Historical places of Ethiopia

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» 14-Days Tour of Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela
» 18-Days Tour of Bahir Dar, Axum, Lalibela and Harar
» 16-Days Historical route and Tigray Rock Churches
» 17-Days through Maqdela, Lalibela, Tigray Roch Churches, Axum, Semien Mountains, Gondar & Bahir Dar


10-Days tour by surface and flight

Day1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar, and transfer check into a hotel. If time permits, go and visit the Bezait palace, which has a very nice view over Lake Tana and the Blue Nile. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip of about 3-4 hours on Lake Tana to admire the beautiful medieval period island monasteries on the lake’s islands. O/n at hotel.
Day 3: Morning drive to the fascinating Blue Nile falls. Lunch in Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, drive to Gondar, city of castles and churches. O/n hotel
Day 4: Full day visit of castles and churches in Gondar: visit the castle’s compound, the Debre Birhan Sellasie (Light of Trinity) Church with wonderful murals, the King Fasiladas bath, the old Usual Monastery, and the Empress Mentewab’s second palace. A view of the spectacular Semien Mountains from Kosoye is an added wonderful experience. O/n at hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Axum, the beginning of civilization in Ethiopia (with a history of more than 3,000 years), admiring spectacular views over the Semien Mountains. O/n at hotel.
Day 6: Full day visit of the Steles, different archeological sites, the bath and the palace of the Queen of Sheba, tombs of Kings, and churches, among which is the church of St. Mary of Zion (where legend says is deposited the Ark of the Covenant, brought here from Israel by King Menelik I). O/n at hotel.
Day 7: Fly to Lalibella, defined as the 8th wonder in the world, and in the afternoon, visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches. O/n at hotel.
Day 8: In the morning, visit one of the churches out of the town. We propose an excursion by mules to the Asheten Mariam Church, with spectacular views too, or by car to the cave church of Naktule’ab. In the afternoon, visit remaining churches in Lalibela. O/n at hotel.
Day 9: Fly to Addis Ababa enjoying wonderful view over Ethiopia. Spend the other half of the day in the city of Addis Ababa, visiting the national museum and different historical monuments. O/n at hotel.
Day 10: A full day in Addis Ababa consisting of visits to the Entoto Mountains, which give you a very nice view over the capital, the church of St. Mary, the adjacent museum of imperial objects, Mercato (the biggest open air market in Africa) and souvenir shops. Enjoy an evening dinner at a traditional restaurant with folk dance before departure.


10-Days tour by flights

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa. Fly immediately to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile falls. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Boat trip on Lake Tana, and a city tour. O/n at hotel.
Day 3: Drive to the Blue Nile falls and also visit the Portuguese bridge. O/n hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Gondar to visit various castles and churches. O/n at hotel.
Day 5: Fly to Lalibella to visit the rock-hewn churches. O/n at hotel.
Day 6: Visit churches in and outside the villages of Lalibella. O/n at hotel.
Day 7: Fly to Axum to enjoy some memorable sightseeing. O/n at hotel.
Day 8: Excursion to the temple of Yeha and Debre Damo monastery. O/n at hotel.
Day 9: Fly back to Addis Ababa and visit the market. O/n at hotel.
Day 10: Morning city tour of Addis and departure in the evening.



13-Days tour by car and air, including the Tigray churches

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar for a city tour. O/n at hotel.
Day 3: In the morning, visit the Blue Nile Falls, and in the afternoon, go on a boat trip to the island monasteries on Lake Tana.
Day 4: Drive to Gondar; visit castles and churches in the afternoon.
Day 5: Drive to Axum via the Semien Mountains.
Day 6: Full day at Axum.
Day 7: Drive to the Yeha temple, and then proceed to the Debre Damo monastery, where men climb with ropes for about 16 metres to get in, and women are not allowed.
Day 8: Drive to Mekele. On this day you visit the churches of Abreha-we-Atsbeha and Wikro Cherkos.
Day 9: Drive to Lalibela, admiring spectacular views via Sekota. O/n in Lalibela.
Day 10: Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
Day 11: Morning excursion by mules to the Asheten Mariam. In the afternoon, drive to the Naktule’ab cave church, where you will possibly take part in a coffee ceremony in a traditional house.
Day 12: Fly back Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, you can visit Mercato, the biggest open air market in Africa. Enjoy dinner accompanied by folk dances. O/n at hotel.
Day 13: Departure.


