The Historic North of Ethiopia
February 2 – February 13, 2019
March 16 – March 27, 2019
No Single Supplement!

ETHIOPIA

 

DAY 1- ARRIVAL

 Arrive at Bole International Airport. An Awaze Tours representative will meet you and take you to your hotel.

 

DAY 2- ADDIS ABABA

Tour the Ethnographic Museum, located on the campus of Addis Ababa University, and a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Visit Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie. Buffet Lunch at the Taitu Hotel, Addis Ababa’s oldest hotel. Following lunch enjoy some of Ethiopia’s finest coffee at the famous Tomoco Coffee House. Continue with the tour with a trip to the bustling Mercato, one of Africa’s largest outdoor markets. Later in the afternoon, drive to Mount Entoto for a fine view of the city. Return to the hotel to relax and for dinner.

 

DAY 3- FLY TO BAHAR DAR

Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar.  In the evening enjoy a lakeside Ethiopian barbecue dinner.

 

DAY 4- DRIVE TO GONDAR 

Shepherd Boy in Gondar

Early departure to Gondar, driving through the countryside with an optional stop at the village of Awra Amba. Following lunch, tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century. Having survived several wars, including air raids during World War 2, the castles are a testament to the resilience of this once mighty African Empire.

 

The Royal Enclosure

Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. In the evening, visit an Azmari Bet, where Ethiopian troubadours play music and ad lib lyrics often including audience members in their performance.

Fresco of Debre Birhan

DAY 5- DRIVE TO SANKABAR

Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take in the spectacular scenery and view wildlife such as the Gelada baboon. Light hiking in the afternoon in the park.

 

DAY 6- DRIVE TO AXUM

Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way. Arrive in Axum late afternoon. 

 

DAY 7- AXUM

North Stelae Field in Axum

Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.  Visit the new and impressive Archaeological Museum.  See St. Mary Tsion Church, which houses the Ark of the Covenant according to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (no one is allowed to see the Ark.) Visit other tombs and archaeological sites as time permits.

 

DAY 8- FLY TO LALIBELA

Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa.  Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago.  This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings.

 

DAY 9- LALIBELA

 

St. George Church in Lalibela

Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela.  The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. En route, visit a village school and talk with students and their teacher. In the afternoon, return to Lalibela and visit a localfarmer to learn about traditional farming methods. In the evening, visit a local bar or “Tej Bet”, and sample home-made “tej” (honey wine).

Priest with a beautiful illustrated Bible in Lalibela

Priest in Lalibela

 

 DAY 10- FLY TO DIRE DAWA VIA ADDIS ABABA

Fly to Dire Dawa via Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Visit the large and colorful Dire Dawa Market.

Man splitting salt bricks in downtown market

Woman at local market selling hops

Spices at the market

 

 DAY 11- HARAR

Ethiopian man at Camel Market in Harar

Locals going about their day in Old City Street

 

Stroll through the 16th century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  See the home of Arthur Rimbaud, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a “gun-runner” during the 19th century. Visit the National and Harari museums; the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie); and a traditional Harari home. In the evening see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town.

 

 

The “Hyena Man” feeding a hungry hyena in Harar.

 

DAY 12- FLY TO ADDIS ABABA

Fly to Addis Ababa.  Visit the National Museum, home of the 3 million year old skeleton “Lucy.” Optional souvenir shopping. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel night booked upon request.

 


HOTELS

Addis Ababa:   Radisson Blu   ★★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g293791-d1456174-Reviews-Radisson_Blu_Hotel_Addis_Ababa-Addis_Ababa.html

 

Bahar Dar:   Abay Minch Lodge   ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g480192-d2021374-Reviews-Abay_Minch_Lodge-Bahar_Dar_Amhara_Region.html

 

Gondar:  Goha Hotel  ★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g317059-d1025493-Reviews-Goha_Hotel-Gonder_Amhara_Region.html

 

Sankabar:   Simien Lodge ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1015732-d1223234-Reviews-Simien_Lodge-Debark_Amhara_Region.html

 

Axum:    Sabean International Hotel ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g3667784-d10493827-Reviews-Sabean_International_Hotel-Axum_Tigray_Region.html

 

LalibelaTukul Village ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g480193-d1027693-Reviews-Tukul_Village-Lalibela_Amhara_Region.html

 

Dire Dawa:   Samrat Hotel ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g667260-d2008802-Reviews-Samrat_Hotel-Dire_Dawa.html

 

HararWonderland Hotel  ★★★★

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g676757-d12989238-Reviews-Wonderland_Hotel-Harar_Harari_Region.html


COST

Cost of $5,495 per person…. No Single Supplement!!

 


WHAT IS INCLUDED

Entrance fees for all sites and parks mentioned in the itinerary
All excursions listed in the itineraries
Experienced, multilingual tour guide and guide’s expenses
Ground transportation via tour vehicle (includes driver and fuel)
All domestic flights noted on the itinerary
All meals for the duration of the tour
Lodging as noted on itinerary for 11 nights
All hotel/airport transfers listed on the itinerary


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

Personal expenditures
Alcoholic drinks
International airfare
Gratuities
Photography or Video Fees
Visa costs


REGISTRATION

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