Historic Highlight North (8 DAYS & 7 NIGTHS)

Code: HSAT 007
8 DAYS - 7 NIGTHS
  • simen Mo
  • lake tana
  • monstry
  • semin
  • MEdhanealem-Lalibela

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 8 DAYS AND 7 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
 AIR SURFACE
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

1

DAY 01: Arrival/ Addis Ababa

Morning, arrive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and meet with us and after check in to your hotel, make a city tour of Addis Ababa.  Overnight –Hotel – Addis Ababa

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DAY 02: Addis – Bahir Dar (monasteries & Blue Nile River)

After breakfast; fly from Addis to Bahir Dar after check in to your hotel drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (42km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile Fall. And trek around to see a Portuguese Bridge (17Century) and the country side. After the fall, return to Bahir Dar & make city tour of Bahir Dar. Afternoon; take a chartered fast and safe boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries (constructed during 14 up to 18 century). Overnight – at chosen  Hotel Bahir Dar

3

DAY 03: The Castles of Gondar, Jews Village & Simien Mountains National park

After breakfast; drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar (187km).  Visit the Castles of emperor Fassiladas, his swimming pool, the empress Minitwab’s Palace, the Banquet Room of Emperor Bakaffa… the 17century church of Debre Birhan Sillassie (Light of Trinity). After Lunch drive to the Semien Mountains National Park (138km). On the way to the park visit Felasha or the black Jewish. Then continue driving to Debark (101km from Gondar). At Debark; we collect entrance tickets and a scout for the park. After Debark; drive to Semien Mountains National Park (until Chennek). At Chennek, you will have a best chance to see the endemic Walia Ibex.  On the way; appreciate the alluring chained mountains of the Simien Park and Gelada baboons feeding on the ground at many places. Overnight- camping – Chennek (in the heart of the park)

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DAY 04: Simien mountains National Park & Axum

After Breakfast; drive back to Debark and to Axum (minimum of 6-7hrs drive). Photo stops on the way lunch in the town of Shire & proceed to Axum. Overnight – at chosen Hotel–Axum

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Day 5: Visits in Axum

Explore the city of Axum. Things to see here include: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles, the tombs of King Kaleb, and the legendary Bath and the ruins of ancient palace of the Queen of Sheba ,St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Ark of the Covenant and Emperor Fassiladas’ Castle of Axum. Visit also the monastery of Abba Pantelion at the hill side of Axum. Overnight – at chosen Hotel –Axum

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Day 6: Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Fly from Axum to Lalibela and after lunch, Visit the first group of six churches.Overnight  – at chosen Hotel – Lalibela

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Day 7: Asheton Maryam Church & Nakuto Leàb Cave Church

Early morning, climb mount Asheten Mariam for the panoramic view of the region and a mountain Church named Asheten. After breathing on the top), descend down to Lalibela .After lunch and a short rest, continue exploring the fascinating Second group churches. Also visit Nakuto Làabe Cave Church (5km from Lalibela).

Overnight at chosen hotel – Lalibela

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Day 8: Lalibela – Addis – Departure

Fly back to Addis Ababa spare time in Addis Ababa for shopping and departure in the evening (end of the trip).

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