5 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour Ethiopia
Northern Ethiopia is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your 5-day tour:
Day 1: Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar
- Start your journey in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.
- Take a domestic flight to Bahir Dar, a city located on the shores of Lake Tana.
- Visit the Blue Nile Falls, also known as “Tis Issat” (meaning “Smoking Water” in Amharic), which is one of Ethiopia’s most impressive waterfalls.
- Explore the city and enjoy a relaxing evening by the lake.
Day 2: Bahir Dar to Gondar
- Take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit some of its famous monasteries, such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Mariam.
- Drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa” due to its medieval castles and churches.
- Visit the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes the impressive Fasil Ghebbi fortress and several other historical buildings.
Day 3: Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park
- Embark on a scenic drive to Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife.
- Enjoy hiking in the park, where you can spot endemic species like the Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada baboon.
- Take in breathtaking views from viewpoints like the Jinbar Waterfall and the Simien Mountains’ highest peak, Ras Dashen.
Day 4: Simien Mountains National Park to Lalibela
- Fly from Gondar to Lalibela, home to the famous rock-hewn churches.
- Explore the 11 monolithic churches, carved out of solid rock, which are considered one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders.
- Visit the iconic churches of St. George, Bet Medhane Alem, and Bet Giyorgis.
Day 5: Lalibela to Addis Ababa
- Fly back to Addis Ababa from Lalibela.
- Spend the day exploring the capital city, visiting attractions like the National Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the vibrant Mercato market.
- End your tour with a traditional Ethiopian dinner and cultural show.
Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion, and you can customize it based on your preferences and available time. It’s also important to check the current travel restrictions and guidelines before planning your trip. Enjoy your Northern Ethiopia tour!
DestinationLalibela, Semien Mountains, Gonder, Bahir Dar
Duration5 days + 4 nights
HotelHotel, Lodge or Campsite