Ultimate Historical Exploration of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration of North Ethiopia

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Ultimate Historical Exploration of North Ethiopia

13 Days Starting and ending in Addis Ababa

Visiting: Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Fasiladas Palace, Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Simien Mountains National Park, Chenek, Bwahit, Axum, Tigray, Lalibela, Hudad Lalibela Eco-Lodge & Retreat, Mekina Medhan Alem

Tour operator:

Anbessa Travel

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

90-2

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat, Halal

Tour operated in:

English , German , Spanish

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Tour Overview

Nature, History, Religion, Culture and so much more are included in this package. The tour begins at the capital where you will visit the most important museums, open-air market, beautifully designed cathedrals, etc. On the second day, there’ll be a drive to Bahir Dar, a destination attractive for its island monasteries found on Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls. Gondar is the next city on this trip. You will have a highlighted visit to Simien Mountains National Park. Then, the next city will be Axum, which has attractions like St. Mary Zion Church, the last residence of the ark of the Covenant, North Stelae Field, and ruins of ancient palaces. The final Destination of the north circuit is Lalibela, the home of the rock-hewn churches. You will spend the next 5 days in and around Lalibela including village tours at Genete mariam, Hudad, and Mekina Medhanialem. On the last day (Day 13) you will be transferred to Lalibela Airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa.

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Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Ultimate Historical Exploration Of North Ethiopia

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival And Addis Ababa City Tour

Location: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Swiss Inn Nexus Hotel or similar, Addis Ababa

Meals Included: No Meals

In the morning, you will take a city tour of the vibrant capital. You will first start your visit with the Selassie (Trinity) Cathedral - the final resting place of Haile Selassie. Then continue to the nearby National Museum - home of Lucy’s 3.2 million years old remains. After the visit, proceed to the Ethnographical Museum found in the Addis Ababa University campus displaying Ethiopia’s diverse cultures. After lunch, you will head north to Entoto Mountain. On the way, you can stop at Shiro Meda to visit the colorful market of traditional clothes. Entoto provides a panoramic view of Addis. Here you will also visit the Entoto Maryam church and museum. The return drive will be via Piazza with en-route visit to St. George Church and Menelik II Square. Finish your day at the largest open-air market, Merkato.

Day 2 : Drive To Bahir Dar

Location: Bahir Dar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Jacaranda Hotel or Similar, Bahir Dar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Early in the morning, start your drive to Bahir Dar. En-route, visit Blue-Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos Monastery. Situated 210 km north of Addis Ababa and about one mile wide and deep, the Blue Nile Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges in the world. And after a 100 km drive lies the renowned monastery of Debre Libanos, founded in the 13th century in a magnificent 700m-deep canyon.

Day 3 : Lake Tana Boat Trip & Blue Nile Falls

Location: Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Jacaranda Hotel or Similar, Bahir Dar

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana. Lake Tana has 37 islands and 32 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. Today, we will visit the monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret which is the best known of the monasteries and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries A.D. In the afternoon, you will drive to the Blue Nile Falls. This is locally known as Tissisat (smoking waterfall). The water plunges for 45m, giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. After the visit, drive back to Bahir Dar to finish the day watching a lovely sunset over Lake Tana.

Day 4 : Drive To Gondar & Visit

Location: Fasiladas Palace, Debre Birhan Selassie Church

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Goha Hotel or similar, Gondar

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning take a drive to Gondar (3 hrs). You will pass through the beautiful landscape to finally reach the home of the Royal Enclosure - a UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch, start your tour of Gondar. Gondar is most known for its castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. We will first visit Fasiladas’ Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest one! After also visiting other nearby castles, we will proceed to the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity) known for its famous ceiling. The interior of this church is decorated with beautiful cherubs and paintings. Debre Berhan Selassie is rumored to once have been the proposed final resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant of the Ethiopian Empire.

Day 5 : Drive To Simien Mountains And Late Afternoon Drive Back To Debark

Location: Simien Mountains National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Ras Dashen Hotel or similar, Debark. Extra USD 225 (single room) and USD $100(shared room) per pax per night to upgrade to Simien Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast

After an early breakfast, take a day trip to the Simien Mountains National Park. After handling park fees in Debark, we will drive to Sankaber which has a breathtaking view of the area. From here, you will go for an easy hike to the Geech Abyss, where you will see a large waterfall plunging into the abyss. This area is also a great place for viewing the endemic gelada baboon, also known as the ‘bleeding heart baboon’ due to the red patch of skin on its chest. Drive back to Debark late afternoon.

Day 6 : Debark-Chennek

Location: Chenek, Bwahit

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight stay at Ras Dashen Hotel or similar, Debark. Extra USD 225 (single room) and USD $100(shared room) per pax per night to upgrade to Simien Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast

A further 24km takes you to the Chennek campsite, passing through the Kurbet Metaya viewpoint (500m before the campsite). Once you pass Kurbet Metaya, keep your eyes peeled for the Walia ibex. Continue 2km to one of the highest peaks in the Simien Massif: Mount Bwahit at 4,200m. Drive along the foothills through a valley crossed by wild streams. The road then descends from the plateau passing through spectacular scenery. Look for the Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf.

