10-Day Ethiopian Odyssey: From Ancient History to Natural Wonders



One of the most mesmerizing moments of your 14-day Ethiopian Odyssey with Hahu Tours is the opportunity to witness the sunrise over the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. As the first rays of the sun gently kiss the rugged stone facades, you’ll be transported to a world of ethereal beauty and spiritual significance.

Picture yourself standing in the quiet predawn darkness, surrounded by the enigmatic structures carved deep into the earth. As the horizon begins to glow with hues of orange and pink, the intricate details of the churches slowly emerge from the shadows. The soft light reveals the intricate carvings, hidden passages, and remarkable architecture that have captivated travelers for centuries.

This moment is not only a visual spectacle but a deeply spiritual experience. It’s a time for reflection and wonder, as you contemplate the dedication and craftsmanship of the ancient artisans who chiseled these masterpieces into existence. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a spiritual seeker, or simply a lover of breathtaking landscapes, the sunrise at Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches is an unforgettable highlight that will stay with you long after your Ethiopian journey ends.


Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

  • Welcome to Ethiopia: Begin your adventure in the vibrant capital, Addis Ababa, with a warm welcome and a taste of Ethiopian hospitality.

Day 2: Addis Ababa Exploration

  • Meet Lucy: Marvel at the ancient human ancestor “Lucy” at the National Museum, a unique glimpse into our shared past.
  • Spiritual Discovery: Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, a symbol of Ethiopian Christianity, and explore the rich religious history at the Ethnological Museum.

Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar

  • Nature’s Majesty: Witness the awe-inspiring Blue Nile Falls, often called the “African Niagara,” set against lush greenery and a dramatic landscape.

Day 4: Lake Tana & Monasteries

  • Spiritual Gems: Explore Lake Tana, the “Sea of Ethiopia,” and discover the historical monasteries perched on its tranquil islands.
  • Boat Adventure: Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana, soaking in the serene surroundings and cultural significance of this ancient lake.

Day 5: Drive to Gondar

  • Royal Legacy: Dive into the history of Gondar as you explore the majestic Royal Enclosure, home to impressive castles and palaces from Ethiopia’s past.

Day 6: Simien Mountains Trekking

  • Highland Adventure: Embark on a thrilling trek in the UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains National Park, where dramatic vistas and wildlife encounters await.

Day 7: Simien Mountains & Debark

  • Into the Wild: Continue your exploration of the Simien Mountains, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of this unique terrain.
  • Local Experience: Return to Debark and engage with local communities to gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.

Day 8: Axum – Ancient City

  • Historical Marvels: Step into the ancient city of Axum, where you’ll encounter enigmatic obelisks, religious relics, and archaeological wonders.
  • Spiritual Center: Visit the St. Mary of Zion Church, an important spiritual site with a rich history.

Day 9: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

  • Unearthly Beauty: Be enchanted by the mystical rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Ethiopia’s greatest treasures.
  • Spiritual Pilgrimage: Explore the subterranean passages and intricate architecture, and feel the spiritual energy of this sacred place.

Day 10: Lalibela’s Hidden Churches

  • Secret Sanctuaries: Delve deeper into Lalibela’s lesser-visited churches and monasteries, each with its own unique charm and history.
  • Spiritual Insights: Gain a deeper understanding of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Christian traditions and their influence on daily life.

Day 11: Flight to Addis Ababa

  • Homeward Bound: Return to Addis Ababa by plane, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve collected.
  • Free Time: Spend your last day in Ethiopia exploring the city at your own pace, shopping for souvenirs, or savoring the local cuisine.

Day 12: Bale Mountains National Park

  • Nature’s Bounty: Venture to the Bale Mountains National Park, a haven for biodiversity and natural beauty.
  • Into the Wilderness: Explore the lush Harenna Forest, home to diverse wildlife and pristine landscapes.

Day 13: Bale Mountains Trek & Wildlife

  • Wildlife Encounter: Embark on a guided trek in the Bale Mountains, keeping an eye out for the elusive Ethiopian wolves, endemic birds, and other fascinating creatures.
  • Conservation Conversation: Learn about the efforts to protect the unique flora and fauna of the Bale Mountains.

Day 14: Departure

  • Farewell to Ethiopia: Bid farewell to the land of legends and return home with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for Ethiopia’s heritage, culture, and natural wonders.

Each day of this Ethiopian journey offers a new and exciting experience, ensuring that your 14-day adventure with Hahu Tours is packed with unforgettable highlights and discoveries.


Day 1
Arrival in Addis Ababa
  • Arrive in the vibrant capital, Addis Ababa.
  • Welcome dinner with traditional Ethiopian cuisine.
Day 2
Addis Ababa Exploration
  • Visit the National Museum, home to the famous fossil "Lucy."
  • Explore the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Ethnological Museum.
  • Stroll through Merkato, one of Africa's largest open-air markets.
Day 3
Drive to Bahir Dar
  • Fly to Bahir Dar, nestled on the shores of Lake Tana.
  • Visit the Blue Nile Falls, often referred to as the "Smoking Water."
Day 4
Lake Tana & Monasteries
  • Take a boat trip on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia.
  • Visit ancient monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana, such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Mariam.
Day 5
Drive to Gondar
  • Explore the historical city of Gondar.
  • Visit the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site with impressive castles and palaces.
Day 6
Simien Mountains Trekking
  • Drive to the Simien Mountains National Park.
  • Embark on a day trek to spot wildlife and enjoy stunning vistas.
Day 7
Simien Mountains & Debark
  • Continue exploring the rugged landscapes of the Simien Mountains.
  • Drive back to Debark and spend the night.
Day 8
Axum - Ancient City
  • Drive to Axum, Ethiopia's oldest city.
  • Explore the ancient obelisks, St. Mary of Zion Church, and archaeological sites.
Day 9
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Fly to Lalibela, the "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopia.
  • Visit the remarkable rock-hewn churches, including Bet Giyorgis.
Day 10
Lalibela's Hidden Churches
  • Explore Lalibela's less-visited churches and monasteries.
  • Discover the unique architectural and spiritual wonders.
Day 11
Flight to Addis Ababa
  • Return to Addis Ababa by plane.
  • Free time for shopping and relaxation.
Day 12
Bale Mountains National Park
  • Drive to Bale Mountains National Park.
  • Explore the lush Harenna Forest and the park's diverse wildlife.
Day 13
Bale Mountains Trek & Wildlife
  • Enjoy a guided trek in the Bale Mountains.
  • Spot Ethiopian wolves, baboons, and various bird species.
Day 14
  • Say goodbye to Ethiopia with a heart full of memories.
  • Depart from Addis Ababa or continue your adventure.


This Trip is running on the following dates


Tuesday, August 1, 2023


Thursday, August 17, 2023


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