Welcome to Bahir Dar


The main reason to come here is to launch a boat excursion out onto Lake Tana to visit its monasteries, and to see the Blue Nile Falls.


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$170 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full day tour in Bahir Dar

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Bahir Dar Market, Bahir Dar, Amhara RegionIn the morning take a boat cruise on lake Tana to and visit the ancient monasteries located on the island of the lake.Afterwards, back to Bahir Dar, visit the market and drop off at your designated place.Duration: 2 days

$25 Day Trips & Excursions

Boat Tour on Lake Tana

Half Day Boat Tour Itinerary After breakfast our guide or representative will meet you at your hotel in Bahir Dar and then walk together to the harbor. From here the boat will take you to fishery mark the place where you can see various birds and along the way you will see Tankwa (a vessel boat made of syrups papyrus plant) with fishermen and continue to the outlet of the Blue Nile river to see hippopotamus and birds, soon after drive to Zeghe peninsula and visit 14th c Azwa Mariam monastery. From here you will experience forest hike between Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidane Mihiret for 2-30 minutes hike through coffee plantation and indigenous trees. Along the way you will have lunch break under the trees and coffee testing at one of locals house.  After you visit Ura Kidane Mihiret monastery  the boat will pick you up at the local port and drive you back to Bahir Dar.

$179 Cultural & Theme Tours

A full day tour in bahir dar

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Amhara RegionMorning transfer you from Bahir Dar airport in to your selected hotels or pick you up from you hotel, then drive to admire the Blue Nile falls.The Blue Nile Falls, known locally as Tis Abay (smoke of the Nile) or Tis lsat (water that smokes), are best known for the volume of water that pours from the 45m high rocks, especially during the rainy season. Above the waterfall the Nile is 400m wide while below the falls, the gorge is estimated to be 37m deep. Lunch back to Bahirdar. Afternoon boat trip on lake Tana to admire the beautiful monasteries over the lake’s islands, The Lake Tana Monasteries. There are more than 20 monasteries that cover the islands and peninsulas on Lake Tana. Most were built during the 14th century. A few are even older.stopped in mystery and legend those old churches form peaceful retreats for their monastic residents and visiting tourists alike. As in so many parts of Ethiopia, the strong conservationist element in Orthodox Christianity has ensured that the monasteries practically double as nature sanctuaries. as Asua Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret, with also the visit of an Amhara people village & coffee plantation then back to Bahir Dar.Duration: 8 hoursStop At: Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Amhara RegionBahir Dar is situated on Lake Tana, which is dotted with island monasteries some dating back to the 14th century. Its 30 odd islands represent today a unique natural habitat for plant life.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara RegionThe Blue Nile Falls are a waterfall on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. They are known as Tis Issat in Amharic, when translated,means "smoking water" They are situated on the upper course of the river, about 30 kilometers downstream from the town of BahirDar and Lake Tana.Duration: 4 hours

$690 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Epiphanies(Timket) Festivals Tours 5 Days

Jan 13: Fly Addis  – LalibelaBe met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. ‘Eighth wonder of world Heritage’ Lalibela is famous for its underground rock-hewn cathedrals.  In the afternoon you will visit top attractions of Lalibela that will simply stagger you. Visit the rock hewn churches. Overnight in Lalibela.Jan 14: Fly Lalibela – Axum Axum. A city more than 2500 years of history, once the center of a great empire and ancient civilization, home of the original Ark of covenants, Axum is the prime historical site in the north of Ethiopia. Take a city tour that include the St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the ‘Ark of covenant’, the coronation yard, Stelae Park, Tomb of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel, Ezana’s Inscriptions, Queen of Sheba’s Bath, Queen of Sheba’s palace ruins and Axum Museum. Overnight in Axum.Jan 15: Fly Addis – Bahir Dar Be met and transferred to your hotel.  Later, you will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the 14th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret which is the most famous of the Zege peninsula monasteries. Afternoon, you will drive to the village of Tis Isat to see the Blue Nile falls (Note that the volume of the water could be minimal because of the construction of the new dam.) Overnight in Bahir Dar.Jan 16: Fly Addis – Bahir DarBe met and transferred to your hotel.  Later, you will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the 14th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret which is the most famous of the Zege peninsula monasteries. Afternoon, you will drive to the village of Tis Isat to see the Blue Nile falls (Note that the volume of the water could be minimal because of the construction of the new dam.) Overnight in Bahir Dar.Jan 17: Drive Bahir Dar – Gondar (The Camelot of Africa)Gondar was founded in 1636 by Emperor Fassiladas. Afternoon you will attain the most colorful eve ceremony of Timket. It commemorates Christ’s baptism by St. John in the Jordan River. ON this day the tabots (replica of arc of covenant) of each church are carried out in procession to a place near a river where the next day's celebration will take place. A special tent is set up for each tabot, each hosting a proud manner depicting the church's saint. The ceremony is accompanied by hymns and dances of the priests, drum beating, bell ringing and blowing of trumpets. Overnight in Gondar.Jan 18: TimketEarly in the morning you will walk to the baptism place to be baptized. In the afternoon you will visit the city of Gondar with the drive to the Castles and Churches built by Emperor Fassiladas and his descendants.  Proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie (The Enlightening of Trinity) with Wonderful murals art, Qusquam Church. Overnight in Gondar.

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