Travels

Kombolcha, Afar, Lalibela

15 days and 14 nights

01. SAT. Start tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. Afternoon (14:00 hrs pick up from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, the Na¨tional museum, St George church. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. SUN. Drive to Kombolcha. Being Sunday admire on route the very colorful Afar & aroma people market at Sen¨bete village. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel.

03. MON. Drive to admire the other very colorful Afar & aroma people market at Bati village. Proceed then to Woldya. Lunch box on the way. Dinner & ON hotel.

04. Drive to Lalibela. On the way visit the cave church of Naktuleab. Afternoon visit the first group of the 12 rock¨ hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder of the world. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Lalibela.

05. Morning excursion to one of the churches out of town. We pro¨pose Genete Mariam (by car) or Asheten Mariam (to reach by foot or mules). Back for lunch at your hotel. After¨ noon visit the second group of churches in Lalibela town. Take part of the coffee ceremony in the hotel or a traditional house (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture. ’Dinner and ON hotel.

06. Morning drive to visit the very nice Yemeharehenna Kristos church. Then precede your drive to Mekele, admiring spec¨ tacular views through Sekota. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Axum hotel or similar.

07. Visit tlle Tigray rock churches, as Degum Selassie, Abreha We Atsbeha & Wikro Cherkos (or Medhanealem Adikesho, Michael MahalZenghie & Petros Paulos). Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Gheralta lodge at Hawsen (if not available at a hotel in Adigrattown).
08. Drive to Axum, with visit of Debre Damo monastery & Yeha temple. Afternoon visit of Axum: the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says is deposited the Ark of Covenant), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba. Meals & ON hotel.

09. Drive to Debark, crossing very nice views over the Semien Mountains. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Debark.

10. A full day for walks and admiring spectacular views over the Semien Mountains. Walk to the Ginbar falls and to Geech (or to Buhawit) to a particular flora and fauna, and with the chance to spot the endemic Walya Ibex, the Gclada baboons and the Lammergeyer. Lunch at the Semien Mountains, back for dinner & ON hotel.

11. Drive to Gondar and visit the castle’s compound & King Fasiladas bath, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) With wonderful murals and Empress Mentewab palace, Falashia (Ethiopian Jew) village, & more. Meals & ON hotel.

12. Drive to Gorgora. Mect your boat and cross Lake Tana. Admire on the way the very colorful monasteries over the lake’s island, as Narga Selassie on Dek Island, Ura Kidalle Mehret and Asua Mariam. Reach late afternoon Bahir Dar. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel.

13. Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Then drive to Debre Markos. ON hotel.

14. Cross the Blue Nile gorge and proceed to Debre Libanos monastery. Visit the monastery and very nice views around Jema river gorge. Spot the endemic Gelada baboons. And the old Portuguese bridge. Then proceed back to Addis Ababa. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel.

15. SAT. Remaining visits in Addis Ababa as the Etnographic museum, the Trinity church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner at traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Evening departure home.
We also suggest extension to another tour in Ethiopia, or to the parks in Tanzania or Kenya or the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar or Mombasa, please see our programs.