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7 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Set Foot On The Historic Route

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela

Nature Tour
Culture Tour
History Tour
Set Foot on the Historic Route

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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.

DAY 01

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. 

Overnight Hotel.

DAY 02

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.

DAY 03

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.

O/N hotel.

DAY 04


  • 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.   

O/N hotel.

DAY 05

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.

DAY 06

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.  

O/N Hotel.

DAY 07

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. 

  • 2290 USD Per Adult , 1220 USD Per Child (* If it is more than for a person, 150 USD will be reduced for the traveller.)
  • 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

  • All meals

  • Escort guide fees (professional English speaking Ethiopian guide), and local guides' fees wherever necessary

  • All entrance fees, 

  • VAT and local taxes (government taxes)

  • International airfare/flight

  • Any alcoholic drinks

  • Personal expenses like souvenirs, laundry, etc.

  • Tips

  • 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

Nature Tour
Culture Tour
History Tour

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