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Classic Historical Route – Ethiopia

This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions but don’t have much time. Visitors will cover all the important sites in the Historic circuit by flying from one site to the other. It also includes a visit to the Simien Mountains National Park, which is the only natural site of the country that is registered by UNESCO as a world Heritage.

DAY 1: Addis Ababa

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred by road to your hotel.

  • Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel or similar 4-star

DAY 2: Addis – Bahir Dar

In the morning fly from Addis to the lakeside town of Bahir Dar. Visit the famous Blue Nile Falls, locally known as ‘Tiss Issat’ for the steam clouds or ‘smoke for fire’ caused by the waters plunging 45 meters below. A short, interesting walk about takes you to a splendid viewpoint.

In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake (3,600 sq km), to visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam, which are situated on the largest peninsula of the lake. These monasteries are known for the colorful frescoes of religious scenes, and an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in Ge’ez, Ethiopia’s oldest language.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Summerland Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 3: Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar, the 17th and 18th century capital of Ethiopia. Visit the ‘Royal Compound’ with many majestic castles constructed in the European middleages architectural style, the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasilades’, and finally Debre Birhan Sillassie church, which is the finest of the Gonderine churches. Built during the reign of Emperor Iyasu (1682 – 1706), the inside walls of the front room are covered with paintings on cloth, glued to the surface, the ceiling is built with thick beams and is decorated with winged angel heads looking down, the wall paintings depict scenes from the life of Christ, and Mary.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Goha Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 4: Gondar – Simien Mountain National Park

In the morning drive from Gondar through amazing scenery to Debark, the headquarters of the Simien Mountain National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Continue on to your lodge, situated at the beginning of the park, where the whole scenery opens out with magnificent views for hundred of kilometres. This is where the predator animal activity starts. The gelada sleep on the cliff edges at night and their predators such as hyena and leopard roam the cliff edges. Wolves have been spotted near the lodge in the past but generally they live further into the wilds.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Simien Lodge

DAY 5 Simien Mountain National Park / Axum

Depart after breakfast for the drive to Axum. The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty, through the Tekeze River gorge. The canyon created by the 608km long Tekezé River, aided by water from its tributaries, is the deepest in Africa and one of the deepest in the world, at some points having a depth of over 2000ms. A double curve arch dam on the river was completed a few years ago.  Arrive in Axum, Axum – the most ancient capital city of Ethiopia, and settle into your hotel.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Yeha Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 6: Axum

Spend the day exploring Axum; visit the archaeological museum of Axum, the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

  • Accommodation: Yeha Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 7 Axum / Lalibela

After breakfast fly to Lalibela, which is home to the 12th century hand carved rock churches of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) after whom the town is named. In the afternoon, visit the first group churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which are found northeast of a stream named ‘River Jordan’.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Roha Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 8 Lalibela

In the morning, ride by mule to the hill top semi-monolithic church of Asheten Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint to have bird eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Roha Hotel or similar 3-star

DAY 9 Lalibela / Addis / Depart

Fly back to Addis where you have a sightseeing tour of Addis that includes visiting some of the most important museums, monuments, churches, the famous Merkato the largest open-air market in Africa, and Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of the city.

In the evening, you will be a guest at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the Ethiopian folkloric dances and to taste the variety of Ethiopian food. At a suitable time you will be transferred to the airport.

  • Includes: Breakfast, Dinner
TOUR DATES

Per person sharing

Single Room  supplement

Each of 2 or 3

Each of 4 or more

JAN 16 – 24 Timket Festival in Gondar

3175.00

2240.00

515.00

FEB 05 – 13

3175.00

2240.00

515.00

MAR 23 – 31

3175.00

2240.00

515.00

APR 23 – MAY 01 (Palm Sunday festival in Axum)

2830.00

1995.00

460.00

MAY 28 – JUN 05

2830.00

1995.00

945.00

JUL 13 – JUL 21

2975.00

2095.00

485.00

AUG 01 – AUG 09

2975.00

2095.00

485.00

SEP 18 – SEP 26 Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa

2975.00

2095.00

485.00

OCT 12 – OCT 20

3095.00

2180.00

505.00

NOV 25 – DEC 03 St Marry Axum Zion Festival in Axum

3095.00

2180.00

505.00

DEC 11 – DEC 19

3095.00

2180.00

505.00

 

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in a twin room, sharing basis
  • All meals out of Addis, only breakfast in Addis
  • All entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Mule hire
  • Boat rental at Lake Tana
  • All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Portage fees
  • All local guides
  • Scouts
  • Government tax
Price does NOT include:

  • Lunch and dinner in Addis Ababa
  • Domestic airfare – currently USD360.00 per person, subject to change
  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Other expenses of personal nature like shopping, laundry, etc
  • Any activity or expense not included in the inclusive list above

 

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.