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Cultural Tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia North and East — 13 Days

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  • Trip Type Cultural Tour
  • Tour Code GHET-013
  • Private Journey
  • 13 days
  • You will be blown away by the history and diversity of Ethiopia! Highlights of this tour include ancient historical and cultural sites, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and much more.

Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past that has left its mark on the land, the people, and their monuments. In this fascinating land, the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past that began as the cradle of mankind.

Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians/Africans as you visit the unmatched sites of the Historic Route of Ethiopia North and East — Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of the Queen of Sheba, and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Cruise along Lake Tana, visit the source of the Great Blue Nile River, explore the walled city of Harar, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains "the chess pieces of gods", see the Gelada "Bleeding Heart" Baboon, and much more. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, we will take a city tour of Addis Ababa that includes the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Mercato.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Addis Ababa, Axum

In the morning, we fly to Axum. For the rest of the day, we vist the ancient city of Axum.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 3: Axum, Yeha

After breakfast, we drive out of town to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha. In the afternoon, we will walk around to explore the ancient city of Axun and interact with the local people.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Axum, Lalibela

Today we fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Asheten Mariam, Lalibela

In the morning, we take a mule ride and walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, we visit the second group of rock-hewn churches in the town.

Overnight: Lodge

Day 6: Lalibela, Gondar

After breakfast, we transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. For the rest of the day, we tour the imperial compound of Gondar and Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 7: Excursion to Simien Mountains, Gondar

Today we have a full-day excursion to the amazing Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 8: Gondar, Bahirdar

In the morning, we drive to Bahirdar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera and Gojam to arrive at Bahirdar around lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 9: Blue Nile Falls, Bahirdar

After breakfast, we drive 35 km to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Bahirdar, Addis Ababa

In the morning, we walk around the city. In the afternoon, we will fly back to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 11: Addis Ababa, Diredawa, Harar

In the morning, we fly to Diredawa and continue driving to Harar. For the rest of the day, we will visit the ancient city.

Day 12: Harar

In the morning, we visit the colorful open-air African markets and walk around the ancient city. After lunch, we visit the Hadere villages.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Harar, Addis Ababa

After breakfast, we will drive to Diredawa for the flight to Addis Ababa. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner party with a live traditional music show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

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