18 Days of Northern Ethiopia UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Highlights:

  • • Mount Entoto
  • • Ethnography Museum
    • Blue Nile Gorge
    • Portuguese bridge & DebreLibanos Church

    • The Harari Museum


  • *Tangible Ethiopia Tour
    It also takes you to Harare by driving and is planned to fly back to Addis Ababa.

    Day 1: Arrival + Addis Ababa

    The capital of Ethiopia and Africa is 125 years old between 2,300-2,500 meters. Arrive Addis Ababa Airport & over night Bole Ambassador hotel or similar

    Day 2: Addis Ababa

    Began our tour by the national museum  a chance to see the 3.6 Million- year-old Fossil nicknamed’ Lucy’’, her ancestor and Descendant of human Origin. It also exhibits the country history and archeological findings. Mount Entoto, visit the panoramic view down from the hill to Addis Ababa,visit the old Museum at Entoto (St. Mary Church )which displays the materials of 18th century,  the Emperor Minilk II Palace(in 1881),Entoto mountain is  also an Important watershed ,to the  north water flows to the Blue Nile River, to the South to the Awash River.). Lunch at one of Addis Ababa Restaurants mostly Traditional (Lucy Restaurant or Empress Taitu ) But it is by your Choice. Taste traditional wine and Foods. And proceed to visit, Ethnography Museum (Emperor  HaileSellasie I, give his Owen Palace to be the first University  in the Country, Now it housed Ethnography Museum which display the  countries tribe life.), MERKATO-the largest open air market in Africa is full of people and  activity.

    Overnight Bole Ambassador hotel or similar

    Day 3: Addis – Debre Markos (Blue Nile Gorge, Portuguese bridge & DebreLibanos Church)

    In the morning, Pick up you from your hotel and then head north on the Gojam road to Debre  Markos, about 110km from Addis Ababa. Visit, DeberLibanos ,which is an important monastic  center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity ,the monastery there was found by the Renowned  13th Century ,Saint Teclehaimanot and there is a small cave near the church (which is of recent construction )where he is stood for Seven years on one Leg, until the other wasted away and dropped off.

    On this tour, as we pass through the Sululta plain we can see Black-winged plovers, Watt led Ibis, Blue-winged geese, common cranes and wheat ears. Drive to a 16th Century Bridge still used today and said to have been  built by Portuguese’s, Proceed to Blue Nile Gorge ,the majestic and massive - most   captivating physical feature and natural beauty gorge in Africa which is over a mile  wide and deeper than the Grand canyon of the United States of America.  View the old and the new bridges built on the river.

    Overnight FM International hotel  or similar in DebreMarkos

    Day 4: Debre Markos – Bahir Dar

    After breakfast drive to BahirDar, a town of on the Shore of Lake Tana through the beautiful  scenery and visiting the Amhara people & their village .After lunch, City tour of BahirDar that Includes:- Mount-Bezawit where the Palace of Emperor Haileselassie  is gracefully situated .
    This hill top is the best panoramic view to see the outlet of the Blue Nile River,  Lake Tana and it’s monasteries & the town of BahirDar, proceed to the Colorful  market where you could find the pottery ,traditional hand-made woven clothes ,lunch box made of Papyrus and covered by goat skin& the Wayto  Injera  Basket.

    Overnight Homeland hotel or similar

    Day 5: Bahir Dar (Blue Nile Falls & Ancient monasteries on Lake Tana)

    LakeTana-Largest Lake in Ethiopia consisting of 36 Islands and 21 monasteries and It’s also the Source of the Blue Nile River. Even today the Papyrus boat (tankwa)that sail the lake Bare a striking resemblance to the boats of Ancient Egypt. Take a boat ride to the 14th Century monastery of Ura-Kidane- Miherit (on a peninsula) & Azwa –Mariam Is the most beautiful  monastery anywhere in the Tana region .In the afternoon  proceed to the Blue Nile,  known locally as Abbay, flows for 800 km within Ethiopia to meet the White Nile in Khartoum to form the great  river that gives life to Egypt and the Sudan .

    It has been said that the Blue Nile contributes up to 80% of the Nile’s flow. Blue Nile falls known locally as Tis Isat- smoke of Fire’ the Blue Nile Rivers.
    400 meters wide when in flood, and dropping over a sheer chasm more than 45 meters deep.

    Overnight Homeland hotel or similar

    Day 6: Bahir Dar – Gondar (185 km)
    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.O/N - Goha or similar Hotel

    Day 7: Gondar – Simien Mountains National Park (136km)

    Drive to the Simien Mountain national park(see the endemic Gelada baboons- grass eaters & will be seen in family units,known as 'the bleeding heart baboon' as there are red areas on the chest.)

    Proceed to drive up to SankaBer, a Segment of the Simien mountains.This Sight is, Which is termed as the Most Spectacular of all Ethiopian Landscape also termed as the ‘ROOF  of AFRICA’’ Registered by UNSCO ,observe the Magnificent  Scenery.

