6 Days Exploring Northern Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s wealth of historic sites and an identity defined by its own history and diverse cultures rather than by colonialism is what distinguishes it from most other African destinations. Ethiopia’s history encompasses legend and tradition, mystery and fact, from a powerful and religious ancient civilization. Legend has it that Emperor Menelik, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant from JERUSALEM to AXUM where he established one of the world’s longest known, uninterrupted monarchical dynasties. Therefore, the following 6 days, fascinating historic route tour covers the legendary fall of Blue Nile, ancient lake monasteries & rock-hewn churches which will make us pass through a magnificent scenic world of fairy-tale names such as BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, AXUM and LALIBELA which every destination contributes in highlighting the country in the form of strange landscapes, beautiful churches, unbelievable cultures and stone writings.
Day 01: ARRIVAL AND HALF DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA
Up on arrival at Bole international airport, be met by our representative and transferred to a hotel. After check in to a hotel, depending on the arrival time a half day city tour in Addis Ababa including National & ethnographic museum, Trinity church and the panoramic view of Entoto Mariam mountain.
Accomodation at Saromaria /Sidra hotel
Day 02: FLY TO BAHIR DAR
Take early flight to Bahir Dar, and transfer to hotel. After check-in to the hotel take boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. On lake Tana there are more than 35 islands and most of these islands hosts monasteries, today you will visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret & Azua Mariam . You will also discover the sources of Blue Nile on Lake Tana. Afternoon after lunch break drive about 32kms to visit & admire the Blue Nile falls commonly known as “Tis Isat” (smoking water). The Blue Nile Falls offer a spectacular view of the falls cascading down 45 meters (150 feet), across a stretch of river some 400 meters wide. An intense stream of vapor - almost a fog - surrounds the waterfall and anyone within a Kilometer distance can feel the impact of the moisture. After visit drive back to Bahir Dar on the way observe the rural farm lands, people and local markets.
Day 03: DRIVE TO GONDAR
Morning after breakfast drive 178 km to Gondar, one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade and Ethiopian Capital city in the 17th century AD. On the way visit Guzara ruined palaces and beautiful landscapes. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the royal enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre Birehan Selassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket).
Accomodation at Florida International/Goha hotel
Day 04: GONDAR-AXUM
Take early morning flight to Axum and after check in to Hotel, visit the extraordinary 1stcentury AD obelisks of AXUM recorded as a world heritage site, the tomb of king Remhay (1st to 3rd century AD), the church of St. Mary of Tsion (17th & 20th century AD), in one of which the Ethiopians hosted the Ark of the Covenant. In the afternoon visit the remaining sites of Axum like: - Dingur Palace (believed to be the palace of the queen of Sheba) and the tombs of King Kaleb & G/Meskel.
Accomodation at Consular hotel /Yeha hotel
Day 05: AXUM-LALIBELA
Fly to Lalibela which is one of the legendary cities and leading tourist sites of Ethiopia and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela including the largest Bet Medahinialem (savior of the world) and Beta Mariam (house of Mary) the first church build by King Lalibela, the famous Bete Giorgis Church,Bete Amanuel, Bete Gebriel-Rufael, Abalibanos and Bete Markos.
Day 06: FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA
Morning after having your breakfast transfer to Lalibela airport and fly back to Addis Ababa. After lunch break and some rest enjoy last minute souvenir shopping. Then transfer to Air port for your departure back home.
Meal: Breakfast and Dinner
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|The Package Includes
|The Package Excludes
|Accommodation in mentioned hotels at all destinations on Twin room base (SRS will be added on single bed users)
|Domestic flight ( it is separately listed above)
|Comprehensively insured Latest model Mini-bus or Coaster bus for transfer in and out, surface drive from Bahirdar to Gondar and city tour for all destinations mentioned
|Any alcoholic drinks
|Meals on a Half Board ( Breakfast & dinner)
|Escort guide for group size more than 10 (ten)
|Video & photo camera fee (if any & applicable)
|Local guide expense
|Any types of gratuities (TIP)
|Boat ride on lake Tana
|Any types of personal expenses like telephone, internet, laundry, post cards