Day One - Addis Ababa (The new Flower)
Transfer in the morning from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Ethiopian Airlines to hotel. Addis Ababa translates to New Flower and it is renowned as the Diplomatic Capital city of Africa. The headquarters of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are located in Addis. Your journey begins with a tour of the capital city. Later that afternoon take a visit to the National Museum and then to the Ethnographic Museum to see the different lifestyles of the major Ethiopian ethnic groups. Over night at your hotel.
Day Two – Bahar Dar (Lakeside Town)
Take a one-hour flight takes you to Bahar Dar early in the morning. After a 30-minute drive and a short walk you will arrive at the falls on the Blue Nile River, locally known as Tis Isat – “Smoke of Fire”. The Blue Nile Falls offer a magnificent view of the falls cascading down 45 meters (150 feet), across a stretch of river some 400 meters wide. Surrounding the waterfall is an intense stream of foggy vapour and anyone within a Kilometer distance can feel the impact of the moisture. After lunch a boat trip on Lake Tana will take you on a journey to ancient monasteries. (Women are not permitted to enter the Kibran Gabriel monastery). Over night at your hotel.
Day Three - Gondar
After a breakfast and leisure day at bahirdar you will drive to Gondar, Known as the “Camelot” of Africa and tucked approximately 750 Km North West of Addis Ababa, Gondar became the capital city of Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Fasilidas (1632 to 1667) who built the first castle. You will visit the outskirts of the city, a trip to the bathing palace of Emperor Fasilidas is another impressive sight for visitors Debre Birehan Sillase church. Enjoy dinner and an overnight at your hotel.
Day Four - Lalibela (The Eighth Wonder of the World)
You will fly to Lalibela before lunch, and go to the hotel for lunch on arrival. After lunch, visit the famous rock-hewn churches. The then-renowned King Lalibela with his tenants excavated the astonishing eleven rock-hewn churches from the pink granite bedrock of Roha Mountain in the 13th century. These churches are divided into two groups characterizing the location of River Jordan and are interconnected by underground tunnels. Now Lalibela is classified as the eighth wonder of the world and protected by UNESCO. It is seen as a holy shrine city by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church followers and the rock-hewn churches are still places of active worship. Stay over night at your hotel.
Day Five Axum (Mysterious Monoliths)
The next day you will fly to Axum from Lalibela late in the morning. On arrival in Axum you will have a few hours of relaxation and your lunch at Yeha hotel, before heading out for an afternoon visit to the legendary stele. Axum is the historical and religious heart of Ethiopia and once was the capital city of the long-standing Axumite Kingdom. The ruins are still visible in Axum stand as a testimony to an exceptionally high level of civilization, notably the stone monoliths that are dotted throughout the city and are among the most mystical monuments in the world. The largest monolith in the world, which weighs 500 tons and is 33 meters long, is still on site. Very recently one of the steles, which was stolen by Mussolini of Italy in the 1930s, was returned back to Axum. The following day you will visit Axum’s Church of St. Mary of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept, and which was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik Firs, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, on his return trip from Jerusalem. Over night stay at your hotel.
Day sixth Addis Ababa (The new Flower)
Fly Back to Addis Ababa for an enjoyable final day, spend time shopping at the largest open market in Africa – the Mercato before you depart.
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