| Ethiopia Tour-
Historic Route, Simien Mountains & Harer
Ethiopia Travel to the Great Historic Route to visit the Ethiopia world heritage sites in Gondar, Lalibela Axum, Harer and Simian Mountains National Park.
|AAT 1112||10 DAYS/ 9 NIGHTS||BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, SIMIEN
MOUNTAINS, LALIBELA, AXUM, HARER
Departure Day: Daily Guaranteed Departure with 2 participants minimum
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis:
On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met by our representatives and transferred to Ghion Hotel. In the afternoon, the rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Overnight Ghion Hotel
Day 2: Fly Bahir Dar. Morning, Blue Nile Fall afternoon Boat trip:
After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment, we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire’. Overnight Papyrus Hotel
Day 3: Drive Gondar Tour of Gondar:
We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List, the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Overnight Goha Hotel
Day 4 Excrsion to Simien Mountains
After early breakfast we drive from Gondar to Debark town where the head quarter of Simien Mountain National Park is found and we proceed to Sankaber, the first campsite of the National Park to see the extraordinary scenery. We walk around Sankaber enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer. Afternoon we drive back to Gondar. Overnight Goha hotel.
Day 5 Fly Axum:
After breakfast fly to Axum. The ancient city of Aksum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia.After check in to Remehay hotel, sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary church where the original Arc of the covenant housed in, Archeological Museum, Stelaes, tombs, and palace. Overnight Remehay Hotel
Day 6 Fly Lalibela:
We take a short flight to Lalibela then drive 23kms to the town where all the 11 monolithic Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are situated. Today we visit the first group of six churches lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple and its stone floor is so polished by the countless numbers of visitors that it reflects shafts of light from apertures in the walls high above. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overnight Paradise hotel
Day 7 In Lalibela:
After breakfast a mule ride to the 13thc rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on atop a mountain at an altitude of 3150 metres. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Bet Emanuel's elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians. Overnight Paradise hotel
Day 8: Fly to Addis Ababa:
After breakfast you will check in to the Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa.
Overnight Ghion Hotel
Day 9:Fly from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and drive to Harer:
After breakfast transfer to Bole International airport and fly to Dire Dawa, the second largest city of Ethiopia. Upon arrival drive 55kms to the Walled city of Harar. After check in to Belyneh hotel, you will visit The City Wall, the Gates and the narrow streets lined with traditional Harari Gegar houses, the colorful Muslim and Christian markets (known for basketry). After lunch visit 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 Belayneh hotel
Day 10: Fly Back to Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive to Dire Dawa where you will have a short stay then transfer to the airport and fly to Addis Ababa. En route we stop at the town of Awaday to see the biggest “Chat market in the country”. “Chat” a stimulant leaf where people chew to be exited. ,. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for sawer, the rest of the day shopping: in the evening a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with the dancing from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to the Airport for Departure.