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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Check Out Northern Cities & Its Landmarks

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela

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Head to the northern region of Ethiopia, which is distinctively very different from the south. With rock-hewn churches, monasteries of Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, you will gain a deep insight into this country. The capital has the Entoto Mountains, the National Museum, Trinity Church, and the biggest open-air market in Africa called Merkato. 

DAY 01

Arrival

  • Meet at the Bole International Airport and be escorted to your hotel, where you will have time to settle in.

Overnight Addis Ababa

DAY 02

Bahir Dar

  • Be taken to Bole Airport to board a one hour flight to Bahir Dar. 

  • Upon meeting the driver, go on a scenic drive to the Blue Nile Falls, which are about 35 km due south of Bahir Dar. En-route, you pass typical tukuls, round huts whose walls are made of cow dung, grass, and clay whose pointed roof is formed from strong grass. The falls best live up to their reputation during September- December, after the heavy rains have swollen the lake and river.

  • The rest of your day will include visiting the Bezait Palace and local market of the town. 

Overnight Bahir Dar

DAY 03

bahir dar-Gondar

  • After breakfast, you will be fetched by the Ethiopian tourist guide from your hotel to be taken for a boat trip to the monasteries of Lake Tana. On these islands, you will see old and interesting paintings plus artifacts once belonging to kings and queens. Most of Tana’s monasteries were founded in or just after the 14th century, several under Emperor Amda Tseyon (1314 - 44).

  • Arrive at Kebran Gabriel Island is about 40 minutes by boat from Bahir Dar, Zeghie Peninsula1 ½ hours by boat from Bahir Dar, and Ura Kidane Mehret, a 17th-century monastery church, with its vivid “recent” paintings. The large island of Dek, 3 ½ hours from Bahir Dar, has several churches and semi mummified remains of King Fasiledes and his infant son in an open sepulchre. Also, near Dek is Daga Estifanos Island with its perfectly conical hill and its monastery of Daga on the top where no females are allowed near.

  • Besides the leisure time at the monasteries, you will also have a scenic late afternoon drive to the old city of Gondar.

Overnight Gondar

DAY 04

Gondar

  • Enjoy a morning of leisure which will give you time for shopping and visiting places of interest.

  • Be fetched for an afternoon city tour, which will include, the castle compound, build by Emperor Fasiledes 1632-67 and his successors, the church of Debre Birhan Selassie with its wonderful ceiling painting of 144 angels, stories of Old Testaments and New Testaments.

  • Finally, visit the bath of King Fasiledes, this the pool where the people of Gondar celebrate the Ethiopian Epiphany.

  • Head back to the hotel. 

Overnight Gondar

DAY 05

Gondar-Axum

  • Fly to Axum, the site of the beginning of civilization in Ethiopia.

  • Check into hotel.

  • Visit the Axum Steles, which were meant to mark the grave of different noble persons of the Axumite period; the Tomb of king Remhai, also found in the stele compound.

  • The next stop will be the Archeological Museum of Axum, where you can see different pottery, stone altars, rings and parchments, and tombs of kings.

  • Explore the church of St Mary Tsion (where legend says the Ark of the Covenant lies) with your Ethiopia tour guide.

  • Back to the hotel for lunch.

  • In the afternoon, visit the bath and palace of the Queen of Sheba, and finally the tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel. 

Overnight Axum

DAY 06

Axum-Lalibela

  • Board a 30 minute flight to Lalibela (Defined as the eighth wonder of the world).

  • Pay a visit to the first group of rock-hewn churches. It comprises seven churches: Bette Medehanialem, Bette Miriam, Bette Meskel, Bette Denagel, Bette Debre Sina, Bette Golgota and the Selassie Chapel. These groups of churches are mostly excavated from below the ground and are surrounded by courtyards and trenches so that they mimic normal buildings. Several of these churches are monoliths or three-quartet monoliths – free from the surrounding rock on three or four sides a style of excavation that is unique in Ethiopia. 

Overnight Lalibela

DAY 07

Lalibela

  • Propose an excursion by mule to Asheten Mariam Church or travel by car to the cave church of Naktuleab.

  • In the afternoon, you will visit the remaining churches in Lalibela. The second group of churches in Lalibela consists of five churches: Bette Emanuel, Bette Merkorios, Bette Abba Libanos, Bette Lehem and Bette Gebrial-Rufael. A thirteenth church, Bette Giorgis stands discrete from the two main clusters. These churches were excavated from a vertical rock face by exploiting existing caves or cracks in the rock. 

Overnight in Lalibela

DAY 08

Lalibela-Addis Ababa

  • After enjoying a hearty breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to Addis.

  • Visit the Entoto Mountains, with its view over the capital, the National Museum and Trinity Church.

  • If time permits, you will visit Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa and shopping. 

Overnight Addis Ababa

  • 2531 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.

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela

Culture
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