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ID: 2019
Historic Route of Ethiopia
Offered by Company : ID 3472
Country : Ethiopia
Destinations : addis ababa (Addis Abeba)
Duration : 8 day(s)
Minimum Price : $1627 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $2269 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : History Tour, UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
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The name of this sprawling capital city means “New Flower.” Founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1887 and situated at between 2300 - 2500 meters, Addis Ababa is the third highest capital in the world. Today it's one of African's largest cities with a population of about 2 million and the continent's premier diplomatic center as the headquarters for African Union located here. Impressive monuments of colonial architecture are scattered among stretches of sun-bleached shacks. Addis Ababa , besides its many attractive sites, lies at the centre of an area rich in places of interest, most of which can be visited either as a half or full day trips. Much more..
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Day 1 : Arrival and Addis Ababa city tour.

Morning arrival in Addis Ababa, Bole International hotel, meet our representative and transfer to hotel. after having breakfast, Addis Ababa city tour including Selassie Trinity Cathedral which is the resting place of the people who support Koreans, a drive to Mount Entoto for panoramic view of the city, national Museum which is the resting place of our ancestor LUCY, Ethnological museum to see the different tribes culture, Merkato the biggest open Market in Africa, Museum. Overnight at 4* hotel.

Day 2: Fly Addis Ababa/Axum

ET 128 07:45 8:55 Q 400/Bombardier

Early morning flight to Axum. The most striking relics here are the giant obelisks that are believed to be thousands of years old. They are carved from single blocks of granite and the tallest was more than 100 feet high. Axum is also the centre for Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians. Ethiopia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world, and you visit the remains of a church dating from the fourth century. Nearby is a 16th century church where the crowns of the Ethiopian emperors are stored. The Ark of the Covenant is reputed to be here, and some of the ruins are associated with the Queen of Sheba. There's plenty of time to see these
fascinating sights, and you'll have a local guide to show you around. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 3: Fly Axum/Lalibela

ET 123 11:05 11:50 Q 400/Bombardier

Morning flight to Lalibela, the world heritage city. After 40 minutes flight, you will arrive at Shimshaha ( Lalibela Airport),transfer to hotel and start to visit the 1st group churches which are included Bieta Medhanialem (Chapel of Holy Savior) which is the biggest and Bieta Mariam (Chapel of Mary): three aisled with mural paintings and a covered pillar containing inscriptions about the end of the world according to the gadl (act )of saintly king. Further visit of Bieta Denagel (Chapel of the Virgins), Bieta Meskel (Chapel of the cross) and finally, the “double – church” of Debre Sina and Bieta Golghotha (women are not allowed in the latter since it’s where the remains of King Lalibela are and also because it contains the tabernacle of the Holy Trinity). PM Visit of the second group of rock-hewn churches that are namely: Bieta Gabriel and Raphael, Bieta Merquorios, Bieta Emmanuel with unprecedented Axumite style and the Bieta Abaa Libanos (said to have been built by King Lalibela’s consort Meskal Kebra and visit the Bieta Ghiorghis which is the cruciform chapel of St. George. Overnight at hotel.


Day 4: The Lalibela HUDAD

Today we will have different experience to Lalibela Hudad, Surrounding the sacred Ethiopian town of Lalibela is a mountainous territory steeped in an ancient and biblical culture, where traces of a millenary mythology still mark the territory, and social practices are as alive today as they were 2000 years ago. WE use mule for trekking and it takes about 3 hours.

The Hudad, or "the Big Farm" was named this way by the King Lalibela – the builder of Lalibela’s famed churches when he first travelled towards the town in the 11th century. He chose to join the local communities and to farm the land and tied his mule to a stone on the Hudad which is still visible today. The plateau, a secluded, ten hectare natural balcony, is now no longer herded and is in many ways an island, teaming with wildlife, and a precious and vibrant example of the montane grassland ecology. Here, as far as anyone can remember, lonely cattle herders have sat and idly gazed across the valley beyond, enjoying the mild and idyllic climate of their homeland. The Hudad is an ideal resting place for weary travellers, made private surrounding cliff faces and by a single entry point.

