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8 Days History tour itinerary for ethiopia: Uncover The Secrets Of An Ancient African Civilization

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Kembolcha, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
History Tour
Uncover the secrets of an Ancient African Civilization

Monolithic church


Embark on a journey to the northern part of Ethiopia, where you can see the rock-cut medieval monolithic churches, monasteries, royal castles, and breathtaking landscapes which pour out the land's secrets.

DAY 01

Full day drive from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar

  • Today you will leave early from your hotel as it will be a full day drive to Bahir Dar, driving through the most beautiful countryside. 

  • Stop for lunch and refreshment before getting to Bahir Dar.

Duration:  12 hours

DAY 02

Full day visit to lake Tana monasteries and Blue Nile Falls

  • Have breakfast at your hotel.

  • Go on a morning boat trip to two of the monasteries found on the island of Lake Tana. 

  • Get back to Bahir Dar for lunch. 

  • In the afternoon you will drive 37 kilometres to see the Blue Nile Falls, crossing one of the oldest bridges over the Blue Nile River built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. 

DAY 03

Drive to Gondar and half day city tour

  • After breakfast, depart for the historic city of Gondar. 

  • Once in Gondar, you will have lunch followed by an afternoon visit to the Royal Enclosure consisting of 17th and 18th-century royal castles (UNESCO world heritage site) as well as a visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church, one of the historic churches of Gondar known for its beautiful paintings on its walls and ceilings.

DAY 04

Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park

Gondar-Simien Mountains-Gondar (21/2 hours one way):

  • After breakfast, excursion to Simien Mountains National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will be in one of the most amazing landscapes consisting of a chain of mountains and high elevations which are home to some endemic mammals like Gelada Baboon, Menilik Bushbuck and Walia Ibex. However, your chances of sight to this mammals are mostly limited to Gelada Baboon in a day trip. 

  • Hike through some picturesque viewpoints for about 2-3 hours before a picnic lunch in the park. 

  • Then you will drive back to Gondar for an overnight stay.

DAY 05

Full day drive From Gondar to Lalibela

  • This is another full day trip to Lalibela passing by a beautiful countryside where you make a photo and lunch stop on the way.

DAY 06

Full day visit to the churches in Lalibela

  • Today you will have a visit to the most amazing churches carved out from a single rock (UNESCO world heritage site) found in the small town of Lalibela which was once a set of Rulers of the Zagwe Dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries. 

  • In the morning, you will visit the first group of churches consisting of six churches found in adjacent courtyards. 

  • Have lunch in the town.

  • Around three o’clock, you will continue your visit to the second group and the most beautiful church in Lalibela, St George. 

  • In the evening, you can visit a local bar in the town to see the traditional dance and music while testing the locally made honey wine named ‘tej’.

DAY 07

Lalibela to Kombolcha

  • Depart from Lalibela to Kombolcha, a town found a roughly halfway between Lalibela and Addis Ababa and visit the ancient monastery of Hayk Estifanos (St. Stephen) on the way.

DAY 08

Back to Addis Ababa

  • Breakfast followed by a drive back to Addis Ababa. You might have a chance to visit the market provided that there is one on the way. 

  • Once in Addis Ababa, it is possible to visit souvenir shops (depending on what time you arrive). 

  • In the evening, you will be a guest for a farewell dinner party in one of the cultural restaurants in the city where you can see the dances of different ethnic groups in Ethiopia while enjoying the wonderful Ethiopian cuisine. 

  • Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

  • 1185 USD Per Adult (* Comment!)
  • Room.

  • Professional English speaking Ethiopian guide.

  • Entrance fee.

  • Car rent with fuel expense.

  • Boat rent.

  • Local guide and park ranger fees.

  • Government Tax.

  • Meal (unless with hotels offering free breakfast).

  • Tips.

  • Professional camera fee.

  • Anything not found on the " What's Included" list.

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Kembolcha, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
History Tour

Contributed By

Birhanemeskel Tilaye

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