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Ethiopian Northern Historic route by Air – PTFD 006

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Tour Highlight

Ethiopia has history way back over 3000 years and in all those years each generation has been placing his own finger print in most major cities of Ethiopia. Ethiopian historical attraction covers the ancient town of Axum, with its amazing carved obelisks and ancient civilization, including the original Ark of the Covenant; Lalibela known as the real wonder of the world with its remarkable rock-hewn churches; Gondar the Camelot of Africa, with its magnificent castles and palaces.

The roof of Africa Simien mountain National Park is among the sights that will be covered on this route. Simien Mountains National Park is known for its dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery. Mount Ras Dashen (15,157ft/4,620m) is the highest pick of the National park.

Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, is the largest lake with 37 islands. Azwa Mariyam and Ura Kidanemihiret are among the iconic reach monasteries to be visited on the Lake dating back to 14th century.

Tour Code

  • PTFD 006

Tour Date

  • Nov 16-24 /2018

Duration

  • 8 Nights 9 Days

Transport

  • Air

Price

On Shaing Basis (Twin)

USD1038

On Single Basis

USD1308
Trip Info
  • Very easy tour
  • Not much trekking (does not need special fitness)
  • Most of the sites in this tour are religious and it is advised to follow all the rules
  • Prepare a shawl or a ‘netela’ as locals call it when visiting churches
  • Be respectful for cultures at all cities
  • Follow instruction of your Escort and local guide for further briefing
  • Be responsible traveler for the environment
  • Safe store for your electronic Gears
  • Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, Hat, rain coats, and jacket
  • Water bottle, trekking shoos, short pants
  • First Aid, including aspirins for altitude sickness
Itinerary

Day 1 Nov 16/ 18: ADDIS ABABA:

Arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by Pagumen tour and travel representative. Depending on your arrival time City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged:
Being home for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) Addis Ababa is referred as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s Economy, social and political activity.
City tour of Addis Ababa includes National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church its unique architecture and iconic window paintings painted by the famous Ethiopian painter Afwerk Tekle and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa.

Day 2NOV 17/18, GREAT RUN ETHIOPIA, ADDIS ABABA

Ethiopian Great Run is a 10KM mass run though the beautiful African capital city Addis Ababa. Ethiopians are known for the long distance running in the world specially when they compute with their East African counterparts. The great run was introduced by the famous and great athlete Haile Gebresilase . More than 50000 people participate in the Ethiopian great run including professional athletes from all over the world. Overnight in Addis.

Day 03NOV 18/18: ADDIS ABABA Rest after the big day

Most people prefer to rest on the aftermath of the run so it is on your own pace. Overnight in Addis.

Day 4Nov 19/18: Day 3: FLIGHT TO BAHIRDAR

Early in the Morning fly to Bahirdar. You will be welcomed and assisted to check in to your Hotel by our representative. ( As you are in a family tour I suggested if you leave Blue Nile falls and have break in your Hotel in the morning )
After lunch you will take a boat trip to visit the most amazing monasteries of Lake Tana among them Azwa Maryam and Ura kidanemihret are worth to be visited.

Day 5Nov 20/ 18: DRIVE TO GONDAR AND CITY TOUR

Drive about 180 KM to the legendary town of Gondar known for its Magnificent Castles. This drive will give you a highlight about the Landscape, culture and country side view of Ethiopia.
After lunch visit the Castles of Gondar known as the Camelot of Africa and the mesmerizing Debrebirihan Silase church exclusively known for its Ethiopian angle painting on the ceilings

Day 6NOV 15/18, CITY TOUR OF AXUM

After an early breakfast you will fly to the ancient city of Axum; a city with more than 3000 years of history and origin of world civilization. This can be witnessed by land marks in the center of the city among them; the stale royal tombs: which are considered to be probably the oldest monolithic stands in the world, the church compound of St. Mary of Zion is the seat of the true Moose’s Ark of the covenant, the Queen of Sheba’s palace, King Kaleb’s and Gebremeskel’s palace and Archeological Museum which are situated in the heart of the city.

Day 7Nov 22 / 18: FLY TO LALIBELA

Morning Fly to the Holly city of Lalibela on your arrival a brief check in to your Hotel and head to visit the mystical rock hewn churches of Lalibela. The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.

Day 8Nov 23/ 18: EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRSTOS

After having your breakfast leave Mekelle and drive through the Chain Mountains of Ambalage. On the way you will admire the landscape and the small towns of Amhara tribes. Proceed to the 12th C legendary and holly city of Lalibela.

Day 9Nov 24/ 18: FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE

If your flight to JRO is evening you will fly back the same day if you would like to spent the night you will Pay for the extra night.

Detail Info

Recommended Hotels
  • Jupiter, kaleb, or Azzeman Hotel/Similar- Addis Ababa
  • Grand Resort /Similar - Bahirdar
  • Sabian International / Similar - Axum
  • Goha or landmark Hotel/ Similar- Gondar
  • Axum Hotel / Similar - Mekele
  • Roha Hotel / Similar - Lalibela

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in a twin room basis
  • Meals: Half board basis Breakfast and Dinner
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program including the running ticket
  • Return transfer to airport
  • Ground transportation per the package itinerary
  • English speaking Local guide at all destinations
  • Driver allowance
  • English speaking Escort Guide
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana

Price does not include

  • Domestic flight
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Video and camera fees if and where applicable (in the south they ask about 5birr per photo)
  • Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature
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