Tour Overview

Tour Code:                     AETT-HR 02

Duration:                        12days 11night

Tour Title:                      Historic Route Tour

Transportation:              Surface

Tour Itinerary

 Day1.  Arrive in Addis Ababa, meet by Ardi Ethiopia tour and travels representative and transfer to a hotel. Based on your arrival time you will visit the city of Addis Ababa including the National Museum where 3.4 million years old hominid skeleton is displayed, the trinity church and Merkato (the biggest open air market in Africa).Over night in hotel

Day2.  Early morning drive to Bahirdar, located at 554 km away from Addis Ababa, on the way visit Debre Libanos Monastery, the monastery which is secluded, peaceful and surrounded by mountains with a beautiful land escape. Then drive northwards and sightseeing visit to the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable to American’s Grand Canyon and cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. After lunch at Debre Markos, continue driving and late in the afternoon arrive in Bahirdar. Overnight hotel

Day3.  Morning after breakfast make boat trip on Lake Tana and visit one of the antique churches of Ethiopia URA KIDANEMIHIRET famous for its 17th century wall paintings and discover the sources of Blue Nile river. In the Afternoon drive about 32kms gravel road to visit Blue Nile Falls. On the way back to the hotel sightseeing visit the surrounding rural farms and local market. Overnight hotel

Day4.  Morning drive about 178kms to Gondar founded to the historical city of castles and palaces. On the way visit the Guzara ruined palace and surrounding beautiful landscapes. Afternoon, visit the royal palace and Bath of king Fasilades who is one of the strongest Ethiopian rulers in the 17th Continue to visit Debre Birehan sellassie church which is famous for its mural paintings. Overnight hotel

Day5.  Morning after breakfast drive 380km to the historical town of Axum trough debark and Simien Mountains National Park magnificent scenery and Tekeze river valley. Overnight hotel

Day6.  Morning visit the ancient city of Axum including its archaeological museum, the Axum Steles which dates back to the 4th century and the church of Axum Tsion Mariam where the original arc of covenant is believed to be housed. In the Afternoon visit the tomb of two well known kings; Atse Kaleb and Gebremeskel and finally visit the ruined palace of queen of Sheba. Overnight hotel

Day7.  Morning drive to Adigrat through the pre- historic city of Yeha 58kms and on the way visit the YEHA temple which dates back to 450 B.C. Afternoon continue driving to Adigrat and make brief stop at the junction to see Debre Damo Monastery founded in the 6th C, which accessible only by climbing with a rope .   Overnight hotel

Day8.  Morning, drive to Mekele and on the way visit the traditional house of the local people called Hidmo, and proceed to the rock hewn churches of Tigrai. Afternoon visit the rock hewn churches of Wukro Cherkos which is very close to the main asphalt road and Abreha Atsebeha , 35kms drive from Wukro town which is a stepping ground for more than 120 rock hewn churches of Tigrai. Overnight hotel

Day8.  Early morning drive to LALIBELA through Woldiya, UNESCO heritage site, which is founded in 1137 by King Lalibela with the coming of ZAGWE dynasty in to existence. Lalibela Churches are one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a center of active worship and pilgrimage.   Overnight hotel

Day9.  In the morning, among the 11 well known churches of LALIBELA visit the first and third group of churches consisting of Bet MEDHANEALEM, Bet MARIAM, Bet MESKEL, Bet DENAGIL, Bet MIKAEL/GOLGOTHA, and Bet GHIORGIS. In the afternoon, visit the 2nd group of churches, which consists of Bet RAFAEL/GEBRIEL, Bet MERKORIOS, Bet EMANUEL, and Bet ABBA LIBANOS.   Overnight hotel

Day10.  Morning drive to Kombolcha the industrial city of Ethiopia, which is located 335 km away from Lalibela. Enroute visit the monastery of Haik Estifanos, open only for female which is also famous for its variety of bird’s life. Overnight hotel

Day11.  Morning, drive back to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. On the way make a stop to the historical town of Debre Birhan, founded in 1445. Afternoon enjoy last minute shopping and the evening farewell dinner in one the famous traditional restaurants before transfer to the airport for your departure.

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