11-Days Tour Bahir Dar, Gonder, Simien Park and Lalibela

Tour Description

Tour Code: 11-Days Tour Bahir Dar, Gonder, Simien Park and Lalibela

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 11 Days &10Nights

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.

Depending on your arrival you will make a visit Addis Ababa. Your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Or 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).

In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.Overnight stay in Oasis hotel apartment, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: 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 Dib Anebessa hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

 

Day 3: 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.

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 Dib Anebessa hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 4: Drive to Debark

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark, gateway town to Simien Park (280 Km from Gonder). On the way visit the Falasha Village (Ethiopian Jews). You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel.Overnight stay in Simien Park hotel or similar accommodation.

 

Day 5: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park

You will have breakfast & drive to Simein park (20 Km from Debark) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park and drive to the park then make a short walk/trekandspend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).

Trekking Options

·       Trek from Buyit Ras via Michibi escarpment where the panorama makes you feel on top of the world. When you have walked long enough (you can choose to walk 1.5 up to 3 hours) you can follow the track back to the road where the land cruiser waits for you.

·       Or you can walk up to Sankaber. The car will bring you also to places were big troops of Gelada’s can be observed

·       OR you can choose to drive to Sankaber and make a walk of appr.3-4 h. total to Geech Abyss and Jinbar waterfall. Discuss with your local guide and driver the best option.

Late afternoon drive back to Debark for overnight stay. Overnight stay in Simien Park hotel or similar accommodation. 

 

Day 6: Drive to Gondar& Visit the Fassiladas Castles

You will be driven to Gondar (100Km) right after breakfast. On the way make a stop at Kossoye for best view (famous for the place where Queen Elizabeth II had a tea-break while traveling in 1965, is worth a stop). On arrival in Gonder 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 Quara hotel, Gonder.

 

Day 7: Drive to Lalibela

After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (325 Km from Gonder) through Debare Tabore & Nefase Moucha. En route visit the Awura Amba (110Km from Gonder) village which is a unique community, based on the same principles as the Kibbutz in Israel. Here you can see the daily life of the people. Work is equally done by men and women; there is a good care for the children and elderly. See www.visitawraamba.com

 You will arrive late in the afternoon to Lalibela. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there.Overnight stay in Seven Olives hotel or similar accmmodation, Lalibela.

 

Day 8: 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 Seven Olives hotel or similar accmmodation, Lalibela

 

Day 9: 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 Nakute LeAb.Overnight stay in Seven Olives hotel or similar accmmodation, Lalibela

 

Day 10: Drive to Kombolcha

An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Kombolcha (335 Km). En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha & upon arrival, you will check into a hotel & stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel, Kombolcha.

 

Day 11: Drive to Addis Ababa and flight back home

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). 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& then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

Rates: Upon request

Price includes:

  • Well-maintained &  insured 4WD Vehicle for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance
  • Fuel
  • All transfer in & out,
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis (i.e a room with two bed)
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

 

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
  • Optional excursions
  • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.