Mystic Historic Ethiopia Tour – 8 Days

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  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Max Guests : 25
  • Difficulty : 8/10
  • Solitude Lv : 9/10

Detail

  • This itinerary is designed to provide a comprehensive exploration of Ethiopia’s historical and cultural treasures.
  • Ensure to check the local customs and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • The itinerary is flexible and can be adjusted based on specific interests and local events.
  • Respect the privacy and traditions of the local community during your interactions.

What to Expect

  1. Historical Exploration:

    • Explore Ethiopia’s rich history through visits to historical sites, including Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches and Gondar’s Royal Enclosure.
  2. Cultural Immersion:

    • Immerse yourself in the cultural ambiance of Ethiopia, experiencing traditional music, dance, and local markets.
  3. Spiritual Experience:

    • Encounter the spiritual and serene atmosphere of Lalibela’s churches and the Asheton Maryam Monastery.
  4. Scenic Beauty:

    • Enjoy the natural beauty of Lalibela, Simien Mountains, Lake Tana, and the Blue Nile Falls.
  5. Comfortable Accommodations:

    • Stay in comfortable accommodations that complement the cultural and historical charm of each destination.
  6. Culinary Delights:

    • Taste traditional Ethiopian cuisine at local restaurants, adding to the cultural experience.
  7. Transportation:

    • Experience seamless travel with domestic flights between destinations

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Arrival in Addis Ababa
    • Arrive in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
    • Check into your accommodation and enjoy a traditional Ethiopian breakfast.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: National Museum
    • Begin your exploration with a visit to the National Museum, home to ancient artifacts and the famous fossil “Lucy.”

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch in a Cultural Restaurant
    • Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian lunch at a cultural restaurant.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Holy Trinity Cathedral
    • Visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, a significant religious site with historical importance.
    • Explore the cathedral’s beautiful architecture and learn about its cultural significance.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Mount Entoto Viewpoint
    • Head to Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis Ababa.
    • Enjoy the serene surroundings and fresh mountain air.

Day 2: Flight to Lalibela - Rock-Hewn Churches

Morning:

  • 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM: Domestic Flight to Lalibela
    • Fly to Lalibela, home to the iconic rock-hewn churches.

Late Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Visit to Bet Giyorgis (St. George’s Church)
    • Explore Bet Giyorgis, one of the most famous rock-hewn churches, carved from solid rock.
    • Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Lalibela.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch at a Local Restaurant
    • Enjoy a local meal at a restaurant in Lalibela.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Explore Other Rock-Hewn Churches
    • Visit additional rock-hewn churches, such as Bet Medhane Alem and Bet Abba Libanos.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Cultural Evening in Lalibela
    • Experience a cultural evening, featuring traditional music and dance.

Day 3: Lalibela's Hidden Gems

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Asheton Maryam Monastery Hike
    • Embark on a scenic hike to Asheton Maryam Monastery, offering panoramic views of Lalibela.
    • Explore the monastery and its historical significance.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Yemrehanna Kristos Church
    • Visit Yemrehanna Kristos, a unique church built in a cave, located a short distance from Lalibela.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Picnic Lunch at a Scenic Spot
    • Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic location.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Lalibela Market Exploration
    • Explore the local market in Lalibela, interacting with traders and experiencing the vibrant atmosphere.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time or Optional Spa Relaxation
    • Enjoy some free time or indulge in optional spa relaxation.

Day 4: Flight to Gondar - The Royal City

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Domestic Flight to Gondar
    • Fly to Gondar, known for its historic sites.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Gondar Castle Complex
    • Explore the Gondar Castle Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its medieval architecture.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch at a Local Restaurant
    • Enjoy a traditional Ethiopian lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Debre Berhan Selassie Church
    • Visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church, renowned for its iconic murals and religious significance.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Fasil Ghebbi (Royal Enclosure)
    • Explore the Fasil Ghebbi, the Royal Enclosure of Gondar, housing various castles and palaces.

Day 5: Simien Mountains National Park

Full-Day Excursion:

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Simien Mountains National Park
    • Embark on a day trip to Simien Mountains National Park, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife.
    • Explore the park, enjoy nature walks, and encounter wildlife such as gelada baboons.

Day 6: Bahir Dar - Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Drive to Bahir Dar
    • Travel to Bahir Dar, situated on the shores of Lake Tana.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Lake Tana Boat Tour
    • Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, exploring monasteries such as Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Mariam.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch at a Lakeside Restaurant
    • Enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking Lake Tana.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Blue Nile Falls
    • Visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls, known as “Tis Issat” or “The Smoking Water.”
    • Explore the surroundings and capture the scenic beauty.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Bahir Dar City Exploration
    • Explore Bahir Dar’s local market and enjoy a leisurely evening in the city.

Day 7: Departure from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Free Time or Optional Activity
    • Enjoy some free time or choose from optional activities based on your preferences.

Late Morning:

  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Bahir Dar City Tour
    • Explore additional sites in Bahir Dar, including the Bahir Dar Palace and the Bezawit Hill.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Farewell Lunch
    • Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local restaurant, reflecting on the journey.

Afternoon:

  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Final Shopping or Leisure Time
    • Spend your last hours in Ethiopia shopping for souvenirs or relaxing.

Evening:

  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Departure from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa
    • Fly back to Addis Ababa for your departure the next day.

Day 8: Departure from Addis Ababa

Morning:

  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Departure Preparations
    • Check out of your accommodation and prepare for departure.

Late Morning:

  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Final Exploration in Addis Ababa
    • Explore any remaining sites or revisit a favorite location in Addis Ababa.

Lunch Break:

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Farewell Lunch
    • Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local restaurant, bidding farewell to Ethiopia.

Afternoon:

  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Final Shopping or Relaxation
    • Spend your last moments in Ethiopia with final shopping or relaxation.

Evening:

  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Departure from Addis Ababa
    • Head to the airport for your departure, concluding the Mystic Historic Ethiopia Tour.
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