rock hewn church Bet Giorgis in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Rock hewn church Bet Maryam in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Lalibela rock hewn church sunday morning, North Ethiopia
Ethiopian cross, entrance monastery in Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, North Ethiopia
Tana Lake, Bahir Dar, North Ethiopia
boat in papyrus from Tana Lake, Bahir Dar, North Ethiopia
Blue Nile Falls (Tiss Issat in Amharic), North Ethiopia
Royal compound, Camelot of Africa, in Gondar, North Ethiopia
Fasiladas bath, royal compound, Fasil Gebbhi, Gondar, North Ethiopia
Royal compound, Camelot of Africa, in Gondar, North Ethiopia
Royal compound Fasiladas palace, Camelot of Africa, in Gondar, North Ethiopia
Stelaes field Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
Stelaes field Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
Stelaes field Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
Obelisk in Axum, North Ethiopia
North Ethiopia mountain scenery
Abuna Yemata rock hewn church in Hawzien, Tigray, North Ethiopia
Maryam Korkor rock hewn church in Tigray, Ethiopia
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10 days / 9 nights


Standard 3* Hotel or Lodge

Surface, air

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included unless otherwise mentioned

Individual, start from 2 people

Price on request

Departure every week, on request

Tour code HN1

or call + 33 6 60 39 02 19 (Europe)
or call + 251 911 657 576 / 166 717 (Addis)

or let’s arrange a tailor-made tour for you, based on your own requirements.

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, endemic animals and the charming Ethiopian people.

Highlights :


Day by day

Day 1. Addis Ababa city tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa. Welcome by the company guide.
After checking in Hotel, visit the sights of Addis Ababa : The Trinity Cathedral, the National Museum, Entoto Mountains, St. George Church and the Mercato, the largest open air market in East Africa (depending on your arrival time in Addis Ababa airport).

O / N in standard Hotel.

Day 2. Addis Ababa – Mekele – Gheralta (B-L-D)

In the morning, flight to Mekele (1 hour). After arrival, short city tour. Lunch. Afternoon, continue to drive to Hawzien.
On the way, visit 2 Tigrayan rock hewn churches.

O/N Lodge.

Day 3. Gheralta – Axum(B-L-D)

Morning visit of one rock hewn church. Afternoon, drive to Axum. On the way, visit Yeha Temple.

O / N in Hotel

Day 4. Axum  (B-L-D)

Visit the historic and religious sites in the city of Axum: the stelae field, the historical museum, the ruins of the palace of Queen Sheba, the underground tombs of Kaleb and other kings and the Church of Our Lady of Zion with their treasures.

O / N in Standard 3* Hotel.

Day 5. Axum – Gondar (B-L-D)

Drive from Axum to Gondar (365 km by asphalt road).
On the way, visit scenery, landscapes, Tekeze gorges, Ploughshare Women Crafts training centre in a Falasha village.

O/N in standard 3* Hotel or Lodge.

Day 6. Gondar City Tour – Bahir Dar and Blue Nile Falls (B-L-D)

In the morning, visit the Palaces of King Fassiladas, the bath of Emperor, Debre Birhan Selassie Church. Afternoon drive to Bahir Dar.
On the way, visit Awramba village. Late afternoon, arrival in Bahir Dar.

O / N in standard 3* Hotel or Lodge.

Day 7. Bahir Dar and the Lake Taba (B-L-D)

In the morning, visit the Blue Nile Falls in Tiss Isat near Bahir Dar. This excursion includes a walking tour of approximately one hour.
Later return back to Bahir Dar. Afternoon, boat excursion on Lake Tana, to visit some of the monasteries and churches which are found on the islands and peninsulas and which are well-equipped with religious relics and arts.
In the afternoon return to Bahir Dar.

O / N in standard 3* Hotel or Lodge.

Day 8. Bahir Dar – Lalibela (B-L-D)

Flight from Bahir Dar to Lalibela. Transfer to the town and in the afternoon, visit of the first group of rock-hewn churches, the famous UNESCO Heritage site of Ethiopia, unique in the world.
The fascinating churches are important testimonies of early Christianity and the culture of ancient Ethiopia.

O / N in standard 3* Hotel.

Day 9. Lalibela rock-hewn churches (B-L-D)

Morning drive to 40 km from Lalibela, visit Yemrhankristos cave Church.  Afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
After In the participation in a private coffee ceremony in town.

O / N in standard 3* Hotel.

Day 10. Lalibela – Addis Ababa (B-L-D)

Transfer to the airport of Lalibela and domestic flight to Addis Ababa.
The afternoon is free for shopping, walking and visiting more sights in the city. In the evening, traditional farewell dinner with traditional dancing presentations.

End of Tour.

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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