9 Days Historic Route Tour in Ethiopia

Highlights

  • Lake Tana Monasteries and Castles of Gonder
  • Simien Mountains National Parks Chance to see walia ibex, chilada baboon, and gelada baboon
  • Axum visits and rock hewn churches of Tigray
  • Lalibela churches
  • Tourist standard vehicle
  • 8 nights' accommodation including breakfast
  • Airport transfers

Visiting time; from mid of September till end of February

Itinerary

Day 1, Addis to Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahirdar at 11:10 am and arrive at 12:10 and after lunch, you will have boat excursion on Lake Tana and will go to the well-known visiting and historical monasteries on Zeghe Peninsula which have three monasteries together and you will see these monasteries and Back to the City of Bahirdar and overnight there at Unison Hotel (New build Hotel)

Day 2: Bahirdar to Gondar

After breakfast in the morning at 8:00 am drive to Gonder some 185 kilometer about around 3 hour and arrive in Gonder and check in at your reserved Hotel. After having some minute break you will have lunch.  Then the afternoon you will visit to 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), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex, which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay will be at Mayleko lodge (New built lodge).

Gonder Castles

 

Day 3; Gonder to Semein Mountains National parks

After breakfast in the morning drive some 135 km from Gonder and heading to the Semein Mountains National Park and start you’re trekking and the vehicle will wait you at the finishing point of your daily trek on this day.  You will get the famous Chilada Baboons and heading to the amazing topographic view (you will have lunch box as it is full day trek). And the afternoon heading to the second interesting trekking points the cliffs and endemic of Ethiopian wild goat “walia Ibex” which is only found in Ethiopia and may be the red fox and any other wild and bird lives .And back to Debark Town and overnight at Walia Lodge.

Major visiting Animal's Pictures

 

Day 4. Debark to Axum 

You depart early in the morning at 6:00 am and drive some 270 km from Debark town for about 3 and half hour and will visit the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath, Ezana’s inscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. And overnight in Axum at Sabean Hotel.

 

Day 5. Axum-Hawuzien

After breakfast you will also visit the Saint Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to visit the old church. First stop is to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the eighth to fifth centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. And drive to Hawuzien some 220 km from Axum and a glimpse view of the Debre Damo(Men’s monstery) on the way and drive to Hawuzien and overnight at Gheralta lodge.

Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray

            

Day 6. Hawuzien to Mekele

In the morning, before the heat of the day rises, you will visit either Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor. Both churches require a challenging one to two hours hike to reach. The reward is commanding views of the surrounding areas and visiting some of the most remote churches in the world in the most unsuspecting of places.

In the afternoon you will depart to Mekele about 120 km form Hawuzien and on the way, you will visit the easily-accessible churches of Abreha we Atsbeha and Wukro Chirkos. You will stay overnight at Planet Hotel in Mekele.

Day 7. Mekele to Lalibela 

Early in the morning, you will embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. From there you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Then you will proceed through the rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination, Lalibela. You will stay overnight at Maribela Hotel.

Day 8. Lalibela Visit 

After breakfast your first visit will be groups of eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO world heritage site, with magnificent architecture and paintings inside the churches). And overnight in Lalibela at Maribela Hotel.

Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela

 

Day 9. Lalibela to Addis Ababa

After relaxing breakfast you will be transfer to Lalibela airport at 11:40 to Addis Ababa and arrive around 12:40 and transferred to one of the restaurant in Addis to have your lunch.

In the afternoon you will have half day city tour and sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa, including Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city and old palace of Menelik, the national museum, and Trinity cathedral. Depending on your flight you will stay in Addis at Magnolia Hotel or fly to your home country…

END OF YOUR TOUR

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