Historic Highlight North(14 DAYS)

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14 DAYS - 13 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 14 DAYS AND 13 NIGTHS
INCLUDED
AIR Surface
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

 

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DAY 01: Arrival/ Addis Ababa

Arrive at the Addis Ababa and be welcomed by Stone Age tour and travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight hotel-Addis Ababa.

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DAY 02: Addis Abeba City Tour

After Breakfast, drive to the Entoto Mountain, 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 MenelikII. Drive back to Addis for the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings. After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, and Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church Overnight at chosen hotel – Addis Abeba

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DAY 03: Bahir Dar-Blue Nile fall

After breakfast; fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile River Waterfalls. Then trek around to see a 17th C Portuguese Bridge and the country side. After the fall, 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.

Afternoon; visit the hill of Bezawit, at this point, you will visit the Palace of Emperor Haile SelassieI( entering is prohibited), the source of the Blue Nile- leaving Lake Tana and panoramic view of Bahir Dar and the full sunset. Overnight – at chosen Hotel– Bahir Dar

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DAY 04: Lake Tana Monasteries (Bahir Dar – Gorgora boat trip)

Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. Years before; the islands on the lake were the home lands of Felasha/ Jewish people. Some monasteries are cherished with treasures such as murals on the walls of monasteries, crowns and royal ropes. There are some Monasteries not allowed for women.

After breakfast, full day boat trip on Lake Tana to visit all accessible monasteries on the lake. You will have Picnic lunch at one of monasteries and Overnight – at chosen Hotel– Bahir Dar

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Day 5: Gondar (the Camelot of Africa)

After breakfast 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).after lunch visit the local market . 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 chose hotel Gondar

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Day 6: Semien Mountains-Gondar

After breakfast, explore the park and drive back to Gondar in the afternoon. On the way; visit the Felasha/Jews village. Overnight – at Goha hotel or similar – Gondar

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Day 7: Gondar-Axum (The birth Place of Ethiopian History)

Fly from Gondar to Axum to visit 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 (sanctuary that houses the original Ark of the Covenant). Almost all Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and some scholars believe firmly that the Ark of the covenant, the original Ark – made by God & given to prophet Moses then to Israelites is to be rested for centuries here in Axum, at the chapel in the middle of St Mary of Zion and Emperor Fassiladas’ Castle of Axum. There is a special festival on every 21 November (Ethiopian Calendar) or on about 30 November in European Calendar to glorify its present. The festival is known as Hidar Tsion/ Zion. Overnight – at chosen hotel– Axum

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Day 8: The Temple of Yeha: Full day Yeha Temple excursion

After breakfast; drive to the Temple of Yeha. On the way, enjoy with the escarpments of Adwa Mountains & Scenic landscapes. At Yeha you will visit the 5th century B.C Pre-Christian Temple of Yeha. Drive back to Axum. Lunch at the hotel and free time for private walk or to visit a local community at your own interest. Overnight – at Yeha hotel or similar – Axum

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Day 9: Rock Hewn churches of Lalibela

After breakfast; fly from Axum to Lalbela. Afternoon; visit the first group of the Rock Hewn Churches. Overnight – at chosen Hotel– Lalibela

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Day 10: Full day in Lalibela

Early morning; Hike to Asheten Mariam Mountain Church. After lunch and a short snooze, visit Second groups, and NakutoLabe cave church. Overnight – at Roha Hotel or similar – Lalibela

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Day 11: Yimrahane Kirstos Excursion

After breakfast; drive to the cave church called Yimrahine Kirstos (42 km from Lalibela).In the church, there are more than 5000 thousand dead human skeletons lying without any coverage for the past 700 years. They are supposed to be pilgrimages from Syria, Egypt and Ethiopia. The murals on the dark walls of the church, the year round spring water – descending from the top of the church and the forest around are very impressive and worthy to be visited. Drive back to Lalibela. Overnight – at chosen Hotel– Lalibela

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Day 12: Lalibela- Addis-Harar

Morning,fly back to Addis & then fly to Dire Dawa. You will drive from Dire Dawa to Harar (50km) since there is no air way to Harar. Harar is known for the “Hyena Man” who feeds his wild friends. At 7pm, visit the hyena man show. Surely; you will see 10 up to 30 hyenas feeding on the hands of that man, even by hands of many tourists! Overnight – at chosen hotel – Harar

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Day 13: Islamic city of Harar

Harar with its 99 mosques and shrines, is considered as the forth most holy center next to Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem of the Islamic world. The town of Harar is surrounded by a great defensive wall made of strong stones and mud. Harar has five large gates. Part of the city, which is encircled by the wall, is known as ‘Jegol’. After breakfast; visit the five gates, the “Rimbaud House” which is named after the famous French poet who chose Harar as his city of exile from French, marketing places, the house of Ras Mekonnen, and the Harari houses with unique architectural features then drive to Dire Dawa. Visit the Taiwan Market and fly back to Addis. Overnight at chosen hotel Addis Ababa.

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Day 14: Shopping at Merkato

After breakfast go for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Afternoon you will have free time. 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.

 

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