Historic Route or the Northern Circuit
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Historic Route or the Northern Circuit

Different Historic tour Packages

This voyage leads to the extensive historic sites of the country passing also through the scenic Ethiopian High Lands, and fantastic panoramas. The monasteries of the Lake Tana and the 13th century monolithic rock-hewn churches of king Lalibela, the stele and tombs of the Axumite Kings. The Tigray rock-hewn churches dating to the 4th-15th century and more colorful Coptic Church festivities.

Add the Islamic word and shrines in Harer, Dire Dawa, Sof Omar, Sheikh Hussien, and others.

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LTT 400 - 403 Bahir Dar or Gondar or Lalibela or Axum by air (2 nights, 3days each)

LTT 404 Bahir Dar and Gondar by air (3 nights, 4days)

LTT 405 Bahir Dar and Lalibela by air (4nights, 5 days)

LTT 406 Gondar and Lalibela by air (3 nights, 4 days)

LTT 407 Gondar and Axum by air (3 nights, 4 days)

LTT 408 Lalibela and Axum by air (4 nights, 5 days)

LTT 409 Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela by air (5 nights, 6 days)

LTT 410 Bahir Dar, Gondar and Axum by air (5 nights, 6 days)

LTT 411 Gondar, Lalibela and Axum by air (5 nights, 6 days)

LTT 412 Bahir Dar, Gondar and Axum by air (5 nights, 8 days) Click Here to book this tour

LTT 413 HISTIRIC ROUTE (BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, LALIBELA AND AXUM) BY AIR (8 nights, 9 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Bahir Dar and city tour and excursion to Blue Nile falls. O/n in hotel.

3. Boat trip on lake Tana / short trip – half day, or long trip  - full day/. O/n in hotel at Bahar dar.

4. Drive to Gondar visit castles and churches. O/n in hotel at Gondar.

5. Fly to Lalibela & visit rock-hewn churches. O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

6. Visit churches in and out of the villages of Lalibela.  O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

7. Fly to Axum and visit the sightseeings in Axum. O/n in hotel at Axum.

8. Drive to Yeha and Debre Damo. O/n in hotel at Axum.

9. Fly back to Addis Ababa. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 414 BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, LALIBELA, AXUM BY AIR AND CAR (11 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Bahir Dar, city tour and Blue Nile falls. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

3. Boat trip to the Island monasteries on Lake Tana /short trip – half day or long trip – full day. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

4. Drive to Gondar, visit castles and churches in the afternoon. O/n in hotel at Gondar.

5. Drive to Axum passing by the Semien Mountains. O/n in hotel at Axum.

6. Full day at Axum, Stele, St. Mary of Zion church, Queen Sheba palace ruin, etc… O/n in hotel at Axum.

7. Drive to Yeha, Debre Damo. O/n in local hotel at Adigrat.

8. Drive to the Tigray rock-hewn churches. O/n in hotel at Mekelle.

9. Drive to Lalibela. O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

10. Full day at Lalibela for the 11 rock-hewn churches. O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

11. Fly back to Addis.  Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 415 BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, AXUM AND LALIBELA ON SURFACE (13 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Drive to Debre Libanos monastery and Blue Nile Gorge. O/n in hotel at Debre Markos.

3. Drive to Bahir Dar, afternoon city tour. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

4. Full day Bahir Dar: Blue Nile Falls and boat trip on Lake Tana. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

5. Drive to Gondar, visit the castles and churches. O/n in hotel at Gondar.

6. Drive to Axum via Semien Mountains. O/n in hotel at Axum.

7. Full day at Axum. O/n in hotel at Axum.

8. Drive to Yeha and Debre Damo monastery. O/n in local hotel at Adigrat.

9. Visit the Tigray rock-hewn churches (2-3 unique churches) & Negash. O/n in hotel at Mekelle.

10. Drive to Lalibela. O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

11. Full day at Lalibela. O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

12. Drive to Kombolcha on the way visit Hayk istefanosmonastery or Genete Mariam semi monolithic churches. O/n in hotel at Kombolcha.

13. Drive back to Addis Ababa. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.

Note: tour can be reversed, especially if possible to use dates of Afar and Oromo people markets of Sembete and Bati villages.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 416 BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, AXUM, LALIBELA, HARER SURFACE AND AIR (16 days)

Same program of LTT 415, then:

13. Drive Bati village (Afar & Oromo market, possibly), Afar region, and Danakil depression-Awash park. O/n in local hotel.

