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Religious Festivals on Ethiopia's & Historic Route

  • Tour Type: Cultural Tour
  • Limited To: 8 Guests only
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Price: From USD 1.990,-



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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.

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: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Axum to Lalibela and then to 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 for to Jupiter Hotel (4*). 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 in Addis Ababa, Piassa, Merkato and you will enjoy the view from Mount Entoto. If you arrive later, the city tour will we on the last day.

Accommodation: Hotel

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

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stop over at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.The Blue Nile Gorge is a majestic and enormous river gorge which has a magnificent, alluring physical feature and natural beauty. It is referred by many as “the Grand Canyon of Ethiopia” It’s one of the most captivating gorges in Africa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make 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.After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Bahir Dar-Gondar- UNESCO’s 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 5: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park- UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day we will have a little trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park among troops of endemic Gelada Baboons

Accommodation: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum- UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge. While driving from Simien Mountains to Axum, you will have a brief stop at different parts of the park for the best view. You will have picnic lunch under the shade of the tree past the Tekeze River Gorge whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance. 

Past the Tekeze River Gorge whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance, you will have picnic lunch under the shade of a tree and continue driving to Axum.
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Axum-Yeha (B-)D)

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization and last resting place of the Holy Ark of the Covenant.This morning we will visit the ancient city and explore the ancient Steles, the ruins of the palace of Queen of Sheba and its major attractions. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: 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

Day 9: 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

Day 10: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. (City tour if not on first day)
Flight schedule permitting 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 for the flight back. End of tour!

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner



Rates are per person in USD

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Rate per person: Budget 1.772,-, Comfort 1.990,-
Single suppl.: Budget 236,-, Comfort 392,-

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
  • 9 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) 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 Durations

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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