Day 2: Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and The Island Monasteries
Transfer to the airport for the short early morning flight to Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar rests on the shores of Lake Tana and is one of Ethiopia’s prettiest cities with its wide avenues, palms, jacaranda trees, and stunning lake views. For centuries Bahir Dar has been a trading center for the region; the tankwa, the traditional papyrus boats, still transport goods across the lake adding a sense of timelessness to city. Whilst on board your private boat onto Lake Tana to the Zege Peninsula and its famous island monasteries. After a short hike through local villages and coffee farms, you reach the monastery of Ura Kidane Meret. Home to an important collection of crosses and crowns dating back to the 16th century. The painted maqdas, colorful and well-preserved, tell the stories of Ethiopian saints. The second monastery visit, Azwa Maryam, is a smaller construction set amidst pleasant gardens. This afternoon there is an optional excursion available to the Blue Nile Falls. Alternatively, you can choose to explore Bahir Dar’s market, enjoy a cold beverage overlooking the lake or bird watch in the lush gardens at the hotel.