Connecting travellers to guides around the world

Historic Route Tour
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Trekking, History, Sightseeing

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language



The tour takes you to National museum and ethnographic museum to show you the glimpse of the rich history of Addis Ababa. Moreover, you will also get a chance to visit the ancient island monasteries and famous Blue Nile Falls in Bahirdar. 

  • Addis Ababa expand_more
    1. Morning (8:30 am): the visit starts with a tour of the capital city Addis Ababa, literally means "New Flower". Addis Ababa is Africa's undisputed diplomatic capital. It is the Headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the UN-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

    2. The city tour will include National Museum with "LUCY" 3.2 million years old humanoid skeleton, ethnographic museum, Trinity Cathedral or Saint George Cathedral.

    3. In the afternoon visit mount Entoto (the peak point and birth place of the capital); conclude the city tour with a visit to Africa's Biggest Open market 'Merkato'.

    4. Overnight at hotel

  • Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar (Flight) expand_more
    1. In the morning, transfer to the airport to catch flight to Bahirdar.

    2. Upon arrival, check in to hotel room and take half day boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit 14th century ancient island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam.

    3. In the afternoon, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

    4. Overnight at hotel in Bahirdar, experiencing night life in Bahirdar is optional

  • Bahir Dar - Gondar (Drive) expand_more
    1. After breakfast in the morning, drive to Gondar (the Camelot of Africa). Visit a total of eleven palaces in one compound from the 17th century.

    2. In the afternoon, visit Berhane Selassie church which is famous for its murals art and then back to hotel.

  • Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park - Gondar (Drive) expand_more
    1. After an early breakfast, drive to Simien Mountains National park; the park is designated for its special creation of collection of mountain summits, breathtaking terrains and some endemic wildlife residents to the park.

    2. On the same day, trekking around the park to explore the stunning view and wildlife of the park.

    3. Late in the afternoon, drive back to hotel in Gondar and overnight.

  • Gondar - Lalibela (Flight) expand_more
    1. After breakfast, transfer to airport and fly to Lalibela.

    2. Upon arrival, check in to hotel rooms and start visiting the churches of Lalibela, churches including the famous rock hewn church of St. George which is carved in a cross shape out of a monolith rock.

    3. Lunch at the hotel, afternoon continue visiting other medieval rock hewn churches that are under UNESCO protection as World Heritages and then back to hotel.

  • Excursion to Asheton Maryam Church expand_more
    1. In the morning trek and ride on mule back to top of Asheton Mountain, for a visit of the first monolith rock chiseled church "Asheton Maryam" by king Lalibela.

    2. In the afternoon, back to hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure and enjoy Lalibela town scenery.

  • Lalibela - Aksum (Flight) expand_more
    1. Early in the morning, transfer to airport and fly to Axum; a town with more than 3000 years of history. The day will cover visiting of palaces and tombs of king Kaleb (6th century, AD); the extraordinarily Stele field and tombs of kings including King Remhay (1st to 4th century, AD); followed by the trip, to St. Mary of Zion church which is believed to be the final resting place of the original Arc of the Covenant (as prophet Moses built it some 3500 years ago at the foot of mount Sinai).

    2. Then drive out of the town (4km) on the way to Gondar to see rock carved lion dated back to 4th century A.D.

    3. Then visit the perceived ruins of palace of the legendary queen of Sheba known as Queen Makeda (over 900 years B.C) and then back to hotel.

    4. At the hotel in Axum during or after dinner, there will be a comprehensive facilitated discussion and briefing on the mysteries of Lalibela and Axumite civilization in Ethiopia (optional).

  • Aksum - Addis Ababa (Flight) expand_more
    1. Early in the morning, transfer to the air port at Axum to catch the morning flight to Addis Ababa.

    2. Upon arrival in Addis, transfer to hotel for day use rooms and safe keeping of luggage. Then time for leisure and shopping.

    3. In the afternoon a farewell party at one of traditional restaurants to experience the traditional dance of Ethiopians; then a warm farewell session and transfer to Bole International airport for departure.

What's Included
  • Transport - All transfers and ground transportation by A/C + 15 seat latest Toyota mini bus or 4WD latest Toyota land cruiser with a driver, fuel, and comprehensive insurance coverage.

  • Accommodation based on B/B (Bed and breakfast)

  • Tour Guides - Will be guided by professional English speaking guide.

  • Drinks - Non-alcoholic soft drinks, two litres of bottled water per person per day.

  • Fees & Payments - All entrance fee as per the program, Porters fee at airports and hotels and 15% Government tax.

What's Excluded
  • Any flight
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Lunch and Dinner 
What to bring
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Mosquitoes repellent
  • Wear properly 
Meeting Point

Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or any hotel within Addis Ababa.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
1 To 10 USD 1800 Per Person
11 To 20 USD 1700 Per Person
1 To 1 USD 1400 Per Person

This is a group tour

Private Tour Price USD 2000
Maximum no. of people 6
Tour Reviews
  • Grzegorz

    Truly outstanding! Beka was much more than just a regular guide. My dad and I did a 10-day tour of Danakil, Lalibela and South Omo Valley. It went perfectly, all delivered as agreed beforehand. But in fact, we got so much more than that! Our every wish was catered to, be it looking for peanuts all over Addis, sending my postcards after we have left  or attending a genuine bull-jumping ceremony. Our major concern with the Omo tribes was to stay away from human zoo stuff and any circus bullshit set up as a tourist trap. It find it fair enough; we did not meet any other tourists in the villages. Beka handled all the tips for locals, rushed us through airport lines and made every effort to reduce the costs as we had instructed him. I can sincerely say that was the journey of our lives. I could not wish for a better guide. Great thanks to Beka!

