Churches, Castles and Mountains of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum & Lalibela

From $5200 Per person in low season
From $6200 Per person in high season

based on 7 nights & selected experiences

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  • Trek in the spectacular Simien Mountains and spot the Gelada Baboon

  • Visit Axum, the holiest city in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

  • Marvel at the construction of the rock churches in Lalibela

  • Take a city tour of Addis Ababa - visiting the archaeological museum and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the final resting place of Haile Selassie

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The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.

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Insider's View

Be blown away by the intricate design of Lalibela's rock hewn churches.

Trek high into the mountains, for incredible views over the National Parks.

Have sundowners at Ben Abiba Restaurant in Lalibela, renowned for its extraordinary design by young Ethiopian architects.

Watch the Lammergayer (a bearded vulture) swoop over the valleys in Lalibela.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.


Experience a land of fascinating contrasts on this all-encompassing journey which transports you from the rugged Simien Mountains to the famous rock churches of Lalibela and on to castles of Gondar before ending in the bustling city of Addis Ababa.

  1. Fly to Addis Ababa

  2. Days 1-2: Tigray Region, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

    Today fly to the archaeological town of Axum. Axum is the oldest and holiest city in Ethiopia and offers plenty to keep you occupied during your visit, including the stele and the Mariam Tsion Church which was said to house the Arc of the Covenant.

    Accommodation: Yared Zema International Hotel (1 night)

  3. Days 2-3: Gondar, Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia, Ethiopia

    A short flight or seven hour drive will take you further off-the-beaten-track to Gondar,  the "Camelot" of Ethiopia. A day of exploring the six Royal enclosure castles, the history and stories of this intriguing city awaits you.

    Accommodation: Ghion Goha Hotel (1 night)

  4. Days 3-5: Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia

    This itinerary really is a voyage of discovery and as you drive to Simien Mountain National Park the following day, an explorer is exactly what you will be. The magnificence of this UNESCO world heritage site provides an amazing trekking opportunity and the place to see the mighty Gelada Baboons, indigenous to these highlands.

    Accommodation: Limalimo Lodge (2 nights)

  5. Days 5-7: Lalibela and Northern Ethiopia

    Drive on to Lake Tana where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy stunning views of the lake and explore the island monasteries by boat.

    Accommodation: Kuriftu Resort and Spa (2 nights)

  6. Days 7-8: Addis and Central Ethiopia

    Fly back to Addis snd enjoy a packed day of sight-seeing and a visit to see "Lucy" and the other artifacts at the Ethnographic museum, before visiting Trinity Cathedral and Menelik Palace. Enjoy your final day and night in this remarkable country.

    Accommodation: Sheraton Addis (1 night)

  7. Fly home from Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa, Lake Tana, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Axum & Lalibela

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