in the heart of the city. After Gondar, travel a short distance south by road to the modern lakeside town of Bahir Dar. The tour concludes with a final internal flight back to the capital – Addis Ababa.

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Northern Ethiopia Loop – 6 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival into Addis Ababa followed by short transfer to a city center hotel.

Depending on the arrival time of your flight, we will take you on a short city tour of Addis Ababa.

Entoto Mountain

Addis Ababa

Entoto Mountain is where in 1881 King Menelik tried to build a capital city. Some of the most interesting places to see at Entoto are a church museum near the church of St. Mary and the old house of King Menelik.

National Museum of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

The main draw of visiting the National Museum of Addis Ababa, is to see the remain of ‘Lucy’. ‘Lucy’ is a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species. She lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

Meals Included on this Day

Dinner

Private Vechicle

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport – Addis Ababa

15m - 30m

5km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Day 2: Addis Ababa / Axum

Rise early and take the morning flight to Axum (also spelled Aksum) right in the very North of Ethiopia. Axum is famous for it ancient obelisks. The most famous one is a 1,700-year-old, 24-metre-tall granite stele/obelisk, weighing 160 tonnes.

Other sightseeing visits will take in the church of St. Mary, Axum Stelae Field, tomb of King Kaleb, pool of Queen Sheba, and much more.

The Axum Obelisk

Axum

The Obelisk of Axum is a 1,700-year-old, 24-metre-tall granite stele/obelisk, weighing 160 tonnes, in the city of Axum in Ethiopia. It is ornamented with two false doors at the base and features decorations resembling windows on all sides.

Tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel

Axum

Set on a small hill 1.8km northeast of the Northern Stelae Field and offering views of the jagged mountains of Adwa, local tradition attributes these two tombs to the 6th-century King Kaleb and his son, King Gebre Meskel.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Plane

Addis Ababa - Axum

1h - 2h

Save some time with a short internal flight in Ethiopia! Cover a large distance in a short time.

Day 3: Axum / Lalibela

Up early again and take another short internal flight – this time to Lalibela. On route from the airport to the town, stop off at Nakute Leab Church.

Lalibela is famous for it’s incredible monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is also one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and a center of pilgrimage. A local guide will take you on a walking tour of all the rock churches located in the town.

Nakute Leab Church

Lalibela

In 1270 the king of the dynasty Naakute Laab Zagwe of Lalibela, on the advice of the influential monk (later saint)Tekle Haimanot , Emperor abdicated in favor of Yekuno Amlak belonging to the Solomonic dynasty. The church located in the cave where Naakute Laab led a hermit’s life, is a lovely place in a spectacular location. The church has one of the most interesting collections of ancient crosses, illuminated manuscripts and icons, some of which are attributed to its founder Naakute Laab.

Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches

Lalibela

Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches have to be seen to be believed. In total there are 11 cave churches, some of which date back to the 13th-century, and the most famous and iconic church being St. Georges.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Plane

Axum - Lalibela

40m - 1hr

Save some time with a short internal flight in Ethiopia! Cover a large distance in a short time.

Overnight at: Maribela Hotel [3]

Day 4: Lalibela / Gondar

After an early breakfast, take the next internal flight; this time to Gondar. Gondar is known as the “Camelot of Africa” due to the existence of a number of castles in the heart of the city. Other sightseeing destinations on this day will be the Debre Berhan Selassie Church and Fasilides’ Bath.

Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure)

Gondar

Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure) is the remains of a fortress-city within Gondar, Ethiopia. It was founded in the 17th and 18th centuries by Emperor Fasilides (Fasil) and was the home of Ethiopia’s emperors. Its unique architecture shows diverse influences including Nubianstyles. The site was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Fasilides’ Bath

Gondar

King Fasilides commissioned the construction of what is know as Fasilides’ Swimming pool, or Fasilides’ Bath, beyond the the heart of the city north-west of the Qaha River. There is a two-storeyed battlemented palace standing in a square pool which receives it water from a canal filled by the river, but which is empty most of the time for sanitary reasons.

