Discover Ethiopia

Tucked in between the Middle East and Africa, Ethiopia sits in the middle of these distinctive regions and yet takes on a cultural mosaic and aesthetic that’s tangibly distinct. On this 10-day tour you’ll see just what we mean with Christian churches hewn from solid rock; national park’s vivid, green peaks; and fascinating cities where luxury sports cars and assorted livestock hang out together in perfect harmony.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: DEAA/205141
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Finishes: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Addis Ababa
  • Āksum
  • Simēn
  • Gondar Area
  • Bahir Dar
  • Lalībela



Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Arriving early? Pre-book the City Tour of Addis Ababa on Day 1, and be back in time for your evening welcome meeting. We strongly advise arriving one night earlier to facilitate the activity's early start.

Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means “new flower” in Amharic. At an elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft), it's the third highest capital in the world and the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present, the streets a mishmash of expensive cars, old Russian (Lada model) taxis, along with donkeys, sheep, and goats. Traditional mud houses stand not far from austere fascist architecture and private-sector banks.


Day 2: Addis Ababa/Axum

Fly to Axum, then spend the afternoon exploring the many archaeological sites.
Axum is Ethiopia's oldest and holiest city, and was once the home of the Queen of Sheba.


Day 3: Axum/Simien Mountains NP

Travel, via the Lima Limo Valley, to Debark, our base for visiting Simien Mountains National Park. Relax at the scenic lodge with views of the stunning mountain ranges.


Day 4: Simien Mountains NP/Gondar

Spend the day in Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy guided hiking excursions around Sankaber campsite, and the Jinbar waterfalls, with its scenic views and wildlife. In the late afternoon, drive to Gondar.
The scenic Simien Mountains are a good break from the busy cities. Rising high above an eroded landscape of deep gorges and valleys, they rank as one of the continent's most beautiful (and unusual) mountain ranges. A number of peaks reach well over 4,000m (13,123.4 ft), and Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, is one of Africa's highest mountains. Here, you can see some of Ethiopia's remarkable flora and fauna, including Gelada baboon, Walia ibex, and, if you're lucky, the Ethiopian wolf. The huge lammergeyer is also found soaring over the valleys here.


Day 5: Gondar Area

Enjoy a cultural and nature excursion in a rural Amhara community, then return to Gondar in time for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Debre Birhan Silassie Church.


Day 6: Gondar/Bahir Dar

Continue exploring Gondar in the morning, then head to Bahir Dar.


Day 7: Bahir Dar

Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to enjoy stunning views and visit monasteries including Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided hike to the Blue Nile Falls.
The scenic Blue Nile Falls are known as Tis Issat, which means “smoking water.”


Day 8: Bahir Dar/Lalibela

Drive to Lalibela.
Lalibela is a good place to taste the local beverage, tej (honey wine) accompanied by local traditional song and dance.


Day 9: Lalibela

Enjoy a full day exploring the rock-hewn churches, including St. George Church, and other historical sites.
In the morning, opt for a hike to Asheton Maryam, for panoramic views of the town and countryside.


Day 10: Lalibela/Addis Ababa

Morning flight to Addis Ababa, where the tour ends on arrival at Bole International Airport.
Book onward travel after 5pm.

    • Arrival transfer
    • Visit to Axum historical sites
    • Simien Mountains trek
    • Guided tour of Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Fasiladas's Bath, and historic castles in Gondar
    • Boat trip on Lake Tana
    • Excursion to Blue Nile Falls
    • Guided tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (9 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts
    • Plane, minivan/bus, boat, walking, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), driver, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Discover rock-hewn churches in Lalibela and castles in Gondar
  • Hike in the Simien Mountains National Park and to see the Blue Nile Falls
  • Visit two monasteries on Lake Tana on a boat ride