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The Northern Historic Tour of Ethiopia

A 7 day fly-in tour of the main historical circuit of northern Ethiopia. Our privately guided trip showcases Ethiopia’s rich historical past which will leave you totally immersed in the country’s culture.

Our historic tour of Ethiopia includes pre-booked overnight stops at:

  • Addis Ababa
  • Bahir Dar
  • Gondar
  • Aksum (Axum)
  • Lalibela
  • 7 days/6 nights

Highlights of our History tour

Our history tour begins in Addis Ababa where the fashionable hotels and elegant villas sit alongside the more traditional wattle and daub homes. You’ll soon notice that the city’s lack of urban planning growth has resulted in an unstructured evolution. When in Addis, a visit to the National archaeological Museum and the Markato is a must… this is Africa’s largest market!

  • Addis city tour which also includes the National Archaeological Museum and the Merkato
  • visit the Blue Nile Falls
  • explore Ethiopia’s largest water body, Lake Tana by boat and the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam 17th C Gondar
  • explore the Imperial Castle Compound, “Bath of Emperor Fasiladas” and the Residence of Empress Mintwab also the famous wall and ceiling paintings of the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie
  • Aksum‘s Archaeological museum
  • Stele Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Church of St. Mary of Zion. Believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant and the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD)
  • explore the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC)
  • visit Lalibela‘s 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela
  • take a mule trek to the hilltop church Asheton Mariam (13th century AD)
  • visit Mt. Entoto (3,200m high)
  • and finally a farewell dinner party with the best of the country’s cuisine and folkloric Ethiopian dancing

When is the best time to go?

Finally, this history tour is a year round itinerary with set departure dates every month. (Please get in touch for dates.)

  • October to May are the driest months
  • July to September are the coldest months
  • January, March and April, September and November - Best time for festival goers.

Read the full itinerary here

(Monastic mural by Trish Berry)

ItineraryFrom $2754

Day 1 - Addis Ababa Day 1 - Addis Ababa

You'll be met on arrival at Addis Ababa Airport for transfer to the centrally located 4* Jupiter International Hotel with broadband, spa, steam room and fitness centre.

Day 2 - Bahir Dar Day 2 - Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar. Boat trip on Lake Tana. Visit Blue Nile Falls. Spend the night at the Abayminch Lodge at Bahir Dar on the shores of Lake Tana.

Day 3 - Gondar Day 3 - Gondar

Drive to Gondar visit Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar, the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, Quskuam Mariam, Residence of Empress Mintwab, church of Debre Birhan Sillassie. Overnight Goha Hotel.

Day 4 - Aksum Day 4 - Aksum

Flight to Aksum for sightseeing tour of the city and accommodation at Sabean Hotel (see highlights below for list of sites visited here). Stay tonight at the Sabean Hotel in Aksum.

Day 5 - Lalibela Day 5 - Lalibela

Flight to Lalibela, home of the 12th century AD churches of King Lalibela, stay at the Roha Hotel for 2 nights.

Day 6 - Lalibela Day 6 - Lalibela

Mule ride to Asheton Maryam (13th century AD). Lunch then onto the second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela. second night at Roha Hotel, dinner bed and breakfast basis.

Day 7 - Addis Ababa Day 7 - Addis Ababa

Fly back to Addis for city tour, visit to "Merkato" and farewell restaurant dinner before transferring to the airport.

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Tips and notes

How to get there

Our Historic tour of Northern Ethiopia starts and finishes in Addis Ababa.

Please ask your Zambezi  consultant if you would like us to arrange your international travel or if you would like to add on another destination to combine with this trip.


Wonderful Ethiopia

"Dear Trisia & Ang, I wanted to relate how wonderful our trip was to Ethiopia. It exceeding, my already high expectations having been to Africa 14 times previously!!!! Our guide"

Jack S.

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