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.
Fly to Addis Ababa. Overnights at Jupiter Hotel
Short flight to Bahir Dar. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort. Visit Blue Nile Falls. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort.
Drive to Gondar. Visit the medieval castles and famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie. Overnight at The Goha Hotel.
Drive to and explore the Simien Mountains. Overnight at Limalimo Lodge.
Drive to Axum. Overnights at Sabean Hotel.
Drive to Lalibela. Overnights at Maribela Hotel.
Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, then drive south to to Lake Langano via Lake Abiata-Shala National Park. Overnight at Bishangari Lodge.
Bale Mountains National Park
Drive to Bale Mountains National Park. Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the park. Overnight at Bale Mountain Lodge.
Drive to Addis Ababa for flight back home.