Attractions include: History, archaeology, religion, scenery
Best visiting Time: end September to mid-June
Trip Duration: 7 days
Transportation: Surface drive
Ethiopia has to be one of the most exciting countries in Africa, a nation that is overflowing with history and culture yet quietly keeps its charms to itself, devoid of the visitors one might expect.
This tour explores Ethiopia’s historic northern region, a land of ancient monasteries and castles where tradition rules. Starting off in Addis Ababa, we explore its many sites before flying to one of the jewels of the country
Daily scheduled Ethiopian Airlines flights on Bombard aircraft make these cities conveniently accessible. Excursions to be taken in a variety of directions from each destination only serve to enhance the historic, mystical allure.
Places of interest:
- Historical journey in time from 1 AD to present civilization
- Remarkable feats of architecture said to be built by angels
- View precious Church treasures of antiquity
- Magnificent mural paintings & manuscripts
- Awesome mountainous highland landscape
- Source of the great Nile River & second largest waterfalls in Africa
Day. 01: Arrival.
Arrival Addis Ababa and meet the Zest Ethiopia Tours representative. Then transfer your hotel. Depending on your arrival time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa.
Day. 02: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar
In morning drive to Bahirdar passing by Debre Libanos monastery (an important monastic centre for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity). The surface drive crosses the breath-taking Blue Nile Gorge, where the canyon is referred as “African Grand Canyon” and the Japanese Built Bridge on the River Nile-overnight at Kuriftu Lodge and Spa.
Day. 03: Boat Trip to Visit the Island Monasteries on Lake Tana
A boat trip on Lake Tana to Zegge Peninsula to visit two monasteries-and there is also a good chance for birding in the lush forest surrounding much of the lake. Then drive to Gondar the same day.
Overnight at Goha/Taye Hotel
Day. 04: Gondar Sightseeing
In the morning drive to Gondar. Then city tour of Gondar including a visit to the Royal Compound, where enchanting 17th century castles stand. Also, visit DebreBerhan Selassie Church meaning Trinity at the Mount of Light.
Day 05: Seimen National Park Excursion
Morning after breakfast drive to the jagged panorama of the Simien Mountains National Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you may spot the endemic Wallia Ibex, Gelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer.
Day. 06: Gondar-Lalibela
Drive to Axum Through beautiful escarpment of Siemen Mountains and Tekeze river valley
Day.07 – 08: Lalibela-Kombolcha
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela, famous for its rock-hewn churches dating back 800 years. This is the most important stop on the historical route and from the air the 11 churches, carved into the rugged mountainside, present an awesome spectacle. Afternoon excursion to the most spectacular churches.
Day. 09: Kombolcha – Addis Ababa
In the morning fly back to Addis Ababa and shopping at souvenir shops. Evening fair well dinner and transfer to airport for departure.
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