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7 Days North – The Historical Route


The Danakil Depression is the hottest place on Earth in terms of year-round average temperatures. It is also one of the lowest places on the planet (100 m below sea level), and without rain for most of the year.

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Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela. Denakil Depression can be added if you have an addition 3 more days to spare.


Entrance fees, guiding service and accommodation are included. As well as 4 Flight Tickets and car transportation between destinations



(7 Days) Historical Route, (10 Days) Historical Route + Denakil


Day 1
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar – take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the
island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for
women), and the source of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile
Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. At night
cultural music places. Overnight in bahirdar (hotel).
Day 2
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural
villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your
hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles
and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket
celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in
Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar (hotel).
Day 3, depart to Semen Mountains to enjoy a beautiful nature and endemic animals over night
in Semen Mountain
Day 4 CONTINUE with the hiking and come back to Gonder for the night
Day 5, flight to Lalibela and start your tour in afternoon the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela,
visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel,
Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).  Over night in
Day 6 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.
In the afternoon you will go to yhimran Christos another fascinating church around 1 hour
drive from Lalibela  Overnight in Lalibela
Day 7, Early morning, depart north for Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen
of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant. Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum,
including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy),
the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb,
and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.  You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the
Ark of the Covenant is kept.  Men only are allowed to enter the old church.  Unfortunately, no
one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the
Ark is kept.  Late flight to Addis


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