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Trip to North Ethiopia

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Price includes:
  • 1 Night at Kuriftu Resort and Spa
  • 3 Nights at Goha Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Mountain View Hotel
  • 1 Night at Sabean Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Gheralta Lodge
  • 1 Night at Jupiter International Hotel
  • 1 FOC Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide fee
  • Scout fee
  • Boat Crossing on Lake Tana
  • Vehicle for The Trip
  • 2 Days Vehicle in Lalibela
  • Transfer in and out
  • Water
  • Farewell
 Price excludes:
  • Domestic flight Ticket
  • Meals in Addis Ababa
  • Alcoholic drinks and drinks off meal time,
  • Video camera and photographic fee,
  • Porter’s fee,
  • Tips and any other expenses described above and related to personal nature.
Day 1

Addis – Bahir Dar

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Bahir Dar, one of the most attractive cities in Ethiopia. Bahir Dar, with its wide avenues outlined by rows of palm trees, is located on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. Bahir Dar is also the best base to visit some of the monasteries built on the islands inside the Lake Tana between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the sources of the Blue Nile River.

After place ourselves in the hotel, depart to Tissisat Blue Nile Falls, about 30 kilometers from the city. A 20-minute walk takes you to the falls, falling 45 meters high, which shows its most spectacular aspect during and after the rainy season (June to January). Here, the Blue Nile, which contributes 85% of the flow of the Nile River begins its long journey to the Mediterranean. Food at the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of Bahir Dar. The tour includes the city itself, as well as the people of Woito, 2 kms. West, known for its production of boats made of reeds Tankwa. Then it continues with the visit to the ancient palace of Emperor Haile Selassie in Bezawit, with great views of the city, the exact spot where the Blue Nile comes from the lake, and some of the local markets. Overnight at Kuriftu Resort and Spa

Day 2

Bahir Dar – Gorgora – Gonder:

The day starts with a boat ride on Lake Tana, which is scheduled to visit some of the ancient monasteries that were built around Lake Tana and many of the islands of the interior, adding about 38 in total. The list includes a visit to the Zeghe Peninsula, where the churches of Ura Kidane Mehret and Mariam Azewa be visited, which were built in the late thirteenth and fourteenth century, respectively, and whose walls are covered with amazing murals of the sixteenth century.

We will also visit the church of Dek Stefanos, with its priceless collection of icons and the remains of several medieval emperors, the church of Kibran Gabriel (closed to women) and finally Narga Selassie church. Picnic lunch on the boat, then continue on the way to the town of Gorgora, where we visit the church Debreseina Mariam. In Gorgora cars are collected and continues for 60 kms. To the city of Gondar.Overnight at Goha Hotel

Day 3

Gondar

Full day tour in Gondar. The Emperor Fasiladas founded Gondar as his imperial seat in 1636 and, until the nineteenth century, the city was the capital and main commercial center of the region. The tour includes the Royal Enclosure, or Gibbi Fasil, and six castles built by various emperors who ruled Gondar. A 2 kms. The center of the city are the baths of King Fasilidas where, during the Timkat (Epiphany in Ethiopia), a nearby river is diverted to fill an area the size of a small pool.

Faithful and pilgrims plunge into the cold water in a re-enactment of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River. Then visit the church of Debre Berhane Selassie, the only church that escaped the Mahdist invasion of the decade of 1880. According to legend, a swarm of bees away the invaders who sought to plunder the church. The walls and ceiling of this church are completely covered with murals – the faces of angels on the ceiling have become a common motif in the design of Ethiopia. Finally, visit the ruined palace of Queen Mentowab, and Qusquam Mariam church, located on a hill outside the village. Overnight at Goha Hotel

Day 4

Drive Gonder – Simien – Gonder:

Breakfast and transfer to N.P. Simien mountains, which take between 3 and 4 hours car, depending on the stops. Simien Mountains are immersed in the highlands of northern Ethiopia, constituting one of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. In the afternoon, tour Sankaber sector to explore the park, which has been added to the list of World Heritage in 1979. With a total area of 190 square kilometers, the park contains 57 species of trees and plant varieties herbaceous, 22 large mammals, 13 small mammals and about 180 species of birds. Among all species in the park, the mountain goat Walia, the Ethiopian wolf, Gelada baboon and are endemic. Late afternoon drive back to Gonder for your overnight and dinner. Overnight at Goha Hotel

Day 5

Gonder – Schedule flight Lalibela

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. Lalibela is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the most famous churches and the scene of so many major religious ceremonies. The churches are carved below ground level and ringed by trenches and courtyards and are arguably Ethiopian’s top most attraction.

They are connected to each other by a tangled maze of tunnels and passages. Among the churches you will visit are Bete Amanuel a 36-foot-high monolith considered by art historians to be the finest and most precisely worked church in Lalibela, possibly because it was the private church of the royal family, Bete Markorios a cave church originally used for secular purposes and thought to be around 1,400 years old and Bete Giorgis the most majestic and best preserved of all Lalibela’s churches.

