Abuna Yemata rock hewn church in Hawzien, Tigray, North Ethiopia
Stelaes field Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
Stelaes field Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
Gelada Baboon endemic mamals in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia
landscape in Simien Mountains, North Ethiopia
Debre Bihran church inside paintings fresco, Gondar, North Ethiopia
Royal compound palace, Gondar, North Ethiopia
Royal compound, Fasiladas palace, Camelot of Africa, in Gondar, North Ethiopia
Fasiladas bath, royal compound, Fasil Gebbhi, Gondar, North Ethiopia
Lake Tana view, Bahir Dar, Blue Nile, North Ethiopia
Ethiopian cross entrance monastery in Lake Tana Bahir Dar North Ethiopia
Blue Nile Falls (Tiss Issat in Amharic), North Ethiopia
rock hewn church Bet Giorgis, Lalibela, North Ethiopia
Lalibela rock hewn church sunday morning, North Ethiopia
Lalibela rock hewn church view from top, North Ethiopia
Awash River in Awash National Park, East Ethiopia
Harar old city Museum Arthur Rimbaud, french writer, East Ethiopia
Old mosque in Harar holy city, East Ethiopia
Harar Jugol, wall of holy city, East Ethiopia
Woman on market in Harar old city, East Ethiopia
Hyenas in Harar, East Ethiopia
Dire Dawa train station, East Ethiopia
Dire Dawa train station, East Ethiopia
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15 days / 14 nights

 Medium (several days above 3500 m)

Standard 3* Hotel or Lodge

 Road, air

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included unless otherwise mentioned

Individual, start from 2 people

Price on request

Departure every week, on request

Tour code HN05

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Tour Overview

The historic North is the most popular tourism place of Ethiopia.

You will visit fabulous sites such as the amazing palaces in Gondar built in 17th century, the granite stele of Axum and also the rock hewn churches of Lalibela (one the Eight Wonders of the World) or of Tigray around Gerhalta.

You will also appreciate sceneries, beautiful nature and endemic animals in the Simien National Park.

The tour will continue until Harar (East part of Ethiopia) known as one of Islam’s holiest centre. On the way, you will visit Awash National Park well known for the wild life in Ethiopia.

You will have also the time in order to meet the charming Ethiopian people.

Highlights:Map and itinerary of HN05 Ethiopia tour : Addis Ababa, Gheralta, Axum, Siemien Mountains, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Lalibela, Kombolcha Mile, Awash, Dire Dawa, Harar

  • Axum
  • Bahir Dar: Tana Lake and Blue Nile Falls
  • Gheralta
  • Gondar
  • Simien Mountains
  • Lalibela: Rock Hewn Churches
  • Awash National Park
  • Dire Dawa
  • Harar
  • Addis Ababa


Day by day

Day 1 : Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Meet and greet you Ethiopia Tropical Tour and Travel representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer to your hotel.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 2 : Fly Mekele to Gheralta (B-L-D)

Morning fly Mekele. Take a short tour around of Mekele after drive to Hawzien. On the way, visit Abraha Atbeha rock church.

O/N in Lodge.

Day 3 : Gheralta – Yeha – Axum (B-L-D)

Morning visit Abune Yemata rock Hewn churches. Afternoon Drive to Axum on the way visit Yeha temple.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 4 : Visit around Axum (B-L-D)

Sightseeing in Axum. It was once the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires, and represented a connecting point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. Some of the archaeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. There are certainly lots of hidden treasures beneath Axum, yet to be uncovered, with symbolic engravings granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times, decorated with symbolic engravings.

See the churches of Saint Mary of Zion, which contain the crowns of Ethiopian Kings and other treasures, the tomb of king Kaleb and the Axum Museum, revealing many of the archaeological findings and providing information about the glorious past of the city.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 5 : Axum – Simien Mountains (B-L-D)

Early morning departure for the country’s highest mountains. Travel by bus through the northern most region of Tigray, the Tekezze Gorge and along the fascinating panoramas of the Simien Mountains. Arrival in the Simien Mountains National Park late afternoon.

