10 Days North Historic Route Ethiopia

10 Days North Historic Route Ethiopia


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10 Days

Tour Type





Surface (by Car) and flight




Set off on an unforgettable 10-day journey along Ethiopia’s North Historic Route, immersing yourself in the captivating tales of the past and the vibrant cultural tapestry of this enthralling country. Commence your expedition in Addis Ababa, the bustling capital, and unveil its treasure trove of world-class museums, awe-inspiring churches, and a lively atmosphere. Fly to Bahir Dar, where the majestic Lake Tana and its mystical monasteries beckon. Traverse the grandeur of Gondar’s Royal Enclosure, with its magnificent castles, before embarking on a picturesque drive through the scenic Simien Mountains, encountering rare wildlife and breathtaking panoramas. Unearth the ancient wonders and sacred treasures of Axum, before culminating your journey amidst the spellbinding rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This all-encompassing itinerary promises an extraordinary exploration of Ethiopia’s historical grandeur and natural wonders.

Tour Plan

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 Ambassador Hotel.
Morning flight to Bahir Dar and then full day visiting in Bahar Dar, capital of the Amhara region situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country. Bahir Dar is one of the best well-planned cities in Ethiopia. This morning we take a boat trip on the lake to learn the secrets held by the monasteries and churches on the islands. We will visit Ura Kidane Mihret church on the Zeghie peninsula. Under the thatched roof are some distinctive colourful paintings of religious scenes, and an impressive display of illuminated Bibles written in Ge'ez, the religious language from which Amharic is derived. In the afternoon, we will visit Tississat Falls, Amharic for ‘water that smokes’ located about 32km south of Bahar Dar. Due to a nearby hydroelectric power scheme, the waterfalls can no longer be guaranteed to be in full force.Overnight in Jacaranda Hotel.
This morning we drive for the 3-31/2 hour (185km) north to Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia. Gondar has now become one of Ethiopia’s largest and most impressive cities, with its walled Royal Enclosure.  Gondar’s most famous monuments are its exceptionally well preserved 17th century castles. The largest and best is that of King Fasilidas. It is a stone-built construction with around turrets and wooden balconies. The king also built a remarkable bath a mile or so outside of townKnown as the ‘Pavilion of Delight’. The Bathhouse of Fasil at which thousands of Ethiopians celebrate the Timkat festival every January. This whole complex of buildings is unique in Ethiopia and unlike anything found elsewhere in Africa. This afternoon we’ll also make a visit to the Debre Birhan Selassie church (Light of Trinity) with its sensational angelic ceiling and mural Overnight in Florida Hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Debark on the edge of the Simien Mountains.In the late morning, we drive up into the mountains for somespectacular views of this unique ecosystem. We take an optional 1.5hr walk, mostly flat or downhill, and hope to see the endemic Gelada baboons, Klipspringers, Lammergeyer vultures, and bushbuck. The scenery is truly breathtaking and there will be time for a walk around the Sankaber region of the National Park. The maximum altitude we reach is 3250m.This day drives from simien to Axum, through the fascinating Semien mountains and the magnificent breathtaking nature beauty of Semien Mountains National Park road. The road passes through the escarpment of the Mountain which is an ideal place for nature view. Reach in Axum for dinner and overnight at consular hotel.
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 the 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.
Morning drive to MEKELE. drive to Adigrat. on the way visit the historical mountain of Adwa a pre-Christianity Yeha, and visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukero Cherkos and Abreha Asbeha Temple Afternoon Short tour of Mekelle, including Bete YohannesOvernight at Axum Hotel

After breakfast in the 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.

In the morning after breakfast, we will visit the first cluster of rockhewn churches in the morning. 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 center. This rock was then shaped and formed both inside and out and the carvings show extremely skilful 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 Panoramic hotel Lalibela.
This day you will have an excursion tour to Asheton Mariam on top of Lasta mountain with having lunch box which you will have it under a big tree shadow. Trek back to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Panoramic hotel Lalibela. (B, D)
On the morning fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa, Arrive in Addis in the late morning.After some shopping and leisure time in the evening you will have an exclusive fare well dinner party to which you will be invited by our company, during this you will get a chance to see Ethiopian music with dance too. 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)
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where applicable according to the itinerary.
  • Domestic Flight
  • Professional Guide (English speaking).
  • 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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