8 Days Ethiopia Tour

8 Days Ethiopia Tour Package

ADDIS ABABA/LALIBELA/GONDAR/BAHIR DAR/AXUM/SIMIEN MOUNTAIN

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8 Days

Starts/Ends: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From USD 1400

Your Ethiopia tour at a glance

Lalibela Safari from Addis Ababa

Day 01. Addis Ababa

Meet the driver at Bole international Airport then transfer to your reserved Hotel. After taking some rest drive to Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, as we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which are lined on the road. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Entoto is an important watershed, to the north water flows to the Blue Nile, to the south to the Awash River. Entoto was soon abandoned as a site for the capital – it was cold, difficult to provision and there was a shortage of wood. Empress Taytu was said to have led the move down to the plain of Finfine, and to have named the new capital Addis Ababa, or New Flower. Visit National Archaeological Museum: The National Museum contains a wide array of Ethiopian historical artifacts focusing on the pre- Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic, and Gonderine periods. It also has a wide array of Ethiopian art ranging from 14th century parchment to 20th century canvas oil paintings by leading modern Ethiopian artists. The museum houses anthropological and archaeological displays including Lucy, the fossilized hominid discovered in 1974. – After lunch visit Markato, Africa’s open-air Market: the largest market area in Africa where virtually every possible commodity is on sale from live stock to computers, for the visitors good at the bargaining there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts. Explore the highlights of the Merkato which is the “recycling market” where old tires are turned into sandals, corrugated iron is made into metal buckets, and olive oil tins from Italy are made into coffee roasters and scoops. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Bahir Dar

After breakfast transfer to airport for your Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar flight. Bahirdar, Serving as the capital town of the Amhara regional state, the most dominant tribe in Ethiopian history, an attractive town, well layout with palm, African tulip and some indigenous tree lined avenues and with the blue of the lake in the background. Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake is 65km wide and 95km long is found in this beautiful town. Tana is dotted with not less than 37 islands, on many of, which are found churches and monasteries. Up on arrival drive to Tisabay to visit the magnificent blue Nile falls, it is locally known as Tisissat(Smoking water) 100m(328Feet) wide, the water plunges for 45m(148ft), it is about 35km/45min drive from the town and depending on the fluctuation at the nearby dam, it may give rise to steam clouds and rainbow. Drive back to Bahir Dar. After lunch you will have boat ride over Lake Tana to visit the 14th c. round, grass roofed church and its magnificent wall mural. The Ura Kidane Mihret church which is found hidden within the mangroves forest of the Zeghie peninsula. The architectural style is a typical example of Ethiopian Orthodox Church having mud plastered round wall with conical thatched roof. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 03. Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive to Gondar 185 km through the farmlands of the Amhara People (the Dominant Tribe in the country), the spectrum mountain chains and there is outstanding country side view. Nestles in the foot hills of the Semien Mountain at 2,200 m. it is the 17th c royal city of Ethiopia Affluent in the imperial structure of the castle compound and the impressive spectacularly painted DebreBirhanSillassie Church which worth more exploration. Gondar was the capital and great commercial center of Ethiopia from 17th to mid-19th c, it was founded by Emperor Fasiledas as his imperial seat in 1636. After lunch visit the royal enclosure or FassilGhibe within the compound visit the castles of various Gonderian emperors. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 04. Gondar – Simien Mountain Nation Park

Drive to Semien Mountain national park 135 Km, the only registered park as a world heritage by UNESCO in Ethiopia due to its wonderful bio diversity, on the way through Debark, the head quarter of the park to get the entrance fee, Local guide and a scout. Then proceed driving to Sankaber (3220MASL). Sankaber is the first camping area where we start to walk in the national park to admire the world’s amazing scenic beauty with the deepest waterfall in Ethiopia named Jinber (the gate of hell), the walk to the waterfall would take us about 2hours. The cliff is full of Erika Arboreal Trees and herds of the endemic Geleda Baboon. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 05. Simien Mountain – Axum

Drive to Axum 260 Km through spectacular views. Axum is considered as one of the holy cities of Ethiopia where Christianity has begun, dating back over 2000 years and the cradle of the Ethiopian civilization with the Axumite kingdom. Tour of Axum includes: Axum stele or obelisks, the largest single piece of stone standing anywhere in the world, castles of former monarchs, Mariam Tsion church, built on the site of Ethiopia’s first church and a palace of Queen Sheba, King Ezana’s inscriptions and tomb of King Kaleb and Gabremeskel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 06. Axum – Lalibela

Transfer to Airport for your Axum to Lalibela flight. Ethiopia was a monarchy for most of its history, the very ancient civilization existed on earth, having its culture and traditions dating back to 3000 years and is famed for its age old mysterious archeological findings and ancient civilizations which are supposed to have commenced during the preAxumite kingdom of today’s Axum. – Your Lalibela visit will struck you with the ages of its antiquities and the remarkable quality and advanced design that went in to the indicating a level of culture and technology virtually unsurpassed in the ancient world. Lalibela, internationally renowned rock hewn churches known as the “eighth wonder of the world” the Lalibela rock hewn churches, physically praised from the rock in which they stand, these towering edifices seem to be a superhuman creation in scale workman ship and concepts. Some are sculptured out of solid volcanic churches; others are connected by long underground tunnel and mazes. Some are quarried enlargements of caves. After lunch visit the first group of the six churches lies in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mikeal, bête Mariam, bet Maskel, Bet Dangal and Bet Medhanealem. Bet Medhane’alem the largest one in the world is built like a Greek temple, in corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs, Abraham, Isac and Jacob. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 07. Lalibela

