Day 1: Transfer in - Full Day Addis Ababa City Tour
Upon your arrival at Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed by YOD Abyssinias representatives and you will be driven to YOD Abyssinia Office which is located near the airport. There you will meet YOD Abyssinia staff and get tour orientation along with a warm towel and a welcome refreshments. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel for check (if/when rooms are ready). After a short break, you will do city tour to Addis Ababa.
You will first visit to the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments).
With a drive to Entoto - 3000 meter above sea level, your visit will also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Mineliks Palace, St. Raguels Church and Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa). Later you will have dinner and rest. Overnight stay in Capital Hotel and Spa or similar in Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa - Debre Libanos Monastery - Bahir Dar
After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Debre Libanos Monastery & the museum. You will stop for lunch at Debre Markos. Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Abay Minch Hotel or similar in Bahir Dar.
Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar - Lake Tana - Boat Ride - Island Monasteries - Blue Nile Fall
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride and visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana. After lunch, you will drive to and visit to the Blue Nile Fall (some 30 Km). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Abay Minch Hotel or similar in Bahir Dar.
Day 4: Drive to Gondar - Royal Castles - Debre Birhan Selassie Church
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.
Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes, the Historic Debre Birhan Selassie Church, the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Mariam Church (the bones of the Empress and princes rests in a glass coffin).
Early in the evening, you will visit AzmariBet at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Land Mark Hotel or similar in Gondar.
Day 5: Drive to Debark - Simien Mountains National Park
You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder, a nearby town to the Simien Mountains). You will spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNISCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape). In the evening you will get back to Debark and check into a hotel. You will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Simien Park Hotel or similar in Debark.
Day 6: Drive to Axum - Limalimo Gorge - Tekeze Valley
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Consular Hotel or similar in Axum.
Day 7: Steale of Axum - Queen Shebas Palace - St. Mary of Zion Church
You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Shebas Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Consurlar Hotel or similar in Axum.
Day 8: Drive to Mekele - Temple of Yeha - Monastery of Debre Damo
After breakfast, you will be driven to Mekele (250 Km from Axum), where on the way you will visit the ruins of the Temple of Yeha (a 5th Century B.C. pre-Christian Temple), Monastery of Debre Damo (built in 6th Century A.D. on a 15 meter cliff that can only be reached by the use of a leather rope).
You will stop for lunch in Adigrat (150 Km from Axum). Your arrival in Mekele will be early evening where you will check into a hotel. Then you will rest, have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Axum Hotel or similar in Mekele.
Day 9: Drive to Lalibela - Ambalage Chain of Mountains
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel or similar in Lalibela.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel or similar in Lalibela.
Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa - Shopping for Souvenirs - Cultural Night - Transfer Out
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs. In the evening, you will be taken to a farewell cultural night at the renowned Yod Abyssinia Cultural Restaurant, where you will enjoy the authentic Ethiopian cultural food buffet along with cultural drinks, live music and dances of the diverse nations and nationalities of Ethiopia.
After dinner, you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.