14 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour Package (Danakil, Gondar, Axum and More)

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Day 1: Fly to Bahir Dar

Stop At: Lake Tana, Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahir Dar 1000 Ethiopia
Early in the morning fly to Bahir dar, set out for a bought trip on Lake Tana to see beautiful island monasteries and their Valuable treasures which include biblical wall paintings, ancient illuminated parchment books, superb crosses etc.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
In the afternoon drive...
Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Bahir Dar

Stop At: Lake Tana, Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahir Dar 1000 Ethiopia
Early in the morning fly to Bahir dar, set out for a bought trip on Lake Tana to see beautiful island monasteries and their Valuable treasures which include biblical wall paintings, ancient illuminated parchment books, superb crosses etc.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
In the afternoon drive to magnificent Blue Nile falls; it’s about 400 meters wide with full flood
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Wynn hotel or similar.

Day 2: Drive to Gondar and have a city tour

Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder Ethiopia
After breakfast drive about 2-3 hours to north Gondar. Then visit the Royal enclosure with its magnificent castles dated from the 17th century (listed as a world heritage sites)
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia, Gonder Ethiopia
Then visit the remarkable church of Debrebirihan Selassie with it beautiful wall and ceiling paintings, the bath of king Fasiladas (which still go on today. Once a year it’s filled with water for the Timket celebration.)
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Haz Hotel or similar.

Day 3: Drive to Simien Mountain National Park

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Early morning we drive along a good paved road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark, the 100 km journey will take around two to three hours. At the headquarters we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. Here we obtain a permit from the Park headquarters and collect our obligatory scout before continuing to Sankabar (3250m ASL) for the first overnight camp. After that we will drive for another hour before we will start our first day introductory walk. An early start is needed as the drive from Gondar takes a 2-3 hours. The trek begins at Buytras (Simien Lodge), taking about 3 – 4 hours to walk to the Sankabar campsite is usually possible. During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first Gelada baboons.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay Camping

Day 4: Sankabar to Geech

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
In the morning we will walk to Geech via the spectacular Jinbar waterfall and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbahir River (which feeds the waterfall) plunges 500 m into the abyss. Having finished enjoying and taking pictures around the fall, a short ascent remains to Geech village. A short distance beyond Geech village is the camp site. The camp site has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant lobelia plants. The nearby Kedadit summit provides one of the best places to see the sun set. The camp site is situated at 3600m ASL.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Camping

Day 5: Geech to Ambaras to Axum

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
We trek from Geech to the Imet Gogo promontory, for one of the most spectacular views in the whole mountain range. This is a great day for seeing the magnificent Lammergeier vultures. From Imet Gogo we trek back to the road near a village called Ambaras and meet the car for the drive back to Axum. The trek will last approximately3-4 hours
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Branna Hotel, Axum

Day 6: City tour in Axum

Stop At: The Ruins of Aksum, Axum Ethiopia
Today you explore Axum. Axum is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular ancient site in sub Saharan Africa. Register to world Heritage Site. visit the famous stele park with its ancient huge monolithic obelisks, ruind palaces of different Axumite kings including that of the ruined palace the queen of sheba, ancient stone inscriptions, tombs, the small but rich archeological site museum of Axum and the church of st.mary of zion where the home of original Arc of covenant.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Branna Hotel.

Day 7: Drive to Hawzen

Stop At: Yeha Archaeological Site, Yeha Village Ethiopia
In the morning after breakfast you will visit Yeha temple. After that proceed to rock hewn churches of Tigray, such as Abraha Atsbeha (perched on the side of a cliff) and Chirkos
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Abreha and Atsbeha Church, Abraha Atsbeha Ethiopia
In the morning after breakfast you will visit Yeha temple. After that proceed to rock hewn churches of Tigray, such as Abraha Atsbeha (perched on the side of a cliff) and Chirkos
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Vision hotel or similar

Day 8: Hawzen to Mekele

Stop At: Abuna Yemata Guh church, Hawzen Ethiopia
In the morning your driver will pick you up from your Hotel. Then you will visit Abuna Yemata Guh; to visit this church, one should walk for about an hour to commence a steep ascent up the side of the Gheralta massif. This steep ascent soon turn into a climb using foot holds and hand holds chipped into the sandstone rock by the passage of many hands and feet. The climb and the walk along very narrow ledges with sheer drops to the side is not one for the faint hearted. The church itself can be reached by walking out on a ledge one meter wide and with a 200m drop to the left hand side. At the entrance there is a small cave and a wooden door built into the rock.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Atse Yohannes hotel

Day 9: Drive to Danakil

Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. (May not be as active as before and activity at flank eruption slows down.)
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight camping

Day 10: Lake Afrera/ Dallol

Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis.
Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, 30 minutes trek up to Ertale. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping Overnight

Day 11: Dallol to Mekele

Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summertime), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Continue to Erbiti and precede Abaala/ Hamed Ela then Mekele.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at Atse Yohannes Hotel

Day 12: Drive to Lalibela

Pass By: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
Early in the morning you will drive to Lalibela. Lalibela contain 11 monolitic churches that where built in the 12th century and carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The drive takes 8 hours.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Lalibela Lodge

Day 13: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
An early morning after breakfast takes you to the first compounds of Lalibela rock-hewn churches, and afternoon you will visit the second compounds of Lalibela rock-hewn churches.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Lalibela Lodge

Day 14: Lalibela to Addis Ababa

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
Early in the morning, you will be at one of the main of the churches of Lalibela to attend the religious ceremony where many Local people gather on Saturdays and Sundays to attend the Sabbath Festivity and say their prayers. Transfer service will be provided at 5:30 am to Lalibela Airport for your return to Addis Ababa. In the evening you will have a farewell dinner at one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa. End of service
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Details

Included
  • 6x Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 13x Breakfast
  • Scout and police service as per the program
  • Entry/Admission - Abuna Yemata Guh church
  • Entry/Admission - Simien Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Berhan Selassie Church
  • Entry/Admission - Abreha and Atsbeha Church
  • Accommodation included: 13 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Yeha Archaeological Site
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tana
  • Local guide service as per the program
  • 4x Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
  • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - The Ruins of Aksum
  • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Not Included
  • Any expense of Personal items like, internet, fax, telephone
  • Laundry service
  • Any alcoholic drinks
  • Services which are not mentioned in the above section
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Bahar Dar Airport, Bahir Dar Ethiopia


6:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.