HISTORIC ROUTE BY AIR (6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS)
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa a warm welcome at the airport, and then transfer to your hotel. Morning will be free. Afternoon, start your sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa, starting your tour from the Trinity Cathedral, visit to the National Museum (archaeological and historical), which has the best collection of Ethiopian antiquities and archeological discoveries, including the famous oldest hominid “Lucy”; then drive up to Mt. Entoto, the highest part of the capital, where you will have a panoramic view over the town of Addis Ababa; a drive down to the biggest open air market in East Africa called Mercato. Overnight at Ghion Hotel. (4*)
Day 2, After early breakfast transfer to Bole International Airport to fly to Bahir Dar (an hour flight) ET122 at 0700-0800AM, the capital of the Amhara National Regional State. Upon arrival transfer 7 kms to the lakeside hotel called Tana (3*star) hotel, which is situated, in center of the city just nearby the Market place. After check in to your hotel drive to the spectacular waterfalls called Blue Nile Falls (30kms from Bahir Dar). Tiss Abay is the small town where we take-off the vehicle and expected to walk the uphill for about 20-30 minutes to reach the best view point of the falls which has 45 meters deep and up to 400 meters wide during the rainy season (end June, July, August & September). Back to Bahir Dar for lunch, Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located at 1,800 meters above sea level on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. The lake is endowed with 37 islands out of which 20 of them have got monasteries to some of which female are not allowed to visit. Therefore, in this afternoon, you only visit the Zege peninsula for its famous 14th century monasteries of Ura Kidanemihret, Azewa Mariam and the island monastery of Kibran Gebriel (where only men are allowed) for their wonderful 16th century mural paintings, crowns, crosses and many old church treasures. On the way back to Bahir Dar you visit the mouth of Blue Nile River where it begins its long journey. Overnight Tana or Summer Land hotel.
Day 3, Transfer in the morning at 06:30AM to the airport to fly to Gonder by ET122 at 08:30-08:50 and then transfer from the airport to Goha- a 20 minutes’ flight. Start visiting the 17th century capital of Ethiopia: Gonder. Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. In the afternoon, we visit the palaces, residences and baths of Fasilidas; afterwards, we visit the church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity), which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescos. Dinner and overnight stay are in a hotel with a splendid panoramic garden Goha Hotel.
Day 4, After relaxing morning, transfer to Gondar Airport to leave for Lalibela by ET122 at 0910-0940AM which used to be called Roha until the end of 12th century. Today the little town of Lalibela embraced the remarkably excavated 12th century eleven rock hewn churches that are registered as one of the world wonders. Once you checked into your hotel with a short time rest you start visiting the first group (consisting of 6 churches) of the incredibly hewn out churches that symbolizes the New Jerusalem, Afternoon, you will have a visit of the second group of churches (consisting of 4 churches) and the third group consisting only one but the most beautiful and monolithic cruciform church of St. George. It is said to be the symbolization of the Noah’s Arc. Overnight at Roha Hotel. NB. While entering to each church, you are kindly requested to take off shoes and dress modestly. This behave should be applied to all the churches in Ethiopia.
Day 5, At 07:30, transfer to the airport to fly to Axum by ET 122 0940-1020 and then transfer to your hotel, which is 10 minutes drive from the airport. Sightseeing in Axum, a town steeped in more than 2500 years of history, from the palace and tomb of King Kaleb (6th C, AD). You will also visit the extraordinary Stella’s records as a world heritage site (WHS) and the tomb of king Remhay (1st to 4th C, AD). Visit the church of St Mary of Tsion (17th C, AD), in which is deposited t he Arc of the Covenant. Return to your hotel for lunch. Drive out of the town to Gonder, 4 Km away, where you will walk up to see the rock-carved lion and palace from where the Stella's were hewn- some still lie there, unfinished one too. From here we can visit the palace of the queen of Sheba, and other archaeological sites. The day’s wandering ends at the small but amazing museum. Return. Dinner and overnight will be at Yeha or Remhay Hotel.
Day 6, After relaxing morning take a car for transfer to Lalibella Airport and fly to Addis Ababa by ET123 at 1140-1430. Depend on your time of arrival; you will have a some free time to buy coffee and souvenirs in Churchil road. After a fare well dinner party in a traditional restaurant & folklore house, Evening transfer out to the airport.
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