Ancient Ethiopia Tour

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13 nights and 14 days
This adventure will begin with the combination of biking, walking, hiking and trekking through the churches and breathtaking landscapes
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8 nights and 9 days

These journeys pass through the scenic Ethiopian highlands and leads to the historical sites of the country in the north. The trip covers Axum, the ancient city of Ethiopia known for the famous obelisks standing in the center of the town and where the ark of the covenant is believed to be kept; Lalibella, which is known as the Jerusalem of Ethiopia and known for the rock hewn churches where Major church events still takes place; Gondar, known for the ancient castles and churches; Simien Mountain, called the Tower of Africa and endemic to many birds and mammals; Bahir Dar, where one finds lake Tana with over thirty monasteries scattered on the lake islands and peninsulas.

Duration – 8 nights and 9 days

Transportation:Drive, Flight and Boat

Accommodation - 4* Hotel in Addis Ababa and 3* hotels outside of Addis Ababa

  • Tour Overview
day 01

.DEPARTURE FROM YOUR COUNTRY

day 02

.ARRIVAL AND CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

Land at Bole International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in and have a short break.
After a break, take a city tour of Addis Ababa. Situated where the Great Rift Valley crosses Ethiopia’s mountain range at more than 7,000 feet above sea-level, Addis Ababa is a large sprawling city with a population of more than five million people. visit the National Museum. It is home to the skeleton of Selam, who like Lucy, is an Australopithecus afarensis. Often nicknamed Lucy’s baby, Selam actually lived nearly 150,000 years before Lucy.
Also, visit Entoto Mountain, the site from which Addis Ababa’s founder, Menelik, descended down to the plains. Visit the two churches he built and his palace, which displays 19th-century royal attire, weaponry, furniture, and intricately designed crosses made with precious metals. Also enjoy expansive views of the city and the Entoto Mountain Range. Continue on to the Ethnographic Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, located in a palace of former Emperor Haile Selassie. See precious pieces of Ethiopian Christian art.
Overnight Capital Hotel and Spa (www.capitalhotelandspa) or Similar

day 03

.FLY AXUM

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in1980, Axum is a testament to the rich and glorious past of the mighty Kingdom of Axum (2nd C. BC-700 A.D.). This morning the visit will start with the famous stelae field with its Axumite stelae in various sizes and shapes. The archaeological museum is nearby and it offers an opportunity to bring context to relics on view today. In the afternoon you visit the Kaleb and Gebremeskel tombs, dating to the 6th century A.D and on the way to town, the Ezana inscription( Ethiopia’s Rosetta stone) is worth visiting. Tradition has it that the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia in the 10th century BC by Menelik I and later Ethiopian kings and emperors would proclaim their legitimacy to rule by their lineage to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Through the day we will discuss the development of Christianity in Ethiopia and its relation to the Ark, and the story of Queen of Sheba too.
Also visit the vernacular architecture of the old city of Axum. The Tukul and rectangular houses in Axum shows the diversification of architecture and, the change and continuity reveals for centuries. Here you will visit a family house where you will observe their daily life activities and have a coffee ceremony with the family.
Overnight Yeha Hotel (www.yehahotelaxum.com) or Similar

day 04

. FLY LALIBELA

Lalibela is a striking town set at over 2500 meters in wild, craggy mountains with two-story stone houses that are quite different to those in the rest of Ethiopia. We are here to visit the huge 12th and 13th century rock churches carved below ground level and connected by a maze of subterranean passages. Each of the churches is unique and intricately carved. These rock-hewn Christian churches have been designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit some of these unique churches cradled among the rocks – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Mokael, Bet Danaghel, and Bet Golgotha. Continue visiting the second group of churches; Bete Gabriel, Bete Amanuel and Bete Libanos.
Overnight at Mountain View Hotel (www.mountainview-hotel.com) or Similar

