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8 days / 7 nights - Addis Ababa, Bahar Dar, Lake Tana, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum

Tour overview:
With a culture and traditions dating back over 3000 years, Ethiopia is a land of religious fervor, a glorious history, vibrant celebrations and endless festivals. Add to that a range of natural beauty that includes Afro-Alpine highlands, soaring to around 14,000 feet, the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers and a Savannah teeming with game.

Day 1 - Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. (D)

Day 2 - Addis Ababa / Bahar Dar – Lake Tana
Fly to Bahar Dar. Drive to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the 13th-century monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, as well as Kibran Gabriel, where only men are allowed to enter. (BD)

Day 3 - Bahar Dar / Gondar
Enjoy the drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa.” Visit the castles and churches, built by King Fassiladas and his descendants. (BD)

Day 4 - Gondar / Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela. Visit the 11 medieval, monolithic cave churches and the first group of rock-hewn churches, which were built between AD 800 to 1200. (BD)

Day 5 - Lalibela
Tour the second group of rock-hewn churches. Later, visit Na’akuto La’ab, a church built in a cave, where King Na’akuto La’ab led a hermit’s life after abdicating his throne. (BD)

Day 6 - Lalibela / Axum
Fly to Axum to see the remarkable stelae or obelisks, St. Mary’s Church, the Sanctuary Chapel, the Coronation Yard, Axum Museum, Queen Sheba’s Palace, and King Kaleb’s Tomb. (BD)

Day 7 - Axum / Addis Ababa – City Sightseeing
Fly to Addis Ababa. Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the 3.6 million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy.” Enjoy panoramic views from Mount Entoto. Also visit St. George Cathedral and Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. (BD)

Day 8 - Depart Addis Ababa
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

    DEPARTS Daily, minimum 2 passengers  
    Jan to Dec Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
    Radisson Blu $4,700 $5,500  
    Sheraton $5,050 $6,075  
    Jan to Mar Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
    Radisson Blu $5,100 $5,900  
    Sheraton $5,500 $6,600  
    * If traveling internationally on Ethiopian Airlines, cost reduction
of $400 per person (International Ticket Numbers required)
    * Solo traveler supplement available on request
    * Supplements may apply for special events and holidays
    Addis Ababa      
    Radisson Blu or Sheraton  
    Bahar Dar      
    Kuriftu Resort and Spa - Lake Tana      
    Goha Hotel      
    Roha Hotel      
    Yeha Hotel      

Inclusions & Highlights:
• Accommodations in standard, first class and deluxe hotels
• 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
• Arrival and departure airport transfers
• Transportation in private vehicle
• Entrance fees
• Local guides
• Internal flights – Addis Ababa / Bahar Dar & Gondar/Lalibela / Axum/Addis Ababa
• Blue Nile Falls and boat trip on Lake Tana
• Castles and Churches of Gondar
• Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela
• 'Ark of the Covenant' at Axum
• Independent tour

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