For most visitors to Ethiopia, it is about the northern Ethiopia or the Historic Route, which covers all the major historical sites. Unlike anywhere else on Earth, northern Ethiopia has the ability to wow you day after day after day. The historic route packed full of astounding and ancient history as well as some of the best scenery in Africa. There are over two millennia’s worth of ancient treasures scattered about, from The magnificent Blue Nile Falls, take a boat trip on the vast Lake Tana and explore isolated island monasteries, walk in some of the most dramatic mountains you’re ever likely to see, In Axum, elaborate pre-Christian tombs underline ancient obelisks; in Lalibela a mysterious ancient rock-hewn churches lies frozen in stone, Tigray, Lake Tana and many other places. .
Exploring the major sites in The Historic Route (Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela)
The National Museum, Ethnological Museum, St George Cathedral and Musuem. Explore the massive Merkato, Holy Trinity Cathdral and head out of Addis for fresh-air walking in the Entoto Mountains and visit the Entoto Mariam Church. Finish the day dining and drinking tej( honey wine) at a traditional Ethiopian restaurants, while enjoying a show of song and dance. Overnight Addis Ababa.
In the morning take a fly to Bahirdar, after check-in the hotel, take a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit a selection of ancient 14th century island monasteries. Visit the Zege Penninsula (forested peninsula full of birds ) and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam, Ura-Kidane-Mehret and Debre-Maryam. These monasteries are famous for their distinctive Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and ancient church treasures. After lunch drive to one of Africa’s magnificent Blue Nile Falls afterwards excursion around the Blue Nile gorge. Overnight in Bahir Dar.
After breakfast heading to the legendary city of Gondar. The 3 and ½ hour drive will immerse you to a day to day life of Ethiopian countryside people. After check-in explore the Royal Enclosure, including, Fasiladas’ Palace, Iyasu Palace,Fasiladas’ bath and other impressive numerous castles. Continue to the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, with the stone walls, arched doors and well preserved paintings, is one of the most beautiful churches in Ethiopia. overnight Gondar.
Take the morning flight to Aksum. After check in the hotel, explore the fantastic mix of history and adventure and home of the Ark of Covenant that holds Moses’ 10 commandments in small Aksum chapel. After lunch a visit to ancient Aksum obelisks (stelae), the archeological museum (contains interesting variety of objects), the Queen of Sheba’s Bath, Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. Overnight Aksum
Take a morning flight to Lalibela, a history and mystery frozen in stone. If you are only to see one thing in Ethiopia this should be it! Considered by many people as their highlights of Ethiopia. After check in, start your tour to the magical rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha. If going Overnight in Lalibela.
In the morning, take a drive to Monastery church of Yimrehanne Kristos. Being one of Ethiopia’s best-preserved late-aksumite buildings and most popular churches outside of Lalibela. Incredibly the whole church sits on a foundation of carefully laid olive-wood panel. After lunch lunch a visit to the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally Bete Giorigis,, Lalibela’s masterpiece and representing the apogee of the rock-hewn tradition. Overnight in Lalibela.
In the morning drive to Neakkutoleab lying 7km from Lalibela, just off the airport road. This attractive monastery church is attributed to king Lalibela’s successor and built under natural cave. Some very old stone receptacles collect the precious holy water as it drips from the cave roof. The valley below an opportunity to experience birdlife .After the visit, proceed to the airport for the return flight back to Addis Ababa. If you need further information, please contact us we would be very happy to help you plan a trip of a life time. Just send us an email us.
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