Ethiopia's Historical Attractions and Tours

Ethiopia has a historical hertage that goes back thousands of years. The very unique historical and cultural attributes of ethiopia have long been attractions to internaitonal tourists and explorers. Petra Travel and Tours offers tour packges to such prominent historical attracitons of Ethiopia as AXUM, DEBRE DAMO, LALIBELLA, GONDAR, MEKELLEA, MONASTRIES OF LAKE TANA AND HARER. Please check out the tour itineraries below and if you do not find a suitable one or you want us to tailor the listed packages to your needs, let us know. We are very felxible about the tour package.

PTT - 01 : Historic Route Of Ethiopia (Axum/Yeha/Debre Damo)

CATERGORY: HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 4 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – AXUM: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Axum and check in to the Hotel. Sightseeing tour in Axum that include the Stele Square, king kaleb’s Tomb, queen of Sheba’s palace, Archaeological museum and Tsion Mariam church where the original Ark is housed. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 3: AXUM – YIHA – DEBRE DAMO: - Drive to DebreDamo, Visit the Yeha temple, the pre- Christian shrine known for its perfectly fine architecture and Abuna Aftse church, the site of the 6th century church, and Debre Damo monastery, dated back to Axumite time. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 4: AXUM-ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port to fly back to Addis Ababa. City tour in Addis Ababa that includes that Merkato, the largest Open Air Market in Africa and souvenir Shopping. Fare well with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 02 : Historic Route Of Ethiopia (Mekele/Dugum/Axum)

CATERGORY: HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 7 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay, Addis Ababa in the Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA –MEKELE: - Transferred to the Air port. Fight to Mekelle and check in to the Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing, which include Emperor Yohannes Palace. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: MEKELE-DUGUM: - Early in the morning drive to Wukuro to visit the Wukro Chirkos church. Continue driving to Dugum on the way you will have a visit of the Abraha Atsbeha church. Overnight camping in Dugum
DAY 04: DUGUM: - Trekking to the surrounding hill. Visit the hill top rock hewn churches of Tigray that include Dugum Selassie and Debre Tsion Abrham dated form the 14th century. Overnight camping in Dugum
DAY 05: DUGUM-AXUM:- Drive to Axum, enjoy the scenery on the way visit to Debre Damo monastery, dating back to the Axumite time and showing typical Axumite architecture, and the Yeha temple and its incredible, fine architecture. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 06: AXUM: - sightseeing tour in Axum that include the Stele square, Kung Kaleb’s Tomb. Queen of Sheba’s palace, Archaeological Museums and Tsion Mariam church, where the original Ark is housed. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 07: AXUM – ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and fight to Addis Ababa. City tour of Addis Ababa including the Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa, and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 03 : Historic Route Of Ethiopia (Lalibella)

CATERGORY: HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT
TOUR DURATION: 4 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA-LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to be Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: LALIBELLA: - Mule ride to visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella town and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon finish the remaining rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: LALIBELLA –ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 04 : Historic Route Of Ethiopia (Lalibella/Arbatu Ensessa)

CATERGORY: HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT
TOUR DURATION: 5 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA-LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to the Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: LALIBELLA: - Mule ride to visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella town and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon finish the remaining rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: LALIBELLA-YEMREHANE KRISTOS - ARBATU ENESSA: - Early in the morning mule ride to visit the hill top built up church with very beautiful Axumite architecture and tiny monolithic church Arbatu Ensessa. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: LALIBELLA –ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 05 : Historic Route Of Ethiopia (Lalibella)

CATERGORY: HISTORIC ROUTE OF ETHIOPIA
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT
TOUR DURATION: 5 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA- LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to be Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: LALIBELLA: - Drive to Visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella, Nakuto La’ab, and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon, finish visiting the remaining churches of Laibella town. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: LALIBELLA- GENETE MARIAM - MEKNA MEDHANE ALEM:- Drive to visit Genete Marima, a monolithic church on the higher layer of plinth and Mekina Medhane alem, a built up cave church in Axumite style. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: LALIBELLA –ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa, and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 06 : Sightseeing Along Historic Route Of Ethiopia (5 Days)

