HISTORICAL TOURS

7 Days Historical Tour: Northern parts of Ethiopia.
Tour Program: Historical Tour
Tour code: TAOS.004
Duration: 7 Days
Mode of Transportation: Surface

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This outlined itinerary can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of potential customers, time frame, budget or special interest.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is based on the belief in the ark with the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. On this tour, you will experience old and new Ethiopia. You will visit the old royal city of Gondar, Blue Nile waterfalls, Monasteries and the religious center of Lalibela.

  • DAY 01 Addis ababa - bahir dar
    Depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos early in the morning. Visit the Portuguese bridge on the way, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge afterwards. The gorge extends nearly 400 km and reaches depths up to 1500m.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).
  • DAY 02 Bahir dar
    Take a boat trip on Lake Tana in the morning to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River. Drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area in the afternoon. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).
  • DAY 03 Bahir dar - Gondar
    Continue north to Gondar after breakfast. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. Explore the sites of Gonder after briefly settling in your hotel, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gonder.
  • DAY 04 Gondar - lalibela
    Proceed driving to Lalibela via Woreta, passing through Amhara state in the morning. You will have stunning views of the Guna Mountains as you travel through this dramatic landscape.  Overnight in Lalibela.
  • DAY 05 Lalibela
    Start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in the morning, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). Continue after lunch with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honour of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.  Overnight in Lalibela
  • DAY 06 Lalibela - Dessie
  • Drive to Dessie via Woldia early in the morning. Visit the lake in the town of Hayk on the way, where you can visit the local monastery and enjoy the birdlife.  Overnight in  Dessie
  • DAY 07 Dessie - Addis Ababa
  • Return by driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. On the way, you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons.  If the day is Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.