Historic Highlight North (10 DAYS)

Code: HSAT 005
10 DAYS - 9 NIGTHS
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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 10 DAYS AND 9 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
FLIGHT, BOAT RIDE 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

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

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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

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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

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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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DAY 06: EXCURSION TOUR TO THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

We head off today for a full day in the Simien Mountains (Simien National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty, drawing close to the Simien Massif (in Amharic, Simien means north). In the park, many of the mountain peaks exceed 4,000 m (13123 ft); the highest is Ras Dejen, at 4,543 m (1905 ft) above sea level. These mountains consist of volcanic masses that have been eroded away by centuries of rain. Today they have amethyst-colored peaks and deep gullies, which have been further deepened by rivers. The crevices play host to the Walya, the ibex of the Simien Mountains. We have a two-hour hike and a picnic lunch before returning to Gondar. On the return trip, we visit the village of the Felasha, famous for their ceramics. We arrive back in Gondar early evening.

OVERNIGHT QUARA /GOHA HOTEL

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DAY 07: FLY TO LALIBELA

A short flight takes us from Gondar to Lalibela. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each church (Bet) has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God. The day is dedicated to visiting the first group of churches, known as the Northern Group of Churches. The last church we visit today is Bet Giyorgis, one of the more recent churches and best preserved. We return to our hotel and should time allow, we will have a walk around the city center.

OVERNIGHT MOUNTAIN VIEW/CLIFF- EDGE HOTEL/TIKUL

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DAY 08: FULL DAY IN LALIBELA

In the morning visit The Eastern Rock Churches. This afternoon, we visit the Nakutelab Rock Hewn Church, built under a natural cave. Tonight, we have a special treat, participating in The Coffee Ceremony, a ceremony of hospitality in Ethiopia.

OVERNIGHT MOUNTAIN VIEW/CLIFF- EDGE HOTEL/TIKUL

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DAY 09: FLY TO AXUM

We fly today to Axum – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The legends narrated in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) recount how the city of Axum as early as the 10 th century B.C was already the city in which the Queen of Sheba resided. Famous long before the time of Christ, Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires and represented a crucial connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. We visit the stelae: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings. In ancient times, there were seven stelae, now one of them is in Rome – Mussolini took it there during Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. There is also a visit to the church of Saint Mary of Zion. A chapel in the church is believed by many to contain The Ark of the Covenant. “The Guardian” who is the only person who is allowed into the chapel and the only person who may set eyes on it guards it. There is also a small museum here, which contains the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

OVERNIGHT YEHA /REMHAI HOTEL

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DAY 10: FLY TO ADDIS ABABA

Axum to Addis Ababa we fly back to Addis Ababa this morning. After lunch, we enjoy a free afternoon; you may want to visit one of the many museums or the interesting Mercato.

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 cherish forever your experience and memories of Ethiopia.

 “………..the journey is my home”

 

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