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Title: Northern, Harar and Dire Dawa Historical Tour AXUM_STEALI-2

Tour code: VET210

Tour Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights

Transportation: Surface & Air

Type of Vehicle2009/10 Nissan Patrol or 2009/10 Toyota Land cruiser &

2010 Double AC Toyota HIACE minibuses for city tours

Tour Customizable: Yes

Tour highlights: Cultural Tours, Lake Cruise, Game Viewing, city tours, world heritage sites, monasteries, castles & obelisks, sightseeing, camping. >>Inquire/Book This Tour


Day-to-day program:

Arrive at Addis Ababa and meet one of our representatives at Bole international Airport and transfer to your reserved Hotel. You will be handed a detailed print of your journey ahead.

DAY 2: Addis - Bahir Dar
We fly to Bahir Dar and visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries of Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidane Mihret.

Overnight hotel in Bahir Dar.BLUE_NILE_RIVER 

DAY 3: Bahir Dar – Gondar
This morning we leave Bahir Dar and drive 185km to Gondar. After lunch we explore this wonderful city. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches - in particular, Debra Berhan Selassie which represents a masterpiece of the Gondarene school of art.

Overnight hotel in Gondar. BLUE_NILE_FALLS


DAY 4: Gondar – Simein Mountains National Park
We head north to the Simein Mountains National Park and visit the breathtaking mountain range and one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia – the Gelada Baboon or the bleeding heart baboon.

Overnight camping or hotel 

DAY 5: Simein Mountains National Park – Axum
Drive through the remarkable Tekezze Gorge to the earliest capital of Ethiopia – Axum. On our way, visit the villages of the Tigre people. The African nation's historic route begins in the ancient city of Axum, which dates to about 100 B.C. This capital city was the first place in Ethiopia to adopt a new religion -- Christianity. According to the Old Testament, The Queen of Sheba was born in Axum, but travelled to Israel to meet King Solomon. They had a son named Menelik, who later became the first emperor of Ethiopia. Menelik brought the original Arc of the Covenant back to Ethiopia from Israel

Overnight hotel in Axum. 

DAY 6: Axum
We enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Axum, which includes visiting the Stele Park, the Archeological Museum of Axum, the St. Mary of Zion Church, the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel (6th Century AD) and the palace of the Queen of Sheba (9th Century BC)  

Overnight hotel in Axum. 

DAY 7: Axum – Lalibela
In the morning we fly to Lalibela and after lunch we visit the first group of churches of Lalibela that are found north of a small stream called River Jordan. The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the world's most astounding sacred sites: 11 rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.

Overnight hotel in Lalibela. 

DAY 8: Lalibela
In the morning we continue visiting the second and third group of Lalibella rock churches. ONn the Afternoon we will walk or ride on the back of a mule to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheton Mariam (13yth Century AD). Here we enjoy a birds eye view of the surrounding area.

Overnight hotel in Lalibela. 

DAY 9: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
After breakfast we fly back to Addis Ababa and take a short city tour to visit the National Museum of Addis Ababa – where the fossil remains of the oldest hominid (Lucy – 3.25 mil years old) - is kept at, and Mercato – the largest open-air market in Africa.

Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa. 

DAY 10: Addis – Dire Dawa – Harar
Today we fly east to Dire Dawa and drive to the walled town of Harar, which was the Muslim Capital of Ethiopia in the medieval times. On our way to Harar, visit the villages of the Hararghe Oromo people. At Harar we visit the house of the famous French poet – Arthur Rimbaud who lived in Harar in the 19th Century, the cultural market of Harar where you can visit the people of Adere (Harari), Oromo and Amhara together, and in the evening drive to one of the gates of Harar to visit the ‘Hyena Man’ who feeds wild hyenas by hand.

Overnight hotel in Harar.

DAY 11: Harar – Dire Dawa – Addis
Drive 55 km to Dire Dawa visiting the largest Chat (Mild Stimulant) Market at Aweday .with a flight  back to Addis Ababa you  have time to make walks on the main streets to visit historical Monuments, and for shopping. In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people and taste their variety of meals. After dinner, you will be taken to the airport for your onward evening flight.



  You will be given an adjusted program of this tour that goes along with your arrival time in Ethiopia upon request

  Extension or reduction of this tour is possible

  This tour can be re-programmed to fit your interest, time and budget

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