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Compact "Historic Route of Ethiopia" 7 days - GHET-FD1

  • Tour Type: Cultural Tour
  • Limited To: 8 Guests only
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Price: From USD: 1.194,-


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This cultural tour focuses on the ancient history & culture as well as the people and nature on the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia. Among other things, on this tour, you will visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites as we follow the footsteps of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

As you travel by road on the Classic Historic Route of Ethiopia, you will be able to explore more of the countries less visited beautiful nature, culture and history as all these unfolds in front of you each and every mile you drive. As you start driving from Addis Ababa, you will be passing through many villages and small towns. On this route, you will stop at Jemma River Gorge and you will be driving through the magnificent Blue Nile River Gorge, Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon.

You can book this tour on any date as an individual journey!

Trip highlights:

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. 
  • Visit the ruins of the Queen of Sheba 
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gonder 
  • Visit the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, “the Roof of Africa” 
  • Discover the ancient Island monasteries of Lake Tana 
  • Visit the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile & Blue Nile falls 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital 
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum
  • Visit different less visited sites and meet with the local people 
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


Depending on the category you booked on this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 or 3 star hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in good hotels or in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Planned Hotels:

In case of these hotels are not available we will provide accomodation of similar quality and standard!


  • Addis Abeba: Jupiter Bole
  • Bair Dar: Avanti Blue Nile
  • Gondar: Goha
  • Axum: Sabaen
  • Lalibela: Tukul Village


  • Addis Ababa: Venetian or Heyday
  • Bahir Dar: Rahnile
  • Gondar: AG-Hotel
  • Axum: Consular
  • Lalibela: Harbe

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.


On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: This trip requires domestic flights From Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Gondar - Axum - Lalibela - Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Day 1:  Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver. There will be a short drive to your hotel.

The rest of the day, you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum, one of the churches of Addis Ababa, Piassa and you will enjoy the view from Mount Entoto.

Accommodation: Hotel -Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, fly to Bahirdar. At Bahirdar, you will be picked by your driver for the transfer to your hotel. After check in to hotel, In the morning, we will have boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. In the afternoon you will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Accommodation: Hotel-Bahirdar

Day 3: Bahirdar -Gondar –UNESCO World Heritage Site (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.

Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635. This UNESCO World Heritage is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and architecture of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art. This afternoon, you will visit the ancient city.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4:  Gondar-Axum-UNESCO World Heritage Site (B-D)

In the morning, transfer to the Airport for your flight to Axum. A short flight takes you to Axum. After check in to the Hotel, you will start to visit the ancient city of Axum.

This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization and the last resting place of the Holy Ark of the Covenant. This is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

The rest of the day you will explore the ancient city and its major attractions.

Accommodation: Hotel-Axum

Day 5: Axum-Lalibela -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After having an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Axum Airport for your flight to Lalibela. After check in to hotel, we will drive to the site where we will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Today, we will visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. In the evening, there will be Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.

Accommodation: Hotel -Lalibela

Day 6: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, take a mule ride, and /or walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. 

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed.

Accommodation: Hotel -Lalibela.

Day 7: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. After check in to hotel, the rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: Merkato, the largest open air market, and the view of Addis Ababa from Entoto.  Group will also have the chance to walk around Piassa and Churchill Avenue for shopping.

In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.  At the end of the farewell dinner party, transfer to Addis Ababa airport f End of tour! 

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner



Rates are per person in USD

Confirmed - This tour is guaranteed to operate
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Rate per person: Budget 1.194,-, Comfort 1.280,-
Single suppl.: Budget 142,-, Comfort 190,-

Group size: 2-12

Extra night in Addis
Double: Budget 70,-, Comfort 110,-
single: Budget 50,- Comfort 90,-

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Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • transport in mini- or coaster bus with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in good hotels in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • boattrip on Lake Tana
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
  • taxes

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • domestic flights

Tour Duration:

The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.

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