11 Days The Grand Historical Tour in Ethiopia
Trip Duration: 10 Nights/ 11 days
Domestic flight: (Addis Ababa – Bahir dar, Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
Transport: Surface with latest model Toyota minivan fitted with functioning Ac + seat belt
|Day 1: Full day sightseeing in Addis Ababa (Africa’s head quarter)
Þ Morning around 10:00 AM you will get ready for sightseeing of Addis Ababa that includes; the National Museum, famous for hosting the Humanoid fossil “LUCY”, Ethnographic Museums, Holy Trinity cathedral and
Þ After Lunch drive to Entoto the first capital before Addis Ababa established as a center. You will visit Emperor Menelik II palace, Museum and St. Merry church. Overnight in hotel.
|Day 2: Fly Addis to Bahir Dar to start the historical tour in Ethiopia then full day sightseeing
Þ Morning Fly to Bahirdar; our representative will pick you up from Bahir Dar airport and transfer to your hotel. Preparation for the city tour.
Þ Excursion to visit the Blue Nile Falls that takes you out of the city for a drive on a gravel road through the farmlands and small villages of the Amhara People.
Þ PM, you will have a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana. Hotel
|Day 3: Drive from Bahir Dar to tour Gondar (UNESCO World heritage site)– then full days sightseeing
Þ AM after Breakfast you will drive over land to Gonder by minivan to Gonder, which is some 180kms.On arrival in Gondar check in to the hotel then preparation for city tour.
Þ PM is dedicated for sightseeing of Gonder; the 16th century Royal enclosure famous for its 17th C castles, Fasil bath and the old churches Debre Birhan Selassie. Hotel
|Day 4: Drive to Simien Mountain National Park (UNESCO World heritage site) via the town of Debark – short visit inside the park
Þ After early breakfast, you will drive from Gondar to the town of Debark where the head quarter of Simien Mountain National Park found. Then process entrance permits to proceed to Sankaber, the first campsite of the National Park to see the extraordinary scenery. You will have a short walk around Sankaber enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer. overnight in the highest lodge in Africa, simien lodge.
|Day 5: Drive Debark to Axum alongside the Simien Mountains range with spectacular scenery.
Þ Short stops for leg starching and taking photographs with locals. Enjoy the traditional plowing and harvesting.
Þ Distance :282km to Axum and takes +- 7 hrs. Hotel
|Day 6: Full day tour in Axum (UNESCO World heritage site)
Today you will have a full day sightseeing of:
Þ The archeological sites and the famous stele park (one obelisk that was recently erected after being returned from Italy)
Þ St’ Mary of Tsion (Zion) Church the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
Þ The Queen of Sheba is Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. Only Men has allowed entering the old church.hotel
|Day 7: Drive Axum to Mekele (90km) – On the way visit the famous rock hewn churches of Tigray
The drive will take +- 3 hrs.
Þ Morning after breakfast drive to visit the Yeha Temple, the oldest surviving building in sub-Saharan Africa from 5th century BC.
⇒ En-route to Mekele you will visit the famous rock churches of Tigray like Abreha we Atsebeha and Wekro Cherkose. Overnight in Mekele
|Day 8: Drive Mekele to Lalibela (360km)
Þ Time it will take will be +- 8 hrs (with short leg stretching and photographing stops)
Þ You will enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Þ On the way, you will meet the Amhara peoples, see how they harvest traditionally, house and village visit.
Þ On arrival in Lalibela check in to the hotel for Overnight stay.
|Day 9: Full day visit Lalibela – The Monolithic Rock Hewn Churches (UNESCO World heritage site)
Þ Visit the Amazing rock churches of Lalibela rated as the eighth wonder of the world by many authors.
Þ This day you also will meet the Amhara people, see their way of traditional harvesting.
Þ Evening you will attend traditional coffee ceremony with Ethiopian hospitality. Hotel
|Day 10: Excursion drives to visit rock hewn churches found at the edge of Lalibela
Þ Morning after breakfast you will drive to visit the two amazing rock hewn churches found on top of the mountain (Yemrehanna Kristos and Asheton Mariam). Early evening drive back to Lalibela for overnight.
|Day 11: Fly back Lalibela to end the Historical Tour in Ethiopia – Departure
Þ A.M transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa and on arrival in Addis, you will have a lunch somewhere at the top view to enjoy the stunning view of the city.
Þ After lunch you will be invited to taste Ethiopian coffee at one of the coffee shop (Tommoca)
The rest of the day is at leisure or free for shopping at Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa. In the evening farewell dinner in one of Ethiopian traditional restaurants . Then Departure Flight.
— End of the Historical Tour in Ethiopia—-
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