11-Day Historical Tour of Northern Ethiopia, Addis Ababa and Bahir Daroffered by supplier M21492 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 6 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 25 people
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1070 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)
Some think of Ethiopia as the country of famine, drought and starvation. This is not true and this is not the Ethiopia experience! It is home to many other scenes sure to amaze the most demanding ecological tourists. With mountains, fields, rivers, and waterfalls, Ethiopia offers something for all. If you are interested in fauna and flora Ethiopia has colorful and diversified natural generosity which can be explored!
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port.
Meet and greet you our representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaleb Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour.
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million-year-old skeleton of Lucy). Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits, is well worth a visit. After lunch, you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Kaleb Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar.
After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). En route, you will visit Debre Libanos Monastery (founded in the 13th century by priest Tekla Haimanot, today one of Ethiopia’s most renowned saints) and the museum. After 100km from Debre Libanos Monastery, the road dropping more than 1000 m gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable in scale to American’s Grand Canyon cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. You will stop for lunch at Debre Markos. Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Abay Minchlodge, Bahir Dar.
Day 4: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls.
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis. After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Abay Minchlodge, Bahir Dar.
Day 5: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles.
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. Then, you will visit the Royal Castles and the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light). Overnight stay at AG hotel, Gonder.
Day 6: Drive to Axum.
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (360 Km from Gonder) through the Simien Mountains and magnificent topography and scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Yehahotel, Axum.
Day 7: City Tour in Axum.
You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Yeha hotel, Axum.
Day 8: Drive to Mekelle.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Mekelle (280 Km from Axum). On the way, you can visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha(50 Km from Axum) which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old. Another possible excursion is to Debre Damo monastery (70km from Axum, only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself! On the way visit Negash Mosque (the first Muslim inhabitants who arrived in Ethiopia around 7th century AD). Then drive to Mekelle. You will arrive late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay at Axum Hotel, Mekelle.
Day 9: Drive to Lalibela.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there. Overnight stay at Lal Hotel, Lalibela.
Day 10: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage site, with magnificent architecture and paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Lal Hotel, Lalibela.
Day 11: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure.
After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food and drinks and a live music and dance. Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for the return flight back home.
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Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All transfer in and out,
- Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room)
- Professional English Speaking guide
- Meals half-board basis (Breakfast + Lunch)
- Cultural Dinner on last day, Day 11
- All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
- All Cost of Tour leader
- Bottled natural water every day
- Service tax
- Domestic flights (Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
- Personal expenses (tips, photo and video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)
- Any other services/expenses not mentioned above
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