Tour Code:8-Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia
Attractions:History, Religion, &Scenery
Duration:8 Days &7Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, flights & boat
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.
After having a breakfast & take a short break 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.
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. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa. http://www.boleambassadorhotel.com/
Day 2: Fly to Bahir dar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls
ADD-BJR flight depart at 07:50AM
Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahir dar. 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 Lake Tana on 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, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis.
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. Optional Excursion: early in the evening, after dinner you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses. Overnight stay in Homeland hotel, Bahir Dar.http://homlandhotelbahirdar.com/
Day 3: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles
Depart at 08:30AM drive to Gonder, you will be in Gonder around 11:30AM
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), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. In the evening, you will get back to the lodge and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Goha hotel.
Day 4: Flight to Axum & City Tour in Axum
GDQ-AXU flight depart at 09:15AM
Early morning, a short flight will take you to Axum where you will check into a hotel. After a short break, you will visit 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.), all day with lunch break in between. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Brana Hotel.http://www.branahotel.com/
Day 5: Flight to Lalibela
AXU-LLI flight depart at 11:15AM
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 6: Flight back to Addis Ababa and continue city Tour
LLI-ADD flight depart at 10:40AM
After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon. You will have lunch in Addis Ababa.
After lunch you will have a free program, rest, relax and/or follow your own program (suggestions are welcome). In the evening you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 7: Trekking at Crater Lake of Wonchi
An early morning drive will take you to 150kms west of Addis to visit the village of Wonchi where you will enjoy a trek down to the shore of the Crater Lake Wonchi. By boat, reach an interesting church found on the island.The scenic beauty of the crater, walking, horse riding, boat trip to the island monastery, a valley with hot mineral springs, and forest with endemic animals, and camping. Lunch at Negash Lodge, Wolsio.
Later drive back to Addis Ababa and in the evening you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 8: Debre Libanos Monastery & Portuguese Bridge
After breakfast you will be driven 110 kms north from Addis Ababa over the Entoto Mountains passing through the Sululta Plains to the Monastery of Debre Libanos founded in the 13th century by Abune Tekle Haymanot. Overlooking Jemma River Gorge, a tributary of the Blue Nile, the Monastery owns ecclesiastical, cultural and historical relics, and boasts a rare grove of trees that have disappeared from elsewhere in the region.
Drive to a 16thCentury Bridge still in use today and said to have been built by Portuguese.Later drive back to Addis Ababa
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.
Starting from: $ 1,140 USD per persons
Single Supplement: $ 125
Domestic flights depend on your international flights
Addis Ababa – Bahir dar// Gonder –Axum-Lalibela – Addis Ababa
- If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines =315 USD
- If not (with other airline) =550 USD
Flight cost subject to change.
- Well-maintained and insured vehicles Model 2013-2015
- 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// Gonder –Axum-Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
- Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
- Photography & Video fees,
- Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)