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Tour package to historic route.(Tourcode,QET 001)
Duration.12 days and 11 nights
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characterstices of the tour.
This program leads to the rich historic sites; passes through scenic highlands and spectacular panoramas. The monasteries on lake Tana with the Blue Nile Falls, the 13th Century monolithic Rock-Hewn churches of King Lalibella, the stele& tombs of the Axumite Kings, the rock churches found in Tigray region, other churches dating back to the 4th –15th Centuries and 7th C mosque of Negashi in Tigray,
Day 1, meet and greet by the guide, then drive to Debre Markos. On the way visit the 13th century monastery which was the religious and political centerof Ethiopia until the 20th century. It is founded by an Ethiopian saint, saintTeklehaymanot who prayed for 7 years stood on one foot (it is painted in many churches in Ethiopia). Then continue driving to the breathtaking Blue Nile gorge that is comparable with the grand canyon of USA.O/n Finote Selam.
Day 2, Finote Selam- Bahirdar
After breakfast, drive to Bahirdar lying on 1850 meter above sea level at the shore of Lake Tana. On the way detour to visit the source of BlueNile in a place called Sekela, Fang waterfall close to the main road and short visit at the crater lake of Zengeba.O/n
Day 3, in a morning walk around the small lake but the beautiful scenery, then drive to Bahirdar. Then have excursion boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the beautifully painted church of UrakidaneMihret .After lunch drive 32 km to visit Blue Nile waterfall (Tis Isat). O /n hotel.
Day 4, Bahir-dar -Gondar- S.M.N.P
Having breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gondar to discover the 17th century enclosure compound built by emperor Fasiledas and his successors named as the Camelot city of Africa. Then the painted church of Debre Berhan Selassie. Then continue to Semien Mountains National Park which is home of many endemics, Fauna & flora and marvelous landscape ranging from 1500m-4620 m.a.s.l. o/n lodge
Day 5, trekking and drive to Chenek where we can see the endemics of Gelada baboon(common in each part of the park).walia ibex (caprawalia)which was believed in Ethiopia as sacred animal before Christianity and the rarely seen Ethiopian wolf. The landscape, birds and flora makes the traveller feel unique. O/n same lodge.
Day 6, S.M.N.P-Axum
After breakfast, drive to the ancient, cradle and archeological city of Ethiopia across Limalimo and Tekezze gorge. Up on arrival, visit the stele field and the tomb of Kaleb and his son G/ Meskel. O/n hotel.
Day 7, Axum-Gheralta.
in the morning visit the church of St. Mary of Zion in the compound where the Ark of the Covenant that God gave to Moses is kept. After lunch drive to Hawzien but on the way visit the ancient center of Da’amat kingdom and were worshiping place for pagans later became to be Christians church. O/n Gheralta.
Day 8, Gheralta –Mekelle
in the morning visit the mountain top churches of Abune Yemata Guh (with fascinated ceiling paintings) and Mariam Korkor. After lunch drive to Mekelle and at Wukro visit the most accessible church to the main road, wukrocherkos church built in the 4th century by the two brother kings AberehaweAtsebeha. O/n hotel.
Day 9, Mekelle –Lalibela.
On this day admire the scenic beauty of Ambalaghechain mountains reached upto 3949 m.a.s.l. o/n lalibela
Day 10, lalibela
On this day discovered the 11 rock hewn churches built in 12th century by king lalibela within 23 years to replace the 2nd Jerusalem in Ethiopia. These churches are classified in 3 groups. O/n lalibela
Day 11, Lalibela –kombolcha
On the way visit wollo province women hair style and Hayq Estifanos monastery which was the church school center for a long years and used as the first informal library in Ethiopia. O/n hotel
Day 12.kombolcha –Addis Ababa.
on this day if the day falls on Sunday, visit the colorful market of sembete where the Amhara, Oromo, Afar and Argoba people come to share their goods and items. Then visit the mouth of rift valley also called the window of Menilik II, Debre birhane Selassie church at Debre Birhane. After lunch, visit Oromo village. Finally in the evening have farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant with live music. Then departure
We wish you a pleasant trip.