Land Tour To The Historical Route 12 Days

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Runs all year around , flexible and customizable . Historical, Cultural and nature inclusive. With light walk and hiking is included everyday.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

Stop At: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Aratkilo area Addis, Addis Ababa 123 Ethiopia
Holy Trinity, royal tombs and places associated with Haile Selassie and the royal family, tombs of patriarchs, patriots who defended Ethiopian liberty, resting place for the bodys who fought during the korean war.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, King George VI Street, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
The National Museum features archaeological and paleontological exhibits including the 3.2 million years old famous complete human fossil know as Lucy, and other ethnological collection.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ethnological Museum, Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
At the Addis Ababa University (housed in the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mount Entoto, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
The highest part of the capital, where you will have a panoramic view over the town...
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

Stop At: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Aratkilo area Addis, Addis Ababa 123 Ethiopia
Holy Trinity, royal tombs and places associated with Haile Selassie and the royal family, tombs of patriarchs, patriots who defended Ethiopian liberty, resting place for the bodys who fought during the korean war.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, King George VI Street, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
The National Museum features archaeological and paleontological exhibits including the 3.2 million years old famous complete human fossil know as Lucy, and other ethnological collection.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ethnological Museum, Algeria St Piazza Haile, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
At the Addis Ababa University (housed in the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mount Entoto, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
The highest part of the capital, where you will have a panoramic view over the town of Addis Ababa
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Merkato, Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
one of Africa's most sprawling and interesting markets,
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Ambassador hotel , Addis Ababa

Day 2: Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar

Stop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, North West of Addis Ababa Seimien Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Debre Libanos 1000 Ethiopia
The 13th century church and monastery and Jemma gorge that is tributary to Blue Nile
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Abay bridge, A3, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
The Blue Nile Gorge is situated 225kms north of Addis Ababa. This majestic and massive gorge is the most captivating gorge in Africa. You feel completely hot when you drive down to the gorge. The area has a magnificent, captivating physical feature and natural beauty.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Jacaranda hotel, Bahir Dar

Day 3: Bahir Dar

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
At Bahir Dar Morning; you leave for Tissisat falls (Blue Nile Falls), it followed by a 30 minute walk from the road to the falls. Here, the Blue Nile starts here its journey to the Mediterranean after making a roaring water falls.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Bahir Dar Market, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
A beautiful market to stop by to visit the basket, vegetable, black smith and grain market.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Tana, Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahir Dar 1000 Ethiopia
Afternoon , you will have a boat trip on Lake Tana to view the magnificently preserved Island Monasteries of the 13th century ,the trip include the visit of ancient church and treasury of Ura Kidane Mehret at Zeghie Peninsula and Azua Mariam on the island.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Jacaranda hotel, Bahir Dar

Day 4: Bahir Dar to Gondar

Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder Ethiopia
Early in the morning start for the 185 km drives (approx 3 hours) to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Gondar is still one of Ethiopia’s most impressive cities, with its walled Royal Palace Enclosure (listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage monument). This enclosure lies at Gondar’s center and contains several well preserved castles and other buildings. We take time this afternoon to tour these castles and churches, including the Royal Palace Enclosure, Emperor Fasilidas’ Bath.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia, Gonder Ethiopia
The beautiful church of Debre Birhan Selassie of 16th church, famous for its murals.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Goha hotel, Gondar

Day 5: Gondar to Axum

Pass By: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
Driving in the Simien Mountains en route to the kingdom of Aksum . we will have the thrill of some spectacular ascents and descents as the road negotiates the terrain of the mighty massif cut by rivers and streams. The impressively built road between Debark and Adi Ar kai loops and twists and provides some breathtaking views of the 'Moon Mountains', the fantastically shaped formations of basalt left after the erosion of the softer materials that once surrounded them.

Pass By: Tekeze River, Sheraro to Bridge, Himora, Ethiopia
We descend to the plain of the River Tezeke and crossing this tributary of the Nile rise again towards the town of Shire (Inda Selassie) in Tigray province. We then continue east to Aksum. In the course of all this today we will break our journey at a number of interesting villages and markets along the way, arriving into Aksum in time to check in to our hotel.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Consular Hotel, Axum

Day 6: Axum

Stop At: Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Axum Ethiopia
St. Mary’s Church the Sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the Arc of the Covenant, the Coronation yard, church museum.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Queen of Sheba Palace, Axum Ethiopia
Ruin palace of Queen of Sheba
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal, Axum Ethiopia
Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskel from 6th century and Bath of Queen Sheba.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Northern Stelae Field, Near St Mary of Zion Church, Axum Ethiopia
Stelae field and associated museum.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Consular hotel, Axum

