Historic Route Tour (Surface + Flight) - 9 Days and 8 Nights
Highlights of the Tour: Religion and culture is quite interwoven in the present Ethiopia. This can be witnessed by the values and norms of the people’s life. Christianity was first introduced in Ethiopia by the Ethiopian eunuch who meets Philip on the road to Gaza as in the book of Acts 8:27.
But Christianity was fist accepted as state religion in the 4th century by King Ezana and the first church was erected in the present city of Axum around 342 and in Europe only Armenia was a Christian state at this period.
Then as the power of kingdom moves from Axum to the present day Lalibela, the kings had excavated 12 churches from a rock which has been a place of worship for more than 800 years old and are still active for Christian believers. Each church has something to tell from the story of bible on its architecture or paintings inside.
This historic tour will take a traveler to these ancient and bygone cities and towns that has much stored in their soil to tell to any visitor taking them thousand years back. Stele field, rock-churches, island monasteries, castle compounds, wonderful sceneries and people’s way of life are some of the major activities to be covered in this tour. A morning visit to any church service would give a chance for travelers to witness a Judaic influenced practice of the Ethiopian Orthodox churches.
DAY 1 : Arrival Addis Ababa
Upon arrival be meet by the staff of Off-Road Ethiopia Tour. If arrival is day time proceed for city tour of Addis Ababa. Lunch break. Continue the city tour. O/n Dream Liner or Helzer Hotel.( B& D)
DAY 2 : Fly from Addis Ababa to Axum
Take the morning flight to Axum. Up on arrival proceed to visit the Stele filed, the Tomb of Kaleb and his son G/ Meskel, The stone inscription of King Ezana (4th Century king). Have lunch and proceed the sightseeing to Axum’s St. Mary of Zion Church, where the original ark of covenant given to Moses is believed to be, the ruined palace of Queen Sheba and Ezana’s stele park. O/n Consular, Birana or Remhai Hotel. (B)
DAY 3 : Fly from Axum to Lalibela
After breakfast fly out to Lalibela. After lunch break proceed to visit the first group of rock-hewn churches, which are 6 in number represent the earthly Jerusalem. O/n Village Tukul or Mountain View Hotel (B & D)
DAY 4 : Lalibela
After breakfast trek up to Asheton Mariam monastery situated at the peak of a beautiful mountain. Morning is dedicated for visiting the church and admiring the breath taking scenery of the surrounding. After late lunch break proceed to visit the local “Tej”, a locally honey made wine selling bars. O/n Village Tukul or Mountain View Hotel (B & D).
DAY 5 : Lalibela
Visit the remaining second group of churches which are 5 in number again and represent heavenly Jerusalem. And later conclude the visit by covering the third group of church, which is the cross-shaped and highlight of the Lalibela churches, St. George. O/n Village Tukul or Mountain View Hotel (B & D)
DAY 6 : Fly from Lalibela to Gondar
After early breakfast fly to Gondar. Up on arrival have lunch break and then continue to explore the 16th-17th century Castle compound and the bathing pool of King Fasilades constructed by King Fasilades and his successors. Also visit to the basket market of Gondar. Florida International or Taye Hotel ( B& D).
DAY 7 : Drive From Gondar to Semien National Park
Early in the morning drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains and en route visit to the Ethiopian Jews village at Weleka admire the scenic beauty of the road. Up on arrival in Sankaber, the head quarter, visit the colony of Gelada Baboon and also admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding. Simien Lodge (B & D).
DAY 8 : Drive From Semien National Park to Bahir Dar
After an early breakfast drive to Bahir Dar, presently acting as the capital for the Amhara people.Bahir Dar is set by the side of Lake Tana at an altitude of 1,830m. Above seas level. Up on arrival head for visit of the pelican feding at the Mango Park and also visit of the open-air market of Bahir Dar. (B & D). O/n Home land Hotel or Abay Minch Lode
DAY 9 : Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa
After an early breakfast head for boat trip on lake Tana, the biggest Lake in Ethiopia to visit the island monastery of UraKidanemheret, which is the most colorful from the nearest available. After lunch break head to the breath-taking Blue Nile falls. Later in the evening head to Bezawit hill to see the blue-Nile leaving Lake Tana and the city of Nahir Dar with sun-set. Have dinner and transfer out for an evening flight back to Addis Ababa. O/n Dream Liner or Helzer Hotel ( B& D)
Off-Road Ethiopia Tour wishes you a pleasant stay!
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