  • Claire

    My husband and I wanted to visit Ethiopia to trek to the birthplace of coffee. Beka helped us organize a wonderful tour. When things came up or didn't go as planned, Beka always stepped in to make everything right. For example, once we arrived in rural Ethiopia to begin our trek, we realized that our phones didn't have enough space for all of our photos, and the hotel's WIFI wasn't fast enough for us to upload pictures at the end of each day. So, Beka went out and found us an SD card so that we could backup our photos and be able to document our trip the way we wanted. I grew up travelling, and have visited over 100 countries--this is one of the best tours I have ever had. If I visit Ethiopia again, I will definately organize another tour with Beka--he is a great person and an awesome guide.


    Beka was a highlight in our sightseeing of Addis. He showed a lot of regions, Museums, Coffeeshops, different areas, Market, Churches etc of the city, always being super quick in communication, totally reliable in timetables, in good mood and a very good driver. Really aware of many things he gave us information about the history and the presence of the country which was all but superficial. And now that we left, he is still helping us with finding stamps and  posting our letters . The guide you need in Äthiopia. 

  • Maphuka

    It was indeed a great tour given by Beka and will definately choose him again should I decide to explore. Great personality and very helpful, energetic, knowledgeable and informed about the areas.

  • Don

    My experience with Beka was different than that with a typical tour guide. I had contacted him to help me have a papyrus reed boat built for an expedition down the Blue Nile.

    What first seemed like an easy task soon became a nightmare for Beka, requiring multiple trips between Addis and Bahar Dar, and increasingly panicked emails from me. Throghout it all, Beka assured me that he would take care of it, and he did. His philosophy is that word is bond, and he lives by that. He is conscientious, pleasant, and flexible. Five stars.

  • Matteo

    I contacted Beka with a challenging request to help us in building a tour in the south Omo River Valley which allowed meto get closer to the tribes, taking pictures but also understanding Ethiopia.  He customized the tour based on my interests and also being so flexible to change it to make us even happier. I would reccomend him for your trip in Ethiopia and enjoy an amazing country, its food and people!

  • Jakub Urbanski

    Definitely the best choice.  We've just returned from a week tailor-made trip to Danakil, and I have to admit that from the very first moment everything was perfect.  I really value his  great knowledge (Beka is an antropologist and has immense knowledge in ethnography), fluent English, not to mention unmatched flexibility. Beka makes not only excellent guide, but first and foremost a great companion!

  • Adam Maciejewski

    I've choosen Beka after careful analysis of potential service providers. And in short - it was a very good choice. Beka offered all needed information, a reliable service, was always on-time and always with sincere smile. And what I like especially: excellent English, intelligence and ability to be supportive, not intrusive. 

  • Guillermo

    I just returned from a 12 day trip to Omo Valley and areas around. My friend and I did extensive research and contacted many tour companies and guides. I cannot say how happy I am that we chose Beka Girma as our tour guide.

    From the very beginning, Beka was great at communicating with us. He was very responsive to our e-mails, texts, chats and will reply to our concerns right away.

    Flexibility was a key factor and Beka was very easy to work with.

    Beka made sure that my friend and I were safe and comfortable even at times when we had to “rough it”.

    During an unexpected turn of the trip, Beka and his driver Abi were great in handling the situation.

    South Etiopia and the local tribes are not areas that can be explored independently. It is important to have a reliable and knowledgeable guide. Beka was great and surpassed all expectations. During stops at larger towns he would take us out to explore nightlife in those places. Thanks for the beers!!

    I would definitely recommend Beka Girma for any trip to Ethiopia. Should anyone have any questions I will be more than happy to communicate via e-mail:

    Beka my friend, thank you very much for everything you did!

    Guillermo Salazar


     Beka was a consummate professional in every way.  From the first itinerary he sent me, all of the email communications between us, greeting me at the airport and getting me back to the airport and everything in between. I greatly enjoyed my adventure to the rift and Omo valleys. Our trips to the markets, villages, and trips in the SUV where always and entertaining.  He has a graduate degree in cultural anthropology, so no question went unanswered. Top notch and 5 stars Beka. 

  • Jessica

    I travelled with Beka on a tour to visit the tribes of the Omo Valley. Beka's knowledgeable contributions on Ethiopian history, culture and customs added a valuable dimension to our experience. His friendly and calm manner made him a reassuring and caring presence on the trip. Thank you Beka.

  • Jean

    I have been fortunate to travel with Beka a few times. He speaks excellent English, is very knowledgeable about Ethiopia, and clearly wants his visitors to have the best possible experience of this amazing country. With his MA in social anthropology we had a great experience amongst the southern tribal groups. I definitely recommend his services, nothing is too much trouble for him.

  • Hillevi

    Beka Girma is an exellent guide. He knows a lot about the most anscient of Ethiopias thrilling history, the antropaleontology. He will not only show you archeological sites, he will also explain and make vivid the early history of humankind. For visitors from all over the world he will explain that part of history which we all, regardless of nationality, have in common.

    At the same, while having the large time-perspective, he is also very well oriented in contemporary Ethiopian society. He could give you a lot of insights about what is moving on and under the surface in contemporary Ethiopia.

    Moreover, he is a caring person, he cares about his country and its people, about the environment and about you as a visitor. With Beka you will be in good hands.

    Beka speaks very good English.

    I don't know exactly what Beka is offering for the moment because I had him as a guide a couple of years ago but I guess you could get a personally customized tour with him following your own interests and he will for sure give you a good experience.

Starting From


see details
USD 1800 / person

Copyright © 2014 Tour HQ. All Rights Reserved

View full site