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Historic route with Ert-Ale; Denakil – PTFD 010

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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.

Al Negash, one of the earliest holy Muslim centers from the Prophet Muhammad Era with the Negash Amedin Mosque.

In this route the Axum stales, the Lalibela churches, the castles of Gondar and Simen Mountains National Park are registered by UNESCO.

Tour Code

  • PTFD 010

Tour Date

  • Dec 7-20/2018


  • 14 Days 13 Nights


  • Surface


For pricing and other details , contact us through +251942111213 , +251930796578, +251116686063 or info@pagumen.com
Trip Info
  • The Historic route is very easy but the Afar part needs physical 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, Sunscreen, binoculars, Hat, rain coats, and jacket
  • Water bottle, trekking shoos, short pants,
  • First Aid, including aspirins for altitude sickness
  • Involves night trekking comfortable trekking boots walking
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamps and small torches

Day 1 Dec 7/18: 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.


Drive north of Addis to the beautiful Lake city of Bahirdar crossing the Entoto Mountain and the sululta plain. Surrounded by the longest river Blue Nile and Laka Tana in the other side Bahirdar is a beautiful city favorable for relaxing and business conferences. Being seat for the Amahra region Bahirdar is also a center for the Amhara culture.

Day 03Dec 9/18: City TOUR OF BAHIRDAR

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 Mariam 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 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 its ceilings.


After an early breakfast drive north of Gondar through the chains of the Simien Mountains and crossing Tekeze River to the ancient town of Axum.

Day 6Dec 12/18: City tour of Axum

A city with more than 3000 years of history Axum was once the center of a great empire and ancient civilization. Axum is exclusively known for being home of the original Ark of the Covenant. The sightseeing of this ancient city includes St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son GebreMeskel, Ezana’s inscriptions and ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace

Day 7Dec 13/18: Axum –Yeha – Mekele

After breakfast drive to Mekele in route you will visit the 5th century BC temple of Yeha and Debredamo monastery/optional /, Visit the Al Negash Mosque and proceed to Mekele for overnight .

Day 8Dec 14/18: MEKELE - HAMED ELA

Early in the morning fly to Mekele after some refreshment and preparation drive directly to Hamed ela via the small town of Berhale where you will finalize all the entrance process and trip crew. Crossing the salt road and the traditional salt extraction seen you will drive to the Dallol depression where you are able to see the colorful sulfur lake and landmark. Enjoy the view and drive back to Hamedila before the sun gets much hotter.


Early in the morning drive to Ertale via the salt and desert road racing against the sand stuck. Lunch will be at the local elder house ‘Gilisa’ where we finalize our trip to Ert-ale.
Arriving at the Campsite where we leave our Vehicles, we will wait for the sun to cool down and trek for about 3 hours to enjoy the live Volcano with an amazing noise the whole night.
Overnight will be on top of mount Ert – ale

Day 10Dec 16/18: ERTALE – MEKELE

Early the next morning, we descend Mount Ertale, returning to the base camp for a well-earned breakfast. We return to our vehicles and carry on to Mekele via the small towns of Habala and Erepti.

Day 11Dec 17/18: Drive from Mekelle to Lalibela

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 12Dec 18/18: City tour 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.
This day you will visit the famous 11 rock hewn churches including the legendary St. George church, river of Jordan and tomb of Adam.

Day 13Dec 19/18: Drive to Kombolcha:

Morning Drive to Kombolcha for over night


Depart Kombolcha and drive back to Addis Ababa for your flight home. Evening Pagumen will invite you for have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa then drive to the Airport for your flight back.

Detail Info

Recommended Hotels
  • Jupiter Hotel/Similar- Addis Ababa
  • Grand Resort/Similar - Bahirdar
  • Goha Hotel/ Similar- Gondar
  • Sabian International Hotel/similar- Axum
  • Roha Hotel/Similar- Lalibela
  • Paradise Resort/Similar - Arbaminch
  • Camping in Air - Afar

Price will include

Single room supplements is USD 260

Price includes:

  • Accommodation on double/twin bed basis
  • Meals: Half board Breakfast and Dinner
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • Return transfer to airport
  • Ground transportation with coaster Bus modern
  • English speaking Local guide at all destinations
  • Escort Guide
  • Driver allowance
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • English speaking local guide
  • Enough water in the desert
  • Local Guide and scout fees in afar
  • Camping gears: sleeping tents, mattresses and dining chairs and tables, cooking utensils,
  • Scouts, road leader, security guards, police, cook and cooking assistant, camels and camel men in Afar
  • Air-conditioned Land cruisers.

Price does not include

  • Any flight (International and Domestic)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Lunch
  • 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