CATERGORY: NATURAL SIGHTSEEING WITH HISTORIC ROUTE (Gonder, Bahir Dar)
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT
TOUR DURATION: 5 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA-BAHIR DAR: - Transferred to the Air port flight to Bahir Dar. In this morning, you will take a scenic drive of 35 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls lunges 40 meters below and 400 meters wide, giving rise to steam clouds, smoke like fire, which is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Bezawit Hill, which is dominated by an ostentation split-level palace built for Emperor Haile Selassie I in 1967. The hill provides an excellent vantage point over the town of Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and the surrounding area, then drive back to Bahir Dar. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: BAHIR DAR: -This morning you will make a full day boat cruise on this beautiful highland lake to see the monastery church of Kibran Gebriel, Tana Cherkos, Daga Estiphanos (closed for women), the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, Narga Selassie and Azwa Mariam that allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: BAHIR DAR – GONDAR: - Transferred to the Air port and flight to Gondar. Visit compound king Fassil’s Bath Debre Birhan Selassie church Qusquam Monastery and the Fellasha (Black- Jews) village. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: GONDER-ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 07 : Sightseeing Along Historic Route Of Ethiopia (8 Days)

CATERGORY: NATURAL SIGHTSEEING WITH HISTORIC ROUTE (Axum, Lalibella, Gonder, Bahir Dar)
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 8 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – AXUM: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Axum and check in to the Hotel. Sightseeing tour in Axum that include the Stele Square, king kaleb’s Tomb, queen of Sheba’s palace, Archaeological museum and Tsion Mariam church where the original Ark is housed. Overnight Stay Hotel
DAY 03: AXUM - LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to be Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: LALIBELLA: - Mule ride to visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella town and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon finish the remaining rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: LALIBELA – GONDAR: - Transferred to the Air port and flight to Gondar. Visit compound king Fassil’s Bath Debre Birhan Selassie church Qusquam Monastery and the Fellasha (Black- Jews) village. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 06: GONDAR - BAHIR DAR: - Drive to Bahir Dar and boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the monastery church of Kibran Gebriel, Tana Cherkos, Daga Estiphanos (closed for women), the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, Narga Selassie and Azwa Mariam that allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 07: BAHIR DAR: -. In this morning, you will take a scenic drive of 35 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls lunges 40 meters below and 400 meters wide, giving rise to steam clouds, smoke like fire, which is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Bezawit Hill, which is dominated by an ostentation split-level palace built for Emperor Haile Selassei I in 1967. The hill provides an excellent vantage point over the town of Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and the surrounding area, then drive back to Bahir Dar. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 08: BAHIR DAR - ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa and souvenir shopping. Fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 08 : Sightseeing Along Historic Route Of Ethiopia (11 Days)

CATERGORY: NATURAL SIGHTSEEING WITH HISTORIC ROUTE (Axum, Lalibella, Gonder, Bahir Dar)
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 11 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – AXUM: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Axum and check in to the Hotel. Sightseeing tour in Axum that include the Stele Square, king kaleb’s Tomb, queen of Sheba’s palace, Archaeological museum and Tsion Mariam church where the original Ark is housed. Overnight Stay Hotel
DAY 03: AXUM - LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to be Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: LALIBELLA: - Mule ride to visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella town and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon finish the remaining rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: LALIBELA – GONDAR: - Transferred to the Air port and flight to Gondar. Visit compound of king Fassil’s Bath Debre Birhan Selassie church Qusquam Monastery and the Fellasha (Black- Jews) village. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 06: GONDAR - BAHIR DAR: - Drive to Bahir Dar and boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the monastery church of Kibran Gebriel, Tana Cherkos, Daga Estiphanos (closed for women), the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, Narga Selassie and Azwa Mariam that allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 07: BAHIR DAR: -. In this morning, you will take a scenic drive of 35 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls lunges 40 meters below and 400 meters wide, giving rise to steam clouds, smoke like fire, which is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Bezawit Hill, which is dominated by an ostentation split-level palace built for Emperor Haile Selassei I in 1967. The hill provides an excellent vantage point over the town of Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and the surrounding area, then drive back to Bahir Dar. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 08: BAHIR DAR - ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Sightseeing tour in Addis Ababa including Merkato, the biggest open air market in Africa, National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Saint George Cathedral Museum and Church, Mount Entoto and Merkato and souvenir shopping. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 09: ADDIS ABABA: - Drive to Harar. On the way visit Kulbi Gebrial church, which is known for the annual festival celebrated and for the huge crowds arrive to pray for health for a new baby for special favor or for a good harvest or to give tanks for wishes already granted as well as for its beautiful architecture on mountains top evening visit the Hyena Men. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 10: HARAR: - Sightseeing tour in Harar. Overnight stay, Dire Dawa in the Hotel
DAY 11: HARAR - ADDIS ABABA: - city tour in Dire Dawa and fight back to Addis Ababa Souvenir shopping, fare well dinner with national music and dancing. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 09 : Sightseeing Along Historic Route Of Ethiopia (10 Days)

