Ethiopia’s Historic Route; 15 days /14 nights (by surface)

Arrival   Bole International Airport

Extraordinary Ethiopia Tours will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.  For morning flight arrivals you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel.  For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may begin your tour the following day.  

Day 01: Addis Ababa

Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Tour the Mercato, one of Africa’s largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Overnight Getfam hotel, Addis ababa

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 02: Kombolcha

 Drive to Kombolcha. If it Sunday admire on route the very colorful Afar & Oromo people market at Senbete village.

Overnight Sunny side hotel, Kombolcha 

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 03: Woldiya

Drive to admire the other very colorful Afar & Oromo people market at Bati village. Proceed then to Woldya.

Overnight Lal Hotel, Woldiya 

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 04. Lalibela

Drive to Lalibela. On the way visit the cave church of Naktuleab. Afternoon visit the first group of the 11 rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder.

Overnight Zagwe hotel, Lalibela 

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 05.Lalibela

 Morning excursion to one church out of town. We propose Genete Mariam (by car) or Asheten Mariam church (to reach by foot or mules). Back for lunch at your hotel. Afternoon visit the second group of churches in Lalibela town. And then take part of the coffee ceremony in the hotel or a traditional house (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture).

Overnight Zagwe hotel, Lalibela 

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 06. Mekele

Morning drive to visit the very nice Yemerehenna Kristos church. Then precede your drive to Mekele, admiring spectacular views through Sekota.

Overnight Axum hotel, Mekele  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 07. Hawzein

Visit the Tigray rock churches, as Degum Selassie, Abreha We Atsbeha & Wikro Cherkos (or Medhanealem Adikesho, Michael MahalZenghie & Petros Paulos).

Overnight Ghiralata lodge, Hawzein  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 08. Axum

Drive to Axum, with visit of DebreDamo monastery & Yeha temple. Afternoon visit of Axum: the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says is deposited the Ark of Covenant), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba.

Overnight Yared Zema hotel, Axum  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 09. Debark

Drive to Debark, crossing very nice views over the Semien Mountains.

Overnight Simien park hotel, Debark  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 10. Simien Mountains

A full day for walks and admiring spectacular views over the Semien mountains. Walk to the Ginbar falls and to Geech (or to Buhawit) to a particular flora and fauna, and with the chance to spot the endemic Walya Ibex, the Gelada baboons and the Lammergeyer.

Overnight Simien lodge, Simien Mountain

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 11.

Drive to Gondar and visit the castle’s compound & King Fasiladas bath, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals and Empress Mentewab palace.

Overnight Goha hotel, Gondar  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 12. Bahir Dar

Drive to Gorgora. Meet your boat and cross lake Tana. Admire on the way the very colorful monasteries over the lake’s island, as Narga Selassie on Dek island, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azua Mariam. Reach late afternoon Bahirdar.

Overnight Abay Minch lodge, Bahar Dar  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 13. Debre Markos 

 Morning drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Then drive to DebreMarkos.

Overnight Tilik hotel, Debre Markos  

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 14.Addis Ababa

 Cross the Blue Nile gorge and proceed to DebreLibanos monastery. Visit the monastery and very nice views around Jema river gorge. Spot the endemic Gelada baboons. And the Old Portuguese bridge. Then proceed back to Addis Ababa.

Overnight Friendship hotel, Addis Ababa 

Meals (B.L.D)

Day 15: departure

 Remaining visits in Addis Ababa as the Ethnographic museum, the Trinity church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Evening departure.

Meals (B.L.D)