Northern Ethiopia Historic Tour 5 Day

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Northern Ethiopian tours are by far the most popular attractions in Ethiopia.  Immerse yourself in 1500 years of history jammed into 5 days.  Explore the source of the famous Nile River and Lake Tana.  Enjoy breath taking views of Africa’s Camelot….the castles of Gondar! Take a leap back in time and view the world renowned UNESCO World Heritage Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela.  This one of a kind northern Ethiopia tour adventure is only available from Arada Tours!

Departure & Return Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Van with Driver

Price Excludes

  • Tips
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Domestic Airfare


  • Mobile Electronics Charging

Day 1Addis to Bahir Dar

After arrival in Bahir Dar, enjoy an early morning breakfast before beginning the journey to the Blue Nile Gorge. Begin the short trek to the Blue Nile Falls at the historic Portuguese bridge. Proceed along the lush trail before arriving at the spectacular Blue Nile Waterfall. Following Lunch, enjoy a scenic boat ride on Lake Tana. While travelling via a medium sized power boat be sure to soak in all the animal wild life including various birds, monkeys, and even hippos. Visit isolated monasteries such as Kibran Gabriel. They will open your eyes to the colorful culture of 14th century Ethiopia. A dramatic sunset view on Lake Tana brings the boating adventure to an end. Proceed to the hotel and dinner.

Day 2Bahir Dar to Gondar

After breakfast, continue northward to Gondar. The 4 hour drive will take you through rural villages, providing a wonderful insight into the culture of the Amhara people. Following hotel check-in, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure. Six castles, Fasilidas’s Pool, the Debre Birhan Selassie church and other buildings are all included on this royal tour. Fasilidas’s Pool is still currently used for Timket celebrations today. Proceed to dinner. We recommend the fish goulash, our secret restaurant has the best in all of Ethiopia!

Day 3Gondar to Lalibela

After a short early morning domestic flight totaling an hour, arrive in the beautiful city of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Following the hotel transfer and check-in, proceed to a mid-day lunch exploring the famous Ethiopian culinary scene. In Lalibela, guest will enjoy a delicious traditional Ethiopian meal at one of the best local spots in town. Lalibela is well known for its unique preserved and still active rock hewn churches. This tour starts the adventure by visiting the northwestern cluster of churches. This cluster consist of Biete Golgotha Mikael, Biete Mariam, Biete Denagel, Biete Maskal and Biete Medhani Alem. Be amazed with a detailed focused local tour guide explaining the complexity of architecture, history, and overall existence of the structures. Dinner will follow an action packed day!

Day 4Lalibela

Enjoy an early morning breakfast. Followed by a journey in a 4×4 vehicle to the historic sites of Yemrehanna Kristos and Na’akuto La’ab monastery. Following the journey back to Lalibela, relax with a delicious lunch and a sip of Ethiopian coffee. Continuing sightseeing Lalibela with your expert local guide. Guests will visit the southeastern cluster of rock hewn churches. This cluster consists of Biete Lehem, Biete Gabreil Rafael, Biete Abba Libanos, Biete Amanuel, and Biete Qeddis Mercoreus. The final church of Biete Ghiorgis which is located west of the southern group will also be explored. St. George is well known for its top view resembling a cross. Journey back to the hotel to prepare for a dinner at one of Ethiopia’s most picturesque restaurants

Day 5Lalibela to Addis

Coffee connoisseur or elegant tea consumer, wake up to a beautiful cup to energize the day. Breakfast will feature delicious courses as a farewell to Lalibela. Scenic views during a transfer from the hotel to the airport will bring a close to the adventure. Returning to Addis Ababa on a quick flight totaling one hour will leave plenty of time in the day for more adventure.

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My cousin and I spent a week with Muley traveling around to different cities. Muley was very organized and made our experience seamless. He made it feel like we were traveling with a friend, but at the same time gave us our space when we needed it. He was very flexible and willing to accommodate any spontaneous requests we had. We would highly recommend Muley and Arada Tours to anyone traveling to Ethiopia.

March 17, 2019