After breakfast you will visit the second group of the church which are located south of the river Jordan comprise of Bet Giyorgis. Possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches. Lies somewhat isolated in the south west part of the village on a slopping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the river Jordan river comprises of Bet Emanuel, bet Mercurios, Bet Aba Libanos, and bet Gabriel and Rufeal. Emanuel’s elaborated exterior is much praised by art historians and some nearby churches of Lalibela. In the Evening, we will attend special coffee ceremony at Local house. Buna (coffee) is the favorite drink of many Ethiopians. It is drunk in a unique and traditional way called the coffee ceremony. The coffee beans are roasted over charcoal then ground and placed in a Jebena (coffee pot) with boiling water. When ready it is served to people in small cups, up to three per ceremony. The first cup is called Abool, the second Tona, and the third Bereka. This is a social ceremony and will last at least for half an hour.

Day 08. Lalibela – Addis Ababa

After breakfast transfer to Airport for your Lalibela – Addis Ababa flight. Then be transferred to Bole international airport for your departure back home.

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

  •  Accommodation per the above program
  •  All domestic flights
  •  Meals with mineral water on full board basis
  •  Transportation
  •  Entry, and road fees
  •  Boat Cruise over Lake Tana
  •  Professional English-speaking guide in all sightseeing’s

The following services are not included in the above stated price:

  •  International Air Ticket, visas and insurance
  •  Any payable drinks / beverages
  •  Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone expense, payment or offerings for photographing / video shootings and other items not expressly listed as included

Price: 

Price for the above program is: –

  •  For 2 Pax is $1,775 per person in Double room supplement.
  •  For 4 Pax is $1,575 per person in Double room supplement.
  •  For 6 Pax is $1,400 per person in Double room supplement.

NB. For single room supplement need to add $250. The above price is valid only if you take Ethiopian Airlines for your international flight. If you take other Airlines, there is $225 extra costs for the domestic flight.

This tour package can be customised to suit your specific interests, budget and preferred date of travel.Please get in touch with us and our safari specialists will recommend the most ideal itinerary. Email: info@adventureeastafrica.com Call: +254 722 106 172






Itinerary

Lalibela Safari from Addis Ababa

Day 01. Addis Ababa

Meet the driver at Bole international Airport then transfer to your reserved Hotel. After taking some rest drive to Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, as we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which are lined on the road. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Entoto is an important watershed, to the north water flows to the Blue Nile, to the south to the Awash River. Entoto was soon abandoned as a site for the capital – it was cold, difficult to provision and there was a shortage of wood. Empress Taytu was said to have led the move down to the plain of Finfine, and to have named the new capital Addis Ababa, or New Flower. Visit National Archaeological Museum: The National Museum contains a wide array of Ethiopian historical artifacts focusing on the pre- Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic, and Gonderine periods. It also has a wide array of Ethiopian art ranging from 14th century parchment to 20th century canvas oil paintings by leading modern Ethiopian artists. The museum houses anthropological and archaeological displays including Lucy, the fossilized hominid discovered in 1974. – After lunch visit Markato, Africa’s open-air Market: the largest market area in Africa where virtually every possible commodity is on sale from live stock to computers, for the visitors good at the bargaining there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts. Explore the highlights of the Merkato which is the “recycling market” where old tires are turned into sandals, corrugated iron is made into metal buckets, and olive oil tins from Italy are made into coffee roasters and scoops. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02. Bahir Dar

After breakfast transfer to airport for your Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar flight. Bahirdar, Serving as the capital town of the Amhara regional state, the most dominant tribe in Ethiopian history, an attractive town, well layout with palm, African tulip and some indigenous tree lined avenues and with the blue of the lake in the background. Lake Tana, Ethiopia’s largest lake is 65km wide and 95km long is found in this beautiful town. Tana is dotted with not less than 37 islands, on many of, which are found churches and monasteries. Up on arrival drive to Tisabay to visit the magnificent blue Nile falls, it is locally known as Tisissat(Smoking water) 100m(328Feet) wide, the water plunges for 45m(148ft), it is about 35km/45min drive from the town and depending on the fluctuation at the nearby dam, it may give rise to steam clouds and rainbow. Drive back to Bahir Dar. After lunch you will have boat ride over Lake Tana to visit the 14th c. round, grass roofed church and its magnificent wall mural. The Ura Kidane Mihret church which is found hidden within the mangroves forest of the Zeghie peninsula. The architectural style is a typical example of Ethiopian Orthodox Church having mud plastered round wall with conical thatched roof. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 03. Bahir Dar – Gondar

