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Northern Route / Historic Tours

Historic / Northern Route (Flight)

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Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon city tour of Addis. Overnight AA.
Day 2
Fly to Axum, ancient capital of Ethiopia, which is the site of a number of remarkable monolithic stone stele, or obelisks, each carved from a single huge piece of rock. Overnight yeha.
Day 3
Full day in and around the historical sites of Axum. Overnight Yeha.
Day 4
Fly to Lalibella, the site of 11 remarkable rock-hewn monolithic churches believed to have been built by King Lalibella in the late 12th or early 13th century. This afternoon we visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches. Overnight Roha.
Day 5
Full day in and around Lalibella. Morning - a mule trip to Asheton Mariam rock-hewn church. Afternoon visiting the second group of Lalibella's churches. Overnight Roha Hotel.
Day 6
Fly to Gonder for its numerous castle-like palaces, which are dating from 17th and 18th centuries. The Debre Brehan Sellassie church is one of the beauties of Gonder for its remarkable ceiling decorated with winged angles. Overnight Goha.
Day 7
Fly to Bahir Dar. This afternoon we visit URA Kidanemehiret Church, on Lake Tana, which has got over 300 years - old murals of Mosses and other beautiful paintings. Overnight Tana Hotel.
Day 8
This morning we drive to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls (Tis Issat), which has got about four hundred meters wide in full flood. Come back to Bahir Dar at a mid -day for lunch. Afternoon will be sightseeing around Bahir Dar. Overnight Tana Hotel.
Day 9
Fly back to Addis Ababa.
Day 10
Departure.
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Historic / Northern Route: Driving and Flight

Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon city tour. Overnight AA.
Day 2
Fly to Bahir Dar. Afternoon boat trip on Lake Tana and visiting Ura KidaneMehirat church.
Day 3
Drive to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls, which has got about four hundred meters wide in full flood. Back to the hotel at a mid-day for lunch, and afternoon will be visit to the market.
Day 4
Drive to Gonder, about 180kms. Today we visit the medieval castles and churches of Gonder. Of all these, the church of Debre Brehan Sellassie with its unique murals is one of the highly painted Ethiopian churches.
Day 5
Leave Gonder for Axum some 360kms to the north via the scenic route of the Semien Mountains and Tekazze valley.
Day 6
Full day in and around the historic sites of Axum. The magnificent stele or obelisks, the Archeological museum and the 16th century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion are one of the sights we are seeing today.
Day 7
Fly to Lalibella, the site of 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches believed to have been built by King Lalibella in the late 12th or early 13th century. This afternoon we visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches.
Day 8
Full day in and around Lalibella. Morning - a mule trip to Asheton Mariam rock-hewn church. In the afternoon we are visiting the second group of Lalibella's churches.
Day 9
Fly back to Addis Ababa.
Day 10
(Departure or) doing an extension to Harar. Fly to Dire Dawa and drive to the ancient and old city of Harar, which is dating back to 1520AD. Harar is famous for its ancient buildings, its great city walls and with 99 mosques.
Day 11
Full day in and around the historical-old city of Harar. Harar is also noted for its superb handicrafts like basketry.
Day 12
Drive to Dire Dawa and fly back to Addis Ababa at the mid day.
Day 13
Departure.

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Combined Tours (Historic sights and culture with Nature)

Addis Attraction
Day 1
Arrive Addis Ababa. Afternoon program will be a city tour. Overnight AA
Day 2
Fly to Axum. In Axum we visit different historical sights like the stele, Ezana's palace, Queen Sheba's palace and the church of St. Mary Tsion.
Day 3
This morning we drive to the pre-historic sight of Yeha for its Temple. Afternoon, covering the rest of the sights in Axum.
Day 4
Fly to Lalibella. This afternoon we visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches. Such as Beta Medhanialem, Beta Mariam, Beta Golgotha and Beta Georges.
Day 5
This morning we have a mule excursion to Asheton Mariam. And in the afternoon we will see the second group of Lalibella's Rock-hewn churches.
Day 6
Fly to Gonder. Today we are visiting the medieval Gonderian castles and the beautifully painted Debre-Brehan Sellassie church.
Day 7
Drive to Semien Mountains National park via Debark where we see the beautiful endemic Gelada Baboon with wonderful scenery of the park.
Day 8
Proceed to Cheneck for the rare endemic Walia Ibex, which is confined to this region. Here we also see a lot of birds of prey like Bearded Vulture or Lammergeyer.
Day 9
Drive back to Gonder.
Day 10
Proceed to Bahir Dar. Afternoon will be a Boat trip on Lake Tana with a visit to Zeghe Monastery.
Day 11
This morning we drive to the Blue Nile Falls one of the spectacular water falls in Ethiopia. Afternoon program will be visiting the market in Bahir Dar and the viewpoint.
Day 12
Fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight AA.
Day 13
Departure.

N.B. we can also combine this program with two nights in Harar or two nights in Rift valley lakes.

 
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