Historic Ethiopia FB02

15 Days From £0 (2,706 USD)

Ethiopia is where mankind was first discovered and is filled with ancient buildings and monuments. This is truly an historic land unlike any other and it will stay with you forever.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia
End Location: Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia
Accommodation: Hotels & Camping
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of ETOA, ATA, ATTA and ABTA
Years In Business: 13

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis
-All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis
-All entrance fees
-All transfer in and out services
-All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance coverage
-Professional guide
-Portage fees
-All local guides
-Scout fees
-Boat hire on lake Tana
-Government tax

Excludes
-Lunch and dinner in Addis
-Any alcoholic drinks
-Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc
-Tips
-Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and drive about 15 minutes to your hotel. Overnight at Kaleb hotel (4*) (BB)
Day 02. Addis – Debre Markos 5 hours Today we drive 304 km north of Addis to Debre Markos visiting the Debre Libanos Monastery (13th century AD) which is the largest one in the country. We will have picnic lunch at the ‘Portuguese Bridge’ where you have the chance to encounter one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia – the Gelada Baboon or the bleeding heart baboon. Cross the Blue Nile Gorge, this is comparable in scale with the American Grand Canyon, and further drive to the city of Debre Markos for overnight. Overnight: Shebel Hotel (Tourist Standard hotel) (B,L,D)
Day 03. Debre Markos – Bahir Dar 4 hours In the morning, drive 250 km to Bahir Dar, a town on the shore of Lake Tana; the largest lake in Ethiopia (3,600km). Lake Tana is home to thirty-seven islands, of which twenty shelter churches of significant historical and cultural interest. After lunch, drive 32 km south of Bahir Dar to Tis Isat to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. This fall is locally known as Tis Isat which means Smoke of fire. Then, drive back to Bahir Dar and enjoy walking and bird watching around Lake Tana. Overnight: Tana Hotel (3* hotel) (B,L,D)
Day 04. Bahir Dar – Gondar 185km 4hours In the morning, have a remarkable boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (16th century AD) and Azwa Mariam (16th century AD). These monasteries are decorated with frescos, elaborate painted ceilings, church crosses, crowns and attires of former Ethiopian kings and emperors. Then, after lunch at your hotel, drive 185 km to Gondar which was the capital of Ethiopia in the 17th and 18th centuries. Overnight: Goha Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 05. Gondar After breakfast, Sightseeing tour of Gondar which includes:- The ‘’ROYAL ENCLOSURE” with many majestic castles constructed in the European middle age architectural style, Bath of Fasiledes- (bathing palace): it stands in a rectangular, neatly walled depression, which is filled with water once a year for the Timkat (EPIPHANY) celebrations, and, though popularly referred to as a ‘bathing palace’ and the finest of the Gonderian churches is that of Debre Birhan Sillassie or ‘Trinity at the mount of light’. It was built during the reign of Emperor Iyasu (1682-1706). Overnight: Goha Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 06. Gondar – Semien Mountains National park In the morning drive 136 km north to Sanka Ber via Debark, the headquarters of Simien Mountains National Park. Around Sanka Ber, make short walks to visit the incredible Simien Mountains and one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia. Overnight: Semien Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 07. Semien Mountains National park-Axum After an early breakfast, drive 360 kms to Axum through the western side of Simien mountains National Park and crossing the Tekeze River Gorge. Overnight: Remahai Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 08. Axum Sightseeing tour of Axum which is the ancient capital of Ethiopia. This day, visit the Archeological museum of Axum, the Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the Original Ark of the Covenant, and in the afternoon visit the famous ‘Stele field’ (4th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruin palace and tomb of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskel (5th and 6th Century AD) and the residence of the legendary Queen of Sheba (9th century BC). Overnight: Remahai Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 09. Route; Axum – Mekele Drive from Axum to Mekelle through the Tigray Mountains and also the bloodiest battle field, Adwa, on which Ethiopians won the Italian Colonizers. En route visit the Yeha Temple (5th Century BC), from visiting the rock hewn churches of Abreha Atsebeha (10th Century AD) and Wukro Cherqos (10th Century AD). O/N - Axum Hotel Overnight: Axum Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 10. Route: Mekelle – Lalibela With a picnic lunch on the way drive 360 km to Lalibela which is home to the incredible rock hewn churches of King Lalibela in the 12th and 13th century whom the town is named after. On the way visit the tribal villages of the Amhara people and the scenic Wollo Mountains. Overnight: Roha Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 11. Lalibela Visit of the rock-hewn churches of King Lalibela which are unofficially regarded as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. In the morning, visit six churches which are grouped as first group of churches and in the afternoon visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela. These churches are Ethiopia’s top tourist Attractions and are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight: Roha Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 12. Lalibela In the morning, make a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheten Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful view point to have bird eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela. Overnight: Roha Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 13. Route: Lalibela – Kombolcha 6 hours With lunch on the way and crossing the scenic Dilb Mountains, drive 300 km to Dessie. En route, stop off at various view points and the Amhara people. After having lunch at Woldia, proceed driving to Dessie and stop at Haik to visits the monastery of Haik Estephanos which is dedicated to St. Stephen and is from the 13th century AD. Overnight: Sunny side (Tourist standard hotel) (B, L, D)
Day 14. Route: Addis –Kombolcha 400km 7 hours Drive back to Addis appreciating the landscape of the Amhara and Oromia highland areas and visiting the escarpment of the Ethiopian part of the Great African Rift Valley when you get closer to Addis Ababa, and visit the tribal villages of the Oromo people on the way. Overnight: Kaleb Hotel (4* hotel)
Day 15. Sightseeing tour of Addis, farewell dinner party and Departure. Have a sightseeing of Addis which includes visiting the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa; where the fossil remains of the oldest hominid – Lucy (3.25 mil years old) is sheltered at, Merkato – the largest open air market in Africa, and finally drive to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of Addis. In the evening, you will be guest of ours at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people. Departure.