This classic tour of Ethiopia historical route is a sensory overload of everything that makes Ethiopia great ancient civilization—for travellers with a passion for real experience of History and Nature , takes you to explore Lalibela rock churches, Axum Obelisks, Blue Nile Falls, Castle of Gondar, Addis Ababa and the walled town of Harar which is regarded the fourth holy town by Muslim communities.
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Meet at Arrival Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel. Depends on your arrival time we start exploring the town of Addis Ababa that includes the National Museum (home of Lucy, hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years) and Holy Trinity Cathedrals and end Addis Ababa tour with Merkato Africa’s largest market of its kind.
Optional tour to Fistula Hospital is a remarkable place to visit, and is considered the best-run charity in the country. Overnight Jupiter International Hotel.
Day 2: Addis Ababa-Bahir Dar
At a morning fly to Bahir Dar, and afternoon drive to the Tis Isat Village and visit the Blue Nile Falls. This misty deluge produces rainbows that shimmer across the gorge as well as a small perennial rain forest of lush green vegetation, to the delight of the many monkeys and multi-coloured birds that inhabit the region.
Day 3: Bahir Dar
Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and visit ancient island monasteries over the islands such as Ura Kidanemihret and Azoa Mariam
In the afternoon City tour in Bahir dar that includes the colour full market, Emperor Haile Sillasse palace located at Bezawit hill with panorama view to the out let of Nile.
Overnight Tana Hotel
Day 4: Bahir Dar - Gondar
8:00 Am. Meet at the lobby and drive to Gondar 175km/ 120 miles takes about 4 hours with photo stops.
After noon exploring the town of Gondar that includes the buildings that make up the Royal Enclosure and the baths of Fassilides , a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century and Debre Berhan Selassie Church, perhaps the country’s most famous Church famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels and end the visit with Welleka village (Ethiopian Jew Village) Overnight Goha Hotel.
Gondar - Lalibela
At a morning fly to Lalibela, after check in to Roha Hotel start to explore the remarkable rock hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Overnight Roha Hotel.
Day 6: Lalibela
Take a morning hike with mules (optional) or drive to Mount Asheton Mariam monastery, dated back to 13th century with great views of the area. Or, take an excursion to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that actually predates the churches of Lalibela. The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. Following lunch, continue your tour of the Lalibela churches. Overnight Roha Hotel.
Day 7: Lalibela - Axum
Morning fly to Axum After check in to hotel start exploring Axum, Visit the Stele park, carved out of single granite stone of the pre Christian Era, Axum archaeological Museum, the palace and tombs of Kings Kaleb, the trilingual 4th century inscription.
After noon, visit the 17th century Church of St. Mary standing near to the ruins of an earlier 4th century church and is the country’s oldest and holiest Christian shrine. End the tour at the remnant palace of the legendary Queen Sheba.
Overnight at the Sabean Hotel.
Day 8: Axum- Addis Ababa
At a morning fly back to Addis and we will have more sightseeing’s in Addis Ababa that includes Ethnographic Museum and St. George Cathedral.
Overnight Jupiter international Hotel.
Day 9: Addis Ababa-Dire Dawa –Harar
Fly to Dire Dawa then drive to Harar. Explore the walled city of Harar the colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses, the Hareri museum, Rimbaud House, a fine traditional house dating from the period when the French poet Rimbaud lived in Harar. Finally visit the traditional Hararie house within the famous walled city. As evening falls local men attract wild hyenas to the city in a bizarre spectacle as they bravely feed these dangerous scavengers. In the evening you will visit this “Hyena Man”. Overnight Plaza Hotel
Day 10: Harar –Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa. In the evening we will have a farewell party with cultural dinner and traditional special buffet and local drinks to experience Ethiopia’s cultural meals and drinks. Then transfer to Bole international airport for departure. End of Tour