meet and greet and get assisted for a transfer to the hotel. Afternoon tour of the capital. Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National museum, StGeorge church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa and shops. O/N in hotel.
Day 2. Fly to Bahirdar, and transfer hotel for check-in
If time permits, go to visit Bezait palace, with very nice view over Tana Lake and Blue Nile. Afternoon boat trip on lake Tana to admire the beautiful monasteries over the lake’sislands,as Ura Kidane Mehret and Mahal Zeghie Gyorgis. O/N in Bahir dar.
Day 3. Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls
Lunch back to Bahirdar. Afternoon drive toGondar , city of castles and churches. O/N in Gondar.
Day 4. Full day visit of castles and churches in Gondar
visit the castle’s compound, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, the King Fasiladas bath, the old Qusquam monastery, Empress Mentewab palace and more. O/N in Gondar.
Day 5. Excursion to visit the Semien mountains
Very enjoyable walks, admiring these spectacular views, spot some endemic mammals (as the gelada baboons), birds, very nice flora, and visit some Amhara people villages. O/N Debark or Semien lodge
Day6- Drive to Axum
Excursions and then proceed your drive to Axum through spectacular views. O/N hotel.
Day 7. Visit the steles, different archeological sites
the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba;churches, among which in the church of St Mary of Tsion (where legend says is deposited the Ark of Covenant). O/N in Axum.
Day 8. Drive to the Yeha pre-Christian temple
Drive to the Yeha pre-Christian temple and the DebreDamo monastery, the first Ethiopian monastery, with an only ropes way entrance. O/ N Gheralta lodge Tigray or Mekele in htl
Day 9. Excursion for the Geraltha grp of the Tigray rock churches
visit Mariam Korkor, DanielKorkor and Abune Yemata, the most spectacular of the Tigray churches (being Abune Yemata a bit difficult to reach by climbing, for those that are not able to do it, we’ll visit so Abreha WeAtsbeha. O/N Gheralta lodge or Mekele.
Day 10.Visit churches of the Atsbi group
Mickael Imba, Micael Barka and Mickael DebreSelam. O/N Gheralta lodge or Mekele.
Drive to Lalibela. O/N in hotel.
Day 12- Visit the 11 rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.
defined as the 8 th wonder. Afternoon a coffee ceremony in a atraditional house. Dinner with Amhara and Wollo region people folkloristic dances at the hotel. O/N in hotel.
Day 13:Visit the spectacular Yemrehenna Kristos church.
Afternoon Genete Mariam or Naktuleab. O/N in hotel.
Day 14. Drive to Hayk Lake and visit the DebreEstifanos
Drive to Hayk Lake and visit the DebreEstifanos church over its island. Proceed through wonderful views to Kombolcha. O/N in hotel.
Day 15. Drive to east, towards Awash
After noon visit awash national park .O/N in hotel
Day 16 Drive to Harar
Early in the morning drive, towards Harar , the walled city .arrive in the afternoon . O/N in hotel.
Full day visit in Harar. O/N in hotel.
Day 18. Drive direct to Addis Ababa. Then Departure.