The Historic route is one of the greatest treasures of Ethiopia. nowhere else in the world can you see riches of man’s past such as those in the northern part of Ethiopia. A history that stretched back to the time of prehistoric man; the 5th century B.C pagan temple of Yeha, more than 3000 years old history of Axum, the 12th century rock hewn churches of Lalibela; the medieval castles of Gonder and the famous Blue Nile fall with the 13th century walled painting monastery of Lake Tana at Bahirdar, riches that cover the history of Ethiopia. From the 1st early beginnings to the modern day, riches that are set among some of the most stunning scenery in Ethiopia and where our people work today, just as their ancestors have done for generations. “As scholars says “Lalibela represents the supreme wonder and mystery of Ethiopia civilization, Gonder it’s pride, Bahirdar is natural bounty and Harar its exotic mosaic culture and Axum stands as the fountainhead of all this where civilization born and fertile”.
Early in the morning around 5:45 AM arrive at the domestic terminal of Addis Ababa Bole Airport check in and fly to fly Bahirdar, arrival and directly transfer to the hotel, after breakfast takes a boat trip on Lake Tana, and visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries with very beautiful well painting from the medieval time still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam then ride back to Bahirdar on the way see the outlet of the famous Blue Nile the longest river in the world as it departs from the lake. Lunch break and Afternoon a drive to the Blue Nile Falls, (the water amount of the fall is depending on the rain), but the drive and walking by itself is great and enjoyable, an Overnight hotel.
After breakfast drive to Gonder 180 km to conduct tour of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area. Visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two storied palace of emperor Fasiladas, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Brehan Silassie Church (light of Trinity),the bath (now baptismal place during Ethiopian epiphany, January 19) of king Fasiladas and the ruined palace of Queen Mintiwab at Qusquam, where the Scottish explorer James Bruce used to reside for sometimes, overnight hotel
Early morning after breakfast transfer to the Airport for a flight further north that takes you to the oldest city in Ethiopia, Axum. Eight Km drive to the Town check-in hotel. Then start exploring Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D., On this day you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones was erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter into the sanctuary where the ark has stayed. Continuing your visit which includes the subterranean tomb of king Kalbe and his son king Gebremeskel, 6th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C, overnight hotel
The morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela - the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, in a fitting final to your Ethiopian adventure, explore the first group of the monolithic red-Tuff churches incredibly carved into the rock. Your will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. The churches are still in use today, finally walk to the separately standing, uncovered and beautiful Saint Georges Church down to narrow path to church, step inside and you will see a robed priest going about his timeless business Late afternoon drive back to your hotel, Overnight Hotel.
Early morning after breakfast a quick visit the eastern (second) group of rock churches smaller in size, these are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore then transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa, arrival more free time for Shopping and evening head to the farewell Evening cultural dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups then transfer to airports for your departure.
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