Tour Code: Mew-HIST-004
Duration 9 Night & 10 Day
Transport: Surface & Air
Day 1: Addis Ababa
Guests will arrive in Addis Ababa, where they will be welcomed and transferred to their hotel by a Mewael tour and travel representative. Depending on arrival time a City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged. On this day the city tour of Addis Ababa will cover the National museum, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa and the Trinity cathedral church. Proceed with the tour & guests will visit the Ethnographic museum. On the way to Hotel, we will visit the squares, Historical buildings & monuments of the city. Overnight Addis Ababa
Day 2: Addis Ababa – Bahirdar
Fly north of Addis to the beautiful Lake city of Bahirdar crossing sululta plain and the Blue Nile gorge which is the Grand Canyon of Africa which lies adjacent to the world’s longest river the Blue Nile and Laka Tana the largest lake in Ethiopia.
In the morning, there will drive some 37KM to the small village of Tis Isat to visit the spectacular Tis Abay (the water that smokes) or Blue Nile Falls where guests will be welcomed by the sound of the waterfall. This is the fall where the famous Blue Nile falls pounded down into the rocks of the Nile gorges about 45 M. (It is worth a visit especially in the months June- September).
After lunch, guests will be escorted to Lake Tana for a memorizing boat ride to the medieval island monasteries such as Ura Kidane Mehiret & Azuwa Mariam Monasteries, where they can capture the aged essence of the beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred treasures. Overnight Bahirdar
Day 3: Bahirdar – Gondar
After an early breakfast, a late drive to the legendary town of Gondar known for its magnificent Royal castles. Afternoon private time after hotel check-in. Overnight Gondar
Day 4: Gondar
After breakfast visits the castles of Gondar and the mesmerizing Debre Birihan Selassie church, known for its traditional angle face church paintings on its ceilings. and visit the traditional church school at the Qusqam monastery can be arranged, where guests will experience the traditional church schooling system which is peculiar to Ethiopia. Overnight Gondar
Day 5: Gondar – Siemen Mountains National Park
After breakfast drive to the Siemen mountains national park through the town of Debark where guests will need to fulfill Siemen Mountains National Park entrance formalities before proceeding. The park itself is known for its spectacular views and collections of endemic animals like the Chaldea Baboon, the Walia ibex, the braded vultures, and other species of birds. It is filled with small trekking routes 4-5 hours or less depends on time the guests will have remaining to explore the park upon arrival. Overnight Siemen Mountains National Park
Day 6: Siemen Mountains – Axum
After an early breakfast, guests will have a scenic drive to the ancient town of Axum north of Gondar through the chain of the Simien Mountains and across the Tekeze River. Overnight Axum
Day 7: Axum
Axum is a city with more than 3000 years of history and was once the center of a great empire and ancient world civilization. It is also exclusively known for being home of the original Ark of the Covenant made by the hands of Moses. The sightseeing of this ancient city will include the St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebremeskel’s, king Ezana’s inscriptions and the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace. Overnight Axum
Day 8: Axum – Lalibela
After breakfast, guests will take a morning flight to the small town of Lalibela. This town is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites: the eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level. After checking in to the hotel, guests will go on a guided tour to visit the famous rock-hewn churches including the legendary St. George church, the trenches symbolic of the river of Jordan, and the “tomb of Adam”. Overnight Lalibela
Day 9: Excursion to the Saint Yimrhane Kristos Monastery
After breakfast guests will be driven to the Saint Yimrhane Kristos Monastery, which is a cave church that predates the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Located 42km northeast from Lalibela, guests will see mummified bodies of pilgrims from centuries ago. After a short break, guests will then return to Lalibela and the rest of the day will be spent at their leisure. Overnight Lalibela
Day 10: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
After breakfast, fly back to Addis Ababa, enjoy last-minute shopping and an evening farewell dinner at one of the traditional restaurants with a live folkloric show before driving back to the airport for departure.
- The tour itinerary can be amended, rearranged differently, and include or exclude activities based on your interest.