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Historic and Eastern Ethiopia Tour by Surface and Air
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Day 01: Addis Ababa - City Tour
Arrive at Addis Ababa, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Lunch in your hotel. After lunch, city tour to National Museum, the Menelik’s Mausoleum, “Merkato”, one of the biggest open air markets in Africa, etc. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar
Early in the morning, drive to Bahir-Dar, en route enjoys the spectacular view of the wooded land mount Entoto, the Selallie plain and the Blue Nile Gorge, which is one of the beautiful Gorges in the world. Picnic lunch at Dejen town and peruse driving through the farm land of Gojam. Overnight in hotel at Bahr Dar.
Day 03: Bahir Dar
After breakfast, drive to the gigantic Blue Nile falls, locally known as Tiss-Issat ''Water the smokes", 35 kms far from Bahir-Dar . In the afternoon, make a boat trip on Lake Tana to see some of the ancient monasteries in the islands that include Ura Kidanemeheret, Kibran Gabriel and Intos Eyesus on the Zegie peninsula. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Bahr Dar.
Day 04: Bahir Dar - Gondar
After breakfast, drive to the medieval capital city of Ethiopia with its enclosure palaces built during 17-18th century. After lunch, visit of the palace compound, the beautiful church of Debre Birahn-Sellassie with its wonderful Murals and paintings, the ruin palace of empress Mintuab and Qusqam St. Mary church . Dinner and overnight in the hotel at Gondar.
Day 05: Gondar - Axum
Early in the morning, drive to Axum via the spectacular and zigzag road of Lemalimo and Tekeze gorge. On the way, see the remarkable natural beauty of the Semen Mountains. Picnic lunch en route. Overnight in hotel at Axum.
Day 06: Axum
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Axum visit to the park of the standing Stale carved out from one single granite stone of the pre-Christianity Era, the palace and tombs of one of the Axumite Empire King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel and the old and new St. Mary of Axum, ruins of Queen of Sheba, inscriptions of Ezana, archeological museums, etc. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Axum.
Day 07: Axum - Mekelle
After break fast, drive to Mekelle on the way visit the pre-Axumite temple of Yeha, Debre-Damo monastery and explore some of the rock hewn of church of Tigray. Picnic lunch en route; arrive in Mekelle. Dinner and over night in hotel at Mekelle.
Day 08: Mekelle - Lalibella
After break fast, drive to Lalibella, picnic lunch en route, arrives in Lalibella. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Lalibella.
Day 09: Lalibella
After break fast, visit to the first part of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella, all carved out (inside and outside) of a solid rock and are architecturally unique among the wonders of the world. Lunch en route and in the afternoon visit to the 2nd part of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibella. Dinner and overnight in your hotel at Lalibella.
Day 10: Lalibella - Desse
After break fast, drive to Desse and on the way visit to the rock hewn church of Genet Mariam Monastery. Lunch en route and arrive at Desse Dinner and overnight in hotel at Desse.
Day 11: Desse - Addis Ababa
After break fast, departure for Addis Ababa via Debre-Brihan. It is a place of interest in its old and medieval history. Its monastery is believed to have been built 700 years ago. Arrived at Addis Ababa in the evening, parting meal in the town hotel with traditional folkloric music and dance. Overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 12: Addis Ababa - Dire Dawa - Harar
Transfer to the airport for flight to Dire Dawa. Lunch at Dire Dawa and drive up to the town of Harar. Harar remained a center of religious fervor from early days of the Islamic expansion until 1887, when the authority of the central government was restored by Emperor Menelik II. With its 99 Mosques, Harar is considered to be Islam’s fourth most Holy City. There is a visit of the house of the French Poet, Rimbaud as his city of exile from French intolerance. In the evening a visit those wild hyenas, fed from mans hand. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Harar.
Day 13: Harar - Dire Dawa
After breakfast, sight seeing tour of Harar and after lunch drive back to Dire Dawa and visit to the colorful market of fruits, vegetables chat and the old rail way station. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Dire Dawa.
Day 14: Dire Dawa - Addis Ababa
Morning leisure on your own and afternoon flight back to Addis and transfer to your hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 15: Departure to home
Morning leisure or shopping. Transfer to Bole international airport, for departure.
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