Program: Cultural Tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia with Simien Mountains and Tigray rock-hewn churches
Tour Code: HLETT 001
Duration: 14 days


Transport: Surface and Air
Activities: ancient history, people, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, Archeology and so much more
Ethiopia is truly a land of many wonders. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind.

As you travel by road, you will be able to explore more of the countries beautiful nature, culture and history as all these unfolds in front of you each and every mile you drive.  These cultural tours takes you on the Ethiopia’s Historic Route with the SimienMountais and Tigray Rock-Hewn Churches. On this tour you will visit four UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built  more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the less visited rock-hewn churches of Tigray, the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar
In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.O/N: hotel.

Day 03:  Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar
In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar
After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon visit the castle compound from the 17th century and DebreBirhan Selassie church.O/N: hotel.

Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park
After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek around the parkO/N: lodge.

Day 06: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum
After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Axum-Yeha
After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.O/N: hotel.

Day 08:  Axum-Hauzien
In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountainous of Adwa.O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Hauwzien
Today, you will explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches and the beautiful surrounding mountains of the area.O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Hauzien-Mekele
In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: WikroCherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Mekele-Lalibela
After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit YimrhaneKirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.O/N: hotel.

Day 12:  Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
In the morning, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD. In the afternoon, continue visiting the rock-hewn churches in the second group.O/N: hotel.

Day 13: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam
In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery.O/N: Hotel.

Day 14: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato the largest open air market in Africa. In the evening, traditional dinner with live cultural dance shows of the different tribes. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

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Program: Cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia &Simien Mountains by air 10 days
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: HLETT 002


Transport: Air and Land
Activities: Ancient history, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and so much more

Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left mark on the land, the people and their monuments.  In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind.

These tour provides a practical image of the 3000 yeas historical mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia, including the steles of Axum, the temple of Yeha, Palace of Queen of Sheba, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana source of the Blue Nile, the Great Blue Nile Falls, Simien Mountains, last but not least the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind and it truly is a trip of a life time!
 
Itinerary

Day 1: : Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and transfer to hotel.  If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour of Addis Ababa can be arranged.O/N: hotel.

Day 2: : Addis Ababa-Axum
In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. The rest of the day, tour of the ancient city of Axum.

Your today’s visit in Axum include: the Stele field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th centaury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed. O/N: hotel. 

Day 3: Axum-Yeha-DebreDamo
After breakfast, you will have an excursion to to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha. O/N: hotel.

Day 4: Axum-Lalibela
After breakfast, transfer to Axum Airport for the flight to Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.O/N: hotel.

Day 5: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam
In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches. O/N: hotel.

Day 6: :Lalibela-Gondar
After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will start your tour of Gondar. Your tour include: The Royal Enclosure,  the pool of King Fasilidas, and  the famous DeberberhanSillassie church. O/N: hotel.

Day 7:Excursion toSimien Mountains/Gondar
Full day excursion to the Simien Mountains National Park.O/N: hotel.
Day 8: Gondar-Bahirdar
In the morning, drive to Bahirdar and an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries. O/N: hotel.

Day 9: Blue Nile Falls- Bahirdar
After breakfast, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, walk around the town and visit the colourful local market. O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Bahirdar-Addis Ababa-Departure
In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Addis.
Optional city tour depending on your departure time

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party. There will not be better way of ending a trip. (Flight schedule permitting)  At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!
 
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