Historic Towns of Ethiopia

Every city in Ethiopia has its own story to tell, each playing a different but important part in the history of the country, and the current cultural identity of many Ethiopians. The incredible historic monuments, natural beauty, way of life and welcoming local people combine to create unforgettable moments.

9 Days


Historic Towns of Ethiopia - 9 - $2,174

Itinerary Map

Landmarks visited on Historic Towns of Ethiopia


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 Dar 

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. Late afternoon visit Blue Nile Falls.

Overnight: Kuriftu Resort Bahir Dar

Day 3: Gondar

Morning drive (3 hrs) Bahir Dar to Gondar, en route detour possible to visit Awramba community. Afternoon city tour Gondar: visit Royal Enclosure, Fasilides Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie church. 

Overnight: Gondar Hills Resort

Day 4: Lalibela

Flight Gondar to Lalibela. Visit first cluster rock-hewn churches Lalibela. 

Overnight: Mezena Lodge

Day 5: 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 6: Axum

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

Overnight: Sabean Hotel

Day 7: Harar

Flight Axum to Dire Dawa via Addis Ababa. Drive (1.5 hrs) Dire Dawa to Harar. 

Overnight: Wonderland Hotel

Day 8: Harar

City tour Harar. Evening visit Hyena Man. 

Overnight: Wonderland Hotel

Day 9: Return to Addis

Drive (1.5 hrs) Harar to Dire Dawa, en route visit Awaday khat market, Kafira spice market and Dire Dawa Railway Station. Flight Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa. Minibus available for transport around Addis Ababa. Evening transfer to Bole International Airport for international flight.

Prices, Departures 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 by private minibus. 
  • Accommodation based on double/ twin room sharing. 
  • Meal plan bed and breakfast. 
  • Fees for entrances and local guides 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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