HISTORIC ROUTE 16 days, all by drive

16 days and 15 nights

HISTORIC ROUTE 16 days, all by drive
01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.
02. Start your tour with driving to the DebreLibanos monastery. Visit the monastery and very nice views over Jemma river. Visit also the Old Portuguese Bridge and spot the endemic Gelada baboons. Continue then the drive to Bahirdar, crossing the Blue Nile gorge, to reach late afternoon. Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel (Abayminch or Tana hotels; Kuriftu or Avanti as supplement)
03. Morning drive approximately 1 hour to reach the Blue Nile falls. Walk to the falls.
Late morning drive back to Bahirdar. Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam. Lunch in Bahirdar. Have dinner in a restaurant in town or at the hotel. ON hotel
04. Drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visiting on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages.
Afternoon visit the castles, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Empress Mentewab palace.
Have lunch at your hotel. Dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel (Taye Belay or Goha or Kino or Florida International or Quara or Lammergeyer)
05. Drive to the Semien mountains passing through the Felasha village; the road passes over mountain regions of wild beauty majestic scenery where you stop at different sites before enter into the Semien Mountains National Park as far as Sankaber (World heritage site) to visit its superb scenery, the endemic fauna like the Gelada Baboon, birds like Lammergeyer and flora such as the Abyssinian wild rose.
Lunch box; dinner & ON Semien Lodge (or hotel in Debark).
06. Trek from Sankaber to Geech and back to Sankaber, admiring spectacular views, villages, endemic mammals. Lunch box; dinner & ON Semien Lodge (or hotel in Debark).
07. Proceed admiring very nice views over the Semien mountains, to Axum. Visit also Amhara and Tigray people and villages on the way.
Lunch box; dinner & ON hotel in Axum (Yeha or Consolar or Sabean).
08. Full day visit of Axum: the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba, and archeological sites.
Meals & ON at the hotel.
09. Proceed your drive to go to visit the unique Tigray region churches, with also spectacular views over the Semien mountains from one side and the Danakil depression from the other. Visit churches as Wikro Cherkos, Micael Imba and Debre Selam Atsbi (or Micael Barka) or other.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Agoro lodge at Wikro or Gheralta lodge at Hawsen.
10. Another day for the Tigray churches and admiring spectacular views. Visit churches as Degum Selassie, Mariam Korkor, TecleHaimanot Hawsen or other.
Lunch on the way. Dinner at a traditional restaurant in town or at the hotel. ON hotel in Mekele.
11. Drive to Lalibela, visiting on the way the church of Yemerehenna Kristos, one of the first churches build in Lalibela. Reach Lalibela late afternoon.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel (Panoramic or Top12 or Roha or Mountain View or BeteAbreham or Yemereha or Tukul or other)
12. Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Churches built in the 12th century; the African Jerusalem.
Late afternoon take part of the coffee ceremony in a traditional house or the hotel.
Meals & ON at your hotel
13. Undertake a fascinating walk visiting local communities and staying in traditional villages. Most walking is at around 3000m and as everyone should be fully acclimatized by now, anyone of reasonable fitness should be fine with it. The walks vary in length from 4-6 hours with the emphasis being very much on seeing the people and countryside rather than rushing through it; overnight in a Village Hut (Tukuls) in shared rooms.
14. Another day walking through local villages and through the amazing mountain scenery of Ethiopia. At the end of you trail you will be met by your vehicles and taken to Lalibela; overnight at your hotel.
15. Proceed through very nice views to lake Hayk, where you can admire the Debre Estifanos church on its island. Continue then your drive to Kombolcha town.
Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel (Sunny side or Tecle or Hikma or similar)
16. SUN. Drive back to Addis Ababa, crossing other spectacular views and the Amhara and Oromo people villages. Being Sunday visit on the way the colorful Senbete village market, of Oromo, Amhara and Afar people. Reach Addis then in the afternoon. Free at leisure or some visits which were not done on the first day. Have day use room available.
Lunch on the way. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances in Addis.
After dinner transfer airport for departure