8-Days Tour to Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum & Lalibela Ethiopia (flights and surface)

Tour Description

Tour Code:  FET-N04 Tour Program to Northern Ethiopia

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights

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 Oasis Hotel Apartment, 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 (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). 

 

Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).

 

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 Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 3: Fly to Bahir dar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahir dar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.

 

Your first visit will be to Lake Tana on 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.

 

Optional Excursion: Early in the evening, after dinner you will visit ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will back to the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Jacaranda hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 4: 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 Goha hotel, Gonder.

 

Day 5: Flight to Axum & City Tour in Axum

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Axum where you will check into a hotel. After a short break, you will visit 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.), all day with lunch break in between.

 

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

 

Day 6: Flight to Lalibela

After breakfast, a short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive by a minivan to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.

 

Your first 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 Panoramic View hotel, Lalibela

 

Day 7: One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam or Yimerhane Kirsotos. Overnight stay in Panoramic View hotel, Lalibela

 

Day 8: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early 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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Flight cost subject to change.

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

Addis – Bahir dar//Gonder - Axum - Lalibela – Addis Ababa

 

  •        If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = 285USD
  •        If not (with other airline) = 540 USD

 

Flight cost subject to change.

Price includes:

  •        All transfer in & out,
  •        All transport in Addis Ababa, Bahir dar, Gonder, Axum and Laliblea
  •        Experienced English Speaking tour guide with his domestic flight costs
  •        Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e sharing a Double room) including Breakfast
  •        All entrance fees (including $50 + $9 pp in Lalibela) , local guide fee, and boat fees
  •       Bottled natural water every day,
  •        Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  •        Domestic flights (Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar// Gonder -Axum - Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
  •        Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  •    Meals (lunch and dinner)
  •        Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.