CATERGORY: NATURAL SIGHTSEEING WITH HISTORIC ROUTE (Axum, Lalibella, Gonder, Bahir Dar)
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 10 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 2: FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA:-Morning after breakfast you will make a full day city tour of Addis Ababa, that includes National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Saint George Cathedral Museum and Church, Mount Entoto and Merkato. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 03: ADDIS ABABA-BAHIR DAR: - Transferred to the Air port flight to Bahir Dar. Take a scenic drive of 35 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls lunges 40 meters below and 400 meters wide, giving rise to steam clouds, smoke like fire, which is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure. And boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries of Lake Tana. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 04: BAHIR DAR – GONDAR: - Drive to Gondar. Visit the compound of king Fassil’s Bath Debre Birhan Selassie church Qusquam Monastery and the Fellasha (Black- Jews) village. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 05: GONDAR – SEMIEN MOUNTAINS: - Drive to Semien Mountains National Park. You will take spectacular mountain scenery, spotting endemic animals and hiking on the escarpment. Overnight stay Semien Lodge
DAY 06: SEMIEN MOUNTAINS – AXUM: - Drive to Axum alongside the Semien Mountains range with spectacular scenery. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 07: AXUM: - sightseeing tour in Axum that include the Stele square, Kung Kaleb’s Tomb, Queen of Sheba’s palace, Archaeological Museums and Tsion Mariam church, where the original Ark is housed. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 08: AXUM - LALIBELLA: - Transferred to the Air port. Flight to Lalibella and check in to be Hotel. Visit half of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 09: LALIBELLA: - Mule ride to visit one of the hill top churches around Lalibella town and enjoy the scenery. Afternoon finish the remaining rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 10: LALIBELLA –ADDIS ABABA: - Transferred to the Air port and flight back to Addis Ababa. Retire the remaining of the day or optional activity. Moreover in the evening, Ethiopian traditional night with tribal music and dance show. Overnight stay Hotel
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PTT - 10 : Sightseeing Along Historic Route Of Ethiopia (17 Days)

