bahar dar gondar lalibela axum tour




Highlights:

  • • Lake Tana

  • • Bahir Dar
    • Debre Berehan Selassie Church
    • Semien Mountains

    • City Tour of Axum

  • BY AIR 8 days/7 nights
    Dates: Any date departure- Minimum participant 2-maximum participant 8

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    Day 1 : Fly to Bahir Dar, P.M. Boat trip on Lake Tana

    Fly to Bahir Dar- This large town lies on the southern shore of Lake Tana, with pretty palm-lined avenues and a bustling central market. On arrival, you’ll  be taken to your hotel at the Abay Minch Lodge, a charming retreat on the outskirts of the town, with stone and thatch bungalows surrounded by lovely private gardens. After lunch enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Ancient 14th century monasteries of AzwaMariam & Entos eysus13th century monastery.

    Overnight: Abayminch Lodge

    Day 2 : A.M. visit of the Blue Nile Falls. P.M. City Tour of Bahir Dar

    After breakfast, drive to the Blue Nile Falls gateway, where a 45-minute walk through the oldest Portuguese bridge will bring you up-close with these scenic falls. Afternoon visit the Weyto village where the papyrus boat produces by hand ,the local market where you found old tire recycling for making local shoes and drive to the former Emperior Haileselassi palaces (not open for public) but for it’s panoramic view to explore the out let of the blue Nile river ,island monasteries on lake tana & bahirdar town.

    Overnight: Abayminch Lodge

     

    Day 3 : Drive Gondar, P.M. Visit of the castles and the Debre Berehan Selassie Church

    Another early start today as you travel by road to the city of Gondar. Founded around 1635 and renowned for its medieval castles, intricate churches and wonderful views over farmland back to Lake Tana, this is a fascinating historical area which you’ll explore on a guided tour. The imperial complex close to the city centre houses the ruins of castle battlements and towers. You’ll see King Fasilides’ Bath and visit Debre Berhan Selassie – one of the best preserved churches. Many of Gondar’s churches were destroyed in the 1880s but according to legend, Debre Berhan Selassie was saved from destruction by a swarm of bees. Though unassuming from the outside, the inside has incredibly ornate murals covering its walls and ceiling. Your accommodation tonight is Mayleko Lodge, offering traditional bungalows, a swimming pool and far-reaching views.

    Overnight: Mayleko Lodge

    Day 4 : Optional excursion to the Semien Mountains

    We drive to Debark where the head quarter offices for the Simien mountain national park located and collect our entrance tickets and meet our scouts then proceed to drive to the gate of the national parke where we start walk to fully appreciate the Simien Mountains parks’ stunning scenery and pastoral lifestyle that has remained unchanged for centuries. After a picnic lunch we continue to admire the dramatic landscape of the Simien range home to the indigenous Gelada baboon(Grant to see) lammergeyers and rare Simien  fox, then drive to Gondar.

    Overnight: Mayleko Lodge

     

    Day 5 : Fly Gondar - Lalibela- P.M. Visit of the first group of churches

    This morning you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian nations, and as such it has some of the world’s finest Christian sites. Built by King Lalibela in the 12th Century and proclaimed ‘the new Jerusalem’, Lalibela has been designated a World Heritage Site due to its 11 rock-hewn churches. These incredible churches – each with a resident priest – are carved below ground level, yet you’ll be able to explore them all via a maze of passages and stairways. The churches are divided into two groups, and today you’ll visit the north-west cluster of churches, which includes Bet Medhane Alem – the world’s largest monolithic church. Today you’ll also visit the most famous of Lalibela’s churches – the isolated Church of St George (Bet Giyorgis). Above ground, all that can be seen is the cross that marks its roof. Your accommodation in Lalibela will be at the Tukul Village Hotel – a unique village-style property that reflects the design of local houses, with circular two-storey buildings complete with thatched roofs.

    Overnight: Tukul Village Hotel

     

    Day 6 : A.M. Optional mule ride, P.M. Visit of the second group of churches

    Early this morning you’ll have a mule ride or walk on foot to the mountain top church of Asheton Maryam (a steep climb is required to reach the top). Or drive to the simple cave church of Na’akutoLa’ab through spectacular mountain scenery. Today you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, Ben Abeba. ‘Ben’ means ‘hill’ in Scottish, and ‘Abeba’ translates as ‘flower’ in Amharic, to reflect the nationalities of its owner-managers. You’ll receive a warm welcome here and can soak up the incredible mountain views from your open-air table. After lunch, you’ll visit the south-east cluster of churches in Lalibela, including Bet Abba Libanos, which is said to have been built overnight by Lalibela's wife, MeskelKebre, assisted by a group of angels.

    Overnight: Tukul Village Hotel

    Day 7 : Fly Lalibela - Axum. P.M. City Tour of Axum

    Fly to Axum-a town steeped in more than 2,500 years of history. from the palace and tomb of King Kaleb(6th C,AD)we will visit the extraordinarily Stella’s filed and tomb of king Remhay(1st to 4th century, AD)followed by a trip to the church of St.Mary of Tsion,(17th C,AD the present Church)in which is deposited the Arc of the Covenant, then drive out of town to see rock carved lion and palace from where the stella where hewn-some still lie their ,visit the palace of Queen of Sheba.

    Overnight: Sabean Hotel

     

    Day 8 : Fly back to Addis Abeba

    You will be transfer to the Airport to fly back to AddisAbaba

    End of Services


    Price are quoted in USD:

    2 participants $2,331 per person
    4 Participants $1,690.00
    6 Participants $1,542.00
    8 Participants $1,290.00
    Single Supplement $323.00  

    Price Includes: 
    All accommodation on twin room sharing basis
    Full Board (breakfast ,lunch & dinner)
    Ground transport including  fuel
    Domestic flights
    Non-alcoholic drinks with your meal
    Access to all churches, museums, and castle complexes
    Mule ride to Asheton Maryam
    Leader and local guide fees
    Portage fee
    Bottled mineral water (1lt pp per day)
    Government taxes and levies

    Not Included:

    • International flights

    • Alcoholic drinks

    • Items of personal nature, telephone calls, laundry, travel and medical Insurance, tips, excess baggage charges, any activities not specified in the itinerary


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