Ethiopia has history way back over 3000 years and in all those years each generation has been placing his own fingerprint 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 was 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, a 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.
The foundation of the true cross ‘Meskel” is UNESCO Registered outdoor festival. It is one of the outdoor religious celebrations by Ethiopians. It will be celebrated all over Ethiopia on September 26/27. In Addis Ababa, it will be celebrated in the heart of Addis Ababa ‘Meskel square’
The festival is accompanied by A colorful procession of priests, deacons, choir boys and girls wearing embroidered robes walk around a huge pyre carrying ceremonial crosses and wooden torches decorated with olive leaves. As the sunset approaches the torchbearers set light to the pyramid-shaped pyre, topped with a Cross woven from Meskel daisies.
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 to 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.
Early in the Morning fly to Bahirdar. You will be welcomed and assisted to check in to your Hotel by our representative.
Morning Drive some 35KM to the small town of Tis Abay where you will be welcomed by the sound of the waterfall. This is the fall where the famous Blue Nile falls pounded down in to the rocks of the Nile gorges about 45 KM.
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.
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 countryside 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
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 landmarks 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.
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.
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. On 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.
Fly back to Addis Ababa with the first flight from Lalibela. Check in at your Hotel, after some refreshment and lunch you will walk to the Meskel square as the car will leave you within walking distance to the celebration area. with a special permit to attend the ceremony you will have a great chance to be in a close distance of the Bone fire and the ceremony. Evening Cultural dinner at one of the traditional restaurant in Addis Ababa. You will have the Meskel vibe with Ethiopian folkloric dance on this event.
Depending on your flight Shopping might be arranged or Departure home.