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8 days / 7 nights
TOUR PACKAGES TO Northern Ethiopia History and Nature
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Day 1 - Arrival + Addis Ababa 

Arrival at Bole International airport. Welcome and assistance by the tour guide at the airport. Transfer into the hotel.

Day 2 – Addis – Bahirdar

 Fly from Addis to Bahirdar, Capital of Amhara Region. Visit to the Tiss-Issat (Blue Nile falls 30km) before lunch. In the noon, boat trip to the Lake Tana and visiting the 14th century AD island monasteries, Ura kidanemeheret and Azwa Mariam.

Day 3 – Bahir Dar to Gondar 

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. Afternoon, visit the IMPERIAL CASTLE Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with their epic European middle ages looking in the heart of Africa, the ‘BATH OF EMPEROR FASILADAS’, the ancient church of QUSKUAM MARIAM (17th century AD), and the church of DEBRE BIRHAN SILLASSIE, which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings.

Day 4 – Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park

After 1h30 of Driving from Gondar, you will arrive at Simien Mountains National Park. Full day at the SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (the only natural site of the country that is registered by UNESCO as a world Heritage). After, visit the endemic mammals of Ethiopia, different kinds of birds and the breathtaking scenery of the simian mountains. Finally back to Gondar in the evening.

Day 5 – Gondar - Axum

Fly to Axum, after check-in in the hotel, have a 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, believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9thCentury BC).

Day 6 – Axum - Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. Iin the afternoon, visit the first group of six churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem.

Day 7 – Lalibela

In the morning, mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of ASHETON MARIAM (13th century AD). The church is situated on the top of a mountain at an altitude of 3150 meters. The roundtrip takes about 4 hours. We return to Lalibela for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the other groups of rock churches.

Day 8 – Lalibela - Addis – Departure

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 Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, you will be invited a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the traditional dance of the Ethiopian ethnic groups and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people. Then transfer out to the airport for departure back to home.