After finishing the visit you will be treated to a coffee ceremony at the home of a local family in which the lady of the house hand-roasts the green beans over a fire, then grinds and brews them into delicious coffee.Overnight at Mountain View Hotel

Day 6

Lalibela

Morning visit to Nakute Le’Abe monastery, just four miles from Lalibela. This monastery is named after King Nakuto Leab who abdicated his throne in 1280 A.D. and went to a cave to lead a hermit’s life. Ever since, the cave has been a monastery consisting of a simple church in which several holy pools are fed by natural springs.

Afternoon you will take an excursion to a 13th C. rock hewn monastery (Asheton Mariam) found about 8 kms from Lalibela lying on an altitude of almost 4,000m. It is carved out of a cleft into a cliff face. The setting of the church and the view on the way up is a rewarding experience. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel

Day 7

Schedule flight to Axum

After your breakfast at your hotel transfer to the Lalibela airport for your flight to Axum. On arrival visit the city of Axum. Between 200 BC and 700 AD, Axum was the capital of an empire that stretched through the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, traded with India and China, had its own alphabet and built large engineering projects, including dams. It has been defined by historians as the fourth largest and most powerful empire in the fourth century. Axum is known for its extraordinary granite monoliths and the Church of St. Mary of Zion, which is believed the remains of the original Ark of the Covenant, was kept. The city tour includes the Church of Santa Maria, the monoliths of Axum, the tombs of the emperors Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel and the Mai-Shum, name that the bathrooms of the Queen of Sheba known.Overnight at Sabean Hotel

Day 8

Drive Hawsain

Transfer bound for Hausein through the towns of Adwa and Adigrat. For Ethiopians, the village of Adwa has enormous significance because it was, in the surrounding hills, where Emperor Menelik II inflicted the greatest defeat in its history the Italian colonial army in Africa, which saved Ethiopia colonization. About 11 kilometers east of Adwa is Abba Garima monastery, which it says was founded by one of nine Saints in the sixth century. The monastery is known for its collection of religious objects, including three gospels of century X. Using Adwa as a base, it is used to visit Yeha and Debre Damo. Yeha is famous for its huge and extraordinary temple. According to the German scholar Heinrich Müller, the nineteenth century, it is believed that the temple dates back about seven or eight centuries before the birth of Christ, so it is considered the country’s oldest building still standing. On the side of this remarkable temple is a church dedicated to Abba Aftse, one of the famous nine saints who came to Ethiopia in the sixth century, from the Roman Empire to teach the gospel in Ethiopia.

The church, which shares premises with the temple, has a rectangular plant. After Yeha path continues to the monastery of Debre Damo, which is only accessible to men, who must use a rope to climb up the rock promontory on which it is located. Later it continues to Adigrat, where plans to picnic food. Adigrat is the second largest in the region of Tigray, after Mekelle, city and is an important trading route linking Ethiopia with Eritrea. Finally Hausien way continues, passing through Sinkata. Hausein, located 36 kilometers south of Adigrat, is a quiet and attractive village of stone houses enjoying spectacular views of the plains of Gheralta. Hausein is used as a base to visit the rock carved churches Gheralta. Overnight at Gheralta Lodge

Day 9

Hawsain

Transfer to the foot of the mountains Gheralta. On the way visit the church of Debre Mariam Korkor, very interesting for the richness of its material church. Picnic lunch and afternoon visit to the small church carved known as the “prayer room” Abba Daniel rock. This afternoon can also be left free for those passengers who need a break. Overnight at Gheralta Lodge

Day 10

Hawsain – Mekelle – Addis Ababa

Driving Mekelle, via the town of Wukro, where we visit the church of Abreha Atsbeha, recognized as the most impressive church carved in rock provincial Tigrai. The church is dedicated to the famous twin kings of Axum, Abreha and Atsbeha, also known by their names and Saizana Ezana, who introduced Christianity in Ethiopia in the fourth century.

The church, which is 16 meters wide by 13 meters deep and 6 meters high, has 13 huge pillars supporting the roof, and its rectangular shape resembles the churches of Wukro Cherkos, also located in Wukro. Its roof and interior contain patterns that demonstrate unusual attention and precision at work. Abreha Atsbeha is also decorated with splendid murals and seventeenth century paintings depicting biblical scenes and figures of saints. It also has several valuable treasures, the most important prayer crosses, according to church officials; they belonged to Frumentius, the first bishop of Ethiopia, whose name was Abba Salama Church 9 Father of Peace. Picnic lunch and then continue way to Mekelle, the capital of the region of Tigrai. The city owes its importance to the Emperor Yohannes IV, who became its capital in the late nineteenth century. Have time, it will be used to visit Bete Yohannes, a former castle and home of Emperor Yohannes, now a museum.

Late afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Addis Ababa (ET105). Overnight at Jupiter International Hotel

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