8 Days tour to northern route with Simien mountain and Harar (SET14)

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The Historic Route is one of the greatest treasures of Ethiopia .Nowhere else in the world can you see riches of man’s past such as those in the northern part of Ethiopia most of them are registered by UNSCO as world heritage site. A history that stretched back to the time of prehistoric man the 5th century B.C pagan temple of Yeha, Debre Damo monastery to more than 3000 years old history of Axum with the rock Churches of Tigray just prior to their cousin in Lalibela dated back from the 6th-10th, the 12th century rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the UNSCO heritage walled city of Harar, the medieval castles of Gonder, the famous Blue Nile fall with the 13th century painting monastery of Lake Tana at Bahir Dar spectacular scenery, peoples, customs landscape Riches that cover the history of Ethiopia

From the 1st early beginnings to the modern day, riches that are set among some of the most stunning scenery in Ethiopia and where our people work today, just as their ancestors have done for generations. As scholars say “Lalibela represents the supreme wonder and mystery of Ethiopian civilization, Gonder it’s pride, Bahirdar is natural bounty and Harar its exotic mosaic culture and Axum stands as the fountain head of all this where civilization born and fertile.

Accommodations/ Hotels

Your choice of Up market/ Midrange/Budget with camping during trekking & adventure trip as per your preferred program

Meal plans

Your choice of meal- BB/HB/FB with all meals during trekking and adventure trip with professional cook at camping.

Transportation (Ground Drives & Domestic Flights)

Your choice of transportation based on the route you pick with Minivans/ Buses/ 4x4s & Domestic flights with walking/hiking, and pack animals during trekking and adventure trips

Entrance fee

All Entrance fee in the sightseeing’s, villages & National parks

Guiding services

Option 1- Professional licensed federal English or your preferred languages speaking guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

Option 2- English speaking driver guide throughout the trip with a local guides in each destination and scout in the case of attraction sight and national park

All activities & services based on your preferred program

Boat trips, pack animals, camel & horse ridding hyena man performance, camping equipments & other activities based on your preferred programs

Water

Daily bottled water

Government tax

Since our company is legal our price include government tax

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  • All expense that are not mentioned in the included part

Tour Title

Historic tour to northern route with Simien mountain and Extension trip to Easter UNESCO walled city of Harar

Tour Type

History, nature, religious, culture, local people, hiking, boat trip

Activity level

Easy –Moderate

Tour Code

SET 14

Tour Duration

8 Days & 7 Nights

Mode of Transportation

Drive & Domestic Flight-/Minivans/Buses

No of traveler

Private/Groups/ Joining

Type of accommodation

Option of -Up market/ Midrange/ Budget

Attraction Highlights

The famous historic route is one of the best destinations in the world to travel centuries back to perceive the civilizations of the ancient and medieval Ethiopia, medieval monasteries of lake Tana, African Camelot castle of Gonder, the UNESCO list Simien mountains, Axum birth place of Ethiopian civilizations, UNESCO registered eighth wonders of world- Lalibeal and walled city of Harar are living testimonies that endow with you a complete and full history of the country.

DAY 1- FLY ADDIS ABABA BAHIR DAR- BOAT TRIP & BLUE NILE FALLS

Early in the morning around 5:45 AM arrival at the domestic terminal of Addis Ababa Bole Airport check in and fly to fly Bahirdar, arrival and directly transfer to the hotel, after breakfast take a boat trip on Lake Tana and visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries with very beautiful well painting from the medieval time still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam then ride back to Bahirdar on the way see the outlet of the famous Blue Nile the longest river in the world as it depart from the lake. Lunch break and Afternoon a drive to the Blue Nile Falls, (the water amount of the fall is depending on the rain), but the drive and walking by its self is great and enjoyable, Overnight hotel.

