Historic Cities and Simien Mountains

The absolute highlights north of Addis in the best accommodation available. A well-balanced, perfectly paced adventure.
10 Days

Historic Cities and Simien Mountains - 10 - $2,846

Itinerary Map

Landmarks potentially visited on Historic Cities and Simien Mountains


Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrival at Bole International Airport. City tour Addis Ababa. Welcome dinner in cultural restaurant. 

Overnight: Capital Hotel & Spa

Day 2: Bahir

Flight Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar. Boat trip on Lake Tana to Zeghe Peninsula: visit Ura Kidane Mihret church and Source of the Blue Nile. Visit Bahir Dar.

Overnight: Kuriftu Resort & Spa

Day 3: Gondar

Morning visit Blue Nile Falls. Afternoon drive (3 hrs) Bahir Dar to Gondar, en route detour possible to visit Awramba community.

Overnight: Gondar Hills Resort

Day 4: Simien Mountains National Park

Morning city tour Gondar: visit Royal Enclosure, Fasilides Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie church. Afternoon drive (2.5 hrs) Gondar to Simien Mountains, en route visit Falasha village Woleka.

Overnight: Limalimo Lodge

Day 5: Simien Mountains National Park

Full day visit Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: Limalimo Lodge

Day 6: Axum

Drive (7 hrs) Simien Mountains to Axum, via Limalimo Road and Tekeze Gorge. 

Overnight: Sabean Hotel

Day 7: Axum

City tour Axum, visit Maryam Tsion churches, Steale Field and other sites of choice. 

Overnight: Sabean Hotel

Day 8: Lalibela

Flight Axum to Lalibela. Afternoon visit first cluster of rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.  

Overnight: Mezena Lodge

Day 9: Lalibela

Visit early morning service and second cluster of churches Lalibela. Afternoon visit Yemrehane Kristos church OR hike to Asheton Maryam church. 

Overnight: Mezena Lodge

Day 10: Addis

Flight Lalibela to Addis Ababa. Minibus available for transport around Addis Ababa. Evening transfer to Bole International Airport for international flight

Overnight: Addis Ababa

Prices and Inclusions

Prices are per person based on 2 people travelling together. Prices guideline only, actual price swill depend on final itinerary, accommodation choices, and time of year. 


  • Domestic flights.
  • Airport transfers and road transport around Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibela by private minibus.
  • Road transport by standard 4WD with English speaking driver/ guide, including fuel, driver allowances and accommodation.
  • Accommodation based on double/ twin room sharing.
  • Meal plan bed and breakfast. Full board at Limalimo Lodge.
  • Fees for entrances, local guides, compulsory scouts and boats for activities mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • All government taxes for the services included in the tour price. 


  • International flights and visa fees.
  • Lunches and dinners, unless stated as included above.
  • Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
  • Fees for photos and video.
  • Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc. 

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