14. Drive Harer. O/n in hotel.

15. Morning visit Babile, valley of marvels. Afternoon tour Harer. Evening hayena man. O/n in hotel at Harer.

16. Drive to Dire Dawa town. Fly back to Addis Ababa.  Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure. Click Here to book this tour

LTT 417 HISTORIC ROUTE AND TIGRAY ROCK HEWN CHURCHES (16 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa.

2. Drive to Kombolcha & possibly Sembete market O/n in hotel.

3. Drive to Woldya & possibly Bati market (or Heyk Estifanos monastery). O/n in local hotel.

4. Drive to Lalibela & visit. O/n in hotel.

5. Lalibela in & out of town churches. O/n in hotel.

6.Drive to Mekele via sequota or Woldia. O/n in hotel.

Choice I

7. Drive to Wukro Cherkos, Abreha-we-Atsbeha Degum selassie, Debre-Tsion.  O/n in hotel at Mekelle.

8. Drive to Abba Yohanie, Gebriel Wuken, Mariam Wukro, Adua (Yeha). O/n in hotel at Axum.

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Choice II

7. Drive to Wukro Cherkos, Abreha-we-Atsbeha Degum selassie, Debre Tsion monasteries Hauzien. O/n in local hotel at Adigrat.

8. Drive to Debre Damo Monastery, Yeha, Adua. O/n in hotel at Axum.

9. Full day at Axum: steles, archeological sites, churches, history, legends. O/n in hotel at Axum.

10. Drive to Semien Mountains Park.  O/n in lodge at Semien Park.

11. All day at Semien Park.  O/n in lodge at Semien Park.

Choice I

12. Afternoon drive to Gondar. O/n in hotel at Gondar.

13. Morning tour at Gondar, afternoon drive to Bahir dar. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

14. Morning boat trip on Lake Tana to Zegie island, afternoon Blue Nile excursion.  O/n in hotel at Bahar dar.

Choice II

12. Morning drive to Gondar, afternoon city tour.  O/n in hotel at Gondar.

13. Boat crossing from Gorgora to Bahir dar on lake Tana.  O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

14. Blue Nile and city tour. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

15. Drive to Debre Markos. O/n in hotel.

16. Drive to Addis Ababa via the Blue Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos Monastery. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 418 MAQDELA. (EMPEROR TEWODROS’S TREASURES) LALIBELA, TIGRAY ROCK CHURCHES, AXUM, DEBRE DAMO, YEHA GONDAR AND BAHIR DAR SURFACE (18 days)

Special North      

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Drive to Dessie. (Pass Sembete market).

3. Drive to Tenta O/n in local hotel.

4. Trek to Maqdela. O/n Tenta.

5. Drive to Gishen Mariam (Where the piece of the True Cross is deposited). O/n in hotel in Woldia.

6. Drive to Lalibela . O/n in hotel.

7. Full day tour at Lalibela. O/n in hotel.

8. Drive to Mekele. O/n in hotel.

9. Drive to Wukro Cherkos, Abreha-we-Atsbeha, Degum Selassie, Debre Tsion. O/n in local hotel at Adigrat.

10. Drive to Debre-Damo-monastery, Yeha, Adua. O/n in hotel at Axum.

11. Full day at Axum. O/n in hotel.

12. Drive to Semien Mountains national park.  O/n in lodge at the park.

13. Full day at Semien lodge.  O/n in lodge at the park.

Choice I

14. Afternoon drive to Gondar. O/n in hotel at Gondar.

15. Morning tour at Gondar, afternoon drive to Bahir dar. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

16. Morning boat trip on Lake Tana to Zegie island, afternoon Blue Nile excursion.  O/n in hotel at Bahar dar.

Choice II

14. Morning drive to Gondar, afternoon city tour.  O/n in hotel at Gondar.

15. Boat crossing from Gorgora to Bahir dar on lake Tana.  O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

16. Blue Nile and city tour. O/n in hotel at Bahir dar.

17. Drive to Debre-Markos. O/n in hotel.

18. Drive to Addis Ababa through the Blue Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos Monastery. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.

Note: Extension from, Gondar, for two days (with extra cost) to the Debre Abune Aron Church (open-roof church) is very interesting to be added.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 419 A) GONDAR AND TREKKING TO THE SEMIEN MOUNTAINS. (BY AIR AND SURFACE)(13 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Gondar, tour of the Castles and the Churches. O/n in hotel.

