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Tour to Northern Historic Route by Surface - 13 Days

Tour to Northern Historic Route by Surface
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Day 1
City Tour to Addis: Museums - YekaTerara - Entoto Mountain - Merkato

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the National Museum&the Ethnographic Museum at the Addis Ababa University.Drive to YekaTerara for Addis Ababa City view and short trekking (1/2 hour).Lunch break. Coffee tasting at Tomocca. Drive to Entoto Mountain to visit Emperor Menelik II palace & Museum.Visit the largest open-air market, Merkato. Beer tasting at St. George Brewery. Overnight in a hotel in Addis Ababa.

Day 2
Drive to Bahir Dar - DebreLibanos Monastery

Breakfast at the hotel. Driveto Bahir Dar(540 Km from Addis)by our 2016 4WDMiniVanand professional driver/guide. Visit the 13th century DebreLibanos monastery and the 17th century Portuges Bridge. Photo stop on the way. On arrival, transfer to a hotel for check in.Time at leisure. Overnight ina hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 3
Lake Tana - Boat Ride-Island Monasteries-Blue Nile Fall

Breakfast at the hotel. A boat ride on Lake Tana to visit the medieval period island monasteries (Azua Mariam &Ura Kidane Mihret: beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana. Drive (30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. Time at leisure.Overnight in a hotel in Bahir Dar.

Day 4
Drive to Gondar - Royal Castles - Debre Birhan Selassie Church

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gondar (180 Km from Bahir Dar). Upon arrival, check into (if/when rooms are ready).

Then after a short break, visit to the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes, the Historic Debre Birhan Selassie Church, the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and if time allows - Kuskwam Mariam Church (the bones of the Empress and princes rests in a glass coffin). Time at leisure.Overnight stay in a hotel in Gondar.

Day 5
Drive to Debark - Simien Mountains National Park

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder, a nearby town to the Simien Mountains). Spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape). Check into a lodge. Time at leisure. Overnight stay in Simien Lodge in Semien Mountains.

Day 6
Drive to Axum - Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley

Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. Arrival in Axum. Check into a hotel. Time at leisure.Overnight stay in a hotel in Axum.

Day 7
Visit Axum- Steale of Axum - Queen Sheba’s Palace - St. Mary of Zion Church

Breakfast at the hotel. You 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.).Time at leisure.Overnight stay in a hotel in Axum.

Day 8
Drive to Hawizen-Yeha - DebreDamo Monastery

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Hawizen. On the way, visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha (considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization, a single most remarkable antiquity, well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon, thought to be over 2500 years old). Another possible excursion is to DebreDamo monastery (only allowed for men, built on the flat- topped mountain of DebreDamo, only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, recommended for younger travelers.) Upon arrival, check in to the lodge.Time at leisure.Overnight stay in Gelalta Lodge.

Day 9
Drive to Mekele-Debre Maryam Korkor - AbrehaWeAtsheba church

Breakfast at the lodge. Visit some of the most beautiful medieval churches on impressive viewpoints such as: Debre Maryam Korkor or AbrehaWeAtsheba church, all situated near to the road between Mekele and Hawzien (It requires climbing a steep mountain to reach these churches so good walking/mountain shoes are recommendable.) Arrival in Mekele early evening. Check into a hotel. Time at leisure.Overnight stay in a hotel in Mekele.

Day 10
Drive to Lalibela - Ambalage Chain of Mountains

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Arrival in Lalibela. Check into a hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight stay in a hotel in Lalibela.

Day 11
Rock-hewn Monolithic Churches of Lalibela

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). Time at leisure. Overnight stay in a hotel in Lalibela.

Day 12
Drive to Kombolcha- Hayk Estifanos Monastery

Breakfast in hotel. Drive to Konbolcha (335 Km). On the way, you will visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Overnight in hotel in Kombolcha.

Day 13
Drive back to Addis Ababa

Breakfast in hotel. Drive back to Addis Ababa. Arrival Addis Ababa. Time for leisure and shopping.

In the evening, a farewell cultural night at the renowned cultural restaurant for authentic Ethiopian cultural food buffet along with live music and dances of the diverse nations and nationalities of Ethiopia.

Trip Include

  • Accommodation 4-star in Addis Ababa & best 3-star in the regions. Daily breakfast & dinners. Tour service as specified in the itinerary. English speaking professional guide/tour leader, and his domestic flights. Land Transport 2016 model Mini Bus with a professional driver and fuel, driver’s allowance. Boat fees at Lake Tana. All entrance fees as (including 50 USD per person for Lalibela Churches). All local guide fees. Bottled natural water every day. Cultural Night with cultural dinner at the last day. Government tax (VAT 15%).

Trip Excludes

  • Lunches. Domestic & international flights. Visa and travel insurance. Photographing fees, night outs, personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, etc.). Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.

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Price From USD$1,700/person
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Total $ 1,700 USD

Trip Facts

  • Pick up from & drop off to the hotel/where you stay, air conditioned minivan for land transport, local guide fee, all applicable entrance fees, professional English speaking tour guide/leader (for 6 PAX or more in the group), 3 lunches & 2 dinner, daily bottled natural water.
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