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Ethiopia - Historic Route Highlights
Ethiopia - Historic Route Highlights

Highlights: Rock Hewn churches of Lalibela – Royal Enclosure - Obelisk of Axum – Lake Tana Monasteries

This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions but don’t have much time. Visitors will cover all the important sites in the Historic circuit by flying from one site to the other.


Day 1: Flight from London to Addis Ababa

Day 2: Arrival Addis
Arrival and transfer in to hotel.

Overnight Jupiter International or other similar 4* Hotel

Day 3: Addis - Bahir Dar
Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD).

Overnight – Abayminch lodge or similar Hotel

Day 4: Bahir Dar - Gondar
Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

Overnight - Goha Hotel or similar

Day 5: Gondar – Axum
Fly to Axum, the most ancient capital of Ethiopia, in the morning. And, then sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC).

Overnight – Sabean Hotel or similar

Day 6: Axum – Lalibela
In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Overnight – Roha Hotel or similar

Day 7: Lalibela
In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela.

Overnight – Roha Hotel or similar

Day 8: Lalibela – Addis
Fly back to Addis and have a half-day city tour of Addis that includes visiting the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open-air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, you will be invited a fare well dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people.

Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Kenya Airways
  • Airports taxes
  • 7 nights accommodation on a twin room sharing basis
  • All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis
  • All entrance fees
  • Transfers
  • Mule hire, Boat rent at Lake Tana
  • All ground transportations with fuel, and insurance
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Portage fees
  • All local guides, Scouts
  • Government tax

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary