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13 Days And 12 Nights Ethiopian Historic Route Tours

Addis Ababa
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Duration

13 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English, Francais, Mandarin

Overview

Northern Ethiopia History, Religion, Scenery, cultural & Wildlife Tours and get the origin of human kinds.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing options in Addis Ababa, visit National Museum, Trinity Cathedral:
  • Bahir Dar Boat trip on Lake Tana, Visit monastery
  • Undertake a day walk in the beautiful Simien Mountains
  • Explore ancient archaeological sites of Axum visit the historic and archaeological sites of Axum including the ancient stelae and tombs.
  • Visit some of the most beautiful medieval near to the road between Mekele and Hawzien
  • Visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela
  • Kombolcha. En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk).

Itinerary

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Ethiopian Historic Rout Tours 13 Days and 12 Nights
Ethiopian Historic Rout Tours 13 Days and 12 Nights

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & HALF DAY ADDIS ABABA GUIDED TOUR
Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, usually in the morning. Visa service and custom clearance may take some time. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your central hotel. After a rest and refresh at the hotel, your guide will take you around the highlights of Addis. Depending on time and how you feel after your flight, you can choose to sample some of the best coffee in the world in the Piazza (old town), explore the National Museum (home to the 3.5 million year old remains of Lucy) and Archaeological Museum or explore the largest open air market in Africa.
O/N SAPPHIRE HOTEL ADDIS ABABA

DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIRDAR, road distance ± (555 km)
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIRDAR, road distance ± (555 km)

DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA - BAHIRDAR, road distance ± (555 km)
This morning will be a drive to BAHIRDAR En route, you will visit the Blue Nile Gorge comparable in size to the Grand Canyon in the USA and supposedly the largest canyon of Africa. In addition, a short walk leads to the so-called Portuguese Bridge, which was built around the turn of the 20th century across the Blue Nile Gorge;
O/N AVANTI Hotel BAHIRDAR.

DAY 3: BAHIRDAR - GONDAR, road distance ± (180km)
DAY 3: BAHIRDAR - GONDAR, road distance ± (180km)

DAY 3: BAHIRDAR - GONDAR, road distance ± (180km)
This morning you will go for an early morning boat excursion on Lake Tana, the highest and largest lake in Ethiopia and also the source of the Blue Nile. Take a boat ride where you will visit two examples of the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana. You will have the afternoon to visit the Blue Nile Falls (40 minutes from Bahir Dar). Although the power of the falls has been subdued by the hydroelectric plant, they are still an incredible sight. After visit you will be heading to Gondar. You will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.
O/N GOHA Hotel GONDAR.

DAY 4: GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, road distance ± (100 km)
DAY 4: GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, road distance ± (100 km)

DAY 4: GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, road distance ± (100 km)
After breakfast you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab.
O/N stay in Simien lodge, inside Simien Park or camping.

DAY 5: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
DAY 5: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Today you will spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).
Late in the afternoon drive back to lodge. You will check into a lodge and take a break. Dinner will be at the lodge.
O/N stay in Simien lodge, inside Simien Park or camping.

DAY 6: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM, road distance ± 270 Km
DAY 6: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM, road distance ± 270 Km

DAY 6: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM, road distance ± 270 Km
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel.
O/N AXUM Yared Zema hotel or similar standard

DAY 7: AXUM (City Tour)
DAY 7: AXUM (City Tour)

DAY 7: AXUM (City Tour)
Today is an opportunity to explore ancient archaeological sites of Axum, your local guide will show you around the historic and archaeological sites of Axum including the ancient stelae and tombs, some dating to before the birth of Christ, Zion Maryam Church, the Queen of Sheba’s bath and palace and the museum.
O/N AXUM Yared Zema hotel or similar standard

DAY 8: AXUM - MEKELE, ROAD DISTANCE ± (215.2 KM)
DAY 8: AXUM - MEKELE, ROAD DISTANCE ± (215.2 KM)

DAY 8: AXUM - MEKELE, ROAD DISTANCE ± (215.2 KM)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Mekele On the way you can visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.
Another possible excursion is to Debre Damo monastery (only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself.
O/N MEKELE planet hotel or similar standard

DAY 9: MEKELLE -Lalibela
DAY 9: MEKELLE -Lalibela

DAY 9: MEKELLE
After breakfast, you will visit some of the most beautiful medieval churches on impressive viewpoints such as: Abuna Yemata Guh, Debre Maryam Korkor or Abreha WeAtsheba church, all situated near to the road between Mekele and Hawzien. It requires climbing a steep mountain to reach these churches so good walking/mountain shoes are recommendable.
O/N MEKELE PLANET HOTEL

DAY 10: MEKELE - LALIBELA, road distance ± 470 Km
DAY 10: MEKELE - LALIBELA, road distance ± 470 Km

DAY 10: MEKELE - LALIBELA, road distance ± 470 Km
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there
O/N LALIBELA Maribella or similar standard

DAY 11: LALIBELA (Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela)
DAY 11: LALIBELA (Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela)

DAY 11: LALIBELA (Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela)
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax
O/N LALIBELA Maribella or similar standard

DAY 12: LALIBELA - KOMBOLCHA, road distance ± 335km
DAY 12: LALIBELA - KOMBOLCHA, road distance ± 335km

DAY 12: LALIBELA - KOMBOLCHA, road distance ± 335km
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Kombolcha. En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha & upon arrival, you will check into a hotel & stay the night there
O/N Kombolcha

DAY 13: KOMBOLCHA - ADDIS ABABA road distance ± 340km

DAY 13: KOMBOLCHA - ADDIS ABABA road distance ± 340km
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.
Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

Included/Excluded

  • • Well-maintained & insured Vehicle for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance
  • • Fuel
  • • All transfer in & out,
  • • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room) including Breakfast
  • • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • • Bottled natural water every day,
  • • Service tax
  • • Boat Transport
  • • Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  • • Meals (lunch and dinner)
  • • Optional excursions
  • • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Addis Ababa

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