Day 7 : Drive To Axum

Location: Axum, Tigray

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Sabean International Hotel or similar, Axum

Meals Included: Breakfast

Here you will enjoy driving across Simien Mountains National Park and the fascinating river basin of Tekeze, one of the biggest rivers in Ethiopia. After lunch in Axum, you will have a city tour including the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Axum Stelae. Legends narrate in the Kebra Nagast (Book of Kings) how the city of Axum as early as the 10th century B.C. was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is told that the son of Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, Menelik, brought the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to Axum and it remains there to this day, preserved in a sanctuary. Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires and represented a crucial trade connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. Visit the granite stone Stelae of Axum, the tombs of King Kaleb and his son King G/Meskel, Ezana’s stone inscriptions, Queen of Sheba’s palace and swimming pool, and the Church of Zion, the final resting place of the True Ark of the Covenant.

Day 8 : Fly To Lalibela; Explore The Rock-Hewn Churches

Location: Lalibela

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Panoramic View Hotel or Similar, Lalibela

Meals Included: Breakfast

The rock-hewn Ethiopian orthodox churches of Lalibela are one of the eighth wonders of the world. The town of Lalibela contains 11 monolithic churches built in the 12th century with beautifully painted walls inside. It is a collection of churches, some connected by fascinating internal channels. You will first visit the northwestern cluster churches including Bet Medhane Alem - the largest monolithic church and five other churches.
After lunch, continue with the southeastern churches of Lalibela. You will finally visit the most famous Bet-Giyorgis. In the evening, you will visit cultural houses and enjoy Ethiopian traditional music. You can also taste Ethiopian honey wine.

Day 9 : Excursion To Genete Mariam And Village Visit

Location: Lalibela

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Panoramic View Hotel or Similar, Lalibela

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, a few miles drive will take you to a nearby church called Genete Mariam. This church is one of the most interesting outlying churches, a large monolith carved into a pink-tinged outcrop near the source of the Tekeze River. Supported by pillars, the church is very different from any of the excavation in Lalibela that it is not hidden within a trench, but carved openly on a rocky hilltop. History tells us that Genete Mariam was excavated during the reign of Yekuno Amlak in the early 13th century.
On your way back to Lalibela, you will have a stop at a local village for an authentic experience with the residents. During the visit, you can see how injera is made and local beer is brewed. You will also attend a coffee ceremony which is a day-to-day experience for many Ethiopians.

Day 10 : Lalibela-Hudad

Location: Hudad Lalibela Eco-Lodge & Retreat

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Hudad Lodge, Hudad.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Early in the morning, start walking from Lalibela town to make use of the cooler morning hours for the 2 - 3 hours (depending on your fitness) walk up to the plateau where the Hudad Lodge is situated. Once you reach Hudad, you are going to be rewarded with splendid views of the landscape. After lunch, it's time to relax and go for a walk near the lodge to meet the local farmers and enjoy the mountain scenery.

Day 11 : Trek To Mekina Medhane Alem

Location: Mekina Medhan Alem

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at a community lodge, Mekina

Meals Included: Breakfast

Mekina Medhane Alem is a built up cave church; the decorated interior displays geometric patterns and many old paintings. The church was built in the 6th century. Although an example of Axumite wood and stone construction, the church exhibits a unique modification: polished wall sections of leveled-off rubble between layers of dressed blocks of reddish tuff. You can admire the portrayals of saints as well as the sun and the moon symbols above the main entrance.

Day 12 : Mekina Medhane Alem-Lalibela

Location: Lalibela

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Overnight at Panoramic View Hotel or Similar, Lalibela.

Meals Included: Breakfast

You will have a leisure evening at your hotel upon arrival in Lalibela from your last community trek Mekina Medhane Alem.
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Day 13 : Fly Back To Addis Ababa And Departure

Location: Addis Ababa

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to Lalibela Airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa. Based on your interests and international departure time, we can arrange for a quick tour and shopping session in the capital. The tour ends with a drop off at Bole International Airport for your international departure.

What's Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Accommodation

    12 Nights Hotel Accommodation on a Shared Room Extra USD 207.00 per person for Single Room Supplement;

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Discounted AXU-LLI and LLI-ADD flights as of your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines; unless extra USD 170.00 per pax if your flight is with other airlines;

  • Fully Guided

    Private English-speaking tour guide;

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

  • Entrance Fees

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Meals – Full Board

    Lunches and dinners;

  • International Travel

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Only domestic flights are included.

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Entry visa fees are not included in the price. You can apply for your visa online through https://www.evisa.gov.et/apply.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    All our vehicles are air conditioned.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Children can join this Tour.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    They will join our other groups or the tour can run with the existing number. However, we will charge an extra.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of anbessa travel charges.

    Up to 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 3 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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