Ethiopia's Historic Route: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Itinerary, Tour HN-09

Our ten day historic tour includes all the major historical sites of the north with a trip by road from Bahar Dar to Axum via Gondar and the Simien Mountains. This tour includes three domestic flights on Ethiopian Airlines.

Day 01 Addis Ababa
For morning Arrivals at Bole International Airport you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel.  For clients arriving in the afternoon or evening, you may begin your tour the following day.  An Awaze Tours representative will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.

Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history. Visit the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.
Overnight Hotel - Addis Ababa

Day 02  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 tour ancient island monasteries. 
Overnight Hotel - Bahar Dar

Day 03  Bahar Dar - Gondar
Depending on the season, morning drive to see the Blue Nile Falls. Return to Bahar Dar for lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Gondar, north of Lake Tana, stopping at the village of Awra Amba.
Overnight Hotel - Gondar

Day 04  Gondar
Visit the remote ruins of Kuskuam, built for Empress Mentewab in the 1700’s.  After lunch, 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 05  Gondar - Simien Mountains
Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park.
Overnight Lodge

Day 06  Simien Mountains - Axum  
Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way.  Arrive in Axum late afternoon.
Overnight Hotel - Axum

Day 07  Axum
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 08 Fly to Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa.  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 09 Lalibela
For the morning we have two choices: Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town; - OR - Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. Following either option above continue with tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. 
Overnight Hotel - Lalibela

Day 10  Fly to Addis Ababa 
Fly to Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, home of the 3 million year old skeleton “Lucy.” Optional souvenir shopping. Enjoy a 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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