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Code: PET 108: Classic (Historical) Route; with extension to Harar and Awash
Duration: 14days/13nights or 16days/15nights
Transport: surface

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Debre Markos visiting the 13th century Debre Libanos Monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge. O/N - Hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast drive to Bahir Dar visiting Lake Zengena and afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Tana to visit the famous ancient island monasteries.  O/N - Hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast drive to Blue Nile Fall and visit the majestic falls. Continue driving to Gondar-the Camelot of Africa. Afternoon visiting Guzura (Emperor Sertse Dengel) Palace (16th C).  O/N - Hotel
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Gondar to visit the 17th & 18th century castles, the Bath of Emperor Fasilades, the monastery of Qusquam and the icon-rich church of Debre Birhan Sillassie.  O/N - Hotel.
Day 6: After breakfast drive to Axum through the beautiful Scenery of Simien Mountains and Tekeze River Gorge. O/N - Hotel.
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary of Zion church- where the original Arc of the covenant is still housed in, Archeological museum, Ancient Steles Park, tombs of Ancient Kings, and the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba/10th C BC).  O/N - Hotel.
Day 8: After breakfast drive Mekele, visiting the 5th C BC Temple of Yeha, the rock churches of Tigray.  O/N -Hotel.
Day 9: After breakfast drive to Lalibela- it is famous for its 11 monolithic rock hewn churches hand carved by king Lalibela in the late 12th and early 13th century A.D. O/N - Hotel.
Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lalibela that includes the first, the second and the third groups of rock churches. O/N - Hotel.
Day 11: Morning excursion to visit Yemrhane Kirstors built up Cave church; Afternoon excursion to visit the 13th C cave Church of Neakuto Le’ab. O/n Hotel
Day 12: After breakfast drive to Dessie/Kembolcha visiting Hayk Istifanos monastery en route. O/N - Hotel.
Day 13: After breakfast drive back to Addis, visiting village of the Amhara and Oromo. O/N - Hotel.
Day 14:  Sightseeing tour of Addis, including National and Archeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, St. George Cathedral, Entoto- highest peak in Addis/3200m) for panoramic view of the city and finally Merkato-largest open air market in Africa. Evening farewell dinner party and Departure.

Extension:
Day 13: Drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley Region to Awash. Visiting the Amhara, Oromo and Afar tribal villages. O/n Hotel
Day 14: A scenic drive to the Walled city of Harar. It is considered the 4th Islamic holiest city in the world with more than 100 mosques.  Evening visiting the Hyena man. O/n Hotel
Day 14: sightseeing tour of Harar. That includes: colorful markets, Cultural Museums, Grand Mosques, Emperor Haile Silasse childhood residence, the 16th C encircling Wall and its gates.  O/N- hotel.
Day 15: Another scenic drive to Nazeret/ Adama. On the way game drive in Awash National Park.  O/N Hotel.
Day 16: Drive back to Addis. Sightseeing tour, farewell dinner and departure.

Code: PET 108-1: Classic (Historical) Route
Duration: 10days/9nights
Transport: surface

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel
Day 2: After breakfast drive to Debre Markos visiting the 13th century Debre Libanos Monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge. O/N - Hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast drive to Bahir Dar visiting Lake Zengena and afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Tana to visit the famous ancient island monasteries.  O/N - Hotel.
Day 4: After breakfast drive to Blue Nile Fall and visit the majestic falls. Continue driving to Gondar-the Camelot of Africa. Afternoon visiting Guzura (Emperor Sertse Dengel) Palace (16th C).  O/N - Hotel
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Gondar to visit the 17th & 18th century castles, the Bath of Emperor Fasilades, the monastery of Qusquam and the icon-rich church of Debre Birhan Sillassie.  O/N - Hotel.
Day 6: A scenic drive to Lalibela- it is famous for its 11 monolithic rock hewn churches hand carved by king Lalibela in the late 12th and early 13th century A.D. on the way visits the Awramba Community village O/N - Hotel.
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Lalibela that includes the first, the second and the third groups of rock churches. O/N - Hotel.
Day 8: After breakfast drive to Dessie/Kembolcha visiting Hayk Istifanos monastery en route. O/N - Hotel.
Day 9: After breakfast drive back to Addis, visiting village of the Amhara and Oromo. O/N - Hotel.
Day 10:  Sightseeing tour of Addis, including National and Archeological Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral, St. George Cathedral, Entoto- highest peak in Addis/3200m) for panoramic view of the city and finally Merkato-largest open air market in Africa. Evening farewell dinner party and Departure.