Debre Berhan Selassie Church

Gondar

The Debre Birhan Selassie Church in Gondar is famed for its beautiful examples of Ethiopian church art. It was the only church in Gondar that survived the destruction inflicted by Sudanese Mahdist Dervishes in the late 19th century. The outside of the church is quite plain, but its interior walls are covered in art depicting biblical scenes, saints and angels.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Plane

Lalibela - Gondar

1h - 2h

Save some time with a short internal flight in Ethiopia! Cover a large distance in a short time.

Overnight at: AG hotel [3]

Day 5: Gondar / Bahir Dar

After breakfast, visit the Qusquam Monastery and Church before driving 3 hours south to the lakeside town of Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar is one of Ethiopia’s newest city and has a young vibrant population. The town is set on the banks of Lake Tana – Ethiopia’s largest lake and also the source of the Blue Nile river. In the afternoon, take a trip to a viewpoint looking over the lake. The viewpoint is located beside the old Palace of Haile Selassie – known as Bezawit Palace.

Qusquam (Monastery and Church)

Gondar

Founded by Empress Mintwab, the monastery of Qusquam and the ruined palace are situated about three kilometers west of the Gondar town center. Visitors can see the old church ruined palace of the Empress, fine old manuscripts, skeletal remains of the Empress, her son Iyasu II and grandson Iyoas.

Bezawit Palace

Bahir Dar

Bezawit Palace is the palace of the former Ethiopian Emperor – Haile Selassie. The palace sits upon a hilltop and offers great views of Lake Tana. Unfortunately the palace isn’t open to the public but the viewpoints in the area are worth the trip.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Private Vechicle

Gondar - Bahir Dar

2h30m - 3h

175km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Overnight at: Abay Minch Lodge [3]

Day 6: Bahir Dar / Addis Ababa

In the morning, take a boat ride on Lake Tana, visiting Ura Kidane Mihiret monastery and church.

After lunch, visit the Blue Nile falls; one of Ethiopia’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Late in the afternoon, take a flight back to Addis Ababa.Once we arrive back in Addis Ababa, the program will finish.

Ura Kidane Mihiret monastery on Lake Tana

Bahir Dar

Ura Kidane Mehret is a church of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located on the Zege peninsula in Lake Tana. The convent was founded in the 14th century by the saint Betre Mariyam, although the present circular church dates from the 16th century.

The Blue Nile Falls

Bahir Dar

The Blue Nile Falls is a waterfall on the Blue Nile river in Ethiopia. It is known as Tis Abay in Amharic, meaning “smoking water”. It is situated on the upper course of the river, about 30 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana.

Meals Included on this Day

Breakfast & Lunch

Plane & Private Vechicle

Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa

1h - 2h

Quick internal flight followed by a transfer in the comfort of a private vechicle.


Points to note:

[1] The "price per person" amount is a guide price only. Please submit a quote request for a more definite price.

[2] The price for meals includes a soft drink / water plus tea and coffee with each meal. Alcohol is not included but can be purchased at an extra cost.

[3] Hotels listed on individual days of the tour will be booked where possible but may be changed subject to availability.

Starting from $300 per person

6 days touring

Travel by Private Car & Internal Flights

Tour Available: All year round

Meals: 5 Breakfasts; 5 Lunches; 5 Dinners;

Fitness level required: Low

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Starting and finishing point for the tour. The capital of Ethiopia

Axum

Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia

Axum was once the capital of the great Axumite Empire.

Lalibela

Lalibela, Amhara, Ethiopia

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lalibela; famous for it's rock-hewn churches

Gondar

Gondar, Amhara, Ethiopia

Known as the 'Camelot' of Africa, Gondar is famous for it's 17th and 18th century castles.

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia

Located on the shores of Lake Tana, Ethiopia's largest lake, Bahir Dar is an example of a new thriving Ethiopian town.

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Alexander hosted me during my stay in Addis Ababa. Now, he is a friend. Such a nice people! I hope you will get the chance to know him, to stay with him and to have a tour of Ethiopia with him.

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