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Ethiopian Northern Historic route by Air – PTFD 012

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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 012

Tour Date

  • Dec 31 2018 - Jan 08 2019

Duration

  • 9 Days 8 Nights

Transport

  • Air

Price

On Sharing Basis (Twin)

USD1249

On Single Basis

USD1519
Trip Info
  • Trekking Experience
  • Health and physical fitness is mandatory
  • Follow the instruction and do not trek without your scout attendance
  • Be respectful for cultures at all cities.
  • Follow instruction of your Escort and local guide for further briefing
  • Be responsible traveler for the environment
  • Be naturalist to all the fauna and flora found in the National park
  • Most of Ethiopian trekking areas are cold at Night; prepare a proper cold cloth and gear to cope with it
Itinerary

Day 1 DEC31 / 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:

Day 2JAN 1 /19: CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA

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 and Merkato: the biggest open-air market in East Africa.

Day 03JAN 2/19: 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 4JAN 3/ 19: 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 5JAN4/ 19: FLY TO AXUM AND CITY TOUR

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 6JAN5 / 19: FLY TO LALIBELA

Morning Fly to the Holly city of Lalibela on your arrival a brief checks 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 7JAN 6/ 19: EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRSTOS

After breakfast we drive to Yimrhane Kirstos through the small village of Bilbala. The built-up cave church of Yimrhane Kirstos itself predates the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This is one of the most beautiful and colorful cave churches, built from marble, wood and beautifully decorated from inside and outside with remarkable architectural skill. In the other side of the cave, you will also see many mummified bodies of pilgrims from centuries ago. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Evening Christmas Ceremony:
This day in Ethiopian Orthodox church they spend the whole night chanting and praising the birth of Jesus Christ. We will join Bete Mariam chanting and get some rest for the morning Beza kulu celebration .

Day 8JAN 7/ 19: Christmas celebration

Very early morning We will go to church of Bete Mariam again to admire the amazing chanting around the church of Bet Mariam. This is the most amazing Chanting you will ever see in the world. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to attend this ceremony every year.
After lunch the day will be at your own

Day 9JAN 8/ 19: FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE

Fly back to Addis Ababa, Afternoon you will have some time for shopping and Evening you will have dinner at one of the traditional restaurants with folkloric dancing. Late at night it will departure to home or next destination.

Detail Info

Recommended Hotels
  • Jupiter, kaleb, or Azzeman Hotel/Similar- Addis Ababa
  • Grand hotel or similar - Bahir Dar
  • Sabian or Yeha Hotel - Axum
  • Goha or landmark Hotel/ Similar- Gondar

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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