Northern Ethiopian

he north of Ethiopia holds some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Learn more about the historical and natural attractions of this country below.
Bahir Dar & Lake Tana
Bahir Dar literally translates to “sea shore” in the local language of Amharic, which is a fitting title for this relaxed town that opens up to the sacred waters of Bahir Dar. Locals traverse the lake in papyrus tankwa boats, constructed in the same manner as in ancient times. However, it is the monasteries hidden on the shores and many islands of Lake Tana that tell the true history of Ethiopia’s largest body of water.Tankwa boats on Lake Tana


6 Days

Day itinerary as follows:

#DAY 1- Addis Abeba – Bahir Dar
We will take the morning flight to Bahir Dar (duration approximately one hour). Bahir Dar is a beautiful city located at lake Tana. It is the capital of the Amhara Region and known for its wide avenues lined with palm trees and a variety of colorful flowers. We will take a relaxing boat trip on Lake Tana and visit the peninsulas Zege with the Azwa Maryam monastery and Ura Kidanemariam. Lake Tana consists of a number of islands, some of them are inhabited. A lot of islands consist of very old monasteries and church treasures. The locals use boats made of papyrus to travel on the lake and to get and sell goods on the market. If we are lucky we will be able to see hippos. We will spend the night at the Abay Mentch Lodge.
#DAY 2- Bahir Dar – Gondar After breakfast we will head towards Gondar (180 km). The drive takes about three hours through beautiful and interesting landscapes. After checking into the hotel and having lunch we will visit the famous castle-site of emperor Fassilidas as well as the Debrebrihan Selassie church that is well known for the painting of its sealing. Afterwards we will head to the bath of emperor Fassilidas – another UNESCO world heritage site of the city. We will enjoy a traditional dinner at the Four Sister Restaurant and sleep at Hotel Goha.

#DAY 3- Gondar – Lalibela After breakfast we will take the 30 minute flight to Lalibela (9:45 am). We will be picked up from the airport and driven to the Mountain View Hotel. After lunch we will visit the first group of the 11 rock hewn churches – one of the UNESCO world heritages. We will enjoy our dinner with a fantastic panoramic view at the Ben Abeba Restaurant. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel.

#DAY 4- Lalibela After breakfast we will climb up with our guide and donkeys to visit the cloister Ashete Mariam. It is located 3200 m above sea level. It takes 2 hours to climb up (8 km). After reaching the top of the hill we will enjoy the splendid view of Lalibela and the area. In the afternoon we will visit the second group of the churches including the most famous one. Dinner at Ben Abeba Restaurant, overnight at the Mountain View hotel.

#DAY 5- Lalibela – Axum After breakfast we will take the 40 minute flight to Axum (10:35 am). After lunch we will visit the famous Obelisk and the Queen of Sheba’s Bath. Also the cathedral of St Mary of Zion can be visited. It was built in 1665 by Empereor Fasilides and due to the believe of Ethiopians it is said to have previously housed the Ark of Covenant. Only men are allowed to enter the church. Dinner and overnight at the Sabean International Hotel.

#DAY 6- Fly back to Addis Abeba After breakfast we will have a city tour of Addis with the visit of the national museum. We are also going up Entoto mountain and enjoy the view of Addis. Depending on time we will spend some time at Merkato – Africa’s biggest open market. Dinner and overnight at hotel.