Program: Historical Tour II
Tour Duration: 10 days and 09 nights
Transport: air and surface
Day 01: Sightseeing of Addis Ababa
Arrival at Bole International Airport. Warm reception by your guide and Transfer to hotel for check-in after short break you will have City tour of Addis Ababa.
Day 02: Addis Ababa-Axum
Fly Addis to Axum and Full day visit historic sites it was once the capital of the Ethiopian kings, the oldest ancient civilization in the world and represented a connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand year. Some of the archaeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. Visit the famous steles, see the churches of St. Mary of Zion which contain the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures and the tomb of king Kaleb. Overnight stay in Axum
Day 03: Axum-Lalibela
Fly Axum to Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. After lunch, begin to explore the 11 rock-hewn churches of the remarkable king Lalibela, visiting the North western Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha. Overnight stay in Lalibela
Day 04: Lalibela
In the morning, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, a huge monolith in the shape of a cross, and constructed in honour of St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia. After lunch, take an afternoon trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela, this church is built in the late-Axumite style, with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern. Overnight in Lalibela
Day 05: Lalibela-Gondar
Fly to Gondar and explore the royal enclosure which contains several stone-built castles of different emperors. The most impressive building is Fasilidas castle. He was the emperor who established Gonder as a powerful cultural and religious center at 16th century. Overnight stay in Gonder
Day 06: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park
Early in the morning depart for the stunning Simyen Mountains National Park. The Semen national park is registered a UNESCO world heritage site the highest mountain in Ethiopia Ras Dashen is also found in the semen national park. The park is home of mountainous and wild animal species like the Walya Ibex and chelada baboon which are endemic in Ethiopia. This is an ideal place to do some trekking to the most beautiful place with panoramic views. After break drive to Gonder, Overnight stay in Gondar.
Day 07: Gondar to Bahir Dar-Lake Tana
After breakfast, drive to Bahirdar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera and Gojam to arrive at Bahirdar around lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will have a boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. Overnight stay in Bahir Dar
Day 08: Lake Tana monasteries and Blue Nile Fall
After breakfast drive 35 Km to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls After having lunch and taking a little rest, drive to Bezawit Hill where you can see the summer residence of Emperor Hailesillasie. Overnight stay in Bahir Dar
Day 09: Bahir Dar-Blue Nile Gorge-Debre Libanos
Drive from Bahir Dar to Debre Libanos There will be stops at Goha, Tsion, and Dejen. In the afternoon you will pass through the Great Blue Nile Gorge The Blue Nile Gorge is a majestic and enormous river gorge and it is one of the most captivating gorges in Africa it has a magnificent alluring physical feature and natural beauty. After an hour driving you will reach Debre Libanos and stay here overnight.
Day 10: Debre Libanos-Addis Ababa
In the morning you can have a walk around the lodge and visit the Portuguese bridge and the small waterfall behind the lodge, ending up in the Jemma River Gorge, one of the biggest tributaries of the Blue Nile River. Depending on the season you will find more or less water in the fall. Then you will Easy drives back to Addis Ababa. Evening Have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians.
Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure. End Tour