3. Drive for Debark and the Semien Mountains National Park. Camping at Sankaber.

4. Trek from Sankaber to Geech. O/n camping.

5. From Geech to mount Imetgogo, Kedadit back to Geech. O/n camping.

6. Trek from Geech to Chenek. O/n camping.

7. Trek from Chenek to Hambiquo. O/n camping.

8. Trek from Hambiquo climb to the Ras Dashen (the highest peak) and return to Hamiquo. O/n camping.

9. Trek from Hambiquo to Alquso. O/n camping.

10. Trek from Alquso to Abergina. O/n camping.

11.Trek from Abergina to Michibi. O/n camping.

12. Trek from Michibi to Debark. End of trekking. Meet the vehicles at Debark and drive back to Gondar. O/n in hotel.

13. Fly back to Addis Ababa. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure.

Note: Extension to Bahir Dar, Axum, and Lalibela can be made from Debark or Gondar.Click Here to book this tour

LTT 419 B) TREKKING SEMIEN MOUNTAINS WITH GONDAR & AXUM (14 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa, city tour. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Gondar and visit the Castles and Churches. O/n in hotel.

3. Drive to Sankaber. O/n camping.

4. Start Trekking from Sankaber- Geech. O/n camping.

5. Geech, mount Imetgogo, Kedadit. O/n Geech camping.

6. From Geech to Chenek. O/n camping.

7. From Chenek-Hambiquo. O/n camping.

8. Climb Ras Dashen  (4620 mts) back to Hambiquo. O/n camping.

9. From Ambiquo to Arko Azeye. O/n camping.

10. From Arko Azeye to Lamo (Mekarebya). On camping.

11. From Lamo to Hawaza. O/n camping.

12. From Hawaza to Aderkay meet the vehicles and drive to Axum. O/n in hotel.

13. Tour of Axum. O/n in hotel.

14. Fly back to Addis Ababa. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

Note: Extension to Lalibela and Bahir dar can be arranged with extra days & cost Click Here to book this tour

LTT 419 C) TREKKING SEMIEN MOUNTAINS WITH GONDAR & LALIBELA (16 days)

1. Arrival and city tour of Addis Ababa. O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…).

2. Fly to Gondar & tour. O/n in hotel.

3. Drive Sankaber. O/n camping.

4. Start trekking from Sankaber to Geech. O/n camping.

5. Geech to Chenek. O/n camping.

6. Chenek to Albiquo. O/n camping.

7. Climb Ras Dashen, Ethiopian highest mountain, and back to Albiquo. O/n camping.

8. Albiquo to Alkeso. O/n camping.

9. Alkeso to Abergina. O/n camping.

10. Abergina to Michibi. O/n camping.

11. Drive back to Gondar. O/n in hotel.

12. Drive from Gondar to Debre-Tabor (climb mt. Tabor). O/n in hotel.

13. Drive from Debre Tabor to Debre Abune Aron, Lalibela. O/n in hotel.  

14. Drive from Lalibela to Yimrehane Kristos (on mule & foot) O/n in hotel at Lalibela.

15. Tour of the II rock-hew churches in Lalibela. O/n in hotel.

16. Fly back to Addis Ababa. Evening departure or O/n in hotel of your choice (5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars…) for next day departure. Click Here to book this tour

 

Land

accordion1 Ethiopia, as large as France and Spain combined, has an area of 1,235,000 sq. k. About 65% of the land is arable, with 15% cultivated.
 

Climate

accordion2There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September.
 

Topography

accordion3Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and center of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous Ethiopian river is the Blue Nile(or Abbay), Which runs a distance of 1,450 km from the source in Lake Tana, to join the white Nile at Khartoum.
 

Transport

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Roads: there are some 4,100 km of asphalt roads with a further 19,000 km of gravel and dry-weather roads.
Railways: A778 km long railway line links Addis Ababa with Djibouti, and carries both freight and passengers.
Air: Ethiopia Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips.

 

 

Electric supply

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About 90% of the population earns their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farms. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principle exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof and hides and skinks.
 

Language

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Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are 83 with 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken. 

 

Newspaper

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There are several foreign-language newspapers published in Ethiopia including the dayily Ethiopian Herald, printed in English. 

 

Time

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Ethiopia is in the GMT +3 hours’ time zone, Ethiopia follows the Julian Calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days. 
 

People

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The population is estimated at 55 million, over 50% of who are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 49.
 

Currency

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The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, Made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import an unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency (on the appropriate blue colored form) is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may only be changed at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be attained as this will be required by customs on departure, visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian birr to foreign currency at the airport, you must, in addition to the currency declaration from, bring with you all the receipts for exchange transaction. 

 

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