14-Days tour of Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Drive to Debre Libanos monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge.
Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar and tour the city in the afternoon.
Day 4: Full day in Bahir Dar. In the morning, visit the Blue Nile falls, and in the afternoon, go on a boat trip on Lake Tana.
Day 5: Drives to Gondar to visit the castles and churches there.
Day 6: Drive to Axum via Semien Mountains for over night.
Day 7: Full day city tour of Axum.
Day 8: Drive to Adigrat, visiting Yeha temple and Debre Damo monastery en route.
Day 9: Drive to Mekele. On the way, visit the Tigray rock-hewn churches (2-3 unique churches) and Negash.
Day 10: Full day drive to Lalibela
Day 11: Full day in Lalibela, spent visiting the rock hewn churches of Lalibela
Day 12: Drive to Kombolcha. On the way, visit Hayk Estefanos monastery or Genete Mariam semi-monolithic churches.
Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa through Senbete.
Day 14: Departure.



18-Days Tour of Bahir Dar, Axum, Lalibela and Harar

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Debre Libanos monastery and Blue Nile Gorge. O/n at Debre Markos.
Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar and tour the city in the afternoon.
Day 4: Full day in Bahir Dar: a morning visit of the Blue Nile falls, and an afternoon boat trip on Lake Tana to see the 14th Century monasteries on its islands.
Day 5: Drive to Gondar to visit various castles and churches.
Day 6: Drive to Axum, via the Semien Mountains.
Day 7: Full day city tour of Axum.
Day 8: Drive to Adigrat, visiting Yeha temple and Debre Damo monastery en route.
Day 9: Drive to Mekele. On the way, visit the Tigray rock-hewn churches (2-3 unique churches) and Negash Mosque.
Day 10: Full day drive to Lalibela. O/n at hotel.
Day 11: Full day in Lalibela, spent visiting the 11 rock hewn churches of Lalibela. O/n at the hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Kombolcha. On the way, visit Hayk Estefanos monastery or Genete Mariam semi-monolithic churches.
Day 13: Drive through Bati village (Afar & Oromo market, possibly), the Afar region, and the Denakil depression to get to Awash National Park. O/n at a local hotel.
Day 14: Full day excursion in Awash Park for game viewing. O/N at local hotel.
Day 15: Drive to Harar. O/n at hotel.
Day 16: In the morning, visit Babile, valley of marvels. In the afternoon, tour Harar. In the evening, enjoy some entertainment from hyena men. O/n in Harar.
Day 17: Drive to Dire Dawa town – fly AA.
Day 18: Departure.



16-Days historical route and Tigray Rock Churches

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Dessie. (Visit Sembete market is it is a Sunday).
Day 3: Drive to Tenta.
Day 4: Trek to Mekdela (Where Emperor Thewodrs confronted the Britis Army and sucide himself).
Day 5: Drive to Gishen Mariam (where a piece of the true cross is deposited).
Day 6: Drive to Lalibella.
Day 7: Full day tour of Lalibela.
Day 8: Drive to Mekele.
Day 9: Drive to Wukro Cherkos, Abreha-We-Atsbeha, Degum Sellasie and Debre Tyson.
Day 10: Drive to Axum on the way visit Debre Damo Monastery, Yeha, and Adwa escarpment.
Day 11: Full day city tour in Axum.
Day 12: Drive to Gondar via the escarpments of the Semien Mountains.
Day 13: Full day visit of the castles and the churches in Gondar.
Day 14: Drive to Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, go on a city tour.
Day 15: Morning Drive to the Blue Nile falls. In the afternoon, go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit various monasteries on its islands.
Day 16: Drive to Debre Markos.
Day 17: Drive to Addis Ababa via the Blue Nile gorge, and visit Debre Libanos monastery on the way.
Day 18: Departure.



17-Days through Maqdela, Lalibela, Tigray Roch Churches, Axum, Semien Mountains, Gondar and Bahir Dar

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Dessie. (Visit Sembete market is it is a Sunday).
Day 3: Drive to Tenta.
Day 4: Trek to Mekdela.
Day 5: Drive to Gishen Mariam (where a piece of the true cross is deposited).
Day 6: Drive to Lalibella.
Day 7: Full day tour of Lalibela.
Day 8: Drive to Mekele.
Day 9: Drive to Wukro Cherkos, Abreha-We-Atsbeha. O/n stay in Gheralt lodge.
Day 10: Drive to Axum on the way visit Debre Damo Monastery, Yeha, and Adwa escarpment.
Day 11: Full day city tour in Axum.
Day 12: Drive to Gondar via the escarpments of the Semien Mountains.
Day 13: Full day visit of the castles and the churches in Gondar.
Day 14: Drive to Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, go on a city tour.
Day 15: Morning Drive to the Blue Nile falls. In the afternoon, go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit various monasteries on its islands.
Day 16: Drive to Debre Markos.
Day 17: Drive to Addis Ababa via the Blue Nile gorge and visit Debre Libanos monastery on the way.
Day 18: Departure.

 

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