Historic Route Tour - HSAT 005

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TOUR CODE: HSAT 005

DURATION: 10 DAYS AND 09 NIGTHS 

TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT, BOAT RIDE AND SURFACE

Program Highlights:

DAY 01: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA 

DAY 02: FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

DAY 03: FLY TO BAHIR DAR 

DAY 04: CROSS LAKE TANA-GONDAR 

DAY 05: FULL DAY GONDAR

DAY 06: EXCURSION TOUR TO THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

DAY 07: FLY TO LALIBELA

DAY 08: FULL DAY IN LALIBELA

DAY 09: FLY TO AXUM

DAY 10: FLY TO ADDIS ABABA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 01: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA 
Welcome to Ethiopia!  Stone Age Tours and Travel representatives will receive you on arrival at the Addis Ababa BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and transfer to your hotel. OVERNIGHT JUPITER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

DAY 02: FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA
We spend the day exploring Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art. We then visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie. The business center of Addis Ababa. After lunch, we take time in St. George Cathedral, built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik and then continue on to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Ethiopia and has survived through many historical periods, as its interesting architecture can attest to. The Cathedral contains the thrones and the tombs of the emperor and some of the royal family. OVERNIGHT INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

DAY 03: FLY TO BAHIR DAR 
The Blue Nile, we take a short flight this morning north to Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. After checking into our hotel, we drive to the Blue Nile Falls, which is known locally as Tissisat (smoking water) Falls: 100 m (328 ft) wide, the water plunges for 45 m (148 ft), giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. We climb down to the base of the falls for an up-close look and then ascend the other side. We cross the Blue Nile by boat to return to the point of departure. After lunch we explore the city of Bahir Dar, including the market and the Bezawit Palace (formerly the Palace of Haile Selassie). A short drive from our hotel, we visit a Woyito Village, where we will see the production of the papyrus boats known as tankwas. OVERNIGHT ABAY MINCH LODGE/HOMLAND HOTEL

DAY 04: CROSS LAKE TANA-GONDAR 
We spend the day exploring Lake Tana and its islands by boat. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 30 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We visit the monastery churches of Ura Kidane Mihiret and Azoa Mariam. Upon arrival into Gorgora village, we visit Debere Sina Church before continuing by road to Gondar. OVERNIGHT QUARA /GOHA HOTEL

DAY 05: FULL DAY GONDAR
Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. In the afternoon, we visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest one! We continue on to Quskuam Church and the Church Of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity). The interior of Debre Berham Selassie is decorated with beautiful frescos, cherubs and paintings. Debre Berhan Selassie is rumored to once have been the proposed final resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant. OVERNIGHT QUARA /GOHA HOTEL

 

 

 

 

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