8 Days Historical Tour by Flight

TYPOLOGIES

Historical

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

3 Years

3274 $

Amazing Experience

Tour Code: HT121
Duration: 11 nights and 12 days
Transportation: Air plane, Minivan, 4ᵡ4 Toyota Land
cruiser.

The Simien Mountains endowed with the stunning view points, extraordinary hiking trails and endemic wildlife make it one of the most exciting mountain ranges in the world. The park is interesting due to the uniqueness of its endemic animals, the beauty of its flora, and the majesty of its impressive landscape. In the park, there are three most colorful endemic mammals: Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboon, and Ethiopian Wolf. And there are also more than 50 different bird species that have been identified, among them a great many scavengers and birds of prey are soaring in the valleys. The Simien Mountains has one of the best trekking routes in Africa; the park offers the most popular trekking destinations in Ethiopia. The mountains consist of plateaus bisected by valleys and rising to pinnacles.

After early breakfast, you will transfer out for Addis –Lalibela flight. Upon arrival at Lalibela airport you will be picked up and transfer to Lalibela town. Check into you hotel and drive out for half day trip to Asheton Maryam Church located at about 3100 meters high above mean sea level. You are rewarded with scenic views of Lalibela and the surrounding valleys. Drive back to Lalibela town.

After lunch you will continue to visit the famous monolithic rock- hewn churches of Lalibela, carved by hand out of rocks in the 12th and 13th century, this is a UNESCO'S World Heritage Site. This afternoon you will explore the first group (North Western Cluster)churches:Bete MedhaneAle, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel,Bet Denaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha (Entry is not allowed for women).

Accommodation: Sora Lodge

Accommodation upgraded option: Mezena Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

Bete Maryam church

In the morning, we drive out to a rural area to explore the Yemrehanna Kristos Cave church (2700m) high, set in a spectacular landscape on a hill. This church is the most popular church outside Lalibela, it was built in the late - Axumite Style, with the layers of granite and wood. Drive back to Lalibela town.

After lunch visit,the second (Southeast Cluster) Group churches including: Bet Gabriel-Rufael,Bet-Merkorios,Bet Amanuel and Bet Abba Libanos.Finally, visit the most famous of all churches Bet Giyorgis,a huge monolith in the shape of a Cross and constructed in honor of St.George, the patron saint of Ethiopia.

Accommodation: Sora Lodge

Accommodation upgraded option: Mezena Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

Bete Amanuel church

Today is a full day visiting for the historical and archaeological sites of Axum including the ancient Stelae/Obelisk;some of the 4th century AD granite structures rise over 23 meters, tombs of kings,Queen of Sheba's Bath,Museum and St.Mary of Zion Churches(the old church is not open for women). Many more sites are available to visit or you might take a couple of hours at leisure to think about your overwhelming experience of Ethiopia.

Accommodation: Sabean International Hotel.

Accommodation upgraded option: Yared Zema International Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Fasilides Bath

Today before lunch, we fly to Gondar and transfer to your hotel. After lunch we will head to see the well-preserved Fasil Gebbi in Gondar (“Camelot of Africa“).Now known as the Royal enclosure, this was founded in 17the century and built by Emperor Fasilides as his home, but successive emperors and rulers added to his blueprint,The buildings include Libraries,two Lion Houses,Royal Baths,and a Women’s Vocational School built by Menntewab,the Empress of Ethiopia. And then proceed to see Fasiladas Bath (Still used for Timket/Epiphany Celebration) and the fascinating Debre Berhan Selassie church with the most famous selling in Ethiopia.

Accommodation: Goha Hotel
Accommodation upgraded option: Gondar Hills Resort
Meals: Breakfast

DebreBerhan Selassie church painting

Early in the morning, depart Gondar for the stunning Simien Mountains (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site), continue driving by stop in Debark check in at the headquarters of Simien Mountains National Park ticket office. Here you will meet scout and local guide. The jagged mountains and the deep valleys lend spectacular views to these mountains, home to the many endemic animal species of Ethiopia including Gelada Baboon("Bleeding Heart Monkey''),Walia Ibex and Ethiopian wolf .We will discuss option for interesting day excursion in the park. Options include hiking Sankabar to Jenbar Valley and waterfalls for stunning views and soaring birds of prey and hiking excretions around Chennek campsite,
; Best place for Walia Ibex viewing.

Gelada Baboon grazing grass

Accommodation: Simien Lodge.
Accommodation upgraded option: Limalimo Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning we will have sightseeing in the park,and then drive to Bahir Dar, enroute visit Awramba”Top of the Hill” rural Amhara Community to experience their way of life.Awramba communities are famous in their work activity. Any member,whatever the type of task or knowledge they perform,the share distribution among them is equal. They believe, any member of the community should be treated fairly get their support until death. When a member dies, only two people bury the dead body but so working. The founder of the community is called Zumra Nuru. Drive to Gondar and check into your hotel.

Accommodation: Jacaranda hotel.
Accommodation upgraded option: Blue Nile Resort
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will walk to Lake Tana(the largest Lake in Ethiopia) for a boat trip and visit some of the peaceful monasteries.It is about 1 hour by boat to Zeghe Peninsula where we visit the most famous UhreKidaneMehret monastery. We enjoy a walk on the forested peninsula to the other churches and might meet monkeys and beautiful birds on the way.On the other side of the peninsula the boat is waiting and takes us to Kibran Gabreil island (unfortunately women are not allowed to enter).
After lunch, After lunch, drive for excursion to see the 17th century stone bridge constructed in Ethiopia, built at the command of Emperor Susenyos around 1620AD, now days we call it “Portuguese Bridge” and Africa’s most spectacular Blue Nile Falls. The falls create large volume of spray that is known in Amharic as “Tis Abay” mean smoking water or ’”Tis Isat”(water that smokes)

Accommodation: Jacaranda hotel.
Accommodation upgraded option: Blue Nile Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Catch the morning flight to Addis Ababa and commence a city tour of Addis Ababa. The city was founded by Emperor Menelik 2 in 1886.Addis Ababa in Amharic means "New Flower''. The capital city is home for Africa's Diplomatic capital with the presence of the HeadQuarters of the African Union and many embassies. After breakfast we drove up to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, visited the Entoto Museum with historical and Royal Exhibit, and the church of St.Mary. Drive back to Addis Ababa and visit Ethnographic Museum, National Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and Merkato Market (One of the biggest Open Air Market in Africa) .Unity Park and Entoto Park are optional in the tour

Accommodation: In Addis Ababa at your hotel.
Accommodation upgraded options:
Meals: Breakfast

National Museum
Merkato Market

In the evening/afternoon, farewell party with free cultural dinner and traditional music to experience Ethiopia’s cultural meals and drinks. After the farewell part, transfer to Bole international airport for international departure. End of tour.

Notice:This itinerary can be amended up on request

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