14 Days Tour to Visit to Beni-Shangul Gumuz and historical routes of Northern Ethiopia

Tour Description


Tour Code: FET-NW01 Tour Program Benishangul Gumuz & Northern Ethiopia
Attractions: Scenery, Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture
Duration: 14 Days & 13 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & 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 Bole Ambassador 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). 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. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
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.
In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.

Day 3: Drive to Nekmete
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Nekmete (325 Km from Addis). Depending on your arrival visit the Wallagga cultural museum, & Dej. Kumsa Moroda Palace. The museum exhibits varieties of traditional household furniture that reflect the culture of the Oromo people and the various ethnic groups in the area. The palace was built by Dej. Kumsa Moroda the last of the independent kings of Leqa Naqamte Kingdom until 1892. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Local hotel, Neqamte.

Day 4: Drive to Asosa
After breakfast you drive to Asosa (300Kms from Nekmete) on the way admire the Bambasi village very colorful market of the Oromo, Mao & Komo. The Mao & Komo are very traditional tribes, with many scarification all over their body. The Mao men have scarification in the face & chest, while female on the belly. While the Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly. You will arrive late in the afternoon in Asosa and check in to the hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Local hotel.

Day 5: Day trip to Kumurk
An early morning drive will take you to Kumurk near to Sudan border town of Kumruk, get the permits, and drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract salt. Proceed then to a traditional gold market, where you can admire the way they do their market. You will arrive late in the afternoon in Asosa and check in to the hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Local hotel

Day 6: Drive to Halmo, Sherkole
An early morning drive will take you to Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile River, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay”. On the way you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners, at work. Then proceed to Mankush (Guba), where you find also a previous palace of Degazmach Mohammed Nur Banjaw (Mankush), built during Emperor Menelik reign. You will arrive late in the afternoon in Asosa. In the evening, you will have and camping. Overnight stay in Local hotel.

Day 7: Drive to Pawi
An early morning drive will take you to Pawi. On the way admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to very nice and traditional Agew people villages. Overnight stay camping.

Day 8: Drive to Bahir Dar
After breakfast you drive to Bahir Dar(appr. 325kms from Pawi) on the way visit the Shinsah, Agew and Gojjam village. As well visit the Crater Lake Zengena. You will arrive late in the afternoon in Bahir Dar and check in to the hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Abay Minch Lodge, Bahir Dar.

Day 9: 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 Minch Lodge, Bahir Dar.

Day 10: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.
Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D. that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the 17th century palaces of King Fassiladas, King Iyasu and Queen Mentewab and different other buildings.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. The ceremony replicates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and is seen as an important renewal of faith.), the Historic
Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light) has a ceilings decorated with beautiful winged Angels, and its walls with impressive scene depicting biblical events, including; St. May, the Saints, martyrs and the life of Christ.
Depending on the time you can visit also the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Inside the palace look out the figures of crosses and Ethiopian characters and animals, such as St Samuel riding his lion.
Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Lalibela through Debre Taobr and Nefase Moucha
You will have breakfast & drive to Lalibela (325 Km from Gonder). On the way visit the Awrama Community (85km from Gonder ). You will stop for lunch at Nefase Moucha. You will arrive in Lalibela late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel or Roha Hotel.

Day 12: 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 Tukul Village hotel.

Day 13: 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 (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Tukul Village hotel.

Day 14: 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 depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.