Northern Ethiopia History Route

10 day

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Day Trip

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Itinerary

Day 1: Addis - Bahirdar

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch...
Itinerary

Day 1: Addis - Bahirdar

Stop At: Portuguese Bridge, Near the Blue Nile Water Fall, Debre Libanos Ethiopia
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 2: Bahirdar

Stop At: Lake Tana, Ground floor from Blue Nile Hotel, Bahir Dar 1000 Ethiopia
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 3: Bahirdar - Gondar

Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder Ethiopia
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Fasiladas Bath Timket, Near Gonder, Gonder Ethiopia
Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 4: Gondar - Axum

Pass By: Semien Mountains, Ethiopia
Early morning, depart north for Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. After stopping for lunch in Adi Arkay, proceed driving through the dramatic Tekeze Valley, offering some of the best landscapes in the country. Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant.

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 5: Axum

Stop At: Northern Stelae Field, Near St Mary of Zion Church, Axum Ethiopia
Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy), the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, Axum Ethiopia
You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Axum - Mekelle

Stop At: Yeha Archaeological Site, Yeha Village Ethiopia
After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Monastery of Debre Damo, Sabean hotel Axum ethiopia, Adigrat Ethiopia
Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men (sorry! No women allowed.) must climb up a 15-m rope to enter.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Wukro, Wukro, Tigray Region
Proceed through the state of Tigray, stopping en-route at Wukro to visit the rock-hewn church of Chirkos.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 7: Mekelle - Lalibela

Pass By: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela.

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 8: Lalibela

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 9: Lalibela - Kombolcha

Pass By: Kombolcha, Kombolcha, Amhara Region
Early in the morning, drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way visiting the lake in the town of Hayk, where you can visit the local monastery and enjoy the birdlife.

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight Hotel

Day 10: Kombolcha - Addis Ababa

Stop At: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market. Finally, you will have a farewell dinner at one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurant in Addis Ababa.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Departure
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Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 10x Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Northern Stelae Field
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Debre Damo
  • Entry/Admission - Yeha Archaeological Site
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tana
  • Entry/Admission - Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion
  • Entry/Admission - Fasiladas Bath Timket
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • 10x Lunch
Not Included
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • photo and video fees
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia


7:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

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