Day 7: Axum to Mekelle

Stop At: Yeha Archaeological Site, Yeha Village Ethiopia
Drive to Mekele visiting the 8-5th Century Temple of Yeha. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Monastery of Debre Damo, Sabean hotel Axum ethiopia, Adigrat Ethiopia
Proceed to the 6th century famous Monastery of Debre Damo established by Abune Aregawi one of the seven Saints came in Ethiopia in the 6th century in the reign of King Kaleb to spread Christianity in different parts of the country.( Allowed only for male visitor)
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wukro Chirkos, Wikro,, Wikro, Ethiopia
The Rock Church in Cherkos Wukro, according to tradition, in the fourth Century was built when Christianity came to Ethiopia.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Abreha and Atsbeha Church, Abraha Atsbeha Ethiopia
15km west of the town of Wukro, the outstanding 4th centrury Abraha Atsbeha rock hewn church dedicated the famous twin Axum kings who introduced Christianity to Ethiopia in the the 4th century and whose bodies believed to rest here stands. Painstakingly decorated has 13 huge pillars supporting the ceiling and cruciform shape. The 17th century murals and paintings depicting Biblical scenes and Saints.Rich with valuable treasures, the most important being the prayer cross, which belonged to Frumentius -the first Bishop of Ethiopia whose ecclesiastical name was Abba Salama( Father of peace).
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, Zesilasea Square, Mek'ele Ethiopia
18th century palace of Emperor Yohannes who rained Ethiopia form 1872 to 1889 made his capital in Mekelle built this beautiful palace and is open for a visit. The Emperor’s throne, royal bed, ceremonial dress, rifles and many other valuable historical collections can be seen in the museum and the fantastic throne of Atse Yohannnes IV made by the Italian engineer Giacomo Nareri in 1874 is the eye catching centerpiece of the museum.


Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Axum Hotel, Mekelle

Day 8: Mekelle to Lalibella

Pass By: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
Drive to Lalibella 290 KM, making short photo stops on your way.
Full day cruise on the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands to Lalibela, a legendary, on a high plateau (2630 m) situated place, surrounded by rugged mountains, which is in the Ethiopian Christian tradition called the "new Jerusalem".


Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Top twelve hotel , Lalibela

Day 9: Lalibela

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
This morning we visit the most accessible north-western group of churches in Lalibela itself: the temple-like Bet Medhane Alem with barrel-vaulted nave and side aisles, a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and other chapels all reached through tunnels like Bet Maryam, Bet Denagel & Bet Meskel, Bet Micheal and we end with a visit to the cross-shaped Bet Ghiorgis in all its pleasing symmetry and simplicity.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
This afternoon we explore the south-eastern group of churches that have their own distinctive and memorable features. A visit to Bet Merkurios requires a trip through a dark tunnel, but Bet Amanuel and Bet Abba Libanos are more easily accessed.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Top twelve hotel, Lalibela

Day 10: Lalibela

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
This morning we will drive to Yemerhane Kirstos church to explore the most beautiful for its architecture church which is 42 km from the city of Lalibella.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
Visit the village, attend coffee ceremony at local house and day at Leisure.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Top twelve hotel, Laibela

Day 11: Lalibela to Dessie

Stop At: Lake Hayq, Dessie Ethiopia
The polico- religious monasteries of Haiq Estifanos are found north of Dessie. The famous church was so popular with religious scholars and great contributors to the restoration of the Solomonic dynasty in Lalibela in the 13th century. Only monks are living and serving in it. The monastery preserves wooden and stone relics of the days of its foundation.


Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Golden gate, Dessie

Day 12: Dessie to Addis Ababa

Pass By: Kombolcha, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Industrial city south of Dessie

Stop At: senbete market, Senbete, Ethiopia
Senbete on Sunday, to experience the culture of the Oromo, Amhara and Afar peoples (highlanders and low landers).
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Debre Birhan, Ethiopia
Drive back to Addis via Debre berhan and Ankober historical cities that were once so important in Medieval Ethiopia history and served as a sit of kings of Shoa and birth place of Menelik II who is the founder of Addis Ababa and credited for the present Ethiopia.

Stop At: Habesha 2000 Restaurant, Namibia St, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Farewell dinner party at cultural Ethiopian Restaurant with live music show.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Drop off at the airport to catch your return flight.


Duration: 15 minutes

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

Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4 hours boat service on Lake Tana
  • Entry/Admission - Queen of Sheba Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Emperor Yohannes IV Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ethnological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Berhan Selassie Church
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Habesha 2000 Restaurant
  • Guide fees
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • 1x Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Entry/Admission - Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Hayq
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Ethiopia
  • 11x Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - Northern Stelae Field
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Debre Damo
  • Entry/Admission - Wukro Chirkos
  • Entry/Admission - Tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskal
  • Entry/Admission - Abreha and Atsbeha Church
  • Entry/Admission - Yeha Archaeological Site
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tana
  • Entry/Admission - Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Entry/Admission - Bole International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Debre Libanos Monastery
  • Parking Fees
Not Included
  • Gratitudes
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
  • Optional excursion
Departure Point
Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any hotel by the Airport.

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia


Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.