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Price Per Person

Promotion ID: NEFT
22 Aug '19 To 30 Sep '19

USD 735
USD 620
Country: Ethiopia
City: Amhara
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Family Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

DAY 01- FLY TO BAHIRDAR - VISIT

Morning after breakfast meet with eXPLORING TOURISM  ETHIOPIA staffs (driver and guide) at your preferred departure point and time, around 5:45 AM arrival at the domestic terminal of Addis Ababa Bole Airport check in and fly to fly Bahirdar, arrival and directly transfer to the hotel. boat cruise on this beautiful highland lake to see the monastery church of the beautifully decorated Ura Kidanmihret, Azwa Mariam that and Entos Eyesus Monastry on the on Lake Tana islands allows both genders. Under the thatched roof of the monastery, there are some distinctive colorful frescoes of religious scenes an impressive display of illuminated bibles written in “Geez” the religious language from which Amharic is derived. After lunch if time permits, you will a drive to the Blue Nile Falls, (the water amount of the fall is depending on the rain), but the drive and walking by its self is great and enjoyable.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Land Cruiser 4X4 and domestic flight
  • Jacaranda Hotel or similar

CONSULTANT NOTE

  • You will cover approximately 80km and 3 hours’ drive
  • Game drive varies the time

 

DAY 02- DRIVE TO DEBARIK VIA GONDAR

Early in the morning you will drive to Debark /280 km/ the base camp of the Simien Mountains. On the way you will see Gondar town. Gonder 180 km to conduct tour of Gonder known as the “Camelot” of Africa, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Semien Mountains National Park in the northwestern part of the country was the 17th and 18th century capital city of Ethiopia, which was founded by Emperors Fasiladas (1632 – 1667) and was home to a number of emperors & warlords, curtsies and kings who built several castles and palaces around the area. There may be the opportunity to visit a Falasha village. The Falasha Jews are thought to have arrived in Ethiopia 3,000 years ago at the time of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, but their history is shrouded in mystery. Translating to 'exiled' in Amharic, the Falasha claim to be descendants of Moses. After lunch you will visit Semien Mountain National Park. We drive to the jagged panorama of the Simien Mountains National Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where you spot the endemic Gelada Baboon troops However, as we stay for one night we will enjoy the dramatic scenery and a troop friendly Gelada Baboon at very close distance and Birds such as Chestnut-napped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, Lammergeyer, White-collared Pigeon and Ankober Serin just to name a few, you will walk on the edge and beautiful escarpment to view the beautiful and green valley, wondering the long day eating and grooming of Gelada Baboon families on the way back to Gonder.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Land Cruiser 4X4
  • Goha hotel or Similar

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 440km and 6 hours’ drive
  • Game drive varies the time

 

DAY 3 - FLY TO LALIBELA AND VISIT

Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela - the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, in a fitting final to your Ethiopian adventure, explore the first group of the monolithic Red-Tuff churches incredibly carved into the rock. We spend today exploring one of the world's most remarkable historic sites and it's 11 rock-carved churches. Although churches carved in rock are not found in other parts of the world, those found in Ethiopia are particularly interesting. Generally, they were excavated on all sides of a rectangle, leaving a large block of stone isolated in the center. This rock was then shaped and formed both inside and out and the carvings show extremely skillful workmanship. Lalibela, the 'New Jerusalem', is thought to have been constructed some 800 years ago by King Lalibela. Once his capital city, this former bustling city is today a small village, virtually cut off from the outside world. You will start visiting of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).  After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.  Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. We'll be joined by a guide both this morning and this afternoon to learn about the area's fascinating history. The exploring will include a certain amount of scrambling between rocks and through tunnels. The churches stand in two main groups on either side of a stream, known locally as 'The River Jordan' and between them are considered to be one of the great wonders of the world. Most of the churches now have a permanent roof built over them to preserve them and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • High Roof Mid-Van
  • Panoramic View Hotel or Similar

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 60km and 1 hours’ drive on rough road
  • Game drive varies the time

 

DAY 04 – VISIT YEMREHANA KIRISTOS AND FLY ADDIS ABABA

Early in the morning after breakfast take a morning you will drive an excursion to Yemrehana Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that actually predates the churches of Lalibela. The drive to Yemrehana will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. Following lunch, continue your tour of the Lalibela churches. Overlooking the mountain of Abune Yosef, the tallest mountain in Lasta, we drive towards one of Ethiopia's best-preserved late Axumite churches. Named after the 12th century Zagwe priest-king and saint, the church of Yemrehana Kristos is built of stone and wood inside a cave. We'll make a ten-minute walk uphill through a forest of juniper trees to the entrance. As well as it's wondrous setting, behind the church lies a pile of mummified bodies said to be that of pilgrims and holy men. Legend has it that a door found inside this church was given as a gift by the Caliph Saladin himself during the time of the crusaders. In the afternoon, we will fly back to Addis Ababa and have the opportunity to attend a coffee ceremony which is very much part of the social and cultural life of many Ethiopians.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • High Roof Mid-Van and domestic flight
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Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 50km and 2 hours’ drive
  • Game drive varies the time
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