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North, Historic Route

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1380 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1400 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive Addis - Debre Markos. Enroute visit the 13th century monastery of Debre Libanos; 16th Century Portugese bridge.

Day 2: Drive Debr Markos – Bahir Dar(1880m). Transfer to your hotel.

Day 3: Boat trip on lake Tana(the biggest lake of Ethiopia) to Zegue peninsula. Visit the two churches found here. In the afternoon drive to Blue Nile Falls (which drops about 45 mts down), the outlet of the Blue Nile,the former palace of Emperor Haileselassie.

Day 4: Drive to Gonder(2210 m), 180 Kms, about 3 hours drive. Visit Gonder(World Heritage Site by UNESCO) was the capital city of Ethiopia in the 17th century. Gonder, known as the “Camelot” of Africa” has a series of medieval castles, churches, hand crafts, arts and potteries. Visit Debre Birhanselassie church, the ceiling of which is decorated with beautiful winged angels painting, King Fasiledes bath and other sites.

Day 5: Drive Gonder – Axum along the magnificent Semien.

Day 6: Sight seeing of Axum which includes: The Stelae Park, St. Mary's Church(Believed to house the Arc of Covenant), Emperor Ezana's Park, Tombs of the Kings, The bath of the Queen of Sheba, The Ruins of Queen Sheba's Palace, overnight in a hotel in Axum.

Day 7: Drive Axum – Yeha – Mekele.

Day 8: Drive Mekele – Lalibela.

Day 9: Lalibela (recorded as World Hertage Site by UNESCO). Visit of Lalibela. Visit first and second groups of 12th century monolithic churches (11 of them) of Lalibela. Lalibela, probably Ethiopia’s top attraction, was the capital of the Zagwe Dnasty in the 12 and 13 century.

Day 10: Drive Lalibela - Kombolcha.

Day 11: Drive Kombolcha – Addis Abeba.

Day 12: City tour of Addis Abeba. Addis Abeba meaning ”New Flower” founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1886, is the capital city of Ethiopia and hosts the African Union (AU), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and other international organizations. City tour includes: National Museum which exhibits numerous relics and archeological findings like “Lucy” which is 3.5 million years old skeleton. Ethnological Museum which was part of the late emperor Haileselassie’s former palace. It now houses an interesting overview of Ethiopian crafts, culture and art. Visit includes also Merkato,the biggest open air market in Africa, Mount Intoto (3200Mts), avenues etc. Transfer to your hotel.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotel on double full board basis
- All ground transportation, fuel and driver
- All entrance fees to sites, monasteries and churches
- Boat trip on lake Tana
- English speaking guides.

Price Excludes:
- International and domestic flights
- Fees for photos and videos
- Alcoholic beverages.

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