Culture & History - Ethiopia: 12 Days in Northern and Central Ethiopia

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Your Walkbout in Ethiopia on Day 1 sees you arriving in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. You will visit the Trinity Cathedral, built by Emperor Haile Sillasse (who is also known as Ras Tafari). The church is also the burial place of Haile Sillasse and his family. You will also visit the National and Ethnographic Museums. The most famous collection of this Museum is Lucy, the 3.2 million years old fossil. Stop for lunch at an Ethiopian Restaurant for your introduction to enjera (the Ethiopian staple food)...... Your Walkbout continues in the morning..............................

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Day 1- Arrive in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. You will visit the Trinity Cathedral, built by Emperor Haile Sillasse (who is also known as Ras Tafari). The church is also the burial place of Haile Sillasse and his family. You will also visit the National and Ethnographic Museums. The most famous collection of this Museum is Lucy, the 3.2 million years old fossil. Stop for lunch at an Ethiopian Restaurant for your introduction to enjera (the Ethiopian staple food). The National Museum in Addis Ababa houses the famous 3.2 million old fossil of Lucy, discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia, something you must see.Overnight hotel.

Day 2-In the morning drive to Dessie across highland Ethiopian landscape. You will have stops on the way for views, photos and picnic lunch. Overnight hotel.

Day 3-Drive to Lalibela across the land of the Amhara People with stops to view local life. Carved out of a single sold rock, the 12th century rock-hewn church of Bete Gyorgis at Lalibela is likely to be the most photographed church in Ethiopia, you will love this experience. Overnight hotel.

Day 4-This day is dedicated to the exploration of the famous 12th century rock-cut churches of Lalibela, regarded as one of the wonders of the world. Overnight hotel.

Day 5-Drive to Gondar, the capital city of Ethiopia in the 17th and 18th century. Overnight hotel.

Day 6-Today you will have excursion to the Simen Mountains National Park to appreciate its landscape and rare wildlife particularly the Gelada Baboons, endemic to Ethiopia. Overnight hotel.

Day 7-In the morning visit the 17th and 18th century castles of Gondar and the church of Debre Birhan Sillasse, famous for its murals. Drive to Bahir Dar, a city on the southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest in Ethiopia. Overnight hotel.

Day 8- In the morning drive to the Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon you will have a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the church of Ura Kidane Mihret, famous for its murals. Overnight hotel.

Day 9-Drive to Addis Ababa. The drive takes you across an important fertile teff growing part of Ethiopia and the deep Blue Nile Gorge. You will also visit the 17th century castle of Fasiledes at Gondar and the church of Debre Birhan Sillasse,  known as the Sistine Chapel of Ethiopia.Overnight hotel.

Day 10- Drive into the Ethiopian Rift Valley to Hawassa, the capital of the ethnically diverse Southern State. On the way stop at Shashemene to visit Ras Tafarian community. Over half a century ago the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Sillasse (Ras Tafari) granted land for Rastafarians at Shashemene. Overnight hotel.

Day 11-In the morning you will have stop at fish market on the shore of Lake Hawassa, which is also a great place for birding. Drive to Wondo Genet to enjoy its hot spring baths. Return to Hawassa for overnight.

Day 12-Drive to Addis Ababa on a different route with stops at places like the 12th century graveyard of Tiya. You will have farewell dinner with entertainment at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Overnight hotel.

Day 13- Day of Departure.

Highlights

This experience covers historical and cultural attractions of northern Ethiopia. Most first time visitors travel to this part of the country.
The most important site in northern Ethiopia is the Rock-hewn (cut) churches of Lalibela. Many agree that the churches should be regarded as the wonders of the world.

 

The price covers:

-Hotel accommodation on double/twin room arrangement. For singles additional $444/person single supplement applies

-Meals
-Bottled water
-Ground transportation
-Boat on Lake Tana
-Entrance fee as per the itinerary
-Guiding fees

The price does not include:
-International flight
-Expense of personal nature such as telephone call and laundry
-Alcoholic drinks

Route

  1. Addis Ababa