12 Day Historic Tour of North Ethiopia

12 Day Historic Tour of North Ethiopia

Northern Historic Tour with Semine Mountain Sights

Brief Description:

The 12 day tour to the north Ethiopia covers a one day tour within Addis and a 2 days tour to Bahir Dar. The Bahir Dar visit includes city tours, drive to Blue Nile falls and a boat trip to Tana monasteries.

The drive to Gondar passes through an interesting natural scenery as well as farm towns which gives a great sight seeing opportunities. The package also includes sightseeing at Gondar, Axum and to all rock hewn churches of Lalibela. The package gives ample time in each historical destinations and a chance to integrate with the northern Ethiopia cultures.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Addis Ababa

Arrive Addis upon evening arrival in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia , members on the group flight are greeted with the traditional Ethiopian hospitality at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast at 8:00 AM we will start with a visit to the National Museum (a multicollections representing Ethiopia ‘s past and present image). Among the famous exhibits, the 3.5 million year old skeleton of ‘Lucy’ is worth visiting.

We will also visit the Ethiopian Studies Institute Ethnological museum for its extraordinarily collection of the priceless and varied ethnic medley. Then we continue driving up to the mount (over 3000 meters) Entoto, the first seat of Emperor Menelik II before he established Addis Ababa as the capital of Ethiopia in 1886. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Trinity Cathedral and Merkato. Along our way we will have the chance to see avenues, squares, obelisks and many
places of interests and shopping.

Day 3

After that transfer to the Bole International Airport and fly 50 minutes to Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar is the capital of the Amhara National Regional State . Upon arrival transfer to Tana Hotel, lakeside hotels near the market place of Bahir Dar. It is recommended that you take some rest before our afternoon visit to the market place of Bahir Dar. In the afternoon we will visit the city of Bahir Dar.

Visitors should expect to see:

  • Colorful market with easy access to buy traditional baskets, pottery, hand made woven clothes, capes, scarves and etc
  • The Woito village where the local people make the papyrus boat
  • The Mount Bezawit where Emperor Haile Selassie’s palace of is gracefully situated. It also provides a magnificent scenery

Dinner and overnight in Tana hotel with a pleasant garden and a Lakeside view of Tana. A special welcoming dinner and coffee ceremony hosted to you by .

Day 4 – Gondar:

Early morning a boat trip will be arranged to Ethiopia ‘s largest Lake called Tana known for its middle age island monasteries. Lake Tana is the source of the longest river in Africa, the Blue Nile and home for 37 islands.

We will have the opportunity to visit the Zege peninsula for its famous 14th century monasteries of Ura Kidanemihret, Azewa Mariam and the island monastery of Kibran Gebriel (where only men are allowed) for their wonderful 16th century mural paintings, crowns, crosses and many old church treasures. Afterwards we will arrive at Gorgora and meet the drivers there to Drive to Gondar which is 66 Km only an hour and half driving. Dinner and overnight stay in Goha hotel in Gondar.

Day 5

Early morning start driving to Gondar which is 175Km/ 120 Miles from Bahir Dar. They say “you have only to stroll through the banqueting halls and gaze down from the balconies of the many castles and palaces here to imagine the intrigue and pageantry that took place back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Gondar , then the Ethiopian capital, was home to a number of emperors and warlords, courtiers and kings.

After settling in Ghoa Ghion Hotel we will start our visit to these palaces, residences and baths of Fasilidas. Gondar is also the site of numerous fine churches, a number
of which have survived to this day.

Late in the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie, translated to mean “Light of the Trinity”, which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 6

Early morning, start touring the Gondar Castles. They say “you have only to stroll through the banqueting halls and gaze down from the balconies of the many castles and palaces here to imagine the intrigue and pageantry that took place back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Gondar, then the Ethiopian capital, was home to a number of emperors and warlords, courtiers and kings.

Gondar is also the site of numerous fine churches, a number of which have survived to this day. After a picnic banquet nearby the castles we will have the opportunity to visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie , translated to mean “Light of the Trinity”, which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls.

Banquet Dinner and traditional Gondar Dances.

Overnight stay in Goha Ghion Hotel

Day 7

From Gondar , we will travel in and off-the-road vehicle passing through mountainous areas with spectacular panoramas, approaching Quara, the national park of the Simien Mountains . The Semin Massif is one of the greatest sculptures on the planet: peaks, canyons, gorges, clefts and pointed amethyst-colored pinnacles like obelisks. Later in the afternoon return back to Gondar.

Day 8

Early morning transfer to Gondar airport and fly to Axum which will take 40 min. Ethiopian legends first recorded in the fourteenth-century Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) make Axum the capital of the Queen of Sheba in the tenth century BC.

Rising to importance around the time of the of Christ, Axum was the capital far-reaching Axumite kingdom, dominated the vital crossroads of Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. After settling ourselves in one of the comfortable hotels in Axum, Yeha Hotel, we will start our visit to the famous historical sites of Axum such as the Archeological museum, the Zion Cathedral where the original Arc of the covenant is said to be found, the Stele park where the magnificent single block of stones standing since the 3rd century. Later the day we will have an opportunity to visit the ruin palace and Bath of Queen Sheba

Day 9 – Lalibela

Afternoon we will fly to Lalibela located at an altitude of 2,600 metres above sea level. Lalibela is the 8th wonder of the world. 13 rock-hewn churches cut out of a solid red volcanic rock, some completely hidden in deep trenches, while others stand in open quarried caves and a complex series of tunnels and narrow passageways connecting the churches, Lalibela indeed offers a great opportunity for any traveler. Upon arrival and transfer to the Ghion Roha Hotel.

Day 10

We will start the day with a visit with the first group of churches and the city itself.

Afternoon drive to Yimrhan Kristos Church where Lunch will be served under the fig tree.

Dinner and overnight stay at Roha hotel.

Day 11

13 rock-hewn churches cut out of a solid red volcanic rock, some completely hidden in deep trenches, while others stand in open quarried caves and a complex series of tunnels and narrow passageways connecting the churches, Lalibela indeed offers a great opportunity for any traveler.

Upon arrival and transfer to the Ghion Roha Hotel we will start our visit with the first group of churches and the city itself. In the evening you may also attend a show featuring traditional dance.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 12

Early morning transfer to the Lalibela airport and fly back to Addis Ababa which takes around 55min. In the afternoon we will have the chance to visit a museum and if time permits the largest open market in Africa “Mercato”. A traditional coffee ceremony hosted to you by the group.

Early evening, we will take you for a coffee at Sheraton Hotel and will provide you our gift (1 KG/ 2 Pound organic coffee) and an antique Ethiopian Item as our appreciation for touring with us.

Late at night transfer to the Bole International Airport and depart for home.

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