On your cultural immersion Safari you will have a chance to discover the ancient history of Northern Ethiopia. This region is filled with religious, art, and architectural history. We specialize in designing custom tours that perfectly reflect your interests and focus. Here is an example itinerary we can use as a starting point to begin our discussion on how to make your experience perfect:
Day 1: We will pick you and your luggage up upon your arrival in Bole Aiport and bring you to your accommodation in Addis. You will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 2: When you wake up, give us a call and we will have coffee and lunch. We will take you anywhere you would like to go in Addis Ababa today. We will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 3: We will wake up early and fly to Bahir Dar. In the morning we will drive about 30 km to the Blue Nile Falls. We will take in the magnificent falls as the sun rises. We will return to Bahir Dar and take a boat toar on Lake Tana. Lake Tana is Ethiopia's largest lake and famous for the churches and monasteries on 20 of the lake's 37 islands. A highlight of a lake tour includes a 'tankwa' (papyrus boat) trip to the Zeghe Peninsula where you will find the famous 14th century round, grass-roofed churches with their magnificent wall murals. We will stay in Bahir Dar overnight in a local hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Gondar. We will view the medieval castles built by emperor Fasiledes in the 17th Century. We will also see the Debre Berhan Selassie church, which many experts regard as having the finest art of its period anywhere in Ethiopia. (optional) Today we can also take a brief detour to visit with the Falasha (Ethiopian Jews). We will stay in Gondar overnight in a local hotel.
Day 4: Fly to Axum. Axum is an old city that is rich with history. In Axum we will visit the obelisks, Kaleb’s Castle, Basen’s Tomb, Queen Sheba’s Palace, Mariam tsion Church, and Axum Museum. You will also learn about the Ark of the Covenant, which is right in Axum. We will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 5: Fly to Lalibela. Here we will tour the 11 historic Lalibela churches, which are considered a 9th wonder of the world. Some are almost completely hidden in deep trenches, and others stand in open quarried caves. A complex and bewildering labyrinth of tunnels and narrow passageways with crypts, grottoes, and galleries connects them all. We will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Woldia. Along the way we will visit Yemrehane Christos. This monastery is situated inside a cave. Yemrehane Christos, a striking church sited within a cave built by King Yemrehane Christos (let Christ show the way) who ruled before King Lalibela. The monastery is full of artwork and carvings that have been preserved for thousands of years. We will stay in Woldia overnight in a local hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Dessie. Along the way we will visit Hayq monastery which is located in Hayq lake. The monastery was built in the 8th century and houses acient relics, including the oldest known written copy of the gospels. We will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 8: Round trip to Geesham Mariam Church. This is where the right hand side of the cross that Jesus was crucified on is preserved. You will learn the history of how Ethiopia became the proud owner of this priceless piece of history. We will stay here overnight in a local hotel.
Day 9: Drive to Addis Ababa. Along the way we will drive through a series of small towns and scenic views. We will have a delightful evening supper together and enjoy the memories that we share. There is so much more that can be added or swapped out in this itinerary. You may give us a call or send us an email and we will spend some time with you to design your perfect safari. With us you won't get stuck on a trip where you are not seeing what you wanted to see or feeling rushed at the attractions that were the most important to you. Ethiopia is very diverse and so are our clients wishes. We understand that and spend time with you to maximize your experience. We focus on you, so we deliver exactly what you want.
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