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10 Days North Ethiopia Historical Tour

10 Days

Step back in time on a 10-day journey through Northern Ethiopia’s historic gems with Magic Ethiopia Tours, where the rich historical tapestry of Northern Ethiopia awaits. Traverse the scenic landscapes surrounding Lake Tana and feel the spray of the majestic Blue Nile Falls, uncovering their cultural significance. Immerse yourself in the royal past of Gondar, exploring its architectural marvels and ancient heritage. Witness the extraordinary rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, aptly known as the Land of Saints, carved from volcanic rock and bathed in golden light. Venture to the ancient city of Axum, steeped in archaeological treasures like the towering stelae park. Experience the mystique of Yeha’s ancient ruins and embark on an exhilarating hike to the breathtaking Abune Yemata, where panoramic views and centuries-old paintings await. Lastly, unveil the hidden gems of Gheralta, where the dramatic landscapes seamlessly merge with the echoes of a bygone era.

Join us on this unforgettable expedition as we unlock the mysteries and historical gems of Northern Ethiopia, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Your Ethiopian adventure begins in Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, our representative will welcome you and whisk you away to your hotel. Kick off your exploration with a panoramic view of the city from Entoto Park. Descend the mountain and delve into history at the National Museum, where you'll encounter "Lucy," the famous 3.2-million-year-old hominid fossil. After lunch, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa.

Catch a flight to Bahir Dar, the gateway to the stunning Lake Tana. Embark on a captivating boat trip across the lake, visiting some of the ancient monasteries nestled on its islands and shores. Explore the Zege Peninsula, home to the Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret monasteries. Journey further to the island monastery of Debre Maryam, located near the source of the Blue Nile River. As the sun dips below the horizon, soak in the breathtaking views from the scenic Azewa hill.

After breakfast, depart south from Bahir Dar to witness the awe-inspiring Blue Nile Falls, the "Thundering Smoke of the Blue Nile." Walk over the historic chain bridge for a magnificent perspective of the cascading waters. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive through the Amhara region's mountains to Gondar, the former capital of Ethiopia. On the way, stop at the intriguing Guzara Palace, a testament to the pre-Gondarine era. The journey will take approximately 4 hours, culminating in your arrival at Gondar.

Fuel up for a full day of exploration in Gondar. Delve into the city's rich history with a tour of the Royal Enclosure, a complex of castles that once housed emperors. Continue to the fascinating Emperor Fasilades Bath, now a popular site for the annual Timket festival. Next, visit the Ras Gimb Palace Museum and marvel at the Debre Birhane Selassie Church, adorned with the most iconic ceiling murals in Ethiopia.

Soar through the skies with a flight from Gondar to Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its extraordinary rock-hewn churches. Upon arrival, settle into your comfortable tukul (traditional Ethiopian dwelling) room at the Sora Lodge. Prepare to be amazed by the wonders that await you in the coming days.

This morning, delve into the mysteries of the Monastery of Nakuto La'ab, intricately carved out of a rock cave. After a delicious lunch, explore the second group of cave churches built by King Lalibela, including the famous Bete Georgis, situated in a deep pit and accessible only by a hidden tunnel. You'll also visit the four captivating churches south of the Jordan River. End the day with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, a true cultural experience.

Take a scenic flight from Lalibela to Axum, a historical city boasting remarkable pre-Christian monuments. Your city tour will unveil the awe-inspiring main stelae park, featuring giant granite obelisks that stand as relics of a bygone era. Marvel at the Great Stelae, the tallest obelisk, even in its broken state, and lose yourself in the stories etched in stone. Continue your exploration with visits to the Queen of Sheba's swimming pool, the Ezana Inscription, the tombs of King Kaleb and his son King Gebremeskel, and the legendary Queen of Sheba's palace. No visit to Axum is complete without witnessing the sacred St. Mary Zion Church, believed to house the Ark of the Covenant.

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Yeha, an ancient city dating back to the 8th-7th centuries BC, believed to be the capital of a pre-Aksumite civilization. Explore the intriguing museum before driving to Adigrat for lunch. In the afternoon, lace up your hiking boots for an adventurous trek to the magnificent church of Abune Yemata, built in the 6th century AD and perched at a staggering height of 2500 meters. Be rewarded with breathtaking landscapes and the unique experience of visiting this remote church adorned with original paintings.

Fuel up for a morning of exploring the Gheralta region. Hike to the breathtaking churches of Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor, each requiring an approximate one-hour climb. As you ascend, be rewarded with captivating views of the Gheralta's dramatic landscape. Return to Hawuzien town for lunch and a chance to reflect on the morning's adventures.
In the afternoon, embark on a journey further into Tigray's rich history with visits to the ancient churches of Abreha we Atsbeha and Saizana. Dating back to the 4th century AD, these structures are considered some of the most beautiful churches in the region. Immerse yourself in their architectural wonders and appreciate their enduring legacy. Conclude your day at the Planet Hotel, ready for your final exploration in Mekelle.

Dedicate your morning to delving into the vibrant city of Mekelle. History buffs will delight in a visit to the Yohannes IV Museum, while the Mekelle Martyrs Monument serves as a poignant reminder of the city's past. For a truly Ethiopian experience, embark on a captivating coffee tour, learning about the cultivation, processing, and brewing methods that create Ethiopia's famous beverage.
As the afternoon draws to a close, transfer to Mekelle Airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa. Carry with you the unforgettable memories of Tigray's ancient wonders, breathtaking landscapes, and the warmth of its people.

The Package Includes and Excludes

The Package Includes

  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Local Guide Fees
  • Car rental service
  • Accommodation
  • Rope fees
  • Meals (3)
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

The Package Excludes

  • Tip
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Souvenir Expenses

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10 Days North Ethiopia Historical Tour
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