9 days and 8 nights historical tour.(Tour code QET 01)
Means of transport, flight.
Characteristics of the tour,
Ethiopia is one of the old nations rich in history that different political systems reflected.These kings and queens built their palaces and castles when they fix the capital. And from paganism to Christianity, from Judaism to Islamism, they built their churches and mosques for their believes. The scenery and wild life is designed by nature marvelously. Old cities Axum,Lalibela,Gonder,Bahirdar,Mekelle and settlements are the main destinations going to be discovered in this trip.
Day1: Addis Ababa
Arrival at Addis Ababa international airport and be welcomed by our representative and transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Addis Ababa city tour
Today we will havea city tour of Addis Ababa which include National museum (the home of the famous completed hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.2 million years back), Holy Trinity cathedral (beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa as well the final resting place for Emperor Haile Selassie),Entoto mountain panoramic view and old palace of emperor Menelik and St.Mary church museum. Overnight hotel
Day 3: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar
Transfer to airport and fly to Bahirdar and check in your hotel. Bahirdar is a modern town on the shore of LakeTana, the Blue Nile falls, locally known as “Tis Isat “meaning water that smokes”32 kilometers downstream from the point where the Nile River leavesLake Tana. The walk to the falls passes through lush riverine woodland teeming with colorful birds. after lunch in the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on lake Tana to visit the famous ancient island monasteries ofUra KidaneMeheret that is one of several in the area containing frescos, elaborate painted ceilings, church crosses, crowns and attires of former Ethiopian kings and emperors, in most of lake Tana monasteries time has stood still and the world of the old testament yet alive. Overnight hotel.
Day 4: Bahirdar-Gondar
After breakfast drive to Gondar on the way enjoy the beautiful landscape of the country, after lunch and check in to the hotel visit 17th century castles of the Gonderian Emperors, which is also known as African Camelot and it site ancient castles building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style, and also visit emperor Fasil’s swimming pool , which is still in use for the Temket(the Ethiopian epiphany)festival held every January 19 and also Debere Berhan Silassie church which is rich in icon paintings , that depict the old and the new testament , from the bible. Overnight hotel.
Day 5: Gondar-Sankaber-Gondar
In the cool morning drive to Sankaber and proceed to Siemen Mountains National Park, which is one of the world heritage site. We will trekto see the beautiful landscape, the endemic gelada baboon and different kinds of birds of prey. Late afternoon, drive back to Gondar.Overnight hotel
Day 6: Gondar -Lalibela
Transfer to the airport and fly to the legendary town of Lalibela. after check into the hotel, visit the first and the second group of rock churches in Lalibela town dating back to the 12th century and which is considered to be one of the 8th wonders of the world. Overnight at hotel
Day 7: Lalibella
In the morning half day excursion by mule to Asheton Mariam to visit the churches that lie on the top of the mountain, the church itself is similar in style to other rock churches , but the panoramic view of the surroundings is spectacular from the mountain top . Return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon spent visiting more of the rock churches in Lalibela town. Overnight at hotel
Day 8: Lalibela –Axum
Transfer to the airport and fly to Axum town. Here you will visit stele, which is considered to be probably the oldest monolithic stand in the world, the church compound of St. Mary of Zion. Which is the seat of the true moose’s Ark of the Covenant, queen of Sheba’s bath, king Kaleb’s and Gebremeskel’s tombs, and archeological museum.
Day 9: Addis Abeba
Morning-fly back to AddisAbaba.Afternoon Leisure time. Evening, Traditional dinner and folklore.Transfer to Airport, to fly back to your home.