Around the Lalibela Hudad you will be able to view some of this interesting wildlife, most obviously the Gelada baboons (Theropitecus gelada). The animals are easy to recognize, they have thick brown fur and a distinctive hourglass shaped red patch of skin on their chest. Rare visitors to the area are the Hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas), these differ from the larger geladas in their coloring. The area is also rich in rock hyraxes. Then we will have lunch in the Eco lodge, play foot ball and take rest in the beautiful grassland ground. Then late afternoon descend back to Lalibela, overnight at Hotel.

Day 5: Flight to Gonder

ET 123 12:10 12:50 Q 400/Bombardier

Morning flight to Gondar and transfer to hotel. Then after some rest in the hotel you will be taken to visit the castle compound where you can see the medieval castle of king Fasilidas, King Yohannes, King Eyasu, King Dawit, King Bakafa and Queen Mentewab further visit of the churches of Debre Birhan Selassie with awesome wall paintings and the bath of King Fasilidas overnight at Hotel.


Day 6: Drive to Bahirdar

Morning drive 180km to Bahirdar, one of the lake shore town. On the way admire the beautiful landscape the Amhara people’s way of life and castle of Guzara. P.M drive 70KM round trip to visit Tississat named after the water falls of the Blue NileRiver (the life blood for the Sudanese and Egyptians). Be informed that clients will walk about 30 minutes to arrive near to the water falls on Blue Nile. So they are expected to wear appropriate clothes that match with hot weather and good shoes. Back to Bahirdar Overnight at hotel.


Day 7: Bahirdar

In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana and visit the old island monasteries of Ura Kidane-Mihret, and Kebran Gabriel (closed for women). Most of the monasteries decorated with frescoes and staffed with religious as well as historical treasures. There are 37 islands scattered about on the 3000 square kilometer lake which is the source of the Blue Nile. About 20 of these islands house the churches and monasteries that are of immense historical and cultural interest. On the lake, be sure to notice the Tankwa boat, little papyrus boats that appear so flimsy yet are capable of carrying passengers and their goods around the lake as they have done for many centuries. Dinner and overnight: Late afternoon window shopping and Bahirdar market with some city tour. Late afternoon drive to Bezawit palace for panoramic view of the town of Bahirdar, Lake Tana and Blue Nile river. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Bahirdar/Addis

ET 124 08:50 09:50 Q 400/Bombardier

Morning after breakfast departs to airport for the flight back to . Addis Ababa Ethnological museum to see the different tribes culture, Merkato the biggest open Market in Africa, souvenir shopping, Then attend farewell dinner in the famous Ethiopian traditional restaurant at Habesha 2000 with live music and delicious meal, you will be transfer to Bole International airport for the night flight and it will be the end of the tour.
Notes
Price Includes:

• 7 nights room accommodation on a twin bed basis.
• Meal on half board bases (breakfast and Dinner) with soft drinks.
• All ground transport in all destination ( we use minibus or Coaster bus for more than 8 pax)
• All entrance fee as per the itinerary.
• Half day boat trip on Lake Tana in Bahirdar to the monasteries.
• Half day mule trip in Lalibela.
• English speaking local guides in all destinations.
• Government TAX.

Price Excludes:

• Domestic Flight ticket.
• Lunch
• Any payable beverages/ drinks
• Payment or offering for photographing and Video Shooting
• Individual service apart from the group.
• Other expense of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry etc

Information: The current airfare for the scooter ADD AXUM LAL – GDQ // BJRADD is USD 610 person). If they use Et in their International flight, there will be good discount. Please note that all fares are subject to change wit out prior notice from the Ethiopian airlines and seat availability when the reservation is made. Fares and seats are only guaranteed once the tickets have been issued. The airline reserves the right to cancel fares and seats if the tickets are not issued. Full first name and surnames as per the passenger’s passports is required to make reservation. The baggage allowance on Ethiopian Airlines flights are 20 kg in total per person.

Price is valid for 2014/15
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