Often described as the Camelot of Africa, Gondar was once the capital of Ethiopia from 1626 until the mid-19th century. The main architectural centerpiece is the Royal Enclosure known as Fasil Ghebbi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) containing six fortified stone castles including the three-story original Fasiledes Castle plus chancery built by Emperor Fasil in the 1630’s. Nearby there is the circular Church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Mountain of the Enlightened Trinity) with its exquisite 17th-century ecclesiastical paintings as well as paintings of cherubic angels with wings, which adorn the ceiling and walls.Less
In the morning fly to Gondar (UNESCO heritage site), up on arrival meet and assist by ET-Holidays representative. Gondar, once was the Royal Capital of Ethiopia which was founded in 1636 by Emperor Fassiladas. It was a hub of art, music and literature for Ethiopia. Your visit will include the Royal enclosure, Fasiledes bath and the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie church which is well known for its intriguing ceiling paintings. Overnight: Hotel.
Drive to the Siemen Mountains National Park to enjoy spectacular scenery and more over to see troops of the endemic Gelada baboons. Siemen is recorded in the UNESCO heritage list for its superlative natural phenomena. Overnight: Lodge.
In the morning walk along the cliff side and see from close distance the endemic Gelada Baboons bathing in the sun and gumming each other’s hair to witness their strong social behavior. In the afternoon drive back to Gondar Overnight: Hotel.
Fly back Addis Ababa. In the afternoon spend at leisure or shopping or you will do partial city tour of Addis. Transfer to the airport if you have international flight Meal: Breakfast