Ethiopian Historical

Code: HSAT 004
12 DAYS - 11 HOURS
  • Obelisks of Axum
  • lac tana
  • HELI-AFRICA
  • Sankaber to Geech

Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa, has a heritage dating back to the first century AD. These voyages lead you to the historical places of Ethiopia in the north, passing through the scenic Ethiopian highlands. Bahirdar, Lake Tana, with its thirty isles, keepers of ancient Coptic monasteries, the impressive Blue Nile waterfalls and scenery, Gondar; ancient capital dating from the days of the Emperor Fasil, with its castles and churches. Axum, the oldest city of Ethiopia, it is here that, between myth and reality, the Ark of the Covenant is kept … but only the old priest in charge of it is permitted to see it.

The monasteries and rock churches in the Tigray and, at last, Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia with its 11 monolithic, red-colored churches which considered as unofficial eight wonders of the world, excavated in the rock and connected by a network of tunnels, today still a vital center of the Coptic church, where the people from the entire country gal her during the colorful festivities. After all you will have a wonderful time to glance the greatest historical legacy of Ethiopia!!!

TOUR PROGRAM
Ethiopian Historical
TOUR DURATION TIME 12 days & 11 Nights
INCLUDED
Land & Flight Accommodations
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

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Day 1: ADDIS ABEBA – BAHIR DAR

Early in the morning fly to bahirdar. After check in to your hotel and after taking an early lunch, drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile waterfalls, locally known as Tis Isat means in Amharic: ‘Smoke of Fire’. 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 current best hotel-Bahir Dar.

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Day 2: FULL DAY BOAT TRIP ON LAKE TANA MONASTERIES

After breakfast, take a chartered 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, and Azwa Maryam (in Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Gabriel (prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus. Overnight-at the former hotel- Bahir Dar.

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Day 3: DRIVE TO GONDAR (THE CAMELOT OF AFRICA)

After breakfast you will drive to Gondar. On the way you can witness the spectacular landscape scenery of the region. After your lunch and short siesta you will start the grand tour of Gondar. Here you can visit the 17th C church of Debre Birhan Silassie (Light of Trinity) unique in its wall painting (murals), the Castles of emperor Fassiladas(Fasil enclosure) and his swimming pool, and palace of Empress Mentewab ( Kusquam complex). At night you will have a time to keep amused with cultural and traditional melody (music) 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 chosen hotel Gondar.

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Day 4: GONDAR TO SEIMEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (PLACE OF ENDEMISM)

After your breakfast, drive to seimen mountains national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its spectacular highland panorama, it is also distinguished for its endemic wild life of Walia Ibex,Ethiopian Wolf and the Gelada Baboon. En-route you can visit the Jewish / Felasha village (known for their pottery work) about 2km from Gondar. Then you will directly drive to Simien Mountains National Park via Debark the gateway to the park and arrive at Sankaber, located 37km further from Debark. Lunch will be held from Lunch box, on the top of viewpoint. Then late afternoon drive back to the camp site for overnight stay. Overnight tented camping at camp site (sankaber).

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Day 5: TREK SANKABER TO GEECH (5-6hrs)

En route view and admire the endemic gelada baboon, the astonishing scenery and the breathtaking environment, overnight camping at Geech.

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Day 6: CONTINUE TREKKING

Trek the peaks of Imet GoGo and Saha, to see the dramatic view of the Simien  Mountain National Park. Then Trek back to Geech, overnight camping at Geech.

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Day 7: TREK GEECH- CHENEK (8-9 hrs)

On the way you will observe the endemic Walia Ibex, overnight Chenek Camping.

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Day 8: TREK CHENEK- BWAHIT RAS

Trek to bwahit ras the second highest pick in the park (4430m), then trek back to meet the car at Chenek base camp to drive back to Gondar. Overnightat chosen hotel Gondar.

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Day 9: GONDAR TO LALIBELA

Fly from Gondar to Lalibela. lalibela is renowned for its rock-hewn churches; these churches are so wonderful sometimes – referred as “The eighth wonder of the world.” After lunch visit the first group of six churches: (1st Bet Golgotha, 2nd Bet Mikael, 3rd Bet Mariam, 4th Bet Meskel, 5th Bet Danaghel and 6th Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem is the Largest Monolithic Rock Hewn Church in the world, built like a Greek temple! Inside, there are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overnight at chosen hotel Lalibela.

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Day 10: VISIT THE FASCINATING 2ND GROUP CHURCHES OF LALIBELA

Early morning continue exploring the fascinating 2nd group churches (7th Bete Amanuel, 8th Bete Marqorewos, 9th Bete Abba Libanos, and 10th Bete Gabriel -Rufael and 11th Bet Giyorgis is the most elegant of all Lalibela churches, which lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the town on a sloping rock terrace. After lunch you will climb Asheten Maryam for a panoramic view of the region and a mountain Church named Asheten Mariam. During the night you will have again a chance to test traditional and cultural Ethiopian melody in one of the traditional music houses. O/N at chosen hotel Lalibela.

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Day 11: FULL DAY AT LALIBELA VISITING THE CHURCHES OUT OF LALIBELA

After breakfast, visit Nakuto Làabe Cave Church (5km from Lalibela) & the surrounding scenery then drive to the cave church called Yimrahine Kristos (42km from Lalibela). This Church has been constructed by KingYimrahine Kristos during 13th Century. In the church, there are more than 5000 (five thousand) dead human skeleton lying without anycoverage for the past 700 years. They are supposed to be pilgrimages from Syria, Egypt and Ethiopia. The murals on the dark walls of thechurch and the forest around are very impressive and worthy to be visited. Overnight – at chosen hotel –Lalibela.

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Day 12: FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABEBA

At this day you will make a city tour of Addis abeba and 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. Your tour ends here.

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