    Overnight Simen Lodge ( the Highest hotel in Africa,2,300m)

    Day 8: Simien Mountains National Park – Axum (315km)

    After an early Break fast in the Simien lodge, drive to Axum through the chains of Simien  Mountains  & Limalimo-one of the most twisted road and wonder full scenery in Ethiopia and the Tekeze valley or Gorge. Lunch will be either the small town of Adi Arkay or Shire.
    After Lunch continue to driving Axum .

    Overnight Sabean hotel or similar.

    Day 9: Axum -full day city tour in the Historic town of Axum.


    After breakfast in the hotel, visit: the main stele field, St. Marry Zion of Axum-where the real Arc of the covenant is housed in which is guarded by only the authorized monk through  his life, nobody can allowed to enter, the church museum and Archaeological museum of Axum,  the tombs of Bazen-Axumite ruler around the birth of Jesus, Swimming pool of Queen of Sheba, Tombs of Caleb and his son Gabre-Mesqal (6th century Axumite kings) Tombs of king Remah,  parked Inscription of Ezana, After Lunch visit the ruined palace of Queen Sheba and Yodit stele fied.

    Over night Sabean hotel or similar

    Day 10: Axum - Mekelle (241 km )

    After breakfast drive through the historical town of Adwa, this is the major African battle field (where the Italians where vanished by Menelik II force in 1896), the Temple of Yeha  (5thy Century) the oldest Temple in Ethiopia-was worshipped for Almoka (moon god ) before Christianity,The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. DebreDamo (6th Century)  Monastery is another Option open Only for Men and Accessed By Climbing Rope. Continue driving to Mekele-the capital of Tegray region en route visit Rock church of Abbrha we Atsebha Or Wekro Cherkos

    Overnight Mekele Axum Hotel or Simillar

    Day 11: Mekelle – Lalibela ( 460 km through Waldi)

    Drive from Mekele to Lalibela, passing through the dramatic  landscape of the Ethiopian  Highlands. Lunch in the town of Waldia, after lunch continue to drive Lalibela via the  Mountains of Dilb and Gashena.

    Overnight Top 12 Hotel or Similar

    Day 12: Lalibela

    Today we visit the first group of six churches lie in rock cradles one behind the other:  Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple and its stone floor isso polished by the countless numbers of visitors that it reflects shafts of light from apertures in the walls high above. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    Overnight Top 12 Hotel or Similar

    Day 13: Lalibela

    After breakfast a mule ride to the 13thc rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on a top of a mountain at an altitude of 3,150 metres. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies some what isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Bet Emanuel's elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians.

    Overnight Top 12 Hotel or Similar

    Day 14: Lalibela – Dessie (280km)

    After breakfast drive through the highland area of Delb where you can see the dramatic Ethiopian Landscape. Stop over at Hike town to visit the 13th C monastery of Hike Istifanos (open only for men) on the island of Lake Hike or Genet Mariam   Semi-Monolithic churches. Proceed to Dessie and overnight at Sunny-Side Hotel or Similar

    Day 15: MONDAY – Dessie – Bati Market – Awash (420km)

    Early morning drive takes you first to the belt of North East Mountains until you reach the town of Bati. Bati has very famous colorful Monday market which is the meeting place of different tribes coming both from highland and lowland. It is also common to see the camel caravans coming for market. After Bati you drive in the very barren lowland once which was the place of our old ancestors. This is where many anthropologists are digging for human fossil. Arrive Awash and over night in Genet Hotel.

    Day 16: Awash National Park – Harar(310km)


    From Awash we drive to east country. The first 100 km is in the Great Rift Valley.  After Asebe Teferi town we start driving on the eastern Highland until we reach Harar town.

    Arrive at the old and walled city of Harar. Overnight Heritage plaza hotel or similar

    Day 17: Harar


    Today is the day to explore a millennium old town of Harar. This famous town attracted many great people from around the world. Harar was the commercial center of North-East Africa and  once. It was the center of Islamic study for centuries. The old wall surrounding the town, and the fife (5) gates make this town Unique. The visit of Harar includes, the 10th century palace of Emperor Hailesilase, the house of the famous French poet, Ramboud, the Christian market, the Muslim market, The Harari Museum.

    At Night you will visit the hyena man, who feeds the hyenas every night just out side the walls of the city. This tradition was started long ago to prevent these wild hyenas from hunting for food in the town. Gusts are welcome and encouraged to feed the hyenas themselves.

    Overnight Heritage plaza hotel or similar.

    Day 18: Drive to Dire Dawa and fly to Addis + Departure

    Depart Dire Dawa ,In the morning ,Visit  the last palace of interest in Harar, and the lively market at Kefiro before transferring to the airport for return flight to AddisAbaba. evening Cultural restaurant dinner then drive to Bole International Airport to catch your flight back home.

    Prices are quoted in USD:

    $6,568 for one person travelling alone
    $3,620 per person for two people travelling together
    $2,800 per person for three people travelling together
    $2,385 per person for four people travelling together
    $2,135 per person for five people travelling together
    $1,970 per person for six people travelling together

    $280 Single Supplement

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