Code: PET 108-2: Classic (Historical) Route or with extension to Harar
Duration: 7days/6nights or 9days/8nights
Transport: Air and Surface

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar. Visit the Blue Nile Fall & Boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the Island monasteries. O/N - Hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Gondar- the Camelot of Africa- visit the 17th & 18th century castles, the Bath of Emperor Fasilades, the monastery of Qusquam and the icon-rich church of Debre Birhan Sillassie.  O/N - Hotel.
Day 4: Fly to Lalibela- it is famous for its 11 monolithic rock hewn churches hand carved by king Lalibela in the late 12th and early 13th century A.D.  Afternoon visit the first and third groups of rock churches. O/N -Hotel.
Day 5: Morning optional excursion to Ne’akuto Le’ab Cave church or to Semi-hewn church of Asheten Mariam on Mule back on Top of Mount Asheton/3200m/ or drive and visit Yemrhane Kirstos built-up Cave Church; Afternoon visit the remaining second group of rock churches of Lalibela. O/N - Hotel
Day 6: Fly to Axum- the Ancient Kingdom. Afternoon visit St. Mary of Zion church- where the original Arc of the covenant is still housed in, Archeological museum, Ancient Steles Park, tombs of Ancient Kings, and the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba/10th C BC).  O/N - Hotel.
Day 7: Fly back to Addis. Sightseeing tour that include: National and Archeological Museum,   Holy Trinity Cathedral,  Entoto- highest peak in Addis/3200m) for panoramic view of the city and finally Merkato-largest open air market in Africa. Evening farewell dinner party and Departure.

Extension
Day 8: Fly to Dire Dawa and an hour drive to Harar-A walled City of Stone Houses. Up on arrival visit colorful markets, Cultural Museums, Grand Mosques, Emperor Haile Silasse childhood residence, the 16th C encircling Wall and its gates, Evening Hayna Man. O/N- Hotel 
Day 9: Transfer to Dire Dawa airport and fly back to Addis.  Departure. 

Code: PET 108-3: Classic (Historical) Route, Rock Churches of Tigray, Negash Mosque and Axum
Duration: 7days/6nights
Transport: Air

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N – Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Hawzen, visiting the 7th C Mosque of Al-Negash, continues driving and visit the rock churches of Wukro Cherkos, Medhane Alem Adi Kesho and St. Petros. O/N- Hotel
Day 3: Excursion to visit remarkable rock church of Mariam Korkor. O/N-Hotel
Day 4: Excursion to visit the magnificent rock church of Abune Yemata Goh. And drive to Adigrat. O/N-Hotel
Day 5: Drive to Axum, visiting the 6th C church of Debre Damo and the 5th C BC temple of Yeha. O/N- Hotel
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary of Zion church- where the original Arc of the covenant is still housed in, Archeological museum, Ancient Steles Park, tombs of Ancient Kings, and the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba/10th C BC).  O/N - Hotel.
Day 7: Fly back to Addis. Sightseeing tour that includes: National and Archeological Museum,   Holy Trinity Cathedral, Entoto- highest peak in Addis/3200m) for panoramic view of the city and finally Merkato-largest open air market in Africa. Evening farewell dinner party and Departure.

Notes.
The above Historical itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes in Ethiopia. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries includes arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Fitness:
The tour does not require a high level of fitness but participants should be in good general health. Should you have any physical limitations please contact us. Please note we will be traveling in high altitudes (above 2600m) part of the tour.

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