VIP HISTORICAL TOUR

TOUR CODE: SAT 001VIP

DURATION: 8 DAYS AND 7 NIGTHS

TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT, LAND & BOAT

AIRCRAFT TYPE: BOMBARDIER Q400 

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PAX: 38 PASSENGERS

DAY 01:  ARRIVAL AT ADDIS ABEBA
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 at chosen hotel –Addis abeba.

DAY 02: CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABEBA
We spend the day exploring Addis Abeba. Addis Abeba is centered at the heart of the country. Addis Ababa in Amharic language means “New Flower”. It was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1886. Addis is graced as Africa’s diplomatic capital with the presence of the head quarter for the African Unity, a seat for numerous embassies and is the port of entry for most travelers. After Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor Menelik II. Take some images of Addis Ababa and then drive back to Addis Abeba for lunch. After lunch drive for Ethnological Museum (at Addis Ababa University,which was the former palace of emperor Haile Selassie) that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you can visit different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Skeleton), visit the Trinity Cathedral and finally visit Mausoleum of emperor Menelik II at Bààta Church. Overnight – at chosen hotel – Addis Ababa

DAY 03: FLY TO BAHIR DAR
After an early breakfast, fly to bahir Dar. Chek in to your hotel & drive to lake tana to take a chartered half day boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries (constructed during 14th up to 18th C.). You will visit only the most accessible and representative of the monasteries on the lake, still serving their original function: Ura Kidane Mehret, Azwa Maryam (in Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Gabriel (optional because it is prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus. After lunch drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile waterfall. After the fall walk around to see the 17th C. Bridge constructed by Portuguese missionaries. The country side occupied by Amhara people is worth visiting and here you can visit the small market at Tis Isat town. Then After, return to Bahir Dar & make city tour of Bahir Dar which includes: market where you can find the pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, and Woito Basket market. Overnight - at chosen hotel- Bahir Dar.

DAY 04: FLY TO GONDAR (THE CAMELOT OF AFRICA)
After an early breakfast fly to Gondar. After check in to your hotel, you can visit the 17th C church of Debre Birhan Silassie (Light of Trinity) unique in its wall murals, the Castles of emperor Fassiladas(Fasil enclosure) and his swimming pool, and palace of Empress Mentewab (Kusquam complex). After lunch fly to the impressive seimen mountains national park & arrive at sankaber to have a view on the stunning landscape, endemic flora & fauna of the park & late afternoon fly back to Gondar. At night you will have a time to keep amused with cultural and traditional melody of the region. The night clubs (Azmari bet) are famous here. Azmari singers with their one stringed instrument are incredibly clever at creating lyrics. Once they know your name you will be treated to an Amharic praise song about your generosity, intelligence and other compliments they can think of you.  Overnight at current best hotel Gondar.

DAY 05: FLY TO AXUM (THE CRADLE OF ETHIOPIAN CIVILIZATION)
Axum reserves the ancient Ethiopian history. The attractions of Axum include: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles /obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb, and the legendary Bath and the ruins of ancient palace of the Queen of Sheba &St Mary of Zion the sanctuary that houses the original Ark of the Covenant. Note that, almost all Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and some scholars believe firmly on the presence of the original Ark of the Covenant for a century here in Axum, at the chapel in the middle of St. Mary of Zion. Overnight  at chosen hotel Axum

DAY 06: FLY TO LALIBELA
Lalibela is renowned for its rock-hewn churches; these churches are so magic sometimes - referred as “The eighth wonder of the world.” Here you can visit wonderful rock-hewn churches. You can begin by visiting the first group of six churches. After lunches continue exploring the fascinating 2nd group churches. Bet Giyorgis is the most stylish of all Lalibela churches, which lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the town on a sloping rock terrace. During the night you will have again a chance to test traditional and cultural Ethiopian melody in one of the traditional music houses. Overnight at current best hotel Lalibela.

DAY 07: LALIBELA-ADDIS ABEBA-DEPARTURE 
Early morning Climb Asheten Maryam for a panoramic view of the region and a mountain Church named Asheten Mariam. After breathing on the top (more than3000m), descend down to Lalibela & make a short drive to visit Nakuto Làabe Cave Church (5km from Lalibela) & the surrounding scenery and the life style of the local community. After lunch fly back to Addis Abeba, up on arrival check in to your hotel and visit Merkato (The biggest open Air market in Africa).  In the evening  stone age tour and travel will invite you a farewell dinner party in one of  the traditional Ethiopian restaurant with traditional music and dance from different ethnic groups, then you will be transferred to bole international airport to fly back home