This journey combines the best that Ethiopia has to offer from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the lesser-visited Bale Mountains.
Start your Ethiopian adventure in Addis Ababa by visiting the National Museum and the Holy Trinity cathedral, the most important worshipping place in the country, second only to the old church of St Mary of Zion in Axum.
From Addis Ababa you will fly to Bahir Dar, where you will stay right on the shores of Lake Tana and enjoy a cruise around this spectacular lake. Covering over 3,500 square kilometres, this is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is home to 37 islands, of which 20 contain monasteries. Next stop is Gondar where you will see medieval castles and the famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie.
You will then travel to the Simien Mountains for a few days, where you will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic Gelada baboons.
Then travel to the Bale Mountains via Axum, Lalibela and the Gheralta area - a unique chain of mountains and the home of the rock churches, some famous for their architecture, ancient paintings and manuscripts and others know for their magnificent view.
The Bale Mountains, which are very different to the Simien Mountains, are perfect for birdlife and walking. Here you will also find the Sanetti Plateau, home to the largest number of Ethiopian wolves.