CATERGORY: NATURAL SIGHTSEEING WITH HISTORIC ROUTE (Axum, Lalibella, Gonder, Bahir Dar)
TRANSPORTATION: FLIGHT AND SURFACE
TOUR DURATION: 17 DAYS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA:-Arrival in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, meet and great, get assisted and transferred to hotel. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 2: FULL DAY CITY TOUR OF ADDIS ABABA:-Morning after breakfast you will make a full day city tour of Addis Ababa, that includes National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Saint George Cathedral Museum and Church, Mount Entoto and Merkato. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 3: ADDIS – BAHIR DAR: - In the morning after breakfast drive to Bahir Dar on the way you will visit the famous 13th century, medieval monastery of Debre Libanose and the magnificent Blue Nile Gorge which is resemble with the America’s Grand Canyon. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 4: FULL DAY BAHIR DAR:- In this morning, you will take a scenic drive of 35 km to the little town of Tiss Abay and walk for about twenty minutes to visit the famous Blue Nile Falls. The falls lunges 40 meters below and 400 meters wide, giving rise to steam clouds, smoke like fire, which is locally known as Tiss Isat meaning, “Water that smoke”. Those who may wish to descend to the base of the falls must be climb back to the other side and cross the Blue Nile in a boat in-order to back to the point of departure.
In the afternoon, you will drive to Bezawit Hill, which is dominated by an ostentation split-level palace built for Emperor Haile Selassei I in 1967. The hill provides an excellent vantage point over the town of Bahir Dar, Lake Tana and the surrounding area, then drive back to Bahir Dar. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 5: FULL DAY BOAT CRUISE ON LAKE TANA :-This morning you will make a full day boat cruise on this beautiful highland lake to see the monastery church of Kibran Gebriel, Tana Cherkos, Daga Estiphanos (closed for women), the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, Narga Selassie and Azwa Mariam that allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived. Then meet the bus on the northern side of Lake Tana, and then drive to Gonder. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 6: FULL DAY IN GONDER:-Full day tour of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area.
Visit the oldest and the most impressive Gonderine structure, the magnificent castle compound including the two storied palace of emperor Fasilades, built of roughly hewn brown basalt stone held together with mortar, the fantastically decorated Debre Birhan Silassie Church (light of Trinity),the bath (now baptismal place during Ethiopian epiphany, January 19) of king Fasiladas and the ruined palace of Queen Mintiwab at Qusquam, where the Scottish explorer James Bruce used to reside for sometimes. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 07: GONDAR - SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK: Early in the morning you will directly drive to the extraordinary and majestic Semien Mountains National Park via Debark the gateway to the park in a comfortable Land Cruiser continue driving to reach Chenek. Overnight stay Semien Mountain Lodge
DAY 8: SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM: - Early in the morning leave Semien Mountains National Park and drive to Axum, via one of the most scenic road of Ethiopia and the Tekeze river gorge. This trip is a trying one, but it is the most rewarding for those who love exceptional scenery. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 9: FULL DAY TOUR OF AXUM:-Full day visit of Axum, a place where the cradle of Ethiopian culture, Christianity and the first capital of Ethiopia until the 9th century A.D. On this day you will visit the small but rich archaeological museum, the famous stele park, where the magnificent single block of stones erected since 3rd century, the Saint Mary of Zion Cathedral, where the original Holy Ark of the Covenant is still sheltered, however except one guardian (priest) no one is allowed to enter in to the sanctuary where the ark is stayed. Continuing your visit which includes the subterranean tomb of king Kaleb and his son king Gebremeskel, 6th Century AD, the trilingual inscription of king Ezana and finally visit the ruin palace and bath of Queen of Sheba who was the mother of king Menilik I of the 950 B.C. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 10: AXUM – ADIGIRAT:-Morning leave Axum and drive to Adigirat via the town of Adwa, a place where holds huge significance for Ethiopians. It was in the hills surrounding Adwa that Emperor Menilik II defeated the Italian army. We use the town as a base for which to visit the ruins of Yeha and the monastery of Debre Damo. Yeha is famous for its huge, remarkable and well preserved 12-meter high stone temple that is thought to be over 2,500 years old.
The Monastery of Debre Damo is also notable for its 6th century, built on the flat topped hill church, which is accessible only by ascending with help of the a 15 meter long leather rope, then continue driving to the town of Adgirat for overnight stay. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 11: ADIGIRAT – MEKELLE:-Morning drive to Mekelle, which was established in the 13th century and in the 19th century emperor Yohannes IV, made it his capital. It is a plateau land expanse, located between the Afar Depression in the east and the semien mountains in the southwest and this will allows you to enjoy the prominent geographical features.
On this day, you will visit the famous rock churches of Tigray including Abreha Astebeha, it is a rock hewn church and its interior is painstakingly decorated, the semi monolithic church of Wukro Cherkos, all of its sides except the eastern side is isolated from the cliff, this will be concluded by visiting the rock churches of Yohannes Makudi, Dugum Silassie and Debre Tsion Mariam churches, then head to Mekelle for overnight stay. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 12: MEKELLE – LALIBELA:-In the morning drive via the town of Weldia to the town of Lalibella famous, for its rock-hewn churches dating back to 800 years and is the one place in Ethiopia that no tourist should miss. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 13: FULL DAY TOUR OF LALIBALA:-Full day at Lalibella visiting the brilliant feats of engineering and architecture, are often by many referred as the “8th wonder of the world” which is exceptional to find eleven churches of such master craftsmanship in one place.
In this morning among the eleven remarkable rock hewn churches built by king Lalibella in the late 12th and 13th century A.D, you will visit the first cluster of churches that represents the earthly Jerusalem. In the afternoon you will visit the second cluster of churches, which represents the heavenly Jerusalem, finally visit the most beautiful and monolithic cruciform church of Saint George, which is one of the most mind blowing sight you ever likely to see. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 14: FULL DAY AT LALIBALA VISITING CHURCHES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE TOWN:-Up early at 07:00 for a mule ride up to the monastery of Asheten Mariam that lie on the top of the mountain. This is a fantastic excursion taking you upon to an escarpment above the town where you will see not only this amazing rock hewn churches but also one of the best viewing points in Ethiopia.
In the afternoon you will visit the church of Geneta Mariam, a large monolith carved into a pink tinged outcrop and the interior is elaborately decorated by the 13th century paintings. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 15: FULL DAY AT LALIBALA VISITING CHURCHES LOCATED OUT SIDE THE TOWN:-Morning you will drive, 6KM to visit the 13th century cave church of Nakuto La’ab, to see ancient paintings, crosses and an illuminated leather bible. Afternoon, after having your lunch you will drive to the village of Bilbilla. It is about 30 KM far from the town of Lalibella, to see the 11th century built-up church of Yemrehanna Kirstos, and then drive back to Lalibella. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 16: LALIBELA – KOMBOLCHA:-Morning leave Lalibella and drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way you will visit the monastery of Hayk Istiphanos. Overnight stay Hotel
DAY 17: KOMBOLCHA – BATI/SENBETE MARKET – ADDIS ABABA:-Morning drive back to Addis Ababa, on the way you will visit the colorful Bati or Senbete Markets (it depends on the day I.e. Monday and Sunday), when the Amhara, the Afar and the Oromo people exchange their items, then continue driving back to Addis. In the evening our company will invite you to a farewell dinner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian Restaurants with traditional music and dances from different ethnic groups, then transfer to Bole International Airport to fly back home. Overnight stay Hotel
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