Booking for : Ethiopia’s Historic Route; 14 Days / 13 Nights

Ethiopia’s Historic Route; 14 Days / 13 Nights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
Addis Ababa, Bahardar, Gondar, Simien National Park, Axum, Geralta, Mekele, Lalibela, Harar

Tour Itinerary NH15

Arrival Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)

Arrive in Addis Ababa; you will be welcomed by Remarkable Ethiopia Tours staff members. For morning flight arrivals you may start your tour after checking into your hotel.  For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may start your tour the following day.

Tour Itinerary NH15,

Arrival Bole International Airport Arrive in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed by Remarkable Ethiopia Tours stuff members. For morning flight arrivals, you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel. For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may begin your tour the following day.

Day 1,Addis Ababa

City tours of Addis Ababa the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history. Tour the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie. Overnight Hotel - (B, L, D)

Day 2,Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar

Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar in the morning takes your Flight to Bahar Dar. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 32 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We visit the monastery church of Ura Kidane Mihiret, which is the best known of the monasteries and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries A.D. Overnight Hotel - (B, L, D) Overnight Lodge (B, L, D) Overnight Camping (B, L, D) Overnight Hotel - (B, L, D)

Day 3,Bahar Dar - Gondar

Bahar Dar - Gondar Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient Imperial city, traveling through a fertile landscape of wide open fields; a perfect African tableau punctuated by undulating hillsides and valleys. Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gonder, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African. In the afternoon, we visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4,Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park

Simien Mountains National park a UNESCO World Heritage site is a three –hour drive from Gondar, Simien Mountains national park, one of Africa’s genuine beauty spots. Often compared to the Grand Canyon, this park of craggy peaks, towering ridges and panoramic views over the surrounding countryside is almost another world. Rugged and dramatic, it also has continual surprises by dozens of Gelada baboons; the area’s distinctive shaggy breed with red over their heart. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5,Simien Mountains – Axum

Leaving Simien Mountains you will drive to Axum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through the spectacular canyon of the Tekeze River, one of the principal rivers of Ethiopia followed by the adventurous road of Lima – Limo, Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 06 ,Axum

After breakfast city tour of Axum, The town is dominated by more than 100 towering stele, massive carved granite columns, carried into position by elephants and erected as tomb markers to signal the importance and power of each of the former kings. Tour the ancient stele fields, standing for 2000 years. Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites and just out of the town there are the remnants of the queen of Sheba’s palace, a tremendously atmospheric site that enables you once again to appreciate the power and the glory of this old kingdom. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 07 ,Axum - Hawzein

Drive to the Ghiralta passing the Adwa battlefield, site of Emperor Menelik II's 1895 victory over the invading Italians. Visit the 2,500 year old ruins of Yeha, an ancient moon temple. Continue past Adigrat and visit Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos, two of the Tigray regions oldest and finest rock churches. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D) Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 08 ,Hawzein - Mekele

Visit more of Tigray's remote and ancient rock-hewn churches: Abraha Atsbeha, dating from the 5th century; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and Medhane Alem Kesho. Drive to Mekele.. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 09 ,Mekele – Lalibela

After breakfast, drive to Lalibela, passing through the dramatic landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands. Sightseeing along the way Overnight Hotel (B, L, D) Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 ,Lalibela

Tour the Remarkable rock-hewn churches, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And you can see its surprise. Between the 11th and 12th centuries, a series of 11 fabulous churches were hewn from the rocks, created, remarkably, from single pieces of stone beneath the earth, Still today, you will be amazed how they managed such a feat, it’s one of the great wonders of the world. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11 ,Lalibela

For this day we have two choices: Visit the exquisite church of Yemrehane Kristos -OR- Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town. Following either option above continue with tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D) Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12 ,Lalibela - Addis Ababa - Dire Dawa

On this day you will fly back to Addis and connect your flight to Driadawa Visit Dire Dawa’s very large and vibrant market. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 13 ,Harar

Ddrive to Harar, Harar is the city which is the eastern part of Ethiopia known for being origin for the Ethiopian first grade coffee and old historical tourist attraction site for its unique old round wall built at early of 15th century by the governor of Harar. Harar is recognized as the fourth most holy Muslim city in the world, hosting pilgrims after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The 16th century wall was built by Adere people to protect themselves from invaders. Harar is also home to Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a "gun-runner" during the 19th century. Visit the National and Harari museums; the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie); and a traditional Harari home In the night you will have chance to see Hayna man show. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 14 ,Harar - Addis Ababa

A short drive to Dire Dawa with optional stop at Ethiopia’s largest “chat” market. From Dire Dawa, fly to Addis Ababa. Take a rest and freshen up and shopping. In the Evening you will have a farewell Dinner program at one of the best traditional Restaurant in Addis Ababa; you will also experience an amazing traditional dancing then transfer out to Bole International Airport for your departure to home (B, L, D) , Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

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