Ethiopia's Historic Route: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Itinerary, Tour HN-04

Our shortest tour that encompasses the major historical sites of the north.  Four domestic flights on Ethiopian Airlines are included.  This tour does not always have pre-scheduled departure dates.  However, if flights and hotels are available we can guarantee a departure on the dates you request.  

Day 01 Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar
Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the Marketplace in Bahar Dar.  Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and visit ancient island monasteries.  
Overnight Hotel - Bahar Dar

Day 02  Bahar Dar - Gondar
Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century. Having survived several wars, including air raids during World War 2, the castles are a testament to the resilience of this once mighty African Empire.  Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels.  
Overnight Hotel - Gondar

Day 03  Gondar - Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines.  Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago.  This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings.  
Overnight Hotel - Lalibela

Day 04  Lalibela - Axum
Fly to Axum on Ethiopian Airlines. Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.  Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum.  Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits.  
Overnight Hotel - Axum

Day 05  Axum - Addis Ababa
Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Visit either the Ethnographic Museum or the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton "Lucy."  Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon.   Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.  Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.

  • For arrivals before the tour begins or for later departures, additional hotel bookings can be made upon request.
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