10 Days North Historic Route And Tigray Rock Churches Ethiopia

10 Days North Historic Route And Tigray Rock Churches Ethiopia


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10 Days

Tour Type



Hotel and Camping


Surface, Car and fly




Experience an extraordinary 10-day journey through Ethiopia’s historic North Route and Tigray rock churches, complemented by a visit to the captivating Danakil Depression. Explore the ancient city of Axum, uncover the stunning rock-hewn churches in Tigray, and reach the summit of the Erta Ale volcano. Immerse yourself in the traditional salt mining practices of Lake Assale and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela’s rock churches. With comfortable accommodations, knowledgeable guides, and a fusion of cultural and natural wonders, this package promises an unforgettable expedition through Ethiopia.

Tour Plan

On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Addis was founded in 1886 by Menelik II, and situated at an elevation of around 2438m which makes it third highest capital city in the world. Addis Ababa enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25°C. we will start our sightseeing at the National Museum which houses some of the country's historic treasures. The collection of fossils and bones of early hominids discovered in Ethiopia includes the 3.5-million-year-old remains of 'Lucy', the oldest hominid ever found. Proceed to visit the two major highlights of the city, the Ethnographic Museum and the church of the Holy Trinity, Ethiopia's main cathedral and home to the remains of the last emperor, Haile Selassie.Overnight in Radisson Biu Hotel (B, D)
We will directly fly to AXUM This day you will have a city tour of Axum: Axum is the ancient capital of Ethiopia and the cradle of Ethiopian civilisation. It is famous for its more than 2000-year-old Axumite long-standing steles measuring some of them up to 33m high, the bath and palace of Queen of Sheba, King Kaleb's and other king’s tombs, an archaeological museum which is widely rated as Ethiopia's best, the church of St. Mary of Tsion, where the original Ark of a covenant is housed. Legend has it that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon of Israel, Menelik I brought the original Ark from Israel to Axum. Overnight consular hotel. (B, D)

Morning drive to Gheralta visit the Bete Johannes, Wukero cherkos and Abreha Asbeha Temple rock-hewn churches, Overnight at Hawzien Gheralta Lodge. (B,D)


Morning drive to Gheralta. On the way visit the rock-hewn churches In one day you will visit two churches; Abuna Yemata Guh; and Maryam Korkor. All of which are very different in style but stunningly beautiful in their own way.To visit Abuna Yemata Guh, walking for about an hour to commence a steep ascent up the side of the Gheralta massif. This steep ascent soon turns into a climb using foot holds and hand holds chipped into the sandstone rock by the passage of many hands and feet. The climb and the walk along very narrow ledges with sheer drops to the side is not one for the faint-hearted. The church itself can be reached by walking out on a ledge one meter wide and with a 200m drop to the left-hand side. At the entrance, there is a small cave and a wooden door built into the rock. After visiting, Overnight at Hawzien Gheralta Lodge. (B,D)
Drive to kusrewad here where we arrange for the camel to ascend our logistics and for those who wish to ride, Local militia and rock guide apart from those who are already with us. Late afternoon start walking to Erta ale. Around 5 pm 3 hours, trek climbs to Erta Ale volcano and overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters tall, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. Overnight on the Summit Camping. (B,L,D) 
Drive to Hammed Ela. Around 9 AM we will be at the foot base of the volcanic mountain where our cook and cars camp have our breakfast and drive to Hammed Ela via Kusrewad. This day drive will be the most challenging drive of all day which may be happen to stuck in the Sand and inhospitable weather, we should keep rehydrate to you manage the driving. Arrive Hammed Ela overnight camping at Hammed Ela. (B,L,D)
Dallol Salphur Spring, Lake Assale Salt Bar and camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colourful salt mining, visit Lake Assale, follow up camel? fs caravans and walk with the Afar and people from the highlands. The traditional way of extracting the Salt bar, which was once used as local currency, is packed on the Camel. You will see how they prepare their traditional bread, how they travel, communicate and more. It is another unique experience. Back to Hammed Ela - Drive to MEKELE via the town of Berhale in the River bed Ascend all the way to the Tigrian highland with the camel caravans and stop for a photo over the depression. Overnight in Axum Hotel. (B,D)

After breakfast in Hotel drive to Lalibela through the Lasta chain mountain beautiful landscape. visit in the way rock hewn church of Genete Mariam Overnight at Tukulu Village hotel Lalibela. (B,D)

In the morning after breakfast, we will visit the first cluster of rockhewn

churches in the afternoon. Lalibela, the ‘New Jerusalem’, is thought to have been constructed some 800 years ago by King Lalibela. Lalibela was his capital city, but today it is a small village. Although churches carved in rock are found in other parts of the world, those found in Ethiopia are particularly interesting. Generally, they were excavated on all sides of a rectangle, leaving a large block of granite isolated in the centre. This rock was then shaped and formed both inside and out and the carvings show extremely skillful workmanship and they have been classified as one of the wonders of the world. Each church has a unique architectural style and all are superbly carved. There are 11 rock-cut churches of which the most impressive is Bet Giorgis. It is carved in the form of a Greek cross and It is exceptionally well preserved.

Overnight in Tukulu Village Hotel (B, D)

Afternoon 11;00 Am fly Addis Ababa We will arrive in Addis Ababa in early

Afternoon Addis Ababa cite tour was founded in 1886 by Menelik II, and situated at an elevation of around 2438m which makes third highest capital city in the world. Addis Ababa enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25°C. we will start our site-seeing by National museum which houses some of the country's historic treasures.


last-minute souvenir shopping at the markets. In the evening, we will go out to one of the best cultural restaurant for the Farewell Dinner at traditional restaurant with live traditional dances program. Then, transfer to the airport for your departure to Home. Tour End!  (B,D)


Include And Exclude

Services Inclusions

  • Meet and greetings at the Airport and assistance for Hotel transfer.
  • Hotel Accommodations based on twine Room.
  • half board meal (breakfast and dinner with soft drinks). Full board at camping site (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where applicable according to the itinerary.
  • Domestic Flight
  • Professional Guide (English speaking).
  • profession cook service during camping
  • polices escort Danakil Depression
  • Road leader payment 
  • elder payment 
  • Transfers and all ground transportations based on Best 4WD cars fuel and driver expense.as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
  • Additional activities for experiencing the real culture of Ethiopia: Coffee ceremony and Honey wine drinks in Addis Ababa.
  • All necessary Government taxes. 

Services Exclusions

  • International Flight
  • Porterage fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Video filming and photography fees.
  • Personal nature expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry expenses, telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs etc…
  • Any other expenses except those listed on the inclusion parts.

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