Drive to Gondar 185 km through the farmlands of the Amhara People (the Dominant Tribe in the country), the spectrum mountain chains and there is outstanding country side view. Nestles in the foot hills of the Semien Mountain at 2,200 m. it is the 17th c royal city of Ethiopia Affluent in the imperial structure of the castle compound and the impressive spectacularly painted DebreBirhanSillassie Church which worth more exploration. Gondar was the capital and great commercial center of Ethiopia from 17th to mid-19th c, it was founded by Emperor Fasiledas as his imperial seat in 1636. After lunch visit the royal enclosure or FassilGhibe within the compound visit the castles of various Gonderian emperors. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 04. Gondar – Simien Mountain Nation Park

Drive to Semien Mountain national park 135 Km, the only registered park as a world heritage by UNESCO in Ethiopia due to its wonderful bio diversity, on the way through Debark, the head quarter of the park to get the entrance fee, Local guide and a scout. Then proceed driving to Sankaber (3220MASL). Sankaber is the first camping area where we start to walk in the national park to admire the world’s amazing scenic beauty with the deepest waterfall in Ethiopia named Jinber (the gate of hell), the walk to the waterfall would take us about 2hours. The cliff is full of Erika Arboreal Trees and herds of the endemic Geleda Baboon. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 05. Simien Mountain – Axum

Drive to Axum 260 Km through spectacular views. Axum is considered as one of the holy cities of Ethiopia where Christianity has begun, dating back over 2000 years and the cradle of the Ethiopian civilization with the Axumite kingdom. Tour of Axum includes: Axum stele or obelisks, the largest single piece of stone standing anywhere in the world, castles of former monarchs, Mariam Tsion church, built on the site of Ethiopia’s first church and a palace of Queen Sheba, King Ezana’s inscriptions and tomb of King Kaleb and Gabremeskel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 06. Axum – Lalibela

Transfer to Airport for your Axum to Lalibela flight. Ethiopia was a monarchy for most of its history, the very ancient civilization existed on earth, having its culture and traditions dating back to 3000 years and is famed for its age old mysterious archeological findings and ancient civilizations which are supposed to have commenced during the preAxumite kingdom of today’s Axum. – Your Lalibela visit will struck you with the ages of its antiquities and the remarkable quality and advanced design that went in to the indicating a level of culture and technology virtually unsurpassed in the ancient world. Lalibela, internationally renowned rock hewn churches known as the “eighth wonder of the world” the Lalibela rock hewn churches, physically praised from the rock in which they stand, these towering edifices seem to be a superhuman creation in scale workman ship and concepts. Some are sculptured out of solid volcanic churches; others are connected by long underground tunnel and mazes. Some are quarried enlargements of caves. After lunch visit the first group of the six churches lies in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mikeal, bête Mariam, bet Maskel, Bet Dangal and Bet Medhanealem. Bet Medhane’alem the largest one in the world is built like a Greek temple, in corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs, Abraham, Isac and Jacob. Overnight in Hotel or Lodge.

Day 07. Lalibela

After breakfast you will visit the second group of the church which are located south of the river Jordan comprise of Bet Giyorgis. Possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches. Lies somewhat isolated in the south west part of the village on a slopping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the river Jordan river comprises of Bet Emanuel, bet Mercurios, Bet Aba Libanos, and bet Gabriel and Rufeal. Emanuel’s elaborated exterior is much praised by art historians and some nearby churches of Lalibela. In the Evening, we will attend special coffee ceremony at Local house. Buna (coffee) is the favorite drink of many Ethiopians. It is drunk in a unique and traditional way called the coffee ceremony. The coffee beans are roasted over charcoal then ground and placed in a Jebena (coffee pot) with boiling water. When ready it is served to people in small cups, up to three per ceremony. The first cup is called Abool, the second Tona, and the third Bereka. This is a social ceremony and will last at least for half an hour.

Day 08. Lalibela – Addis Ababa

After breakfast transfer to Airport for your Lalibela – Addis Ababa flight. Then be transferred to Bole international airport for your departure back home.

Package Details

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

  •  Accommodation per the above program
  •  All domestic flights
  •  Meals with mineral water on full board basis
  •  Transportation
  •  Entry, and road fees
  •  Boat Cruise over Lake Tana
  •  Professional English-speaking guide in all sightseeing’s

The following services are not included in the above stated price:

  •  International Air Ticket, visas and insurance
  •  Any payable drinks / beverages
  •  Items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone expense, payment or offerings for photographing / video shootings and other items not expressly listed as included
Price

Price: 

Price for the above program is: –

  •  For 2 Pax is $1,775 per person in Double room supplement.
  •  For 4 Pax is $1,575 per person in Double room supplement.
  •  For 6 Pax is $1,400 per person in Double room supplement.

NB. For single room supplement need to add $250. The above price is valid only if you take Ethiopian Airlines for your international flight. If you take other Airlines, there is $225 extra costs for the domestic flight.

Enquiry

This tour package can be customised to suit your specific interests, budget and preferred date of travel.Please get in touch with us and our safari specialists will recommend the most ideal itinerary. Email: info@adventureeastafrica.com Call: +254 722 106 172