Day 1: Arrival to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival in Addis transfer to your hotel. In the available time city tour of Addis Ababa where the National or Archeological Museum and the Merkato (the biggest open air market of Africa) can be visited. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa - Baher Dar. Transfer to the Airport for flight to Baher Dar. On arrival in Baher Dar transfer to your hotel to check in and leave your luggage after which immediately go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret in Zeghie Peninsula. This church has mural frescoes and also possesses old icons, manuscripts, old crosses and crowns of former Kings and Queens, which are displayed to the visitors. Return to Baher Dar for lunch and in the afternoon excursion by car to the 35 km distant site of the Blue Nile Falls. Back to Baher Dar dinner and overnight at Baher Dar.
Day 3: Baher Dar - Gondar. In the morning after breakfast drive to Gondar (3.5 hours). Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Emperor Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of about 200 years. The city is more European than African and also has Islamic influences. Your after noon visit includes the Castles, bath of Fasilidas, the church of Debre Berhan Sellassie and the Kusquam complex. Dinner and overnight at Gondar.
Day 4: Gondar - Semien. In the morning after breakfast drive towards the Semien Mountains. The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty, drawing close to the national park of the Semien massif. In the park, many of the mountain peaks exceed 4000 m; the highest is Ras Dejen, at 4620 m above sea level. These mountains consist of volcanic masses that have been eroded away by centuries of rain. Have a picnic lunch on this day and go on a panoramic sight seeing trekking tour. Dinner and overnight your hotel.
Day 5: Semien - Axum. After breakfast drive towards Axum among beautiful mountainous sceneries and villages. Lunch will be had from a lunch box or in a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Axum rest dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 6: Axum. Axum known as the land of the Queen of Sheeba has a history which is very early and relatively unknown, however locals tracked and recorded in the 14th century A.D that this was the capital of the Queen of Sheeba during the 10th century BC. Axum was the Kingdom that dominated Asia and Africa for a thousand years and it's most important building is the St. Marry of Zion where it is said that it holds the Arc of the Covenant brought by king Solomon and Queen of Sheeba's son Menelik almost 3000 years ago. You visit the city today and marvel at the historic tomb of the former King Kaleb, the ruins of the palace of Queen of Sheeba, and the church of St. Mary with it's crowns of former rulers, the stele fields and other archaeological sites time permitting. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 7: Axum - Hawzien. After breakfast drive towards Hawzien along the way visit the Yeha Pre-Christian temple of the moon which dates to the 5th century B.C. On this day visit also the beautiful church of Abreha We Atsbeha. Time permitting and provided that you like walking and a little bit climbing visit also the stupendous church of Abune Yemata Guh. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 8: Hawzien - Lalibela. Whole day drive across beautiful country side scenery and villages. Upon arrival in Lalibela in the late afternoon rest. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 9: Lalibela. Lalibela, once the thriving capital of the medieval dynasty is still remarkably and unbelievably beautiful. The villages is hardly visible as the horizon is dominated by various peaks over 3,000 m. Legend holds that once the Town was called Roha, a mother saw her baby in a cradle surrounded by a dense of swarm of bees. Ethiopian belief is that the animal world could foretell the advent of important personages, so that she called her son "Lalibela". Meaning "the bees recognize his sovereignty".
Learn other local folklores on your visits to remarkable Rock Hewn churches built by this Prince over 800 years ago. Almost super human in their scale, these towering edifices are truly a world wonder. This morning visit the 1st part of Rock Hewn churches which are six in number, namely: Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mika'el (also known as Bet Debre Sina-Bet Golgotha) and Bet Giyorgis After noon visit the 2nd part of Rock Hewn churches which are five namely: Bet Gabriel, Bet Rufa'el, Bet Merkorios, Bet Aamanuel and Bet Abba Libanos. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 10: Lalibela - Addis Ababa (departure). Transfer to the airport for flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival in Addis Ababa city tour of Addis Ababa or final shopping in the available time and in the evening you culminate with a farewell dinner (time permitting) in a traditional restaurant with traditional music and dances. Transfer to the airport for departure. End of tour.
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