Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa & City Tour
Arrive in Addis Ababa and complete your entry formalities before getting settled at your hotel. Take a tour of the city's highlights, and if interested, visit a humanitarian project supported by our local tour operator. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner and rest up for the days ahead.
Day 2: Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Visit Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana
In the morning you'll fly to Bahir Dar, a town located on the shores of Lake Tana - the origin of the Blue Nile. In the town, situated at 1,800 meters above sea level, you will find a pleasant climate, fresh fish, and excellent freshly pressed fruit juices. In the morning we undertake a boat tour on the big lake and visit one of the island monasteries. There are plenty of interesting fauna in the lake, including hippos and pelicans. In the afternoon we visit the Blue Nile waterfalls, eventually crossing the Blue Nile by boat to pay a visit to some sugar-cane plantations.
Day 3: Bahir Dar, Awra Amba, Lalibela
Today we drive to Lalibela, a pilgrimage site and holy city for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. On the way, we visit Awra Amba - a self-governed Ethiopian village in the province of Amhara, in which exists equal rights of women and men and in which all inhabitants work together for the common welfare. Profits are divided among the residents. The village was founded in 1980 by Zumra Nuru which before had attempted to spread his ideas as a wandering preacher.
Day 4: Rock Churches of Lalibela
Today you'll visit the world-famous rock churches, built in the 12th and 13th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site took 23 years and thousands of people to excavate. In the late afternoon, there is the possibility to walk through the city center and experience a traditional Ethiopian market.
Day 5: Flight from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, Market, and Departure
On your last day, you'll catch a morning flight back to Addis Ababa. If time allows, you can see a bit more of Addis Ababa via a traditional market or visit some shops to buy souvenirs. Finally, you'll enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and a lively dance performance. Say farewell to Ethiopia and depart on your scheduled flight the next day.