8 Day Historical Sites Northern Ethiopia Tour
• Castles of Gondar
• St. Mary Church
• Ancient city of Aksum
• 13th Century rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam
Tangible Ethiopia Tour: North by Flight to Each Spot: 8 day/ 7 night Tour
To the historical sites of Northern Ethiopia ,preferable to visitors who wish to visit as many historical sites as possible with relatively lesser time.
Day 1: Arrival + Addis Ababa
On arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport you will be met by our representatives. And transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: DebreDamo International Hotel or similar
Day 2: Addis Ababa, City Tour of Addis
Visit the historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis.
Overnight: Debre Damo International Hotel or similar
Day 3: Fly Addis – Bahir Dar Blue Nile Fall afternoon Boat Trip
After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment, we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire’.
Overnight: Tana Hotel or similar
Day 4: Drive Bahir Dar – Gondar
We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands.
The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List, the royal Fasiledes. Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals.
Overnight: Goha Hotel or similar
Day 5: Fly Gondar – Axum
After breakfast fly to Axum. The ancient city of Aksum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia.After check in to Remehay hotel, sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary Church where the original Arc of the covenant housed in, Archeological Museum, Stelaes, Tombs, and Palace.
Overnight: Sabean Hotel or similar
Day 6: Fly Axum – Lalibela
We take a short flight to Lalibela then drive 23kms to the town where all the 11 monolithic Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are situated. Today we visit the first group of six churches lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple and its stone floor is so polished by the countless numbers of visitors that it reflects shafts of light from apertures in the walls high above. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Overnight: At one of the top 12 Hotels or similar
Day 7: Lalibela
After breakfast trek on foot or by a mule ride to the 13th century rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on a top a mountain at an altitude of 3150 meters.
This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Bet Emanuel's elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians.
Overnight:At one of the top 12 Hotels or similar
Day 8: Fly Lalibela – Addis + departure
After breakfast you will check in to the Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. In the Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Then after transfer out to the airport for departure back to home.
Price are quoted in USD:
$2,223 for one person travelling alone
$1,364 per person for two people travelling together
$1,080 per person for three people travelling together
$945 per person for four people travelling together
$855 per person for five people travelling together
$801 per person for six people travelling together
$145 = Single Supplement
• Accommodations on Twin/Double Bed Room sharing basis
• All admission/entrance fees
• All transfer in and transfer out services
• All ground transportations with fuel, driver’s allowance, insurance, and all necessary government taxes
• Boat Trip or Boat Excursion (where applicable)
• Mule hire at Lalibela (where applicable)
• Professional and experienced English speaking tour guide for the entire route with all his expenses
• Air fare for the guide, all local guides, scouts (where applicable)
• Bottled water in the vehicle
• All camping gears and cooking utensils (where applicable)
• Any meals
• Visas & travel documents
• Domestic flight fare, expenses of personal nature such as souvenirs
• Tips for service people, fees to take picture and video, laundry, and any expense which is not mentioned in the ‘Included’ List above.
Reviews & news
Ethiopia as the Winner of "World's Best Tourist Destination for 2015" Ethiopia's Most Beautiful World Heritage Sites Cultural: Aksum (1980), Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region (1979), Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town (2006), Konso Cultural Landscape (2011), Lower Valley of the Awash (1980), Lower Valley of the Omo (1980), Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (1978), Tiya (1980), Natural Simien National Park (1978)