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Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis
On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers in your hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. Stay overnight in your hotel
Visit of historical and archaeological sites in Axum
The ancient city of Axum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Axum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Stay overnight in your hotel
Whole day attend Ethiopian Christmas Festival in Lalibela
Attend Ethiopian Christmas Festival and visit of rock churches in Lalibela. The procession starts early morning around dawn. In the afternoon, visit of a church out side the town. Drive to Nakuto Le’Abe Monastery. King Nakuto Le’Abe abdicated his throne in 1270 AD and went to a cave to lead a hermit’s life. This cave has ever since become a monastery and has a dramatic setting. It houses one of the most interesting collections of ancient crosses, illuminated manuscripts and other icons some of which are attributed to its founder Nakuto Le’Abe. Stay overnight in your hotel
Drive to Mekele
On this day, you drive long to Mekele through the rough nature of road but nice to experience along with the magnificent scenery (gigantic, ups and downs and magnificent landscape). Stay overnight in your hotel
Drive to Geralta
After breakfast drive to Wekro, Visit Wekro Chirkos, one of the oldest rock churches in the Tigray area. Then drive to Hawzen. En route visit the rock churches of Abreha Atsbeha Mariam, and Dugum Selassie. Stay overnight in your hotel
Drive to Axum
Drive to Axum through the Adwa Mountains en route you visit the monastery of Debre Damo. Continue to Axum and a short visit of temple for it is over 2500 years old Temple of the Moon and the church of Aba Aftse. Stay overnight in your hotel
Drive to Simien Mountains
On this day, you drive long (280kms) but enjoying very beautiful and spectacular landscape along Tekeze Gorge and Semien Mountains. The drive goes through the Tekeze valley, crossing the Tekeze River. Then After the road rises from1400 metres through hairpin bends down the mountain side to 3100 metres in just 40kms! The drive up to Debark town showcases not only the immensely beautiful Simien Mountain massifs but also the people who eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside. Stay overnight in your hotel.
Visit Simien Mountains National Park then drive to Gondar
After breakfast we will have a visit of Simien Mountains National Park. We will walk around the park then we drive to Sankaber, the first campsite of the National Park. On this drive you will gain the beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around. Then after drive to Gondar for an Stay overnight in your hotel
Tour of Gondar
After breakfast a full day tour in Gondar to visit attractions. During unsettled periods between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries, Ethiopian rulers moved their royal camps frequently. King Fasiledes settled in Gondar and established it as a permanent capital in 1636. After King Fasiledes, successive kings continued building, improving the techniques and architectural style. Before its decline in the late eighteenth century, the royal court had developed from a camp into a fortified compound called Fasil Ghebbi, consisting of six major building complexes surrounded by a wall 900 metres long. Handicrafts, painting, literature and music flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Castles of Gondar are included in the World Heritage List. Other attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Stay overnight in your hotel
Whole day Boat trip to Bahir Dar
After breakfast this morning we take a scenic drive 60 kms to the little town of Gorgora by a good condition of coaster bus then we take a boat cruise on the beautiful highland lake - Lake Tana to Bahir Dar town. On our boat cross on Lake Tana, we visit of the most accessible and representative of these churches, still serving their original function. We visit the monastery church of Debre Sina Mariam at Gorgora Peninsula, Dek Estifanos on Dek island , Azwa Mariam at Zege Peninsula and Ura Kidanemheret at Zege Peninsula. Stay overnight in your hotel
Morning Visit Blue Nile waterfalls then Drive Debre Markos
After breakfast we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire'. Four hundred metres wide when in flood and 45 metres deep, the falls throws up a continuous spray of water droplets, which drench onlookers up to a kilometre away. The area around the river is extremely fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and Teff from which injera, the national bread, is made. Drive back to Bahir Dar and visit the Colorful market where someone could find the baskets, pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, etc. After lunch in the hotel, in the afternoon drive to Debre Markos. We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Debre Markos over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The drive is through Amhara people which is the famous Teff (a grain in which injera, the national bread, is made) growing area in the country. Stay overnight in your hotel
Drive Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa en route you will visit the famous Blue Nile George and the Debre Libanos Monastery. Stay overnight in your hotel
Attend the eve of Timket festival in Addis Ababa
After breakfast make a visit of attractions in Addis which you did not visit in the first day.
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Ethnological Museum:-It is founded in the main campus of the Addis Ababa University by the Institute of Ethiopian Studies with the aim to preserve the country's historical and cultural heritages. It has complete collections that describe almost all the tribal groups in Ethiopia. Here you will have an overview about the history, culture and traditions of the people of Ethiopia. The collections include the nomadic tribal groups that are now living just as man's forefather lived thousands of years back. Merkato:- The largest open market in Africa is a place where every thing is on sale. Every thing you’d ever want or need is found here. Here you will be presented with a confusing, but fascinating; glimpse of the vast range of goods and artefacts available from all parts of the country and enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open air. Walking on the crowded streets one can see and smell the spice market to browse through the cloth shops, with their embroidered Ethiopian dresses and shirts and woven shawls with intricately woven border and to bargain a large variety of old and new Ethiopian handicrafts. Come to the hotel for lunch, after lunch drive to Jan Meda to attend the eve of Timket Festival. Timket, or Timkat, is Ethiopian language for Epiphany. Although the holiday commemorating Christ's baptism in the River Jordan is observed by Christians all over the world, Timket is of special significance in Ethiopia. It is the most important and colorful event of the year. When the event finishes return to Hotel. Evening we will invite you a fare well dinner at in one of the cultural Ethiopian restaurants for Ethiopian dish and cultural dances from different ethnic groups. Stay overnight in your hotel
Attend Timket festival in Addis Ababa; then departure
After breakfast drive to Jan Meda to attend Timket Festival–the colorful festival of the Orthodox Christens. The remainder of the day is free for shopping on your own. Evening transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flight.
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