8 days and 7 nights tour

to Historical Circuits of Northern Ethiopia by surface

This voyage leads to the rich historic sites; passes through scenic highlands and spectacular panoramas.

The monasteries on lake Tana with the Blue Nile Falls, the 13th Century monolithic Rock-Hewn churches of King Lalibela, the stele & tombs of the Axumite Kings, the rock churches found in Tigray region.

Tour Code: YTE 123
Duration: 7 nights (8 days)
Transportation: flight and drive
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa

Day 1 – Addis / Arrival

Haikan or similar hotel

Upon arrival in Addis transfer to your hotel. In the available time city tour of Addis Ababa where the National or Archeological Museum and the Merkato (the biggest open air market of Africa) can be visited.


Day 2 – Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar

Tana Hotel or Addis Amba Hotel

Transfer to the Airport for flight to Bahir Dar. On arrival in Bahir Dar transfer to your hotel to check in, after which immediately go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret in Zeghie Peninsula. This church has mural frescoes and also possesses old icons, manuscripts, old crosses and crowns of former Kings and Queens, which are displayed to the visitors. Return to Bahir Dar for lunch and in the afternoon excursion by car to the 35 Km distant site of the Blue Nile Falls. Back to Bahir Dar dinner and overnight in Tana Hotel or Addis Amba Hotel.


Day 3 – Bahir Dar – Gondar

Kino or Lamergaier Hotel

In the morning after breakfast drive to Gondar (3.5 hours, 180km) Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Emperor Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of about 200 years. The city is more European than African and also has Islamic influences. Your after noon visit includes the Castles, bath of Fasilidas, the church of Debre Berhan Sellassie and the Kusquam complex. Dinner and overnight in Kino or Lamergaier Hotel.


Day 4 – Gondar – Simein Mountains National Park

Drive from Gonder to Debark and proceed to the Simien mountains. Enjoy the marvelous view and visit one of the endemic mammals - chelada baboon and drive back to Gonder


Day 5 - Gondar – Axum

Yeha or Remehai hotel

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Axum. Axum known as the land of the Queen of Sheeba has a history which is very early and relatively unknown, however locals tracked and recorded in the 14th century A.D that this was the capital of the Queen of Sheeba during the 10th century B.C. Axum was the Kingdom that dominated Asia and Africa for a thousand years and it's most important building is the St. Mary of Zion where it is said that it holds the Arc of the Covenant brought by king Solomon and Queen of Sheeba's son Menelik almost 3000 years ago. You visit the city today and marvel at the historic tomb of the former King Kaleb, the ruins of the palace of Queen of Sheeba, and the church of St.Mary with it's crowns of former rulers, the stele fields and other archaeological sites time permitting. Dinner and overnight in Yeha or Remehai hotel.


Day 6 – Axum – Lalibela

Lal or similar Hotel

After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to Lalibela. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Lalibela, once the thriving capital of the medieval dynasty is still remarkably and unbelievably beautiful. The villages is hardly visible as the horizon is dominated by various peaks over 3,000m. Legend holds that once the Town was called Roha, a mother saw her baby in a cradle surrounded by a dense of swarm of bees. Ethiopian belief is that the animal world could foretell the advent of important personages, so that she called her son ''Lalibela''. Meaning "the bees recognize his sovereignty". Learn other local folklores on your visits to remarkable Rock Hewn churches built by this Prince over 800 years ago. Almost super human in their scale, these towering edifices are truly a world wonder. In the after noon visit the 1st part of Rock Hewn churches which are six in number, namely : Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mika'el ( also known as Bet Debre Sina-Bet Golgotha) and Bet Giyorgis. Dinner and overnight in Lal or similar hotels.


Day 7 – Lalibela

Lal or similar Hotel

In the morning excursion by mule riding to Monstery church( Asheton Maryiam) After noon visit the 2nd part of Rock Hewn churches which are five namely : Bet Gabriel, Bet Rufa'el, Bet Merkorios, Bet Emanuel and Bet Abba Libanos. Dinner and over night in Lal or similar hotels.


Day 8 – Lalibela / Addis Ababa

Haikan or similar Hotel

Transfer to the airport for flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival in Addis Ababa city tour of Addis Ababa in the available time. Dinner and overnight in Haikan or similar hotel.


Day 9 – Addis Ababa + departure

City tour of Addis Ababa in the available time after which transfer to the airport for departure.


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