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Historical Route with Harrar and Dire Dawa

 
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On this tour, you will be able to cover the whole classic historic route with few rock-hewn churches of Tigray plus Harrar. You will first drive to Debermarkos while on the road visiting Debrelibanos Monastery and Blue Nile Gorge. Then you will proceed to Bahirdar and have a boat trip to visit the nearby lying monasteries of Lake Tana islands. In the afternoon you will have a visit of Blue Nile Falls. In Gonder you will visit the castle compound and Deberbirhan Selassie church .Then you will have an excursion trip to the Simien mountain national parks. Then you will drive to Axum admiring the spectacular mountain scenery and Tekeze Gorge. In Axum you will visit the single Stone building like stele and other archaeological sites of historic importance. Then you will add Yeha and about three rocks –hewn churches of Tigray. Then you will proceed to Lalibela to Visit the eleven rock hewn churches. Drive throught Ambalage and Alamata chain of Mountains you will appear in Kombolcha to drive the next morning to Awash. Passing one day in Awash national park you will continue to Harrar.You will visit the Hyena man performance and walled city of Harrar.

 

Map

Highlights

  • Cover the whole classic historic route
  • Visit of Blue Nile Falls
  • Monasteries of Lake Tana islands
  • Spectacular mountain scenery and Tekeze Gorge
  • Rocks hewn churches of Tigray and Lalibela
 

Facts

Duration
17 days
16 nights
 
Tour style
Study
 
Physical rating
Challenging
 
Age requirements
20 -80
 
Service level
Upscale
 
Group size
1 - 12
 
My own room option
Available upon request
 
Recommended period
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Autumn
 
Itinerary
  • Days
    1
    Locations covered
    Addis Ababa
    Description
    Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel.
    Accommodation
    Jupiter Hotel (4)
    Meal plans
    Dinner
  • Days
    2
    Locations covered
    Debre Libanos, Bahir Dar
    Description
    Drive to visit Debre Libanos Monastery (13th century) and the spectacular Blue Nile gorge. Then, proceed along the rolling plateaus and farm lands of Gojjam to Bahirdar.
    Accommodation
    Summer Land Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    3
    Locations covered
    Lake Tana
    Description

    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, and superb crosses etc. In the afternoon, excursion to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls, It is about 400 meter wide with full flood (in June, July and August to mid September).

    Accommodation
    Summer Land Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    4
    Locations covered
    Gondar
    Description
    In the morning, 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 (philosophy) and custom) and their colorful woven products. Then continue to Gonder.
    Accommodation
    Goha Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    5
    Locations covered
    Gondar, Simien Mountains
    Description

    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, the remarkable church of Debrebrihan Selassie with its breathtaking 17th century wall and ceiling paintings. Also, you visit the ruins of Qusqwam Palace. In the afternoon, drive via Debark to the Simien Mountains National Park (World Heritage Site) then spend the night in lodge.

    Accommodation
    Semien Lodge (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    6
    Locations covered
    Simien Mountains
    Description

    Morning drives to Sankaber and then, trek to the surrounding escarpments and view points of Sankaber. You have chance to spot one of the endemic animals of the park the bleeding heart baboon (Galada Baboon). Then, drive further to Chenek and walk to see more spectacular view points, magnificent land forms, unique flora and fauna. On this day, you will have the opportunity to see the graceful endemic Walia Ibex. Then, drive back to your lodge.

    Accommodation
    Semien Lodge (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    7
    Locations covered
    Semien Mountains, Axum
    Description

    Admiring the unique flora such as the Abyssinian wild rose and the Giant Lobelia, fauna and the stunning scenery leave the Semien Mountains via one of the most scenic roads of Ethiopia called Limalimo 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.

    Accommodation
    Remhai Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    8
    Locations covered
    Axum
    Description

    Full day visit of Axum which includes the famous stele park with its huge monolithic obelisks, the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba, ancient stone inscriptions, the ruined palace of king kaleb and his son, subterranean tombs of different Axumite kings, the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to house the Original Ark of the covenant etc.

    Accommodation
    Remhai Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    9
    Locations covered
    Mekele, Yeha
    Description
    Drive via Gherealta to Mekele. En-route, you visit the ancient Temple of Yeha (5th. C.BC), the rock churches of Dugum Sillassie, Abreha We Atsbeha and Wukro Kirkos.
    Accommodation
    Axum Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    10
    Locations covered
    Lalibela
    Description
    After breakfast leave for Lalibela passing through the stunning scenery of the North central Massif and the Tigrean plateau arriving Lalibela late afternoon.
    Accommodation
    Mountain View Hotel (Not applicable)
    Meal plans
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days
    11
    Description
    In the morning, visit of the first and second group of King Lalibela’s 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.
    Accommodation
    Mountain View Hotel (Not applicable)
 

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  • 2 days overstay in Harrar and its surroundings Some details about this extension
 

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