Tour Code: AA ETO-020

Duration: 9Days/8nights 

Tour type- history and festival

Destinations- Gondar, Semin mountains

Directions- North
Transportation: Surface and air

Meal- Full board base

Arrive in Addis Ababa transfer to your hotel, balance of the day take a city of Addis Abeba. O/n Hotel.

After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment, we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the most accessible monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or ‘Smoke of Fire. O/n Hotel.

Drive to Gondar, 180kms thorough the beautiful Amhara villages. In the afternoon do sightseeing and visit the royal Fasiledes, Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie church with its unique murals paintings. O/n Hotel.

The Simien Mountains offering some of Ethiopia most striking scenery in a vast stretch of beautiful and unspoiled mountain wilderness. We have time for a short visit through astonishingly steep valleys and isolated jutting volcanic plugs that were formed by ancient seismic activity. The mountain wildlife is equally astonishing with 50 different birds species, troops of Gelada baboons, etc. We will also have time during our visit to explore the unique and often bizarre flora of this Afro-alpine ecosystem. Drive back to Gondar via the fellash village where Ethiopian Jewishes used to live. O/n Hotel.

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a short flight to Axum. On arrival in Axum, be transferred to yor hotel. then head for a visit of the historical and archaeological sites in Axum including: The archaeological museum, The magnificent monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. The churches and monasteries of Axum house are richly endowed with icons, and some of the historical crowns of ancient emperors. O/n Hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Axum Airport to leave for Lalibela, the site of the world wonders. The flight departs at Aksum and arrives Lalibela after 30 minutes flight. Visit the 13thc built-up-cave church of Na’akutola’ab. After lunch, more visit of the first group of churches representing earthly Jerusalem. O/n Hotel.

morning mule riding to the 13th c rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. Located on a mountain rising at 3150 meters. It takes about 4 hours to reach in to the church. Back to Lalibella for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the other groups of churches including Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bete Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa’el. Bet Emanuel’s elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians. O/n Hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Lalibela Airport and fly to Addis Ababa.  The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains were discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto , which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Shopping in Merkato, largest open market, and leisure on your own will finalize the day. O/n Hotel.

In the afternoon attend the Meskel Festival at Measkel Square the colorful festival of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christens. It commemorates the finding of the true cross. Evening fare well dinner at traditional restaurant. Transfer to the airport and fly back to your home. end of our service.

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