Discovering numerous cultural and religious heritage sites with 3 days trekking in the Simiens Mountains Park.
Day 1 Addis Abeba-Debre Markos
Overnight stay: Hotel in Debre Markos.
Visit of the Debre Libanos monastery founded in the 13th century. The road serpentines to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, 1000m bellow
Day 2 Debre Markos-Bahir Dar
Overnight stay: Hotel in Bahir Dar.
Drive to Bahir Dar. Excursion to the Zengana lake and Blue Nile waterfalls.
Day 3 Sightseeing day in Bahir Dar
Overnight stay: Hotel in Bahir Dar. Boat trip on Tana Lake to visit the island monasteries. If you are lucky, you may see some hippo.
Day 4 Bahir Dar-Gondar
Overnight stay: Hotel in Gondar.
Day tour in the royal city. Visit of the Fasiladas'Palace and Debre Berhan Selassie church and its wall paintings providing a compendium of Ethiopian saints, and martyrs.
Day 5 Gondar-Parc du Simiens
Overnight stay: Campsite or lodge.
Small break from the historical circuit and organisation of the trek with the local guides. Beginning of the trek in the park, a World Heritage Site.
Day 6 Second trekking day
Overnight stay: Campsite.
Besides the mythical gelada baboons, the beautiful montains are also home to a variety of other endemic mammals, birds and plants.
Day 7 Third trekking day
Overnight stay: Campsite.
Continue to enjoy the mountains landscape. At the end of the afternoon, drive to Debark.
Day 8 Debark-Axoum
Overnight stay: Hotel in Axoum.
Drive to Axum in a very scenic route and amazing landscape.
Descend in to the impressive Takezze River gorge and cross small Ahmara and Tigray villages.
Day 9 Sightseeing day in Axoum
Overnight stay: Hotel in Axoum. Visit of the rich and glorious past of the mighty Kingdom, Queen of Shaba's palace. Visit to the Yeha village, considered the birthplace of Ethiopia's earliest civilisation.
Day 10 Axoum-Massif du Tigray-Gheralta
Overnight stay: Hotel in Hausien. Continue the road through the Tigray region. Excursion to Debre Damo monastery, built on the flatted-top mountain and accessible only by climbing a rope.
Day 11 Gheralta-Mekele
Overnight stay: Hotel in Mekele. Continue the road to Mekele. Excursion to the rock-hewn churches of Aboune Yemata and/or Mariam Korkor.
Day 12 Mekele-Lalibela
Overnight stay: Hotel in Lalibela. . Gravel road to join Lalibela, probably one of the most beautiful road in Ethiopia.
Day 13 Sightseeing day in Lalibela
Overnight stay: Hotel in Lalibela. Visit the 11 remarkable rock-hewn churches of the city and get lost in the warren of tunnels connecting them. Impressive experience!
Day 14 Lalibela-Addis
Transfer to the airport.
Back to Addis by flight. In the afternoon you can do your last shopping or rest in the hotel.