Historic Highlight (15 DAYS)

Code: HSAT 002
15 DAYS - 14 NIGTHS
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  • Addis-Ababa6
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  • Bahir-dar-City
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Northern Ethiopia cradle of civilization!!

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
Historic Highlight
TOUR DURATION 15 DAYS AND 14 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
LAND Surface
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

 

 

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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

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DAY 02: FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

Addis Ababa Sightseeing, we spend the day exploring Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important subSaharan 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.and Merkato – 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 GHION/JUPITER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

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DAY 03: ADDIS – BAHIR DAR

We set off early on the road northwest to Bahir dar and en-route visit the 13thc.Monastery of Debre Libanos. The Monastery was founded in the 13th century by Saint Tekla Haimanot who is credited not only with the spread of Christianity throughout the central highlands, but also with the restoration of the Solomonic dynasty, after long period of interruption from the line. The drive takes you through the central highland, the Blue Nile gorge and extensive farmlands of the highlanders.

OVERNIGHT TANA/SUMMERLAND HOTE

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DAY 04: FULL DAY IN BAHIR DAR

Early in the morning drive to the Blue Nile falls 32 km far from Bahir Dar town .After lunch in the afternoon have boat trip on Lake Tana for a visit of the Iceland monastery churches of Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidanmihret.

OVERNIGHT ABAYMINCH LODGE/HOMLAND HOTEL/ SUMMER LAND

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DAY 05: DRIVE BAHIR DAR – GONDER

Proceed driving to the town of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa; was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperor Fasiladas (1632 –1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area. After check in to your hotel and having lunch, you will visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two storied palace of emperor Fasilades, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Birhan Silassie Church (light of Trinity), the path (now baptismal place during Ethiopian epiphany, January 19) of king Fasiladas.

OVERNIGHT TAYE BELAY HOTEL

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DAY 06: GONDER – SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning, 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. Trekking starting spot situated at 3250 meter above sea level. Lunch will be held from Lunch box, on the top of viewpoint. Then late afternoon drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

OVERNIGHT SEMIEN PARK LODGE/GIANT LOBELIA HOTEL

 

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DAY 07: SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM

Early in the morning leave Semien Mountains National Park and drive to Axum, via one of the most scenic road of Ethiopia and the Tekeze river gorge. This trip is a trying one, but it is the most rewarding for those who love exceptional scenery.

OVERNIGHT REMHAI/YEHA HOTEL

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DAY 08: FULL DAY TOUR OF AXUM

Full day visit of Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture, Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D. On this day you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter in to the sanctuary where the ark is stayed. Continuing your visit which includes the subterranean tomb of king Kaleb and his son king Gebremeskel, 6 th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C.

OVERNIG HT REMHAI/YEHA HOTEL

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DAY 09: AXUM – ADIGIRAT

Morning leave Axum and drive to Adigirat via the town of Adwa, a place where holds huge significance for Ethiopians. It was in the hills surrounding Adwa that Emperor Menilik II defeated the Italian army. We use the town as a base for which to visit the ruins of Yeha and the monastery of Debre Damo. Yeha is famous for its huge, remarkable and well preserved 12-meter high stone temple that is thought to be over 2,500 years old. The Monastery of Debre Damo is also notable for its 6th century, built on the flat topped hill church, which is accessible only by ascending with help of the a 15 meter long leather rope, then continue driving to the town of Adgirat for overnight stay.

OVERNIGHT HOHOMA/WELDU SEBGADIS HOTEL

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DAY 10: ADIGIRAT – MEKELLE

Morning drive to Mekelle, which was established in the 13th century and in the 19th century emperor Yohannes IV, made it his capital. It is a plateau land expanse, located between the Afar Depression in the east and the semien mountains in the southwest and this will allows you to enjoy the prominent geographical features. On this day, you will visit the famous rock churches of Tigray including Abreha Astebeha, it is a rock hewn church and its interior is painstakingly decorated, the semi monolithic church of Wukro Cherkos, all of its sides except the eastern side is isolated from the cliff, this will be concluded by visiting the rock churches of Yohannes Makudi, Dugum Silassie and Debre Tsion Mariam churches, then head to Mekelle for overnight stay.

OVERNIGHT AXUM/ABREHA CASTLE HOTEL

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DAY 11: MEKELLE – LALIBELA

In the morning drive via the town of Weldia to the town of Lalibela famous, for its rock-hewn churches dating back to 800 years and is the one place in Ethiopia that no tourist should miss.

OVERNIGHT MOUNTAIN VIEW/ROHA HOTEL

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DAY 12: FULL DAY TOUR OF LALIBALA

Full day at Lalibela visiting the brilliant feats of engineering and architecture, are often by many referred as the “8th wonder of the world” which is exceptional to find eleven churches of such master craftsmanship in one place. In this morning among the eleven remarkable rock hewn churches built by king Lalibela in the late 12th and 13th century A.D, you will visit the first cluster of churches that represents the earthly Jerusalem. In the afternoon you will visit the second cluster of churches, which represents the heavenly Jerusalem, finally visit the most beautiful and monolithic cruciform church of Saint George, which is one of the most mind blowing sight you ever likely to see.

OVERNIGHT MOUNTAIN VIEW/ROHA HOTEL

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DAY 13: FULL DAY AT LALIBALA VISITING CHURCHES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE TOWN

Early morning head for a mule ride up to the monastery of Asheten Mariam that lies on the top of the mountain. This is a fantastic excursion taking you upon to an escarpment above the town where you will see not only this amazing rock hewn churches but also one of the best viewing points in Ethiopia. In the afternoon you will drive, 6KM to visit the 13th century cave church of Nakuto La’ab, to see ancient paintings, crosses and an illuminated leather bible.

OVERNIGHT MOUNTAIN VIEW/ROHA HOTEL

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DAY 14: LALIBELA – KOMBOLCHA

Morning leave Lalibela and drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way you will visit the monastery of Hayk Istiphanos. OVERNIGHT TEKLE HOTEL

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DAY 15: KOMBOLCHA – BATI/SENBETE MARKET – ADDIS ABABA

Morning drive back to Addis Ababa, on the way you will visit the colorful Bati or Senbete Markets (if you happen to be there on Monday and Sunday), when the Amhara, the Afar and the Oromo people exchange their items, then continue driving back to Addis. In the evening our company will invite you to a farewell dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with traditional music and dances from different ethnic groups, then transfer to Bole International Airport to fly back

  • In the evening Stone Age Tours and Travel will invite you a farewell dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with the traditional music and dances from the different ethnic groups, then you will be transferred to Bole International Airport to fly back home.

Though your tour ends today we hope you will cheris Though your tour ends today we hope you will cherish forever your h forever your experience and memories of experience and memories of Ethiopia.

“………..the journey is my home”

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