11-Days Tour Historical Circuits of Northern Ethiopia by surface+ Surface

Tour Description

Tour Code:11-Days Tailor-made tour to Historical Circuits of Northern Ethiopia

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 11 Days &10Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights & Boat ride


Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port


Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kaleb Hotel, Addis Ababa.


Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour


You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments).  Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.


After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Kaleb Hotel, Addis Ababa.


Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar


After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). En route, you will visit Debre Libanos Monastery (founded in the 13th century by priest Tekla Haimanot, today one of Ethiopia’s most renowned saints) & the museum.

After 100km from Debre Libanos Monastery the road dropping more than 1000m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable in scale to American’s Grand Canyon cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. You will stop for lunch at Debre Markos.


Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there.Overnight stay in Abay Minchlodge, Bahir Dar.


Day 4: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls


You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal  Giorgis.


After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Abay Minchlodge, Bahir Dar.


Day 5: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles


You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. 


Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles&the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light). Overnight stay in AG hotel, Gonder.


Day 6: Drive to Axum


Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (360 Km from Gonder) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Yehahotel, Axum.


Day 7: City Tour in Axum


You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century.


In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Yeha hotel, Axum.


Day 8: Drive to Mekelle


After breakfast, you will be driven to Mekelle (280 Km from Axum). On the way you can visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha(50 Km from Axum) which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.


Another possible excursion is to Debre Damo monastery (70km from Axum, only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself!


On the way visit Negash Mosque (the first Muslim inhabitants who arrived in Ethiopia around 7th century AD). Then drive to Mekelle. You will arrive late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Axum Hotel, Mekelle.


Day 9: Drive to Lalibela


After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there.Overnight stay in Lal Hotel, Lalibela.


Day 10: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela


Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Lal Hotel, Lalibela.


Day 11: Flight back to Addis Ababa & departure


After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.


Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.


Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.




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Starting from: $ 1,070 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 150

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

Domestic flights (Lalibela – Addis Ababa)

·       If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = ?? USD

·       If not (with other airline) = ?? USD

Flight cost subject to change.


Price includes:

·       Well-maintained & insured Coaster-bus, 2012 -2015 Modelwith driver & driver’s allowance.

·       Fuel

·       All transfer in & out,

·       Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room)

·       Professional English Speaking guide

·       Meals half-board basis (Breakfast + Lunch)

·       Cultural Dinner on last day, Day 11

·       All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees

·       All Cost of Tour leader

·       Bottled natural water every day,

·       Service tax


Price DOES NOT include:


·       Domestic flights (Lalibela – Addis Ababa)

·       Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),

·       Any other services/expenses not mentioned above