7 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Set Foot On The Historic Route
Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela
Spend a week in Ethiopia's famous cities and see their star attractions. Start with the capital city with the Entoto Mountains, National Museum, and others before heading to rock-hewn churches, Axum city, castles & churches, Lake Tana, Ethiopian villages, and more.
Arrival & Addis Ababa tour
Be welcomed by your Ethiopian guide on arrival at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport, and transfer to your hotel.
Begin the tour in Addis Ababa during your free morning (maybe exchange money, when necessary briefing of the itinerary, etc. and be ready for the tour).
Tour the capital in the afternoon with a visit to the Entoto Mountains with spectacular views over the capital city, the National Museum and Trinity Church.
Addis Abeba to axum
Fly to Axum.
Go on a tour of Axum. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include the archaeological museum, monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of the ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant with the best Museum in its compound.
O/N best available hotel.
axum to Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder of the world which is also the main highlight of this tour.
Visit, in the afternoon, some of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela: Bete Medahne Alem, Bete Meskel, Bete Mariam, Bete Denagel, Bet Golegota, and Debresina, Bete Giorgis, and Typical Tukul House in Lalibela and northern part of Ethiopia.
Have an excursion tour in the morning to visit the wonderful Yimrhane Christos cave church. Or you can choose to walk or make a mule back ride to the hilltop semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint to have a bird's eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela.
Visit, in the afternoon, the rest of the churches in the town, Bete Gabriel-Rufael, Bete Merkorewos, Biete Lehem, Biete Amanuel and Biete Abba Libanos.
Enjoy a typical Ethiopian coffee ceremony in the late afternoon.
lalibela to Gonder
Fly to Gondar, transfer & check-in at your hotel.
Proceed on an afternoon tour of Gondar by visiting the castle’s compound & King Fasiladas bath, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, Qusquam monastery, Empress Mentewab palace and if time permits the Falashia village too.
O/N best available Hotel.
gonder to Bahir Dar
Drive in the morning after breakfast to Bahir Dar with very nice views of Amhara people village.
Go on a boat trip in the afternoon on Lake Tana to admire the beautiful monasteries over the lake’s islands, as Azua Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret, with also the visit of an Amhara people village & coffee plantations.
bahir dar to Addis for departure
Visit the Blue Nile Falls or do a city tour of Bahir Dar with a nice view to Lake Tana from the top location of Bezait Palace in the morning.
Fly to Addis Ababa in the afternoon and if time permits, visit the Merkato, biggest open-air market in Africa.
Spend your evening with a traditional dinner with folkloristic dances as a Farwell night party. Evening or next day will be your departure. For those who still have time, the guides can suggest other tours.
All internal travel including domestic flights, all transfers, tours and excursions using a 4x4 land cruiser and coaster bus when convenient for a group of above 7 peoples, boat trip, and mule trip (the ground transportation includes fuel and insurance).
Accommodation at the hotels specified on a twin room sharing basis
Escort guide fees (professional English speaking Ethiopian guide), and local guides' fees wherever necessary
All entrance fees,
VAT and local taxes (government taxes)
Any alcoholic drinks
Personal expenses like souvenirs, laundry, etc.
Any expense which is not included in the inclusive list
Historic Route tour code ZETT21
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Transport: Flight/surface only once
Customize: This outlined itinerary can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of potential customers, time frame, budget or special interest.
If you need other tours, you can contact the guide for any information or advice.
Every day it is open.
Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela
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