Tour Name: Historic Ethiopia, Simien Mountains and Rift Valley Lakes
Tour Code: IETT 002
Transport: Flight and surface
Accommodation: Hotels & lodges
Monasteries on Lake Tana, Castles of Gondar, breathtaking Simien Mountains, ancient Axum with the house of the Ark of the Covenant, rock-hewn churches of Tigray & Lalibela and birding with some mamals in the Rift Valley Lakes.
Day 01: Arrival in Addis Ababa, city tour of the capital.
Day 02: Morning flight to Bahirdar to visit the monasteries on Lake Tana and Blue Nile falls.
Day 03: Drive north to Gondar to visit the 17th C capital with its Castles and monastery.
Day 04: Scenic drive to the Simien Mountains National Park where you will see some endemic
animals and the breathtaking landscape.
Day 05: Another scenic drive to Axum crossing the Tekeze valley.
Day 06: Full day in Axum to explore the archeaological sites and church of St. Mary Tsion.
Day 07: Scenic drive through the Adwa Mountains and 5th C B.C. Temple at Yeha to the
Day 08: Visit some of the rock-hewn churches of Tigray and drive to Mekele.
Day 09: Drive south to Lalibela through the Alage Mountains.
Day 10: Full day to visit the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
Day 11: Morning flight back to Addis and continue your drive south to the Rift Valley Lakes, home to so many birdlife and some animals. Overnight lodge in Langano.
Day 12: Morning excursion to the nearby Abijata and Shalla National park to see the flamingoes and other birds. Afternoon free time to swim in the lake or relax.
Day 13: Drive back to Addis through the 12th C Stelea field at Tiya. Late afternoon time for
shopping. Evening departure back home.