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from $1117.65 USD

Nov 28, 2019
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  • 9 days (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

The historical sights along this loop north of Addis Ababa are monumental in both scale and detail : this is Ethiopia at its best in terms of historic sites. You will encounter incredible historic landmarks of Ethiopia: from the sensational island monasteries of Lake Tana in Bahir Dar to the exotic castles in Gondar and Hand Hewn Churches of Lalibela, the tour also includes a day in the Simien Mountains National Park , which gives travelers a chance to explore the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery of the park also known as "The Roof of Africa"

Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • 9x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 8 nights
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • Entry/Admission - Ura Kidane Mihret
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Berhan Selassie Church
  • Entry/Admission - Simien Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Stelae Field
  • Entry/Admission - Queen of Sheba Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Entry/Admission - Genete Mariam Rock Church
  • Entry/Admission - Entoto Hill
  • Entry/Admission - Ethnological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Ethiopia
  • Entry/Admission - Holy Trinity Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Photography and video fees
  • Porter fee
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up our travelers from all hotels in the vicinity of Addis Ababa and its surroundings. We also pick up from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Pass By: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Upon your arrival at Bole International Airport, you will clear immigration and proceed to baggage claim. After collecting your checked bags, clear customs and pass through the arrivals hall, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to your hotel.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Sheraton Addis - Radisson Blu - or similar


Day 2: Fly Addis - Bahir Dar

Pass By: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bahir Dar.

Stop At: Ura Kidane Mihret, Zege Peninsula Ethiopia
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Bahir Dar. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, you will take a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the 14th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret which is the most famous of the Zege peninsula monasteries. It has a very beautiful painted maqdas and priceless collection of crosses as well as crowns.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia
In the afternoon you will drive to the village of Tis Isat to see the Blue Nile falls (please be informed that due to the newly constructed electric dam in the vicinity the water level of the falls could be very minimal.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Kuriftu Resort & Spa – or similar

Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar - Gondar

Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar, Ethiopia
Today you will drive to Gondar. Set in a landscape of incomparable beauty it was once the Royal Capital of Ethiopia. Visit the incredible castles and churches built by Emperor Fassiladas and his descendants.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia, Gonder Ethiopia
Later you will proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie church. Its walls and ceilings are ornately decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval history.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Mayleko Lodge - Taye Belay Hotel - or similar

Day 4: Excursion Simien Mountains

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Today you will drive to Sanqaber in the Siemen Mountains, the most wild and spectacular of all Ethiopian landscapes. Known as 'the roof of Africa,' your visit will let you soak in the magnificent scenery and relax with a picnic lunch with a beautiful view.
Drive back to Gondar in the afternoon.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Mayleko Lodge - Taye Belay Hotel - or similar

Day 5: Fly Gondar - Axum

Stop At: Stelae Field, Aksum, Ethiopia
Explore the amazing Stelae field located in the heart of this historic town. Estimated to be 1700 years old,the Stelae field is home to Seven of these large hand carved Stela, with the tallest being 21 metres high. The largest Stela however never made it to great heights and now this 500-ton beast lies broken on the floor, a magnificent site in any case
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Queen of Sheba's Bath, Enno Littmann St., Axum Ethiopia
Visit Queen of Sheba’s Bath, a huge water reservoir, carved into solid rock.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Queen of Sheba Palace, Axum old road to shire. right side of the road before joining the new highway, Axum Ethiopia
Explore the ruins of a substantial Palace in Aksum allegedly constructed under the biblical Queen of Sheba who ruled Ethiopia during the 6th Century. The ruins are in the western part of Aksum, across the road from the Gudit stelae field.

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Consolar Hotel or Sabean Hotel

Day 6: Fly Axum - Lalibela

Pass By: Aksum Airport, Aksum, Ethiopia
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lalibela.

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
Lalibela, also known as ‘Africa’s Petra,’ is Ethiopia’s crown jewel. It is home of the most famous churches in the country and is the scene of many major religious ceremonies. You will visit the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which are called the “Eighth Wonders of the World.” These churches were hand-hewn out of solid rock between 800 - 1200 AD and are still active worship places.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Hotel Tukul Village or Mountain View Hotel or similar

Day 7: Excursion to Genete Mariam

Stop At: Genete Mariam Rock Church, Debre Sina Kebele near to Asheton Hotel, Lalibela Ethiopia
Today you will have an excursion to Genete Mariam, one of the most interesting churches in Lalibela’s outlying area. Genete Mariam is a large monolith carved into a pink-tinged outcrop near the source of the Tekaze River. Supported by pillars, the church is very different from any of the excavations in Lalibela in that it is not hidden within a trench, but carved openly on a rocky hilltop, though the cover of scaffolding detracts from the impact of seeing it from afar.
According to tradition, Genata Mariam was excavated during the reign of Yakuno Amlak, the king who 'restored' the Solomonic line in the early 13th century
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Hotel Tukul Village or Mountain View Hotel or similar

Day 8: Fly Lalibela - Addis

Pass By: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight: Sheraton Addis - Radisson Blu - or similar

Day 9: Sightseeing Addis & Departure

Stop At: Entoto Hill, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Today you will enjoy sightseeing in around Addis Ababa. Begin your city tour in Addis with a drive up north to Mount Entoto, a historical place where Emperor Menelik II built his palace, you will also enjoy splendid views of the city .
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ethnological Museum, Addis Ababa University Main campus, Siddist Kilo, አዲስ አበባ, Ethiopia
Descending down to Addis, you will proceed to the Ethnographic museum, which displays a very large collection of Ethiopian crafts and items of historical interest. The Museum used to be the Palace of the Last Emperor of Ethiopia: Emperor Haile Sillasie
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, King George VI Street, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
You will also visit the National Museum of Ethiopia, which houses the 3.4 million-year-old fossil of ‘Lucy’ and many other archaeological and historic findings.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Aratkilo area Addis, Addis Ababa 123 Ethiopia
After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, built in 1941 to commemorate Ethiopian Liberation from Fascist occupation, it is the largest and most revered of all modern churches. It is also known for its European style architecture
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Addis Mercato, Kenya St Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
To wrap up your tour, we will drive through the largest open-air market in Africa.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 8 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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