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TST R0010
Historic by Surface with expedition to the Danakil Depress
Up on arrival you meet our representative and get transferred to hotel. On the next day, you drive to the town of Bahirdar. En route you visit the beautiful Debre Libanos Monastery.........
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Title: Historic Route by Surface with expedition to the Danakil Depression and Ert Ale Volcano

Tour code:TST R0010

Duration :16 days/15 nights

Included :visits/activities


Up on arrival you meet our representative and get transferred to hotel. On the next day, you drive to the town of Bahirdar. En route you visit the beautiful Debre Libanos Monastery. On the next day, you drive about 32 K.m and visit the Blue Nile Falls (This Falls is particularly spectacular during the rainy season of June, July and August); before this, you will go to Lake Tana by boat to the shore of Gorgora by visiting the monasteries of Ura Kidane Meheret, Azwa Mariam, and Kibran Gebreil. Then, you drive to the medieval city of Gondar; visiting the Awraba village. In Gondar, you visit the magnificent Imperial Castles compound which was the center of politics in the first half of 17thC. Also you visit the bath of King Fasiledas and the most famous church of Debrebirhan sellassie to admire the Ethiopian church paintings style in its superb form. On the following day, proceed to the town of Debark and then to Simen mountain national park; trek as far as Chenek camping site. Then you drive to the ancient city of Aksum across the scenic road of Lemalimo and Tekeze river gorge. In Aksum, you visit its historical and archeological site which includes the magnificent Obelisks of Aksum and Aksum Tsion church. Next, you drive to the town of Mekele by visiting the 6thc Yeha temple and some Tigray rock churches. For the next four days you will be visiting Dallol depression; then return to the town of Mekele .Continue the journey to the historic town of Lalibela. In Lalibela, visit the marvelous rock hewn churches of King Lalibela, one of the world Heritage sites registered by UNSCO. Next, you drive to the town of Komolcha by visiting the church of Genet Mariam. Drive all the way to back to Addis Abeba. At the evening, you have a farewell dinner at one of the traditional restaurant in the capital. Transfer to airport to catch your flight home. 


 
Itinerary

Day 1)

Arrive in Addis Ababa. Meet our staff and get transferred to hotel. 

Overnight: Jupiter International Hotel

Day 2)

Drive to visit Debre Libanos Monastery (13th century) and the spectacular Blue Nile gorge. Then, proceed along the rolling plateaus and farm lands of Gojam to Bahirdar.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Summer Land Hotel.

Day 3)

In the morning, boat trip on Lake Tana to see beautiful island monasteries and their valuable treasures which includes biblical wall paintings, crowns of different Ethiopian Kings, ancient illuminated parchment books, superb crosses etc. In the afternoon, you will have excursion on a rough road to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls. It is about 400 meter wide with full flood (in June, July and August to mid September).

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Summer Land Hotel.

Day 4)

Proceed to Gondar. On the way with a little detour from the main road you visit the village of the Awramba society (unique society in Ethiopia for their life style and custom) and their colorful woven products. Then, tour of Gondar which includes the visit the Royal Enclosure with its magnificent castles dated from the 17th and 18th century (world heritage site), the bath of king Fasiledes, and the remarkable church of Debrebrihan Selassie with its breathtaking 17th century wall and ceiling paintings.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Goha hotel.

Day 5)

Morning drive to the Simien mountain national park as far as Chenek (World Heritage Site) to visit its superb scenery, the endemic fauna like the Gelada baboon(the bleeding heart baboon) and flora such as the Abyssinian wild rose and the Giant Lobelia.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Semien Lodge.

Day 6)

Drive via one of the most scenic roads of Ethiopia called Lima limo and the spectacular Tekeze Gorge to Axum. En route on your right side of the road, you will have chance to gaze over parts of the Semien Mountains.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Remhai Hotel.

Day 7)

In Axum (World Heritage Site),visit the famous stele park with its ancient huge monolithic obelisks, archaeological artifacts, ruined palaces of different Axumite kings which includes that of the Queen of Sheba, ancient stone inscriptions, subterranean tombs, the church of St. Mary of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is believed to be housed etc.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Remhai Hotel

Day 8)

Drive to Mekele. En-route you visit the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th. C.BC) and some Tigray rock-church

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Axum Hotel

Day 9)

Drive from Mekele via Agula and Berhaile to Hamad Ela. At Berhaile you produce the permission; organize the scouts and finalize preparation for the desert tour e.t.c.  

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 10)

In the morning drive to Dallol depression, one of the lowest points on the earth which dips to -116 meters. Visit amazing rock formations and bubbling sulfur springs. Also, you visit the salt mines at Lake Asale, where salt bars are cut and prepared for camel transportation, return to Hamad Ela.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 11)

Drive to the typical Afar village of Dodom, from which we trek to the volcano. Prepare for trekking and in the evening trek to the rim of the volcano. During the night, you visit the drama of the active volcano of mount Ert Ale, in whose crater lays the only permanent lava lake in the world, and another volcano of bubbling lava.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Camping

Day 12)

In the morning, trek back and meet the vehicle to drive to Ahmedela, a far flung settlement in a nomadic tribal area. Proceed via Berhaile, Desa escarpment with juniper and wild olive trees to Mekele.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Axum Hotel

Day 13)

After early breakfast leave for Lalibela passing through the stunning scenery of the North central Massif and the Tigrean plateau arriving Lalibela late afternoon.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Mountain view Hotel

Day 14)

Today you visit the first and second group of King Lalibela’s 12th.C.  rock hewn churches (World Heritage Site). Although all of these churches are carved out of huge blocks of rocks, each of them displays unique architectural features from the other.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Mountain view Hotel

Day 15)

Drive to Kombolcha via many small towns of Wollo province including the historical town of Wuchale, where the controversial Treaty of Wuchale is signed between Emperor Menelik of Ethiopia and Italy which ultimately led to the famous battle of Adwa in 1896. En-route, depending on time availability, you visit Genet Mariam church.

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight: Sunny side hotel.

Day 16)

Drive back to Addis Ababa and have half day tour of Addis Ababa which includes the Ethnological Museum in the former palace of King Hailesillassie, the National Museum, and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. In the evening, you will be invited farewell dinner in one of the best traditional restaurants of the capital. Then, transfer to the airport and departure

Meals plan: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

 
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