Flight to Addis and arrival. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Addis that includes the National Museum, Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa) and Entoto Mountain for the panoramic view of the city.
Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar, after check in to your hotel make an admirable boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret; and in the afternoon drive 32 km to visit the remarkable Blue Nile Falls.
Morning drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar and visit of the 17th century castles of Gondar, Open Air bath of Emperor Fasiledes and the famous church of Debre Birhan Silassie (Light of Trinity) with its wonderful murals.
Drive from Gondar to the Simien Mountains National Park up to Sankaber (the first campsite of the park) to see the extraordinary scenery of the mountains. Walk around Sankaber enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird - Lammergeyer.
Drive from Debark to Gondar with stops at different sites for excellent sceneries; enjoy the rest of the day in Gondar.
Fly from Gondar to Lalibela and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the first cluster of the 12th and 13th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which are considered by many as the 8th Wonder of the World. This takes approximately 3 hours and is likely to be one of the most mind- blowing sights you ever see.
Wake up early for a mule ride or walking up to the monastery of Asheten Mariam. This is fantastic fun, taking you high up onto an escarpment above the town where you will not only see this amazing rock-hewn church but also one of the best views in Ethiopia. After lunch, visit the second and third clusters of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
Flight from Lalibela to Axum and transfer to your hotel. After freshening up, we will go for a tour of the sights, starting with the palace and tomb of King Caleb (6th C, AD), the extraordinary stelae field (World Heritage Site) and tomb of King Ramhai (1st to 5th C, AD), followed by a trip to the church of St Mary of Tsion, (17th C, AD) in which the Ark of Covenant is deposited. Continue to visit the palace of the Queen of Sheba (date unknown, some say 7th C, AD, others 10th C, BC) and end the day wandering around the small but excellent museum.
Fly from Axum to Addis and have the rest of the day at Leisure. In the evening, you will be invited to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
After taking some time in the attractive area of Langano, drive back to Addis. In the evening, you will be invited to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Full day visit of Harar which includes the colorful Islam Market, the National and Harari Museums, the house of Ras Mekonen (father of Haile Silassie), a typical Harari house, the 16th century wall of Harar and the house of the renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. Around the end of the day, drive from Harar to Dire Dawa for overnight.