day 05

. EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRSTOS

Early morning drive to visit Yemrehane Kristos. Lying 42 kms northwest of Lalibela, Yemrehane Kristos is undoubtedly the finest church outside of town. Unusually, the church is built rather than excavated within a cave. The whole church rests on a foundation of carefully laid olivewood panels, which float it perfectly above the marshy ground below. Behind the church are the bones of countless pilgrims who chose to be buried there. There is also a tomb that includes the remains of Yemrehane Kristos.
Afternoon explore the most elegant of Lalibela’s churches, Bet Giorgis, located in an isolated part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. This is said to be one of the most finely executed and best preserved churches.
Overnight Mountain View Hotel

day 06

. FLY GONDAR

Fly to Gondar, capital of Ethiopia for two hundred years. Gondar was a center of great commerce whicht traded with wealthy lands south of the Blue Nile, west to the Sudan, and north-east to the port of Massawa along the Red Sea. The city is known for its medieval castles and finely adorned churches. Upon arrival in Gondar, visit the Royal Enclosure, the Bath of King Fasilides, and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, with its extensive murals of angels’ faces.
Overnight Goha hotel (www.gohahotel.com)

day 07

. EXCURSION TO SIMEIN MOUNTAIN

After a hearty morning breakfast, drive to the Simien Mountain, rising to over 15,000 feet, the Simien Mountain Range is a striking contrast to other regions in Ethiopia. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers some of Africa’s most dramatic scenery: alpine peaks flanked by glaciers such as Mount Ras Dashen; steep escarpments rising above remote valley settlements; and an abundance of wildlife including the ibex, the endemic bleeding heart baboons, the Simien Wolf, and innumerable species of birds. A full day excursion travels deep into the park. En route back to Gondar, visit the former Falasha village of Waleka to see some examples of their traditional pottery still made by the few Jewish people remaining after the exodus to Israel in 1991.
Overnight Goha Hotel (www.gohahotel.com) or Similar

day 08

. DRIVE BAHIR DAR

On our drive (180km) to this ancient Imperial city, we travel through a fertile landscape of wide open fields of a typical African tableau and then undulating farmland.
After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and is famous for its many monasteries, including the Ura Kidane Meret monastery with its renowned painted maqdas. Travel across the lake to the monastery isla nds.
Afternoon, drive to a small town of Tiss Abay to visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire'. The falls throws up a continuous spray of water droplets which drench onlookers up to a kilometre away. Still worth the visit though much of the water has been diverted to power hydroelectric generators, the surrounding area is extremely fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and teff, which injera, the national bread, is made from.
Overnight Kuriftu Resort (www.kurifturesortandspa.com) or Similar

day 09

. FLY ADDIS ABABA, CITY TOUR THEN DEPARTURE BACK

After arrival in Addis Ababa, check in to your hotel and visit MARKATO, the largest market in Africa. Finally, have a brief tour of craft shops along Churchill Road before returning to the hotel. At evening enjoy traditional dinner at a traditional restaurant while enjoying traditional music. Then, proceed to the airport for your departure back home. End of the service.

Remark

Please Know that we can make any changes needed depending on the number of days you have and also This tour can easily be amended to other Tour Package

Price includes:
  • Meet and greet at airport
  • All accommodation based on TWIN/DBL room sharing bases
  • Meals on full board, Breakfast, lunch and dinner basis including local non-alcoholic beverage as per the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees in all sight according to the program.
  • Ground transportation with 4x4 WD Land Cruiser including fuel and driver allowance.
  • Gratitude fees for cultural activity
  • Professional English speaking guide throughout the trip including his domestic flight
  • Local Guide and scout fees in each region
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Welcome dinner in Addis to enjoy traditional Ethiopian food & Music
  • A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at a convenient time in the program
  • Porter age fee
  • Government sales tax
Price doesn't include
  • International flight
  • Visa fee
  • Alcoholic drinks & spirits
  • Video filming and photography fees
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks
  • Tips and items of personal nature
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