Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar & Lalibela - 6 Days
Visit Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela
Tour Operator for Northern Ethiopia, Danakil Depression, Omo Valley Tribes, Parks in Ethiopia
Program: Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar & Lalibela
Tour Code:History 24
Duration: 5 Nights (6 Days)
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour Ends: Addis Ababa
Day 1: Arrive & City tour of Addis Ababa
Morning, arrive to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet with us at the air port and After Breakfast, we drive to the Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, Entoto Museum with historical and royal exhibit, The Church of St. Mary, built in 1885 and the old palace of emperor MenelikII. Take some images at Mount Entoto and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s replica Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Selassie / Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. Overnight –Hotel – Addis
Day 2: Tis Issat / Tis Abay - Blue Nile and Monasteries on Lake Tana
Morning, fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar & drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32 km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Issat means in Amharic: 'Smoke of Fire'. Much of the water is diverted for Hydro electric Generation plant but it is still worth visiting for remaining waterfalls, walking around, a Portuguese Bridge (17 Century) and the country side. The area around the waterfall is amazingly fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and Teff (from which Injera, our national bread, is made). On the way after the Blue Nile, visit the market of Bahir Dar where you can find the pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, and Woito Basket market.
After lunch; take a chartered boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries (constructed during 14 up to 19 century). You will visit only the most accessible and representative of the monasteries on the lake, still serving their original function: Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam (in Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Gabriel (prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus. Overnight hotel/lodge – Bahir Dar
Day 3: Bezawit Palace with view point, Awara Amba & Castles of Gondar
After breakfast; drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar (187 km asphalt road). On the way; visit the hill top of Bezawit (roughly 5km after Gojjam – Gondar border Bridge). At this point, you are visiting the Palace of Emperor Haile SelassieI (entering & photographing the palace is prohibited), panoramic view of the town of Bahir Dar, the Source of the Blue Nile - leaving its source from Lake Tana. Again on the way; visit the Awramba/ Awra Amba Community & landscapes. After lunch in Gondar, visit the Castles of emperor Fassiladas, his swimming pool, the empress Minitab’s Palace, the Banquet Room of Emperor Bakaffa… the 17 century church of Debre Birhan Sillassie (Light of Trinity) and Jewish/ Felash Village. Overnight –Hotel– Gondar
Day 4: Visit Lalibela Rock Hewn Churches
Morning, fly from Gondar to Lalibela Fly and after lunch, Visit the first group of six churches: 1.Bet Golgotha, 2.Bet Mikael, 3.Bet Mariam, 4.Bet Meskel, 5.Bet Danaghel and 6.Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem is the largest monolithic rock hewn church in the world, built like a Greek temple! In a corner there are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overnight – Overnight – Hotel - Lalibela
Day 5: Lalibela Circuit
Early morning. Trek to Asheten Mariam (optional) for a panoramic view of the region and a mountain Church named Asheten. After breathing on the top (more than 3000 m), descend down to Lalibela (at 2630m above sea level), one of the most fascinating historical sites of Ethiopia.
After lunch and a short siesta, continue exploring the fascinating churches (Second group): 7.Bete Amanuel, 8.Bete Marqorewos, 9.Bete Abba Libanos, 10.Bete Gabriel -Rufael and 11. Bet Giyorgis is the most elegant of all Lalibela churches, which lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the town on a sloping rock terrace. Also visit Nakuto Làabe Cave Church (5km from Lalibela). Overnight –Hotel - Lalibela
Day 6: Lalibela – Addis – Departure
Morning, fly back to Addis Ababa .If your departure is in the night time, we will take you to ethnical live dance club center to observe different cultural dances (Habesha Cultural Restaurant or Yod Abyssinia Restaurant) then transfer to Addis Ababa bole International Airport( end of the tour).
Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request