Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa; meet your guide holding a Green Land Tours sticker and transfer to hotel. O/N (overnight) 4-star hotel.
Day 2: Full day tour of the capital. Visit the Entoto Mountains, with its view over the capital, the National Museum and Trinity Church. Afternoon visit to the Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa and shopping. Meals on your own; O/N in a 4-star hotel. You may also arrive on this day, depending on international flight schedules.
Day 3: Fly to Bahir Dar, and transfer to hotel for check-in. If time permits, visit Bezait Palace, with its view over Lake Tana and the Blue Nile. Afternoon boat trip of about 4-5 hours on Lake Tana to admire the island monasteries, e.g. Ura Kidane Mehret, Mahal Zeghie Gyorgis and, if time permits, Asua Mariam. O/N in Bahir Dar.
Day 4: Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Lunch back to Bahir Dar. Afternoon drive to Gondar, city of castles and churches. Dinner and O/N Gondar.
Day 5: Full day visit to castles and churches in Gondar: visit the castle compound, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with its wonderful murals, King Fasiladas' bath, the old Qusquam monastery, Empress Mentewab's palace and more. O/N Gondar.
Day 6: Fly to Axum, site of the beginning of civilization in Ethiopia. Check into hotel then visit the steles, various archeological sites, the bath and palace of the Queen of Sheba, tombs of kings; and churches such as St Mary of Tsion (where legend says the Ark of the Covenant lies). O/N in Axum.
Day 7: Fly to Lalibela, defined as the eighth wonder of the world, and in the afternoon visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. Meals and O/N in Lalibela.
Day 8: Morning visit to one of the churches outside of town. We propose an excursion by mule to Asheten Mariam Church and its spectacular views. Or travel by car to the cave church of Naktuleab. Afternoon visit to the remaining churches in Lalibela.
Day 9: Fly to Addis Ababa. Afternoon free. O/N 4-star hotel. Or in the evening depart for home.
Day 10: Departure.
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