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The Historic Route of Ethiopia and the Simien Mountains National Park — 11 Days

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  • Trip Type Historic
  • Tour Code GHET-021
  • Private Journey
  • 11 Days
  • Ancient history, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and so much more

This tour takes you to one of the most magnificent cultures and landscapes on Ethiopia's Historic Route. In this fascinating part of Africa, 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. 

Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the Great Blue Nile Falls, and last but not least, the friendly and charming people. This is truly a trip of a lifetime!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and take an afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa. 

Overnight: hotel

Day 2: Addis Ababa, Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.

Overnight: hotel

Day 3: Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Bahir Dar

In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.

Overnight: hotel

Day 4: Bahir Dar, Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon, visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Berhan Selassie church.

Overnight: hotel

Day 5: Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien Mountains National Park. The rest of the day, trek around the park.

Overnight: lodge

Day 6: Sankaber, Chenek, Simien Mountains

Today, you will do a relaxing trek in some of the most dramatic scenery of the park— the Ginbar River Falls and Wolkafit Mountains.

Overnight: lodge

Day 7: Simien Mountains National Park, Axum

After breakfast, drive to Axum through the beautiful Simien Mountains, Limalimo, and Tekeze River Gorge.

Overnight: hotel

Day 8: Axum, Yeha

After breakfast, we will visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, we will go to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

Overnight: hotel

Day 9: Axum, Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from 1200 AD.

Overnight: hotel

Day 10: Lalibela, Asheten Mariam

In the morning, we go on a mule ride and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

Overnight: hotel

Day 11: Lalibela, Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include Mercato, Entoto, and Piassa. In the evening, there will be a traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

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