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Overview
This Ethiopian adventure begins and concludes in Addis Ababa Our first stop to the historic route is Bahar Dar, the picturesque town set on the shores of Lake Tana. You will visit the island monasteries and the Blue Nile Falls Continue to Gondar you will visit the ancient churches and castles, remnants of a bygone Ethiopian Empire Proceed to the Simien Mountains National Park is located in the northern edge of the central plateau of Ethiopia overlooking the Tekeze Gorge. It is a part of Simien mountains massif in Northern Ethiopia, which lies at elevations between about 2000m and 4543 m of above sea label, taking in Ras Dejen, the highest peak of the Horn of Africa. The park is found in the northern parts of the North Gondar Zone of the Amhara National Regional State. The geographic location extends from 1309’57” to 13019’58” North latitude and from 37054’48” to 38024’43” East longitude. With its present total area of about 13,178 hectare, the park lies in three woredas of the zone, namely, Debark, Adiarkay and Janamora. The Simien Mountains National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Ethiopia with a core area of around 140km2. The Simien Mountains National Park is 130 km from Gondar, the capital of North Gondar zone of ANRS and about 882km from Addis Ababa. It covers both the highlands and the lowlands. The steep escarpments separating these two significant landscapes were formed by volcanic activities and subsequent erosion over millions of years. They give the mountain scenery spectacular appearance. Visit Lalibela, the world-heritage-listed town by UNESCO set high in craggy mountains. Lalibela is renowned for its 12th and 13th century.
Detailed Itinerary

Arrival into Addis Ababa, meet your ESG and transfer to the hotel

Later in the afternoon enjoy a brief city tour of Addis Ababa, we stop at sites such as the national museum, Merkato, Trinity cathedral and Entoto

Return to the hotel

Rest of the evening at leisure

O/N: Nexus hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet your ESG and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Bahir Dar

10:30 Depart Addis Ababa

11:30 Arrival into Bahir Dar
There is an earlier 07:30am flight option

Upon arriving in Bahir Dar, meet your ESG and transfer to your hotel

Post check in, transfer to the boat jetty for your boat trip over Lake Tana on a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries, beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred, on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis.

Arrive at the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure

Dinner at the hotel

O/N: Unison hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet your ESG and today we visit the Blue Nile Falls

In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Bahirdar city tour including a drive to Bezawit palace for panoramic view of the city of Bahirdar, Lake Tana, Blue Nile river and best sus set view.

Return to the hotel

Dinner at the hotel

O/N: Unison hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Today we leave Bahir Dar, meet your ESG and transfer to Gondar

Check in and refresh at your hotel, then meet your ESG and visit the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year.

You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab
Return to the hotel for some leisure time

Dinner at the hotel

O/N: Goha hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a morning drive to Semien Mountain to visit the marvelous scenery of the Semien Mountain , the endemic animals of Walya Ibex, Chilada Baboon and birds. Five Kms from Gonder you will see the old village of the black Jewish.

We will spend day in the semien mountain around Sankaber campsite.

Sankaber lies within the Park and found at an altitude of 3825msl. It is the place to see troops of Gelada Baboon on the way.

These are a different primates found only in Ethiopia and live on vegetables and soft roots. Walk to the wonderful view points around Sankaber. Walk to Jimbar Waterfalls and then drive back to Gonder

Return to the hotel

Dinner at the hotel

O/N: Goha hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet your ESG and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Lalibela

10:00 Depart Gondar

10:30 Arrival into Lalibela, meet your ESG and transfer to your hotel, refresh and later meet your ESG and visit the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches).

Return to the hotel

Dinner at the hotel

O/N: Panoramic hotel or Similar 4* (HB) Standard Room

Breakfast at the hotel

Check out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Addis Ababa

10:00 Depart Lalibela

11:00 Arrival into Addis Ababa
There are various times available for this route

Inclusions
  • Accommodation as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Transfers as specified in itinerary
  • English Speaking Driver as specified in itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide as specified in itinerary
  • All entrance fees and guided excursions as described in itinerary
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana in Bahirdar
  • All park fees
  • Unlimited bottled water per person per day
Exclusions

  • International Flights and Airport Taxes
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Medical & Travel Insurance
  • Incidental tips to hotel/lodge staff 
  • Gratuity to tour driver/guide 
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Any entrance fees and guided excursions not included in the above itinerary
  • Early Check In & Late Check Out
  • Internal & Domestic Flights (priced separately)
  • Lunch

Notes

  • Supplement cost for Addis- Bahir Dar // Gonder- Lalibela- Addis is available on request
  • Supplement cost for Child on request
  • Itinerary and journey times are close approximations and are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Light Aircraft Flights:
  • Baggage allowance is normally restricted between 15kg to 30 kg (depending on country, aviation supplier and seat class chosen) per passenger, inclusive of hand luggage in soft bags. Excess baggage will be charged at prevailing rates and only carried subject to space availability.
  • Timings in remote areas such as national parks may vary from day to day. It is very important that your clients ask their tour guide or lodge manager to reconfirm flights 24 hours before departure. This reconfirmation process will give the departure and arrival details for the flight(s) the following day and will save unnecessary waiting time and discomfort. Charter companies reserves the right to change departure times or carrier when so required for operational, weather or safety reasons.
  • Passenger weights limits apply for light aircraft flights and additional seats may be required if exceeding the weight limit. However, please let us know in advance if this is likely to apply so we can do whatever is possible to minimize the likelihood of this becoming an issue. 

Trip Highlights

ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR - GONDAR - LALIBELA

Departure Period

01 Feb, 2020 to 20 Dec, 2020
AUD 3,523 P P twin share
AUD 4,169 P P single

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