Religion and culture is quite interwoven in modern Ethiopia. This can be witnessed by the values and norms of the people’s lives. Christianity was introduced in Ethiopia by the Ethiopian eunuch who meets Philip on the road to Gaza as written in Bible.
What to Expect
April 11, DAY 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Upon arrival you'll be met by the friendly tour representatives. If arrival is day time, then proceed for city tour of Addis Ababa. Lunch break. Continue the city tour. O/n Saro-Maria, Friendship or Jupiter Hotel. (B & D)
April 12, DAY 2: Addis Ababa- Bahir Dar
After an early morning breakfast drive to Bahir Dar, the newly bustling city acting as a capital for the Amhara region which has the second largest ethnic group in the country. En route visit to the 13th century monastery of Debre-Lebanos, which had been an important religious academic center and also influential political figures have come from. Then continue the drive to encounter the breath taking Blue-Nile gorge which is comparable to the grand canyon of the USA. O/n Home land Hotel or Abay Minch Lodge (B & D)
April 13, DAY 3: Bahir Dar
After breakfast head exploring the sightseeing in and around the city of Bahir Dar, presently acting as the capital for the Amhara people. Bahir Dar is set by the side of Lake Tana at an altitude of 1,830m. above seas level. Up on arrival head for boat trip on lake Tana, the biggest Lake in Ethiopia to visit the island monastery of Ura Kidanemhiret, which is the most colorful from the nearest available churches and monasteries. After lunch break head to the breath-taking Blue Nile falls. O/n Home land Hotel or Abay Minch Lodge (B & D)
April 14, DAY 4: Bahir Dar-Gonder
After breakfast head to Gondar. En route admire the scenery of the road. Up on arrival have lunch break and then continue to explore the 16th-17th century Castle compound and the bathing pool of King Fasilades constructed by King Fasilades and his successors. Also visit to the basket market of Gondar. Quara Hotel or Toha Hotel ( B & D)
April 15, DAY 5: Gonder-Simien National Park
Early in the morning drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains and en route visit to the Ethiopian Jews village at Weleka admire the scenic beauty of the road. Up on arrival in Sankaber, the head quarter, visit the colony of Gelada Baboon and also admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding. Simien Lodge (B & D)
April 16, DAY 6: Simien National Park
Trek to the surrounding of Buait to admire the scenery and drive to Chenek, another quarter very much scenic and inhabited by the endemic Walia Ibex. Trek in the surrounding and in the evening drive back to the Lodge. Simien Lodge (B & D)
April 17, DAY 7: Simien National Park-Lalibela
Drive from Simien Mountains to Lalibela via the Debre-Tabor road. En route visit to the Awramba people village and admire the most scenic part of the country that hosts chains of mountains. O/n panoramic view or Mountain View Hotel (B & D)
April 18, DAY 8: Lalibela
After breakfast proceed to visit the first group of rock-hewn churches, which are 6 in number represent the earthly Jerusalem. Then after lunch continues to visit the remaining second group of churches which are 5 in number again and represent heavenly Jerusalem. And later conclude the visit by covering the third group of church, which is the cross-shaped and highlight of the Lalibela churches, St. George. O/n panoramic view or Mountain View Hotel (B & D)
April 19, DAY 9: Lalibela Axum
Take the morning flight to Axum. Up on arrival proceed to visit the Stele filed, the Tomb of Kaleb and his son G/ Meskel, The stone inscription of King Ezana (4th Century king). Have lunch and continue the sightseeing to Axum’s St. Mary of Zion Church, where the original ark of covenant given to Moses is believed to be kept, the ruined palace of Queen Sheba and Ezana’s stele park. In the evening attend to the eve celebration of the Easter festival to be colorfully attended by the mass for the whole night until 3:00am. Be part of this celebration and back to hotel. O/n Brana Hotel or Consular International Hotel. (B & D)
April 20, DAY 10: Axum Addis Ababa
Take the morning flight back to Addis Ababa. Up on arrival proceed for shopping and also sightseeing. In the evening be taken for a complementary traditional dinner and transfer out to airport for departure.
- Accommodation (Double room as stated in the itinerary)
- All Surface transportation including transfers
- Half-board meal with soft drinks
- All entrance fees
- Boat trip on Lake Tana
- Professional English-speaking Guide & local guides where applicable
- All government taxes
What's Not Included
- International or domestic flights
- Any airport tax
- Visa fee and departure taxes
- Camera or video fee where necessary
- Alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
A guarantee deposit of 25% of the total payment is needed at the time of confirmation of the trip. The remaining 75% of the total payment is needed a minimum of 2 months prior to the arrival of the group which will directly be made a guarantee deposit for hotels, coach companies, ferry, and other ground arrangements.
For trips cancelled up to 3 weeks before, you will be refunded 75% of the advance payment made.
For trips cancelled up to 2 weeks before, you will be refunded 50% of the advance payment made.
For trips cancelled up to 10 days before, you will be refunded 25% of the advance payment made.
For trips cancelled up to 1 week before, there will be no refund.