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10 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Chase The Northern Historic Route

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Bishoftu, Gondar, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

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Chase The Northern Historic Route
Chase the Northern Historic Route

Fasil Ghebbi


Go on an excursion of Northern Ethiopia which is filled with prominent and ancient monuments. Let the monasteries of Lake Tana and rock-hewn churches take you back in time. Also, travel to Debre Birhan Selassie Church, Blue Nile Falls, and Archaeological Museum.

DAY 01

Arrival Addis Ababa

  • Upon arrival at Bole International Airport, met the representative and transfer to hotel.

  • After check in to hotel, you will have city tour of Addis, which includes National Museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto- panoramic viewpoint at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open-air market in Africa).

Overnight in Hotel

DAY 02

Addis- Bahir dar

  • In the morning, transfer to the airport to fly to Bahirdar.

  • After check-in to the hotel, embark on a boat excursion on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana, the time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament is still practised.

  • Visit Azua-Mariam and Ura- Kidane Mihret Monasteries which are rich in iron painting. 

Overnight in Kuriftu resort & spa

DAY 03

Blue Nile Falls

  • In the morning, journey by sympathetic African plains which eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile Fall commonly known as “Tis Isat” (water that smokes).

  • After hiking to cataracts, drive back to Bahir Dar with your Ethiopia travel guide.

  • The afternoon will be free leisure time. 

Overnight in Kuriftu resort & spa

DAY 04

Bahir dar- Gondar

  • In the morning, drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style.

  • After check-in to the hotel, visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre Birhan Selassie, the bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colourful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). 

Overnight in Hotel

DAY 05

Gondar- Simien Mountains National Park- Gondar

  • After breakfast, drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park which is the most marvellous of all Abyssinian landscapes. Simien Mountain National Park constitutes many summits above 4000masl and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopian and it is the home of the endemics gelada baboon, Ethiopian wolf and Walya ibex.

  • Drive back to Gondar.

Overnight Hotel

DAY 06

Gonder- Axum

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum.

  • After check-in to the hotel, visit the archaeological and historical attractions in Axum; which include Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, 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. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th-century church and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. 

Overnight in Hotel

DAY 07

Axum- Lalibela

  • In the morning, transfer to airport to fly to the legendary and the framed of Ascetic Mountain town of Lalibela.

  • After check-in to the hotel, indulge in a full day visit to the 12th c. Rock-Hewn Churches; Lalibela is famous for its rock-hewn churches and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the World. There are many rock churches in Lalibela some hidden in enormous caves.

Overnight in Hotel

DAY 08


  • After breakfast, drive to the northeast of Lalibela to visit the church of Yimrehane Kirstos, built-up cave church in Axumite wood and stone construction. The church has become famous for the decoration of its interior. The flat-span roof displays panelling richly adorned with .geometrical designs. The ceiling over the sanctuary is domed and displays carvings and paintings.

  • In the afternoon, visit the Second Group of Churches of Bete Emanuel, Bete Mercurios, Bete Abba Libanos, Bete Lehem and Bete Gabriel-Rufa’el and Bete Giorgis, dedicated to the national saint of Ethiopia is isolated from the other two groups of churches. 

Dinner and overnight in Hotel

DAY 09

Lalibela- Addis- Debre Zeyit

  • Morning, transfer to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. 

  • After lunch in Addis, drive to Debre Zeyit/Bishoftu for overnight in Kuriftu resort & spa.

DAY 10

Debre Zeyit- Addis- Departure

  • In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time.

  • In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dances of different Ethiopian nations.

  • Then transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.

  • 4972 USD Per Adult
  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using 4/3 star hotels in Addis & best available lodges & hotels in other destinations outside of Addis.

  • Meal on half board basis; breakfast and dinner

  • Any international & domestic flight cost

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Tips and other personal expenses

  • Can arrange the tour according to your interests.

  • Northern Historic Route Tour Itinerary that includes Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, and Axum.

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Bishoftu, Gondar, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

Culture Tour
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