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Historic Route and Rift Valley Lakes Tour by Surface
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Day 01: Addis Ababa
City tour of Addis Ababa. You would visit Mercato the largest open air market in Africa. Then you would go up mount Entoto where Menelik (the Ethiopian king) first settled before he went down to start the city after the consent of his wife. On the mountain there is a small museum the host’s historical collections about the king and the story of the settlement on the mountain. Then you will also be able to see the whole city of Addis Ababa from the mountain. As you go back to the city, you would also go in to the country’s national museum where Lucy (3.5 million years old human like skeleton) is displayed. Overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa
Day 02: Addis Ababa - Bahr Dar
Early in the morning drive to Bahirdar on the way you visit Debrelibanos Monastery and the Blue Nile gorge. Overnight in hotel at Bahr Dar
Day 03: Bahr Dar
In the morning drive to the Tiss-Issat fall (Blue Nile fall) and in the afternoon, visit to the grain and basket market then drive up a hill to King Haile Sallassie’s palace for a view of the city, the river, the lake and also to view the sun set. Overnight in hotel at Bahr Dar
Day 04: Bahr Dar - Gondar
In the morning, a boat trip on Lake Tana, visit Ura Kidane Meheret and Azua Mariam on Zegie peninsula and then on the way back visit another island and also the spot where the Blue Nile River leaves the lake. In the afternoon, drive to Gonder. Overnight in hotel at Gondar
Day 05: Gondar - Semiem Mountains National Park
In the morning, visit to Gonder castle compounds including the separately built the Fasil bathing palace and Debrebirhan Selassie church. In the afternoon drive about 100 kms to debark, a gate city to the Semien mountains national park. Visit Sankaber. Overnight Debark Semien Park Hotel.
Day 06: Semien Mountains National Park - Axum
Drive the most ancient city of Ethiopia- Axum through the beautiful scenery of the Semien Mountains and Tekeze gorge. Overnight in hotel at Axum
Day 07: Axum
Explore the ancient city; visit the monolithic stele, tombs and palaces ruins of king Kaleb and his son king Gebre Meskel, king Bazen, the places ruins of the queen of Sheba, her bath, the old and new churches of St. Mary with the invaluable treasures, the palace ruins and granite inscriptions of king Ezana and others. Overnight in hotel at Axum
Day 08: Axum -
On the way to Adigrat, visit the Yeha Temple built in the 500 BC and also the church of Abba Hafse, then continue to the monastery of Debre Damo (founded on the 6th century on the top of a cliff, and accessible only by a 20 meter rope). Overnight in hotel at Addigrat
Day 09: Addigrat - Mekelle
Drive to Mekelle while on the way visit to churches like Petros we Paulos, Adi Kesho Medhanialem, Wukro Cherkos at Wukro. Overnight in hotel at Mekelle
Day 10: Mekelle - Lalibella
Drive to Lalibella via Sokota on the way you would visit Yimrehane Kirestos monastery. Afternoon you would visit the first group of Lalibella rock hewn churches. Overnight in hotel at Lalibella
Day 11: Lalibella
In the morning after breakfast, a mule ride to up hill monastery (3000 meters altitude), very enjoyable experience. In the afternoon you would continue visiting the second and third group of Lalibella rock churches. Overnight in hotel at Lalibella
Day 12: Lalibella - Kombelcha
Drive to Kombolcha, a gentle but scenic route to this old town situated below craggy hills. Overnight in hotel at Kombelcha
Day 13: Kombelcha - Awash National Park
Drive Kombolcha to Awash National park via Gewane, on the way visit the Bati, Afar and Kereyou people. Overnight in hotel at Awash.
Day 14: Awash National Park
Game drive through the park to see some Oryx, Gazelle, wild pig and others and you visit to the Awash River falls near by the park headquarter. Overnight in camping at Awash
Day 15: Awash National Park - Arbaminch
Drive to Arbaminch, through Ziway and Wolaytasodo. If time permits visit of Dorze (cotton weaving and typical bamboo houses) society about 27 kms from Arbaminch. Overnight in hotel at Arbaminch.
Day 16: Arbaminch
In the morning, visit to Nech Sar National Park. Afternoon visit the Chamo Lake. Overnight in hotel at Arbaminch.
Day 17: Arbaminch - Awassa
Drive to Awassa; spend the balance of the day enjoying bird life at sea sides. Overnight in hotel at Awassa.
Day 18: Awassa - Wondogenet
In the morning, drive to Wondogenet, a beautiful resort area situated amid wooded hills, which are sources for the hot springs in which people enjoy taking an open-air bath. Wondogenet is also known for its rich bird life, colobus and velvet monkeys, which can easily be seen fitting on tree branches then you would visit Lake Langano a beautiful lake with its sandy shores. Overnight in hotel at Langano
Day 19: Wondogenet - Addis Ababa
Spend the morning at the sea side of swimming and taking sun bath at the Lake side. After lunch drive back to Addis Ababa for overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 20: Departure
Morning leisure time and shopping and departure back home at the evening
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