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Travel History -A comprehensive Travel to North Ethiopia

Northern Ethiopia
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Duration

11 DAYS /10NIGHTS

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Espanol, Francais

Overview

A comprehensive trip of the Historical routes which included all Ethiopian’s oldest capitals (Axum, Lalibela & Gondar) up to the current capital – Addis Ababa.

Start the trip from Addis Ababa, before heading to the astonishing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela , tour in Addis which may include one of the most significant sub-Saharan museums in Africa and the recent additions – one of the sheger project( Entoto Park, unity park, river Project). Fly to Axum, a city immersed a city known for its tall, carved obelisks, ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Aksum, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Aksumite Kingdom, once one of the most powerful in the ancient world.

Drive through from Axum to Simien Mountains via the most charming Lima limo road. The drive will take a full day with some stops to take pictures. Afterward, head to the castle town of Gondar, end the tour at Bahir Dar, home to one of the largest lakes in the country and source of the Blue Nile. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The outstanding rock churches of Lalibela
  • The oldest city of Gonder, known for castles and churches
  • The great landscape and wildlife of Simien Mountains, one of the highest ranges in Africa
  • The holy city for Axum, with its ancient obelisks and stelae, home to Ark of the covenant
  • Lake Tana and its church on a private boat cruise

Itinerary

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Day 1: Home – Addis Ababa
Day 1: Home – Addis Ababa

Upon arrival at Bole international airport, and transfer to the hotel. Today we will take you to sightsee in Addis Ababa including the National Museum which housed fossilized remains of Lucy- 3.2 million years, Holy Trinity Cathedral is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo cathedra. If you may also see the unity park, the new addition, symbolizes the generational legacy of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

Day 2: Fly Addis Ababa- Lalibela
Day 2:  Fly Addis Ababa- Lalibela

Take a morning flight to Lalibela airport, the airport located under the Valley down to Lalibela town. Upon arrival at the airport meet our representative and drive to the town. Check-in the hotel, start sightseeing with the first group of churches. Afternoon, drive to Yimrehanna Kirstos monastery church. Located 42 Km away from Lalibela town, the cave churches Architecture, paintings, the Atmosphere of the church, building materials worth the drive. There is a short walk about 20-30 min near to the church. Drive back to Lalibela town, stop at Ben Abebe restaurant, one of the best restaurants, and a great place to see the sunset & you look at the beautiful valley while enjoying the meal or drink.

Day 3: Explore more Lalibela
Day 3: Explore more Lalibela

Today, a tour to Asheton Mariam monastery church. It is located on top of the mountain at an elevation of 4000m. The route takes you through a wonderful rural village with a fantastic view once you get on top of the mountains. To get there, you may walk about 2 hours to walk up & another 2 hours to return, or an excursion by mule. Afternoon, visit the second group of churches of Lalibela. End the day with a sightseeing Saint Giorgi's, the most photographic churches of all-

Day 4: Fly Lalibela Axum
Day 4: Fly Lalibela Axum

Morning flies to Axum. Axum, it was one of the oldest capitals of Ethiopia. And a holy city as it is home to the Ark of the Covenant. Visits included: the stelae park, the tombs, queen Sheba palace, St. Mary's of Zion Cathedral, the archaeological museum.

Day 5: Drive Axum – Simien Mountains National Park.
Day 5: Drive Axum – Simien Mountains National Park.

After breakfast, set off, and drive to the Simien Mountain National park via the Lima limo road, the road is the most scenic route in the country. The drive today is 8-9 hours plus stops. You will arrive in the Simien Mountain late in the afternoon. Stay the night at simian Lodge.

Day 6: Explore the Simien Mountains National Park
Day 6: Explore the Simien Mountains National Park

Today, hike into the mountains, & see the dramatic landscape, endemic Gelada baboon that roams the hillside. If you are lucky you probably spot the Walia ibex, as well as the klipspringer, bushbuck, and the rare Simien fox.

Stay the night at simian Lodge.

Day 7: Drive Simien Mountains National Park – Gondar
Day 7: Drive Simien Mountains National Park – Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar, Gondar was once the capital city of Ethiopia, in 1636. On your way to Gondar, stop at women's plowshare scheme to pick up traditional black pottery and other small handicraft.

Day 8: Tour Gondar
Day 8: Tour Gondar

You will have a city tour of Gondar, including the Fasill Gebi or Royal Enclosure, Debre Birhan Sellasie church known for its beautiful samples of the Ethiopian church.

Day 9: Gondar – Bahir Dar
Day 9: Gondar – Bahir Dar

Drive close to 3 hours to Bahir Dar town which is located about the edge of Lake Tana. On your way, enjoy the magnificent landscape, see Amhara village. Afternoon, drive to Blue Nile fall which is about 35 km away from Bahir Dar town. The Blue Nile is the most known falls in the country, it is called as Smoking Fire (locally Amharic word -Tis Isat).

Day 10: Another day Bahir Dar- Boat trip to Lake Tana
Day 10: Another day Bahir Dar- Boat trip to Lake Tana

Lake Tana, the largest lake and source of the Blue Nile Falls. Take a private boat to one of the islands named Zege Peninsula which housed Ura Kidan Mehert and Azewa Mariam. Take a picnic from Bahir Dar, you may have a lunch break before going back to the land.

Day11: Fly Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa
Day11: Fly Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa

Take a morning flight to return to Addis Ababa. If you have international flights the same day, you may connect.

Included/Excluded

  • 10 night's hotel accommodation
  • Meal: BLD
  • Private vehicle with an excellent driver,
  • English Speaking local guide
  • Entrance fee as per the program
  • Domestic Air Ticket Addis –Lalibela, Lalibela-Axum, and Bahir Dar –Addis Ababa.
  • International Air ticket
  • Costs of Personal Nature
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the included section

Durations

Multi day

Tour's Location

Northern Ethiopia

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