Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy) (using 2 and 3 star hotels)
2 travelers: $3,543
Single Supplement: $754
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other rates available on request.
- The flight fare for the sector Addis – Bahir Dar – Surface – Lalibela – Addis for customers using ET for their International Flight would be 137 per person.
- The flight fare for the sector Addis – Bahir Dar – Surface – Lalibela – Addis for customers NOT using ET for their International Flight would be 319 per person.
- 1 Night Jupiter Hotel
- 2 Nights Abay Minch Lodge
- 1 Night Goha Hotel
- 3 Nights Sabian Hotel
- 2 Nights Mountain View Hotel
- Entrance Fees
- Local Guide
- Vehicle for 10 Days
- English-speaking Guide for 10 Days
- Half-day Boat Trip on Lake Tana
- Day Room use in Addis
- Arrival/Departure Transfers in Addis
- Farewell Dinner
- Full-Day City Tour
Price Does Not Include:
- Domestic flights (for clients and English-speaking guide)
- Lunch and dinner in Addis, except for farewell dinner
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks outside mealtime
- Video camera and photographic fees
- Porters fees
- Tips and any other expenses of a personal nature
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa (time permitting, city tour)
On arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. If time permits, enjoy a city tour. This tour visits the National Museum, one of the most important sub-Saharan museums in Africa, which is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items, and art. You’ll then visit the Ethnological Museum, which was once the palace of former emperor Haile Selassie. After this, take time in Holy Trinity Cathedral, which contains the thrones and tombs of the emperor and some of the royal family. Overnight at Jupiter Hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar
Take an early flight to Bahir Dar and check into your hotel before heading to the scenic Blue Nile Falls. After lunch, tour the city of Bahir Dar. Situated on the flanks of Lake Tana, Bahir Dar is the capital of the Amhara Region and the third-largest city in Ethiopia. Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge.
Day 3: Bahir Dar
After breakfast, start your full-day boat trip on Lake Tana. Visit some of the ancient monasteries that have been built around the lake or on its many islands. These monasteries include Dek Stephanos, with its priceless collection of icons and remains of several medieval emperors; Kebran Gabriel (closed to women); and Ura Kidane Mihret, known for its famous frescoes. Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge.
Day 4: Bahir Dar – Gonder
Take an early morning drive to Gonder. After checking into your hotel, explore the town of Gonder, the 17th-century capital of Ethiopia, notable for its medieval castle and churches. The city’s unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1855 by the various emperors who reigned during this period. These dramatic castles, unlike any other in Africa, display a richness in architecture that reveals the Axumite traditions as well as the influence of Arabia. Other treasures of Gonder include the 18th-century palace of Ras Beit, the Bath of Fasiladas, the ruins of Qusqam, and the church of Debre Birhan Selassiè with its unique murals. Overnight at Goha Hotel.
Day 5: Gonder – Axum
Start the day early with a drive to the Simien Mountains, where you can catch a glimpse of the endemic Chilada Baboon. After a picnic lunch in the mountains, travel to Axum as you take in panoramic views of the Simien Mountains and the Tekeze River Gorge. Overnight at Sabian Hotel.
Day 6: Axum
Enjoy a full-day excursion in Axum, Ethiopia’s most ancient city and the capital of one of the most glorious empires of the past. The Axumite Empire flourished 3,000 years ago, but its riches can still be pictured as you gaze upon the magnificent obelisks, the graves of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba. The 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion was probably built upon an earlier 4th century church; considered to be the holiest church in Ethiopia, its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. The churches and monasteries of Axum are richly endowed with icons as well as some of the historical crowns of ancient emperors. Overnight at Sabian Hotel.
Day 7: Axum – Mekelle
Drive to Mekelle, on your way visiting the Yeha Temple and Debre Damo (available only for men). Overnight at Sabian Hotel.
Day 8: Mekelle – Lalibela
This morning, journey to Lalibela via Samri and Sekota, enjoying marvelous country views along the way. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel.
Day 9: Lalibela
Today you will visit an entirely rock-hewn church in Lalibela. King Lalibela is credited with founding 11 rock-hewn churches in the 12th century; these remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects them from mass tourism. Considered some of the world’s most incredible man-made creations, they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel.
Day 10: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis, where a half-day city tour awaits you. Take in commanding city views from Mount Entoto, then visit the church of St. Mary at Entoto. After this, you will have time to go to the biggest open market in Africa, Mercato, where you will witness a fascinating medley of people and culture. Enjoy day use of a room until your farewell dinner and homeward departure.
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