9 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour Ethiopia
Northern Ethiopia is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. During your 9-day tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the most iconic destinations in the region. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your trip:
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa Upon your arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, you’ll be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Take some time to rest and acclimate to the altitude.
Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour Embark on a city tour of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Visit landmarks such as the National Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, and the bustling Mercato market. In the evening, enjoy traditional Ethiopian cuisine and cultural performances.
Day 3: Bahir Dar Fly to Bahir Dar, a city located on the shores of Lake Tana. Take a boat trip on the lake to visit ancient monasteries, such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Mariam. In the afternoon, explore the Blue Nile Falls, also known as “Tis Issat” or the “Smoking Water.”
Day 4: Gondar Drive to Gondar, known as the “Camelot of Africa” due to its medieval castles and churches. Visit the Royal Enclosure, which includes the famous Fasil Ghebbi fortress and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, known for its beautiful ceiling artwork.
Day 5: Simien Mountains National Park Embark on a day trip to Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged mountains, spot endemic wildlife such as the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf, and take a short hike to appreciate the natural beauty of the park.
Day 6: Lalibela Fly to Lalibela, home to the famous rock-hewn churches. Explore the remarkable monolithic churches, carved out of solid rock, including the iconic St. George’s Church. Learn about the fascinating history and religious significance of these ancient structures.
Day 7: Lalibela Continued Continue your exploration of Lalibela, visiting more of the rock-hewn churches and exploring the surrounding area. You may also have the opportunity to attend a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and interact with the local community.
Day 8: Axum Fly to Axum, an ancient city that was once the capital of the Aksumite Empire. Visit the Stelae Park, where you’ll find towering obelisks dating back thousands of years. Explore the ruins of ancient palaces, tombs, and churches, and learn about the rich history of the region.
Day 9: Departure After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure from Axum. Alternatively, you can extend your trip and explore more of Ethiopia’s wonders, such as the Danakil Depression or the historic city of Harar.
Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion, and you can customize it according to your preferences and time constraints. Enjoy your trip to Northern Ethiopia!
Duration9 days + 8 nights