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12 Days Northern Historic Route by Surface

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GTT is a professional registered Tour Operation Company based in Ethiopia.

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12 Days Northern Historic Route by Surface

These tour programs encompass activities that provide our esteemed guests a real experience of the historical relics, which Ethiopia is famous as world heritage site. The itineraries include all the historical sites which includes ancient traditions, art forms, and architecture, engineering, religious aspects and beautiful paintings and frescoes.

DAY 1

Arrival Addis, City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by Ghion Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel Read more

Addis Ababa
DAY 2

Drive to Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar. On the way, visit Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese Bridge and Blue Nile Gorge. After visit proceed to Bahirdar and overnight in hotel

Bahirdar
DAY 3

Lake Tana and Blue Nile Fall

After breakfast, boat rides on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament is still practiced. Visit Azua-Mariam and Ura-kidaneMihret monasteries which are rich in icon painting. In the afternoon, journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile fall commonly known as “Tis Isat” (water that smokes). After hiking the cataracts drive back to Bahirdar. Overnight in hotel Read more

Bahirdar
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DAY 4

Drive to Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre-Birehan Silassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in hotel Read more

Gondar
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DAY 5

Drive to Simien Mountains

After breakfast, drive to Simien Mountains National Park which is the most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes. Semen Mountain National Park constitutes many summits above 4000masl and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopian and it is the home of the endemics gelada baboon, Ethiopian wolf and Walya ibex. Overnight in hotel Read more

Simien
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DAY 6

Drive to Axum

On this day, drive to the ancient city of Axum by enjoying very beautiful and spectacular landscape along the Semien Mountains and Tekeze Gorge. The road descends from 3100 meters through hairpin bends down the mountain side to 1400 meters in just 40kms! The drive down and back up to Adi-Arkay showcases not only the immensely beautiful Simien Mountain massifs but also the people who eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside. The drive continues through the Tekeze valley, crossing the Tekeze River, and onto Axum In the far north. Overnight in hotel Read more

Axum
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DAY 7

Axum, full day visit

The ancient city of Axum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Axum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. After breakfast, visit the archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in hotel Read more

Axum
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DAY 8

Drive to Mekele

After breakfast, drive through the historical town of Adwa, this is the major African battlefield. Drive to the very small town of Yeha to visit the 5th century B.C imposing ruins of Yeha’s temple. It was a large pre-Christian temple consisting of a single oblong chamber. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. You will also visit the 6th century A.D church of Aba Afse –the church, sharing the same compound with the temple, is rectangular in shape. Continue driving to Mekele-the capital of Tegray region en route visit Rock church of Wekro Cherkos. Overnight in hotel Read more

Mekele
DAY 9

Drive to Lalibela

On this day, drive through the rough nature of road but nice to experience along with the magnificent scenery (gigantic, ups and downs landscape). Overnight in hotel

Lalibela
DAY 10

Lalibela, full day visit

The town, Lalibela, is famous for its Rock Hewn churches dating back 800 years. There are no less than 1000 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but it's exceptional to find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one local. This magnificent architecture often referred to as the "Eighth wonder of the world". After breakfast, visit The First Group of Rock- hewn Churches; Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Maryam, Bete Maskal, Bete Danagel and the twin church Bete Golgota- Debre Sina (Mika’el). In the afternoon, visit the second Group of Rock hewn churches; Bete Emanuel, Bete Mercurios, Bete Abba Libanos, Bete Lehem and Bete Gabriel-Rufa’el and Bete Giorgis, dedicated to the national saint of Ethiopia is isolated from the other two groups of churches. Overnight in hotel. Read more

Lalibela
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DAY 11

Drive to Kombolcha

After breakfast, drive through the highland area of Delb where you can see the dramatic Ethiopian Landscape. Stop over at Hayk to visit the 13th C monastery of Hike Istifanos on the island of Lake Hike. Proceed to Kombolcha for dinner and overnight in hotel

Kombolcha
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DAY 12

Drive to Addis, Departure

After breakfast we drive to Addis Ababa. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, end of the tour

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 2
Location Bahirdar
Day 4
Location Gondar
Hotel Goha Hotel
Day 5
Location Simien
Hotel Simien Lodge
Day 6
Location Axum
Hotel Yeha Hotel
Day 8
Location Mekele
Hotel Axum Hotel
Day 9
Location Lalibela
Hotel Lal Hotel
Day 11
Location Kombolcha
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 2
Location Bahirdar
Day 4
Location Gondar
Day 5
Location Simien
Hotel Simien Lodge
Day 6
Location Axum
Hotel Sabean Hotel
Day 8
Location Mekele
Hotel Planet Hotel
Day 9
Location Lalibela
Day 11
Location Kombolcha

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using the mentioned best hotels
  • Meal on full board basis; breakfast, lunch and dinner including soft drink/ mineral water
  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance
  • All mentioned entrance, local guide and scout fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Boat fee on Lake Tana

Package excludes

  • Any flight cost (domestic + international)
  • Porter’s fee at hotel and airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa fees
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Tips and other personal expenses

More information

  • Single room supplement for standard accommodation = USD 440 p/p
  • Single room supplement for comfort accommodation = USD 880 p/p
  • NB: There will be a discount for large group more than 7 participants

REVIEWS

2 Reviews

Emily, United States

I appreciate everything this tour operator did for us! intelligent tour professional and a very lovely tour company! i highly recommend to tourists to use Ghion Travel and Tours

Onesmo Novath, Tanzania, United Republic of

Excellent Ethiopia tours with Ghion Travel & Tours. They have nice services, competent tour guides and their price is affordable. I can highly recommend Ghion Travel & Tours.

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