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Classic North Historical Route Package

Package Duration
13 Days / 12 Nights
Destination Covered
Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar

  • Day 1 : Addis Ababa City Tour

    Description :

    Addis Ababa, founded more than a century ago, means 'New Flower' in Amharic. At an elevation of 2400m, the third highest capital in the world, the climate is pleasantly cool. The city mixes past and present. Statues from the imperial times coexist with placards from the former Marxist Regime all over the city.

    We will visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of "Lucy", whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. We will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals, Mercato- the biggest open market in Africa and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis.

    Day 2 : Drive to Bahir Dar

    Description :

    Early in the morning, we depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Debre Libanos monastery that lies 104 km north of Addis Ababa which is considered as one of most holy sites. The monastery was found in the 13th century by a priest credited not only with the spread of Christianity throughout the high land, but also with restoration of Solomonic line of kings. En route we will also visit the Portuguese bridge, which was the first bridge in Ethiopia. Continuing to Bahir Dar we will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge Overnight stay Hotel.

    Day 3 : Bahir Dar-Boat Trip on Lake Tana and drive to Tiss Abay

    Description :

    Bahir dar, a door step to the mystical Lake Tana, is described by it people as their Riviera and, with its wide streets shaded by palm trees and sweeping views across shimmering blue waters, it is hard to argue. In the morning, we will take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries. Namely Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane mihiret; Zege peninsula’s most famous monastery known for its very beautifully painted 'Meqdas', it also holds Ethiopian religious iconography important collection of 16th and 18th century crosses and crowns. In the afternoon, drive to the majestic Blue Nile falls (water that smokes) for a short hike. The excursion to the Blue Nile falls is about 35kms from Bahir Dar. The falls is one of the most spectacular in Africa. We will return to the city late in the afternoon. We have the privilege to take a calm walk in the main streets of the city witnessing the vibe and the culture. Overnight stay Hotel.

    Day 4 : Drive to Gondar to visit the castle and the church

    Description :

    Today we continue our journey to Gondar. It's not what Gondar is, but what Gondar was that is so enthralling. After settling in the hotel, we will explore the castles of King Fasilidas, which is said to be the wall of the castles bathed in blood and painted in the pomp of royalty. Often called the Camelot of Africa, this description does the royal city a disservice: Camelot is legend where as Gondar is reality. Drifting through the old palaces, banqueting halls and former gardens it's not difficult to imagine the courtly pageantry, ceremony and intrigue that went on here. The entire compound contains numerous castles and the place has been completely preserved with the aid of UNESCO and was made one of world heritage sites in 1979. By far Fasilada's palace is the most impressive and also the oldest building. Continue our visit to the one of the most famous and stunning church of the nation “Debre Birhan Selassie church”. The church would have probably been destroyed like most of the Gondar churches by the marauding armies of the dervishes in 1880s if it weren't for a swarm of bees. When the dervish show up at the gate of the church, a giant swarm of bees surged out of the compound and chased the invaders away.

    Day 5 : Gondar - Simien Mountains

    Description :

    Starting early in the morning from Gondar you will be driven through the mountainous country, The Simien Mountains. The Semien Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains some of the most dramatic scenery in Africa - great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the eons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains. The 'chess pieces of the gods', as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea

    You stop for an early lunch in the market town of Debark. Then head off to Sankaber to see the spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. There are particular good views between Michibi and Sankaber and do Look out for the gelada baboons. Overnight Camping /Hotel.

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Package Excludes :
    • International air fair
    • Camera & video fee
    • Alcohol drinks
    • Laundry & other personal interests not listed in the included list above

Contact Detail

Maz Ethiopia Tour

Contact Person :-

Dawit Solomon

Address :- Bole Road, in Front of Bgm Hospital , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 56

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