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Historic and Southern Route by Surface

Bahir Dir

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

Tour: Guided tour to the Historic route by Air and southern part surface

Sightseeing: This northern historic route trip is a trip to the “historic pilgrimage’. Among the 9 world heritage sites in Ethiopia, which registered by UNESCO, 3 of them are worth to be visited in this route. Lalibela Rock churches, the 17th century Gonderian castles, single standing stlea of Axum are acknowledged by UNESCO as a world heritage. Ethiopia is also stand at the first step in Africa for its 7 World heritage sites. The southern part is place where you can learn about many ethnic groups of Ethiopia their unique culture and way of life .This area is also rich in natural attractions, landscape, lakes and wildlife.

Transportation: Coaster bus ,Minibus / brand new 2010 model land cruisers for the north and brand new 2010 model land cruisers for the southern part

Day 01:ARRIVAL AT ADDIS ABABA

Arrival at Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by a Finot Tour Ethiopia representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in your hotel in Addis.

 

Day 02:BAHIR DAR

Leave Addis Ababa and drive north passing by Mt.Entoto through the Sululta plain, visiting the monastery of Debre Libanos and the so-called Portuguese Bridge. Then, proceed to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Nile Gorge, where you stop for your picnic lunch and proceed to Bahar Dar. Overnight stay will be in your hotel.

 

Day 03:LAKE TANA AND BLUE NILE FALL

After an early breakfast, drive to the mighty Blue Nile falls, commonly known as "Tiss Isat". Upon return, make a sightseeing tour of Bahar Dar. After lunch, you will have boat excursion on Lake Tana, to visit the ancient monasteries on the lake. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 04:GONDAR

After breakfast drive to Gondar. Visit the 17th century castles, the Bath of King Fasiledes, the icon- rich monastery of Debre Berehan Silassie. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 05:SIMEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Excursion to the simen mountain national park to visit the spectacular view of the roof of Africa overnight will be in Debark.

 

Day 06:AXUM 

After an early breakfast drive north of Gondar through the chains of the Simien Mountains and the Tekeze River Valley to the ancient town of Axum. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 07:AXUM 

Have a full day city tour in Axum town. Here you will visit stale tombs, which is considered to be probably the oldest monolithic stand in the world, the church compound of St. Mary of Zion, which is the seat of the true Moose's Ark of the covenant, the Queen of Sheba's palace, King Kaleb's and Gebremeskel's palace and tombs, and Archeological Museum. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 08:MEKELLE 

Leave Axum and drive to the 5th century BC sites of Yeha and Debre Damo monastery and proceed to Mekele. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 09:LALIBELLA 

After breakfast, leave Mekele and drive through Ambalage chains of mountains, and proceed to the 12th century legendary town of Lalibella. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 10:LALIBELLA 

Visit of the rock-hew churches in Lalibella town, dating back to the 12th century and which is considered to be the 8th wonders of the world and have optional excursion to visit some of the rock hewn churches around Lalibella town built prior to the churches in the town. In addition to the architecture of the churches, here you will admire the panoramic view of the town with the surrounding beautiful sceneries. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 11:KOMBOLCHA 

Depart Lalibella town to Kombolcha. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.

 

Day 12:ADDIS ABABA 

Depart Kombolcha on your way to Addis . On the way visit the land occupied by the Afar shepherds, a semi-nomadic people who live mainly in the deserts of Denakil depression. You will encounter them on the road with their caravans of camels. Also in Senbete village, on Sunday, there is an interesting market where the Afar, Oromo and Amhara people congregate for marketing. Overnight Addis Ababa or departure home.

 

Day 13:ADDIS ABABA 

Depending on your interest you will have a rest before your tour to the south.

 

Day 14:Addis - Arbaminch 

In the morning drive to Arbaminch through the rift vally lakes on the way visit Lake Zway which is rich In aquatic birds and lake Langano drive further to Alaba village and their unique way of home decorating style, overnight in Hotel or lodge at Arbaminch.

 

Day 15: Arbaminch 

In the morning drive to Chencha village, to visit the Dorze ethnic group with their unique home building style and traditional weaving. (visit their market if it is a market day), drive back to Arbaminch. After lunch in hotel, boat trip on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles (at Crocodile Market) and hippos, overnight Hotel or lodge at Arbaminch.

 

Day 16:Arbaminch- Jinka 

Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Bena and the Ari ethnic groups with their untouched culture (if it is Thursday you will visit the colorful market of Key Afer), overnight in Hotel Jinka.

 

Day 17:Jinka- Mursi- Jinka 

After breakfast drive to Mago national park and proceed to Mursi village to visit the Mursi people, whose females put lip plates on their lower lip. Drive back to Jinka for lunch, after lunch visit the Ari village or the museum in the town. Overnight Hotel in Jinka.

 

Day 18: Jinka -Turmi 

After breakfast drive to Turmi-On the way visit the Tsemay ethnic group and the most Colorful market in the Omo valley- Key Afer market if it is Thursday and the Dimeka market if it is Tuesday . Overnight lodge at turmi.

 

Day 19: Turmi – Murule – Turmi 

In the morning drive to Murule to visit the Karo Ethnic group who are very well known for their body painting and their fascinating houses. Drive back to Turmi for overnight, and visit market of Turmi if the day is Monday or Market of Dimeka if it is Tuesday. Overbight lodge at turmi.

 

Day 20: Turmi –Arbaminch  

Drive back to Arbaminch on your way visit the Konso Village .Konso tribe is known for thir unique culture specialy their land management with terracing they are hard working people visit the konso kings house and the king .drive about 100km more and overnight will be in Hotel or lodge at Arbaminch.

 

Day 21: Arbaminch –Addis  

Drive back to addis through the butajira road and enrouth Visit one of the world heritage site Tiya stale , Adadi mariam church built during lalibelas time and Melka kuntrie archeological site .continue driveng and evining traditional dinner at one of the best Ethiopian restaurant and departure home.

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  • Package Duration: 21 Days & 20 Nights

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