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5 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Listen To Tales Of A Bygone Era

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

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Listen to Tales of a Bygone Era

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Educate yourself on Ethiopia's long and rich history with rock-cut churches, Debre Brehan Selassie Church, Saint Georges Church subterranean tombs, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam Monasteries, etc. You will also be witnessing the majestic Blue Nile Falls, and going boating on Lake Tana.

DAY 01

Fly Addis Ababa-Bahir dar- Boat trip & Blue Nile Falls

  • Early in the morning, arrive at the domestic terminal of Addis Ababa Bole Airport to check-in and fly to Bahirdar.

  • Upon arrival, directly transfer to the hotel.

  • After breakfast, go on a boat trip on Lake Tana and visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries with very beautiful well painting from the medieval time still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam.

  • Ride back to Bahirdar.

  • On the way, see the outlet of the famous Blue Nile, the longest river in the world as it depart from the lake.

  • Stop for a lunch break.

  • Afternoon, drive to the Blue Nile Falls, (the water amount of the fall is depending on the rain), but the drive and walking by its self is great and enjoyable.

Overnight hotel.

DAY 02

Drive Bahir dar- Gonder – Explore Camelot of Africa

  • After breakfast, drive to Gonder 180 km to conduct a tour of Gondar known as the “Camelot” of Africa. Settled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country, it was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area.

  • Visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two-storied palace of Emperor Fasiladas, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Brehan Selassie Church (Light of Trinity), the bath (now baptismal place during Ethiopian Epiphany, January 19) of King Fasiladas and the ruined palace of Queen Mintiwab at Qusquam, where the Scottish explorer James Bruce used to reside for sometimes. 

Overnight hotel

DAY 03

Fly Gonder- Axum- Explore Ancient holy city of Axum

  • Early morning after breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight further north takes you to the oldest city in Ethiopia, Axum.

  • Eight km drive to the Town, check-in hotel.

  • Then start exploring Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D. 

  • On this day, you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter into the sanctuary where the ark is kept.

  • Continue to the subterranean tomb of king Kalbe and his son King Gebremeskel, 6th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally a visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C. 

Overnight hotel

DAY 04

Fly Axum-Lalibela - A visit to the 8th wonders of the world

  • After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela - the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, in a fitting finale to your Ethiopian adventure.

  • Explore the first group of the monolithic red-Tuff churches incredibly carved into the rock. Your guide will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. The churches are still in use today, finally walk to the separately standing, uncovered and beautiful Saint Georges Church down to narrow path to the church, step inside and you will see a robed priest going about his timeless business.

  • Late afternoon, drive back to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel.

DAY 05

Fly Lalibela – Addis Ababa- Departure

  • Early morning after breakfast, enjoy a quick visit the eastern (second) group of rock churches smaller in size. These are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore.

  • Head to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa.

  • Upon arrival, more free time for shopping and in the evening, head to the farewell Evening cultural dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic groups.

  • Transfer to airports for your departure

  • 1854 USD Per Adult
  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using 4/3 star hotels in Addis & best available lodges & hotels in other destinations out Addis.

  • Meal on half board basis; breakfast and dinner

  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance using brand new Coaster Bus (10-20 pax).

  • All entrance, local guide and scout fees

  • Professional English speaking local guides

  • Boat on Lake Tana

  • Any international & domestic flight cost

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Tips and other personal expenses

  • Can arrange the tour based on your interest.

  • Historic tour, Bahirdar, Gonder, Axum, Lalibela

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

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