Over the centuries a series of churches of differing sizes and architectural styles were carved into cliff-faces and rocky-outcrops, many still in use today. Whilst following Ethiopia’s classic northern circuit through Lake Tana’s monasteries, Gondar’s castles, the Simien Mountains and Lalibela’s monolithic churches, we get off the beaten path and explore this beautiful region in the heart of Ethiopian history.Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit .
Day 1 Addis Ababa Visit the Ethnographic Museum, Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.Day 2 Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar Fly to Bahar Dar , Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries. Day 3 Bahar Dar - Gondar Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles . Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie .Day 4 Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park . Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park. Day 5 Simien Mountains - AxumTake a scenic drive to Axum, Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way. Arrive in Axum late afternoon. Day 6 Axum Tour the ancient stelae fields Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. Day 7 Axum - Hawzein Drive to the Hawzein passing the Adwa battlefield, Visit the old ruins of Yeha, an ancient moon temple. Continue past Adigrat and visit Petros Paulos and other Tigray church .Day 8 Hawzein - Mekele Visit Abraha Atsbeha, dating from the 10th century; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and Medhane Alem Kesho. Day 9 Mekele - Ahmedela Meet support vehicles and drive to Ahmedela via Berhaile. Make camp, and see camel caravans passing against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. Day 10 Excursions to Lake Asale and Dalol Visit Lake Asale and watch the salt workers as they cut bricks of salt from the lake bed. Proceed to Dalol and view the dramatic and colorful geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash .Day 11 Trek to Erta All Drive to Dodom. Trek 15 kilometers to the Erta Alle volcano lake . Arrive at Erta Alle around midnight and walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption. Set up camp and rest. Day 12 Return to Mekele Return trek to Dodom. Drive to Mekele. Day 13 Mekele - Lalibela Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. Day 14 Lalibela Tour , A group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. Day 15 Lalibela - Addis Abeba Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure .