Ethiopia's Historic Route (with Tigray and Simiens)

Ethiopia's Historic Route (with Tigray and Simiens)

Comprehensive guided tour of Ethiopia's famous Historic Route (Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Addis Ababa), extended to include remote Tigray and the Simien Mountains.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

    You will be met on arrival at Bole International Airport and driven approx. 20 mins to your hotel in central Addis Ababa, the Saro Maria.

  2. Day 2: Addis Ababa to Tigray

    Transfer to the airport after breakfast to catch the morning flight to Mekele, where you will be met on arrival by your guide and driver. Your tour of Tigray begins with a visit to the dramatic Church of Michael Imba, an early cruciform and semi-monolithic church that is typical of the churches found in the region.

  3. Day 3: Exploring Gheralta region

    After breakfast at Gheralta Lodge, drive and walk to several nearby rock churches, including Debre Maryam Korkor and Abune Yemata (optional).

  4. Day 4: Gheralta region and on to Yeha and Axum

    After breakfast at Gheralta Lodge, depart with your guide and driver for Axum, stopping en route to visit the ancient Temple of Yeha.

  5. Day 5: Axum

    Embark on a full-day tour of Axum in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Ethiopian tradition holds that the royal city of Axum was founded in the 10th-century BC as the royal seat of the Queen of Sheba.

  6. Day 6: Axum - Lalibela

    This morning, finish your exploration of Axum with a visit to the Church of St Mary of Zion, Ethiopia’s holiest site, before catching the late morning flight to Lalibela.

  7. Day 7: Lalibela

    There will be time today to explore the second group of churches and the Monastery of Nakuto La’ab, named after its constructor, the nephew and successor of King Lalibela.

  8. Day 8: Gondar

    Leave Lalibela on the late morning flight to Gondar, arriving early afternoon. After lunch, begin your tour of the medieval city.

  9. Day 9: Simien Mountains Excursion

    Wake for an early breakfast, and then begin your drive into the Simien Mountains, stopping for coffee en route. The drive time from Gondar to the Simiens is approximately two hours but may vary depending on the weather and traffic.

  10. Day 10: Simiens to Gondar

    This morning there will be time to further explore the escarpment, before returning to Gondar in the afternoon.

  11. Day 11: Bahir Dar

    Drive to Bahir Dar (180km; approx. 3-4 hours), a pleasing city located at 1,800 meters above sea level on the shore of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia.

  12. Day 12: Lake Tana

    This morning, enjoy a half-day boat trip on Lake Tana to explore some of its iconic island monasteries.

  13. Day 13: Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the morning flight to Addis Ababa.

  14. Day 14: International Departure

    Transfer to the airport to catch your return flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

14 days from £2542pp


14 days from £2542pp


Thank you for arranging such a memorable holiday again, and doing it with efficiency and patience.

Carol from Perth


We returned home from Botswana on Wednesday morning - sadly. It was all perfect and we had a wonderful time.