This tour is perfect for someone looking for a short trip away to Ethiopia, or for someone looking to combine Ethiopia with another tour perhaps in Cape Town, Nairobi (Masai Mara) or Victoria Falls? On this tour you will get to experience some of Ethiopia’s true highlights. This itinerary is designed for travelers who want to visit the northern historical attractions but don’t have much time. Visitors will cover all the important sites in the Historic circuit by flying from one site to the other.The highlight of your tour will be the visit to the Rock Hewn Churches, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site and offer a truly unique cultural experience.
Prices from £1995pp based on 2 sharing in mid-range accommodation
Single Supplemancy £270
Arrive at Bole International Airport, where a local representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. Here you can relax and freshen up after your flight.
Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls before lunch. In the afternoon, have a boat trip on Ethiopia’s largest water body - Lake Tana (3,600 Km Sq) to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret (14th Century AD) and Azwa Mariam (14th Century AD). O/N – Abayminch lodge or similar Hotel
Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar - the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, visit the Imperial Castle Compound of Gondar (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ‘Bath of Emperor Fasiladas’, the church of Quskuam Mariam (17th century AD), the residence of Empress Mintwab, and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie which is famous for its wall and ceiling paintings. O/N - Goha Hotel or similar
Fly to Axum, the most ancient capital of Ethiopia, in the morning. You will then undertake a sightseeing tour of Axum which includes visiting the Archaeological museum of Axum, the famous stele park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD), and the ruin palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC). O/N – Sabean Hotel or similar
In the morning, fly to Lalibela – home of the 12th century AD rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. And in the afternoon, visit the first group of churches of King Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site). O/N – Roha Hotel or similar
In the morning, you will go on a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13th century AD). Getting to the top of the hill rewards you with great and unforgettable scenery of the area. In the afternoon, visit the remaining second and the third group of the churches of Lalibela. O/N – Roha Hotel or similar
Fly back to Addis and have a half-day city tour of that includes visiting the National Archeological Museum of Addis Ababa, Merkato - the largest open-air market in Africa, and driving to Mt. Entoto (3,200 meters) to have a panoramic view of the capital. In the evening, you will be invited a farewell dinner party at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis to see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and to taste the variety of meals of the Ethiopian people. After dinner you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight or flight home.