Day 2- DRIVE BAHIR DAR- GONDER- PM EXPLORE CAMELOT OF AFRICA

After breakfast drive to Gonder 180 km to conduct tour of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area. Visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two storied palace of emperor Fasiladas, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Brehan Silassie Church (light of Trinity),the bath (now baptismal place during Ethiopian epiphany, January 19) of king Fasiladas and the ruined palace of Queen Mintiwab at Qusquam, where the Scottish explorer James Bruce used to reside for sometimes, overnight hotel

Day 3- EXCURSION TO UNESCO REGISTERED SIMIEN MOUNTAIN PARK

Early in the morning after breakfast we drive to the jagged panorama of the Simien Mountains National Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you spot the endemic Gelada Baboon troops However, as we stay for one night we will enjoy the dramatic scenery and a troop friendly Gelada Baboon at very close distance and Birds such as Chestnut-napped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, Lammergeyer, White-collared Pigeon and Ankober Serin just to name a few, Arrive to the lodge check in, have lunch, after short rest will hike for about 2-3 hrs on the edge and beautiful escarpment to view the beautiful and green valley, wondering the long day eating and grooming of Gelada Baboon families on the way back to Gonder just before arrival visit the FELASH village the Ethiopian black JEW though they all are airlifted to Israel still there remaining synagogue and tradition of making pottery can be visited in their old settlement, overnight Hotel.

Day 4- fly GONDER- AXUM- PM EXPLORE ANCIENT HOLY CITY OF AXUM

Early morning after breakfast transfer to the Airport for a flight further north takes you to the oldest city in Ethiopia, Axum. Eight Km drive to the Town check in hotel. Then start exploring Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D., On this day you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter in to the sanctuary where the ark is stayed. Continuing your visit which includes the subterranean tomb of king Kalbe and his son king Gebremeskel, 6th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C, overnight hotel

DAY 5- FLY AXUM-LALIBELA PM VISIT TO THE 8TH WONDERS OF WORLD

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela - the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, in a fitting final to your Ethiopian adventure, explore the first group of the monolithic red-Tuff churches incredibly carved into the rock. Your will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. The churches are still in use today, finally walk to the separately standing, uncovered and beautiful Saint Georges Church down to narrow path to church, step inside and you will see a robed priest going about his timeless business Late afternoon drive back to your hotel, Overnight Hotel.

DAY 6- FULL DAY VISIT LALIBELA ROCK CHURCHES & THE SURROUNDING

Morning Excursion in the surrounding of Lalibela: - you can pick one of the following three sites

  • Short drive about 30 minutes Nakutalab cave but built church up into the side of a hill which is considered as the third type differ from Monolithic and Semi Monolithic churches in the town or
  • A mule ride or trek about 2; 30-3:00 hours round trip to Ashetem Mariam church on the highland mountain to have an outstanding view of the surrounding and a visit to a rock church believed to be the first work of King Lalibela.
  • Drive to Yemrhanekirstose Monastery 42 KM- dirt road but rewarding scenery and visit the buildup cave church prior to the rock churches of Lalibela with amazing surrounding,

Drive back to your hotel and after lunch break take drive to the eastern (second) group of rock churches: smaller in size, these are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore. Late afternoon an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with Ethiopian honey wine with a great view of the surrounding landscape with the sunset, overnight hotel

DAY 7- FLY LALIBELA- ADDIS ABABA- CONNECT FLIGHT TO DERE DAWA-THEN DRIVE TO HARAR- EVENING HYENA MAN PERFORMANCE

After breakfast transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa and connect your flight again to Dere Dawa and transfer to Harar with a maximum of one and half hour drive, arrival in Harar around 4:00 and after quick check in to the Harari local gust house start sightseeing evening attend the hyena man performance a man feeding a wild hyena a practice for many years, overnight gust house

DAY 8- DRIVE HARAR- DIRE DAWA- FLIGHT TO - ADDIS ABABA- DEPARTURE

Morning after breakfast start exploring the 16th century UNSCO registered wall city of HARAR. Including the colorful local market and the famous museums and holy shrine, you will enjoy visit of the colorful market in Harar then drive to DIRE DAWA on the way visit the Chat market where all farmers and sellers meet to exchange, then to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa, arrival more free time for Shopping and evening head to the farewell Evening cultural dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups then transfer to airports for your departure.

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