Tour Code: AA-ETO 09 Days Meskel

Duration: 08 Nights/ 09 Days

Bahir dar, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela

Directions-Northern Ethiopia

Transportation: Air and Surface

Meal- Full board base

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Day 1- Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis Ababa

On arrival late in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to your Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. Overnight in Hotel.

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Day 2: Fly Bahir Dar- Sightseeing

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 and representative ofthe monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, andAzwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or ‘Smoke of Fire’. Overnight in Hotel.

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Day 3: Drive Gondar and sightseeing

We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List. The royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church ofDebre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Overnight in Hotel..

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Day 4: Excursion to Simien Mountains then back to Gondar

Not far from Gondar are 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 birdsspecies, 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. We will drive back arriving late in Gondar for overnight stay. Overnight in Hotel.

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Day 5: Fly Gondar to Axum

After breakfast transfer to the airport for a short flight to Axum. On arrival in Axum you will be transferred to Remehay hotel. After refreshment visit the historical and archaeological sites in Axum including: The archaeological museum, The magnificent monolithic steles or obelisks, thetombs 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. Overnight in Hotel.

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Day 6: Fly Axum to Lalibela

After breakfast transfer to Axum Airport to leave for Lalibela, the site of the world wonder. The flight departs Gondar at 9.30 and arrives Lalibela at 10.00. Today we visit the footstep of mountAsheten (over 3000 meters high), the 13thc built-up-cave church of Na’akutola’ab. After lunch, you visit the first group of the remarkably excavated churches of Lalibela that represent the earthly Jerusalem. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 7: Full day sightseeing in Lalibela

After breakfast a mule ride to the 13thc rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on atop a mountain at an altitude of 3150 meters. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela 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, BetMercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa’el. Bet Emanuel’s elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians. Overnight in Hotel
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Day 8: Fly Lalibela to Addis Ababa

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. Overnight in Hotel.
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Day 9: Attend the Meskel Festival in Addis

Have a relaxing breakfast, and have walks in the main streets, exploring the city life. In the afternoon attend the Meskel Festival at Measkel square –the colorful festival of the Orthodox Christens, celebrated to commemorate the finding of the true cross. Evening we will invite you a fare well dinner at traditional restaurant for dishes and cultural dances from different ethnic groups. Then after transfer to Bole International Airport for your flight back to home.