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Northern Historic Route

Bahir Dir

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Tour Code: FTE-NHT 02
Transportation: Surface drive 4x4, & trekking
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa

During this interesting tour you visit the historical places Lake Tana where you visit some of the age old monasteries and churches, Gondar with its 17th century castles, the 2500 years old obelisks of Axum and Lalibela, where you find the 8th world wonder: 12 churches, which 800 years ago have been cut out from solid pieces of rock. It is still quite mysterious how men with simple instruments could make this great architectural construction. The construction of the churches have been made by the order of King Lalibela and is always told that the Angels have been stood on his side to finish up this great work within short period of time.

Day 01:Arrive and City Tour

Arrive at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Finot tour Ethiopia representative and transferred to Hotel. Excursions in Addis Ababa You make a city tour and visit a museum of your choice (National or Ethnological Museum), the Holy Trinity Cathedral with the Mausoleum of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife and the nearby Kiddist Maryam church where Emperor Menelik and his wife are buried, The Entoto mountains with Entoto Maryam Church and museum, and finaly the market district of Mercato. The day finishes with a traditional meal in a cultural restaurant while enjoying the traditional dances and music of various ethnical groups.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in a selected hotel

 

Day 02:Drive to Debire marikos

Drive to Debre Markos En route visit the Debre Libanos monastery and enjoy the wonderful view over the Robi Gorge during a stop in the Ethio-German Lodge. A highlight of today is the impressive 1000 m deep Gorge of the Blue Nile.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Shebel or Tilik hotel in Debre Markos

 

Day 03:Drive to Bahir Dar

Drive to Bahir Dar through the beautiful, fertile countryside of the Agaw people you arrive at lunchtime in Bahir Dar. In the afternoon visit the waterfall of the Blue Nile which is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Africa. Finish the day with a sunset on the hilltop where the summer villa of Emperor Haileselassie is built, with beautiful views over the Nile, Bahir Dar and Lake Tana.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Tana hotel with beautiful garden at the lakeside

 

Day 04:Bahir Dar

Boat trip on Lake Tana and afternoon at leisure.In the morning sail to some of the more than 20 churches and monasteries on the islands in Lake Tana are. You'll visit the 16th century Ura Kidane Mihret Church with its beautiful murals that 100-250 years old. There is also a museum with very old church treasures, handwritten Bibles and silver crosses. Hereafter you visit one of the nearby churches on your free afternoon you can explore the city and visit the market (by foot or rent a bike), walking along the lake or just relax at the lakeside.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Tana Hotel

 

Day 05:Drive to Gondar

Visit of the 17th century castles of Emperor Fasilada and his successors, Fasilada's bad and the beautiful 17th century Debre Birhan Selassie church.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Goha hotel, built on a hilltop with wonderful view over the city and surroundings.

 

Day 06: Drive to Debark

In the morning drive to Debark and after lunch you drive into the mountains for a hike of 1 to 3 hours to enjoy the magnificent views at Semien Mountain National Park. You also see the troops of hundreds of Gelada Baboons. The males with their long manes are impressive, especially when they fight with each other.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Semien Park hotel

 

Day 07: Drive to Axum

Drive to AxumVia a long and impressive route on the edge of the Semien Mountains and through the Gorge of the Takeze River, passing small towns and stone farmhouses of Tigray, you drive to Axum, the old capital of the mighty Kingdom of Axum with its obelisks and king’s graves.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Yeha hotel

 

Day 08: Excursions in Axum

You visit today the 2000 year old obelisks, the Archaeological Museum, St. Mary of Zion church where the "Ark of the Covenant" (made the prophet Moses) is said to be hidden and several royal tombs from the 4th to 6th century.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Yeha hotel Axum.

 

Day 09: Drive to Mekelle

Again via a beautiful mountain landscape with breathtaking hairpin bends and mountain passes you drive to Mekelle. En route visit the ruins of the approximately 2500 year old Yeha temple and for the men a visit to the Debre Libanos monastery is interesting. This is the oldest monastery in Ethiopia from the 4th century and built on a "amba" (flattened mountain) which is only accessible by a rope along a steep cliff. En route some of the more than 120 rock-hewn churches of Tigray can be visited such as Wukro Chirkos and Abreha we Atbeha.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Axum Hotel Mekelle.

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

The beautiful landscapes are again a surprise so you don’t get bored of the long drives. There is always plenty to see along the road and in small villages that you pass. In the afternoon you arrive in the high mountain town of Lalibela where the famous 13th century rock churches.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in LAL hotel Lalibela.

 

Day 11: Excursion to the rock hewn churches

Under the rule of King Lalibela (13th century) are 11 Rock hewn churches carved out in the rocks and partly underground, connected by narrow footpath and stairs. These wonderful churches are built with the help of angels as the legend tells. When you see them, you start to believe this! These churches are still in use and have a medieval mystical atmosphere. So take time, not only see but also to breathe in this atmosphere.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in LAL hotel Lalibela.

 

Day 12: Drive to Kombolcha

You drive about 8 hours through mountain landscape with breathtaking hairpins and panorama’s to the town Kombolcha.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Sunnyside Hotel Kombolcha.

 

Day 13: Drive to Ankober / Optional/

The mountain town of Ankober was the former capital of Ethiopia and there are still some remains of Emperor Menelik's palace to see. From Ankober palace hill you have a stunning view over the Rift Valley. The Ankober Palace lodge is built in the style of the palace and in the green mountain highlands you can make nice walks and visit a farm house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transportation: 4x4 Air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Overnight stay in Ankober Palace lodge.

 

Day 14: Drive back to Addis Ababa

Through the old town Debre Birhan and the green, fertile plateau drive back to Addis where you spend a few hours before you check in at Bole Airport. It is possible to reserve a day room.

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  • Package Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights
  • Destination: Addis Ababa - Debire marikos - Bahir Dar - Gondar - Debark- Axum - Mekelle - Lalibela - Kombolcha - Ankober- Addis Ababa

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