9-Days Tour to Bahir dar, Gonder, Axum & Lalibela

Tour Code: 9-Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 9 Days &8Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights & boat

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and flight to Bahir Dar

Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

Depending on your conditions on arrival take a day room for rest or just make a visit/city tour in Addis Ababa. You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

St. Mary of Zion Church at Entoto Mountains
Entoto St. Mary Church, Addis Ababa

After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.

Then late in the afternoon check in for flight to Bahir Dar, where our vehicle waits you for the rest of the tour. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Check-in 03:30Pm, Departure 05:30PM. Overnight stay in Jacaranda Hotel, Bahir dar 

Day 2: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret.

After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Optional Excursion: early in the evening, after dinner you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses. Overnight stay in Jacaranda Hotel, Bahir dar

Day 3: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles

You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.

Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year.  You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Goha hotel 

Day 4:Drive to Simien Mountains National Park

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).  Later late in the afternoon check to the lodge. Then you will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge.  Overnight Simien Lodge. http://www.simiens.com/

Simien Mountains at FANOS Ethiopia Tours
Scenic landscape Simien Mountains Park

Day 5: Drive to Axum

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel.Overnight stay in Sabean or Berhana hotel.

Day 6: City Tour in Axum

You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Sabean or Berhana hotel.

Day 7: Flight to Lalibela

After breakfast, another short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes. Your first visit will be to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax.  Overnight stay in Panoramic View hotel. http://www.panoramicviewhotel.com/

Day 8:One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela (depending on the fitness of the group members choose one church)like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos,Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Panoramic View hotel. http://www.panoramicviewhotel.com/

Day 9: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner at cultural restaurant where you will watch live Ethiopian music & dance. Thendepending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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Contact us:  info@fanosethiopiatours.com  or kebmathews@yahoo.com

Rate:

Starting from: $ 1,115 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 125

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

Addis Ababa – Bahir dar//Axum – Lalibela – Addis Ababa

  • If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = 280USD
  • If not (with other airline) = 450 USD

Flight cost subject to change.

 Price includes:  

  • Well-maintained and insured 4WD vehicles Model 2013-2015
  • Fuel
  • All transfers in & out
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Entry visa
  • International flights
  • Domestic flight (Addis Ababa – Bahir dar//Axum – Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Photography & Video fees,
  • Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)

 

 

 

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