Ethiopia is an old independent country and its heritage dates back to fist century AD. The Axum civilization was one of the great civilizations of the time and history encompasses legend and tradition, mystery and fact, from a powerful ancient civilization. Legend has it that Emperor Menelik, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant from Jerusalem to Axum where he established one of the world’s longest known, uninterrupted monarchical dynasties. Following the decline of Axum, the Zagwe and Gonderine civilizations are successors which results the greatest historical legacy including Lalibela rock churches, Gondar palace, etc.
Therefore, the following days fascinating tour to well-trodden historic route takes you through Ethiopia’s famous historical places that shelters priceless relics from powerful and religious ancient civilization which covers the rock-hewn churches, ancient obelisks ,the first Sub-Saharan castles, island monasteries and the forbidden medieval town of Harar; it also covers many of the country's astonishing natural wonders, from the spectacular Tis isat falls to scenic Semien mountain national park which takes you through a magnificent scenic world of fairy-tale names such as Addis Ababa ,Bahirdar, Gondar, Semien Mountain National Park, Axum, Debre Damo, Lalibela and Harar .
WUB ETHIOPIA TOURS is ready to take you to such magnificent historic route tourist destinations and help you discover the hidden treasure.
Tour Code: WET-203
Duration: 9days 8nights
Tour Title: Northern Highlight
Transportation: Surface and Flight
Day1. Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa, meet and greet by Wub Ethiopia tours representative and transfer to a hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival you will visit the national museum where 3.4 million years old hominid skeleton is (Lucy) is displayed, the trinity church and Merkato (the biggest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel
Day2. Addis Ababa-Bahirdar
Take early flight to Bahirdar, and transfer to hotel for check-in, and then drive about 32kms to visit & admire the Blue Nile falls (locally called Tissiat, or “Smoking Water”); the plunging falls give rise to picturesque steam clouds and rainbows. Afternoon, boat trip on Lake Tana, the largest highland lake in Ethiopia to visit the island monasteries of Ura Kidane Mehret & Azua Mariam. Overnight Hotel.
Morning drive about 172kms to GONDER founded in 1632 by king FASILIDES. On the way observe and identify some beautiful bird species /like crowned crane /. Afternoon visit THE ROYAL CASTLES and BATH OF EMPEROR FASILIDES who is one of the strongest rulers of Ethiopia in the 17th century A.D., continue to visit DEBRE BIRHAN SELLASSIE famous for its angel head frescoes, the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex. Overnight hotel
Day4. Gondar-Semein Mountain National Park-Debarq
Morning after breakfast drive to the jagged panorama of the Semien Mountains National Park, famed for its breathtaking landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife spectacular views. The highland plateau is capped by a dramatic skyline of jagged volcanic plugs and split by deep gorges and gullies. With little walk you may spot the endemic Wallia Ibex, Gelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer. Overnight, Hotel in Debarq.
Early in the morning drive to the historical town of AXUM, which is 270 km from Debarq through magnificent scenery and topography of Semien Mountain and Tekeze river valley. Overnight hotel
Morning visit the ancient city of AXUM including archaeological museum to see archaeological findings /like coins, potteries, and altars/, the stelae which dates back to the 4th century A.D. and the church of AXUM TSION MARIAM. In the Afternoon visit the tomb of two well known kings of their time ATSE KALEB and GEBRE MESKEL at last but not least visit DINGUER palace which is believed to be queen of Sheba’s palace. Overnight hotel
Take short Morning flight to LALIBELA, UNESCO heritage sites, the former ROHA takes its name from ZAGWE’S famous king called king LALIBELA meaning by the local language “even a bee knows his sovereignty”, founded in 1137 with the coming of ZAGWE dynasty in to existence. Overnight hotel
In the morning, among the 11 well known churches of ROHA LALIBELA visit the first and third group of churches consisting of Bet MEDHANEALEM, Bet MARIAM, Bet MESKEL, Bet DENAGIL, Bet MIKAEL/GOLGOTHA, and Bet GHIORGIS. In the afternoon, visit the 2nd group of churches, which consists of Bet RAFAEL/GEBRIEL, Bet MERKORIOS, Bet EMANUEL, and Bet ABBA LIBANOS. Overnight hotel
Fly back to ADDIS ABABA, the capital city of Ethiopia. Afternoon you will have some shopping and in the evening farewell dinner in one the famous traditional restaurants and transfer to the airport for your departure.