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7 January

Arrive in Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa meet and greet, get assisted for transfer. Hotel Less than 10km to htl Variable Variable

8 January

City tour of Addis Ababa

Briefing about the tour. Hotel In town Variable Simple walk in the Mercato. The bus parks at the site

9 January

Drive to Debre Markos

: The 13th c monastery of Debre Libanos
: The Blue Nile Gorge which is compared to Grand Canyon in America
: Meet the Oromo people, house and village visit
: Optional birding en route. Hotel 300km to Markos 6 hours Moderate & sandal shoes OK

10 January

Drive to Bahirdar

: Zengena crater lake
: Walking in the forest around the lake, optional
: visit the Blue Nile Falls. Hotel 265km to Bahirdar plus 35 to BN falls 5 + 1 hours Hotel

11 January

AM boat trip on Lake Tana

: 13th c Monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana
: PM drive to Gonder. Hotel 180km to Gonder 3 hours Moderate 30 minuets walk one way to the church, walking shoes preferable

12 January

The 16th century Royal enclosure famous for its many castles

Debre Birhan Selassie church. Hotel sites for visit are centrally located variable but short drives Simple day

13 January

Drive to the Semien Mountains National Park

: Spectacular mountain scenery
: Spotting endemic mammals
: Hiking on the escarpment. Hotel 122km to the lodge +- 4 hours Moderate to tough optional hiking. 30 minuets – 2 hrs. walking shoes required

14 January

Drive to Axum

Drive to Axum alongside the Semien Mountains range with spectacular scenery. Hotel 282km to Axum +- 7 hrs Moderate drive on gravel road with some leg stretch walk

15 January

The archeological sites

St’ Mary of Tsion (Zion) Church the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located Variable but short drives Simple, sandal shoes & shorts that reach nees are OK

16 January

Drive to Geraltha

: Yeha temple (5th c) the oldest in Ethiopia
: Nejash one of the oldest mosque and Muslim settlement
: Meet the Tigray people, house and village visit. Geraltha Lodge 195km to Geraltha +- 6 hrs Moderate, sandal shoes is good for the day

17 January

Drive to Mekele

Some of the famous rock churches of Tigray. Hotel 90km to Mekele +- 3 hrs Simple, sandal shoes & extra sox are better

18 January

Drive to Lalibela

: Beautiful mountain scenery
: Meet the Amhara people, house and village visit. Hotel 360km to Lalibela +- 8 hrs tough drive on gravel road & some leg stretch walk

19 January

Amazing rock churches of Lalibela

AM the Amazing rock churches of Lalibela rated as the eighth wonder of the world by many authors.
: PM witness the beginning of Timket festival. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located short drives within the town Moderate walk, few big steps in the church. Sandal shoes with extra sox is better.

20 January

More to see the ceremony from early morning

The remaining churches or excursion to visit one of the famous rock churches in the surroundings of Lalibela and local villages. Hotel 10-50km based on choice Variable but short drives Moderate to tough based on interest

21 January

Drive to Dessie

: Beautiful scenery and mountain ranges all along the way
: Boat trip on Lake Hayek for the 13th c monastery on island. Hotel 300km to Dessie 6 hrs 20 minutes tough walking to the cave church. The drive is mostly on asphalt road. Sandal shoes preferable

22 January

Drive back to Addis Ababa

: Before Debre Sina we stop for top view of the Great Rift Valley Depression
: Moreover in the evening, AET invites you for Ethiopian traditional meal with tribal music and dance show Hotel 400km to Addis +_ 7hrs Long drive with some stops & leg stretch walk

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