O/N in Lodge or in Hotel.

Day 6 : Simien Mountains National Park (B-L-D)

Day in Simien Mountains National Park, enjoying guided hiking excursions around Sankaber campsite, the Jinbar waterfalls, and Chenek campsite.

Return to Lodge or Hotel for the evening

Day 7 : Simien Mountains – Gondar (B-L-D)

Travel back to Gondar with a stop at the Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre in a Falasha village. After, visit the palaces of King Fassiladas, the Bath of Emperor, Debre Birhan Selassie Church and visit Kusquam, Queen Mentawab’s historic residence just outside the City.

O/N in Lodge.

Day 8 : Visit around Bahir Dar (B-L-D)

Morning drive 33 km Bahir Dar to Tiss Isat to see the Blue Nile falls. The round trip will take about one hour walking. Cross the Blue Nile by boat. Drive back to Bahir Dar. Lunch.

Afternoon, boat trip on Lake Tana. Visit the Island Monasteries and churches of Ura Kidane Mihiret, Azoa Mariam (Ura Kidane Mihiret hosts important religious icons from the 16th century. Azoa Mariam is known for its paintings and has an interesting museum.

O/N in Lodge.

Day 9 : Bahir Dar – Lalibela (B-L-D)

You will have breakfast & drive to Lalibela (270 km from Bahir Dar). On the way visit the Awramba Community (69 km from Bahir Dar). You will stop for lunch at Nefase Moucha. You will see scenery landscape. You will arrive in Lalibela late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the Hotel.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 10 : Visit around Lalibela (B-L-D)

Early in the morning, after breakfast, Take a guided your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 11 : Lalibela – Kombolcha (B-L-D)

Morning drive Lalibela to Kombolcha. On the way visit Genet Mariam rock hewn Church. Afternoon visit Lake Hayek.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 12 : Kombolcha – Awash National Park (B-L-D)

Morning drive Kombolcha to Awash National park. Late afternoon game drive in the park before returning to lodge for the evening.

Awash National park has over 350 species of bird that have been recorded in this Savannah grassland and you will spot birds like : Ruppell¨s Vulture, Black – billed -Chat, Boran Cisticola, Scarlet-Chested & Shining Sunbird, Tawny Pipit, Yellow- throated Serin (Endemic), Carmine bee-eater, Lilac-Breasted & Abyssinian Roller, Arabian Bustard, and Great Grey Shrikes.

O/N at in Lodge.

Day 13 : Awash National Park – Harar – Dire Dawa (B-L-D)

Drive Awash to Harar. On the way visit of the scenery landscape. We arrive late afternoon. Evening, you will visit hyena show man.

O/N in standard hotel.

Day 14 : Visit around Harar (B-L-D)

Morning drive to Dire Daw to Harar on the way visit the famous of Aweday chat market and city tour around Harar. Late afternoon back to Dire Dawa.

O/N in standard hotel

Day 15 : Dire Dawa – Addis Ababa (B-L-D)

Fly back to Addis Ababa and make sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa that includes visiting the National Archaeological Museum, Mercato (the largest open air market in East Africa).

We will also have free time for shopping. In the evening, you will be guest of Ethiopia Tropical Tours at one of the famous traditional restaurants of Addis where you enjoy watching the folkloric dances of the Ethiopia people, and taste Ethiopian meals.

End of the tour. Departure.

Price and conditions

Included in the tour package : 

  • Overnight accommodations in hotels as indicated (or comparable standard).
  • For the camping comfortable tents and all necessary equipment is provided
  • Boarding as indicated (B= Breakfast/ L=Lunch/ D= Dinner)
  • Professional English-French German Italian Japan speaking guide
  • All excursions and transports as indicated
  • Boat excursions as indicated
  • Entrance fees for all sights and visits as indicated
  • Photos
  • Soft drinks and water

Services not included : 

  • International & internal flights
  • Visa fees
  • Not indicated meals
  • No alcoholic drink
  • Video camera- fees
  • Not mentioned visits and excursions

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