THE NORTHERN HISTORIC ROUTE
EMP 101: HISTORIC ROUTE BY SURFACE
TOUR CODE – EMP/101
DURATION - 13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS
DEPARTURE – MORNING

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1: CITY TOUR
Morning city tour of Addis Ababa , visit Entoto Mountains , with very nice view over the capital, and church of St. Marry with adjacent museum of imperial objects. Then back to the city for the national museum overnight hotel.

DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – DEBRE MARKOS
Early morning drive to Debre Libanos and visit the monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge. It is spectacular Scenery, and keeps on driving through the farm land of Gojam , Arrival at Debre Markos & over night in a hotel.

DAY 3: DEBRE MARKOS – BAHIR DAR
Drive to Bahir Dar in the afternoon city tour of Baher Dar.


DAY 4: BAHIR DAR

After an early breakfast drives to the Blue Nile falls 32 km far from Bahir Dar, then walk for some distance to reach the bottom of the majestic fall. In the After noon a boat trip on Lake Tana , to visit the islands in the lake and its Monastery. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 5: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR
Break fast in the hotel and then Drive to Gonder which was the 17th century Capital of Ethiopia founded by the King Fassiledes. After lunch Visit of the palace compound, the beautiful church of Debre Birahn Sellassie with its wonderful Murals and paintings. At last you will have the look of the village of Ethiopian Jews “The Falasha”. Over night in the hotel.

DAY 6: GONDAR - AXUM
Early in the morning drive to north of Gondar through the Chains of the Semen Mountains and the Tekeze river valley to the ancient town of Axum , Picnic Lunch en route. Arrive at Axum , dinner and overnight in your hotel.


DAY 7: AXUM

After break fast, full day sight seeing of Axum, which includes The park of the standing Stale carved out from one single granite stone of the pre-Christianity Era, the palace and tombs of one of the Axumite Empire King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel and the old and new St. Mary of Zion, visit of the ruins of Queen of Sheba palace, Inscriptions of Ezana, archeological Museums etc, Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

DAY 8: AXUM - ADIGRAT
After break fast Leave Axum and drive to Adigrat en rout visit the pre-Axumite Temple of Yeha and Debre Damo Monastery. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 9: ADIGRAT - MEKELE
It is the capital city of Tigray Region . On the way visit the church of Abune Aftse , rock hewn church of Abraha Atsebaha . Picnic Lunch en route; arrive in Mekele, Dinner and over night in a hotel.

DAY 10: MEKEL – LALIBELA
After break fast drive to Lalibela through Ambalage Chains of Mountain. Picnic Lunch en route; arrive in Lalibela, Dinner and overnight in a hotel.


DAY 11: LALIBELA

Morning start by visiting the first part of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Dated back to the 12th century, All carved out (inside and outside) of a solid rock and are architecturally unique ranked among the wonders of the world. In the afternoon, you visit the 2nd part of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 12: LALIBELA – DESSE
After break fast drive to Desse, en route visit Hyke Estifanos Monastry or Genete Mariam semi-monolithic churches. Dinner and Over night at Desse in a hotel

DAY 13: DESSE - ADDIS ABABA
After Break fast, departure for Addis via Debre Birehan, Lunch en route, In the evening parting dinner in Addis Ababa with traditional Music and Dance at one of cultural restaurants, And departure.

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