Ethiopia's Historic Route

Delve into Ethiopia's rich and fascinating past on this 10-day journey along the classic 'Historic Route'

Ethiopia's Historic Route

Discover Axum, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Bahir Dar and Gondar on this guided 10-day tour of Ethiopia's Historic Route. This sightseeing programme can also be extended to include walking in the Simien & Bale Mountains, remote Tigray, or the Rift Valley Lakes.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Addis Ababa

    You will be met on arrival in Addis Ababa and transferred to your hotel in the city centre, the Saro Maria.

  2. Day 2: Axum

    Morning flight from Addis Ababa to Axum, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. In the afternoon, commence your tour of Axum’s major sights.

  3. Day 3: Lalibela

    Morning flight from Axum to Lalibela, arriving noon.

  4. Day 4: Lalibela mule trek

    This morning, leave the main temple complex at Lalibela and head into the hills, travelling alongside the pilgrims on mule and by foot to the remote monastery of Asheton Maryam.

  5. Day 5: Gondar

    Leave Lalibela on the late morning flight to Gondar, arriving early afternoon. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to Goha Hotel, or similar. Then, after lunch, begin your tour of the medieval city.

  6. Day 6: Simien Mountains Excursion

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

  7. Day 7: Simiens to Gondar

    This morning there will be time to further explore the Simien escarpment on foot and by vehicle, before returning to Gondar late afternoon.

  8. Day 8: Bahir Dar

    Depart Gondar after lunch drive to Bahir Dar, a pleasing city located at 1,800 meters above sea level on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia.

  9. Day 9: Lake Tana and Addis Ababa

    In the morning embark on a boat tour of Lake Tana to explore some of its unique island monasteries

  10. Day 10: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

Price guide

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

10 days from £2770pp


10 days from £2770pp

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