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TOUR CODE - ST/Historic/001

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HISTORICAL TOUR

Duration - 7 Days and 6 Nights

Transportation - surface


 


 

Day 1


Depart north early morning to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos.  On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia.  Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge.  The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m.  Stay overnight in Bahir Dar at Kuriftu Resort & Spa or Abay Minch Lodge or Summerland Hotel or EthioStar Hotel.
 
Day 2


In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of monasteries hidden among the sacred islands and shores.  Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Stay overnight in Bahir Dar at Kuriftu Resort & Spa or Abay Minch Lodge or Summerland Hotel or EthioStar Hotel.

 

Day 3


After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  This overnight in Gondar at take place at Taye Hotel or Fasil Lodge or Queen Taitu Pension.


 

Day 4


In the morning, proceed driving to Lalibela via Woreta, passing through Amhara state.  You will have stunning views of the Guna Mountains as you travel through this dramatic landscape.  Overnight stay to take place in Lalibela at Mountain View Hotel or Lal Hotel or Alief Paradise Hotel.


 

Day 5


In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the northwestern cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).  After lunch, continue with the southeastern cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.  Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.  Overnight occurs in Lalibela at Mountain View Hotel or Lal Hotel or Alief Paradise Hotel.


 

Day 6


After breakfast, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff.  After the visit, proceed driving to Kombolcha via Woldia.  On the way you will stop for a rest in Hayk where you can enjoy the views of this stunning lake, visit the local monastery (open for men only) and enjoy the birdlife.  Overnight to occur in Kombolcha at Sunnyside Hotel or Tekle Hotel.

 

Day 7


Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan.  On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic Gelada Baboon.  If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.



End of tour.

 

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