Nine Day Explore Ethiopia
Day 1: Arrive in Ethiopia Addis Ababa. Transfer from Airport to Hotel
Day 2: Today is a free day to explore the city. Recommended sights are The Holy Trinity Cathedral complex which is the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Ethnological Museum, situated in Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the Addis Ababa University.
Day 3: Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar. Spend next 2 nights staying on the shores of Lake Tana, and right at the source of the Blue Nile.
Day 4: This morning, take a boat cruise on Lake Tana, heading to a Monastery located on the peninsula. Here a guide will show you through the complex, explaining the murals and decorations that cover theOrthodox Church.
This afternoon, we head out for a walk to the spectacular Blue Nile falls.
Lake Tana Boat Cruise and Monastery Tour
Blue Nile Falls
Day 5: Today we travel to Gondar. Situated close to the border of Sudan, Gondar is home to some of Ethiopia’s oldest castles. Explore Gondar with a guide this afternoon. Visit the Fasil Castle complex, Three Trinity Cathedral and the site of the ancient Baths.
Included Activities: Gondar ½ day City Tour
Day 6: Today we head into the Simien Mountains, one of the major mountain regions of Africa, home to RasDejen, the 4th highest peak on the continent at 4543m. This National Park is home to the famous Gelada Baboons, gentle creatures that will allow you to get up close and personal, unlike other baboon species. We will be doing 2hrs hike and spend more time with the Gelada baboons.
Day 7: Today we head to Lalibela. This medieval town is home to 13 monolithic churches, hewn from rock in the 12th century.
Day 8: Spend the day visiting the rock hewn churches.
Included Activities: Churches Tour
Day 9: Fly to Addis and home. Final day (Dinner at the traditional club in Addis)