Northern Ethiopia Historic Tour 8 Day

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  I took a tour with Muley to Wonchi crater as a day trip out of Addis. It was an amazing trip to an amazing location. Everything was well... read more

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5/19/2019
8 Days / 7 Nights
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Time Travel Back into History - Ancient Ethiopia

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The Northern Ethiopia Historic Tour is our most popular package in Ethiopia. Immerse yourself in 1500 years of history jammed into 8 days. Explore the source of the famous Nile River and Lake Tana. Enjoy breath taking views of Africa’s Camelot….the castles of Gondar! Take a leap back in time and view the world renowned UNESCO World Heritage Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela and Ancient City of Axum.

All-Inclusive Tours

Price Includes

  • Domestic Flights
  • Private Hotel Room
  • Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Water, Juices, Coffee, Tea

Complementaries

  • Access to Mobile Phone and Camera Charging
  • Unlimited Beer
  • Arada Tours Gift Bag

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Good Service
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Route Highlights - What will you do?

Trekking in the Simien Mountains
  1. Tour the 4 major historical cities of Northern Ethiopia
  2. Trek in the pristinely preserved Simien Mountains National Park
  3. Be stunned and amazed by the beautiful views of Lalibela
  4. Take a selfie next to the monolithic Obelisks in Axum
  5. Taste delicious Ethiopian cuisine.  In cities such as Bahir Dar and Gondar.

Enjoy 8 days of adventure as you travel throughout Northern Ethiopia on your tour.  Dine and taste the different foods that are local to each area of the north.  Explore the beautiful Simien Mountains National Park during a day of light trekking.  The tour will be more than just a vacation.  It will be an adventure suited for all ages!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:  Addis to Axum

Begin your tour with an early morning flight on Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa to the ancient Ethiopia Aksumite capitol of Axum.  Your guided tour will place you in the shoes of a ancient Ethiopian as you spend a full day touring the historical sites of Axum.  Observe the stone obelisks as they tower into the sky!   Sneak a peek at the chapel that is said to  house the Ark of the Covenant.  Dinner and sleep overnight in Axum.

Obelisks of Axum

Day 2:  Axum to Simiens

Following breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the Tigray region of Northern Ethiopia from Axum to Debarke. After stopping to handle park fees, pickup supplies, etc., we will begin the initial hike. 3-4 hours of trekking with beautiful views on both sides of the ridge. Simien Mountains National Park Gelada Baboons can be seen grazing! Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Debarke.

Day 3:  Simiens to Gondar

After a short drive from Debarke, enjoy a full day touring the attractions of Gondar. We recommend the fish goulash at the the lunch time restaurant, Master Chef’s! Relax with a beer or coffee and watch the gorgeous sunset at our favorite vantage point in the city.

Day 4:  Gondar to Bahir Dar

Continue southward to Bahir Dar. The 4 hour drive will take you through rural villages, providing a wonderful insight into the culture of the Amhara people. Following hotel check-in, explore the sites of Bahir Dar. At night, enjoy the best cultural dance show in all of Ethiopia!

Day 5:  Bahir Dar

Enjoy an early morning breakfast before beginning the journey to the Blue Nile Gorge. Begin the short trek to the Blue Nile Falls at the historic Portuguese bridge. Proceed along the lush trail before arriving at the spectacular Blue Nile Waterfall. Following Lunch, enjoy a scenic boat ride on Lake Tana. While travelling via a medium sized power boat be sure to soak in all the animal wild life including various birds, monkeys, and even hippos. Visit isolated monasteries such as Kibran Gabriel. They will open your eyes to the colorful culture of 14th century Ethiopia. A dramatic sunset view on Lake Tana brings the boating adventure to an end. Proceed to the hotel and dinner.

Blue Nile Files Historic Northern Ethiopia
Arada tours customers at the Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia.

Day 6:  Bahir Dar to Lalibela

After a short early morning domestic flight totaling an hour, arrive in the beautiful city of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Following the hotel transfer and check-in, proceed to a mid-day lunch exploring the famous Ethiopian culinary scene. In Lalibela, guest will enjoy a delicious traditional Ethiopian meal at one of the best local spots in town. Lalibela is well known for its unique preserved and still active rock hewn churches. This tour starts the adventure by visiting the northwestern cluster of churches. This cluster consist of Biete Golgotha Mikael, Biete Mariam, Biete Denagel, Biete Maskal and Biete Medhani Alem. Be amazed with a detailed focused local tour guide explaining the complexity of architecture, history, and overall existence of the structures. Dinner will follow an action packed day!

Day 7:  Lalibela

Enjoy an early morning breakfast. Followed by a journey in a 4×4 vehicle to the historic sites of Yemrehanna Kristos and Na’akuto La’ab monastery. Following the journey back to Lalibela, relax with a delicious lunch and a sip of Ethiopian coffee. Continuing sightseeing Lalibela with your expert local guide. Guests will visit the southeastern cluster of rock hewn churches. This cluster consists of Biete Lehem, Biete Gabreil Rafael, Biete Abba Libanos, Biete Amanuel, and Biete Qeddis Mercoreus. The final church of Biete Ghiorgis which is located west of the southern group will also be explored. St. George is well known for its top view resembling a cross. Journey back to the hotel to prepare for a dinner at one of Ethiopia’s most picturesque restaurants.

Day 8  Lalibela to Addis

Coffee connoisseur or elegant tea consumer, wake up to a beautiful cup to energize the day. Breakfast will feature delicious courses as a farewell to Lalibela. Scenic views during a transfer from the hotel to the airport will bring a close to the adventure. Returning to Addis Ababa on a quick flight totaling one hour will leave plenty of time in the day for more adventure.