16 Day Explore Ethiopia

Sixteen Day Ethiopian Castles and Cultural Tour

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Gondar Ethiopian CastlesSixteen Day Ethiopian Castles  and Cultural Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa. Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Day 2: Today is a free day to explore the city. Recommended sights are The Holy Trinity Cathedral complex which is the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and the Ethnological Museum, situated in Haile Selassie’s former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the Addis Ababa University.

Day 3: Depart Addis Ababa and head to Bahir Dar. Spend next 2 nights staying on the shores of Lake Tana, and right at the source of the Blue Nile.

Day 4: This morning, take a boat cruise on Lake Tana, heading to a Monastery located on the peninsula. Here a guide will show you through the complex, explaining the murals and decorations that cover the Orthodox Church.

This afternoon, we head out for a walk to the spectacular Blue Nile falls.

Included Activities:
Lake Tana Boat Cruise and Monastery Tour
Blue Nile Falls

Day 5: Today we travel to Gondar. Situated close to the border of Sudan, Gondar is home to many beautiful Ethiopian castles, some of the oldest castles in Africa.

Day 6: Explore Gondar with a guide this morning. Visit the Fasil complex of Ethiopian Castles, Three Trinity Cathedral and the site of the ancient Baths.

Included Activities: Gondar ½ day City Tour

Day 7: Today we head into the Simien Mountains, one of the major mountain regions of Africa, home to RasDejen, the 4th highest peak on the continent at 4543m. This National Park is home to the famous Gelada Baboons, gentle creatures that will allow you to get up close and personal, unlike other baboon species.  We will be camping in the National Park for the next 2 nights.

Included Activities: Hiking

Day 8: Spend the day hiking the mountains, meeting the locals and searching for the elusive Ethiopian Wolf and Walia Ibex. The jagged peaks and high mountain ranges make for some spectacular views.

Included Activities: Hiking

Day 9: This afternoon, head down the mountains for a night in Debark, the small town which is the gateway to the Simien National Park

Included Activities: Hiking

Day 10: Today we journey to Axum, which is the site of Ethiopia’s oldest city and was home to the Queen of Sheba. Axum also claims to house the original Ark of the Covenant.

Day 11: This morning, take a half day tour of Axum. Head to the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace,and learn some of the fascinating history behind this ancient city.

Visit the Axum Stelea in the centre of town where the highest obelisk carved out of a single block of granite stands at 23m tall.

Included Activities: Axum ½ day City Tour

Day 12: We leave Axum this morning for Mekele. Dated as far back as the 13th century, Mekele is famous the rock-hewn churches of Tigray. These churches are often carved into cliff faces and pre-existing caves, and offer a great example of past engineering feats that were possible without modern technology. (B)

Day 13: Take the day to explore the city, including Yohanese IV Palace and DergtheTigrayan People’s Liberation Front Monument.

Day 14: Today we head to Lalibela. This medieval town is home to 13 monolithic churches, hewn from rock in the 12th century.

Day 15: Spend the dayvisiting the rock hewn churches.

Included Activities: Churches Tour

Day 16: Fly to Addis for the last night in Ethiopia. Final day (dinner at the traditional club in Addis)

 

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