10-Days Simien Mountains& Historical Route
Day-1-Arrival at Bole international airport and meet with Abiy Ethiopia tours representative, transfer to hotel for check in. Depend of your arrival time for city tour of the Capital. Addis Ababa is established on 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu. Visit Entoto Mountains from 3,000 meter high with panoramic view over the capital the National & Ethnographic museum, St George & Trinity cathedral and Merkato which is the biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay in the hotel
Day-2-Addis -Bahirdar. On this day you start your tour to North Ethiopia. On the way, you have to visit one of Orthodox’s most holy sites: the Debre-Libanos monastery founded on the 13th century by Abune Tekle/Haimanot, at present one of Ethiopian most celebrated saints. Continuing from Debre-Libanos to the main route, the road dropping more than 1,480 m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is one of the most dramatic roads in the country. The Blue Nile River also practical for several major regains as borderline.
When we arrive approximately halfway to Bahirdar, there is eye-catcher crater Zengana where the spot on the region of Agew nation . Afterward, Continue to Bahirdar and over night.
Day-3- Excursion on Lake Tana & Blue Nile Fulls. On the morning,visit the Island monasteries on the Lake Tana to visit the medieval period island monasteries such as Kibran-Gabriel, Entos-Eyesus. On the Zegie peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis & finally, the outlet of Blue Nile. Subsequently, back to Bahir-Dar, have some lunch & drive 45 minutes on unpaved road to tiny village Tis- Abay (Tis-Esat) which mean smoke of fire, nominated from Blue Nile waterfall. Round trip will take 1.5 hour by walking & few minutes with boat to across the Blue Nile River for spectacular view & having some shower from the smoke underneath of the falls. Later on, drive back to Bahirdar to stay & enjoy with fish dishes.
Day-4-Bahirdar-Gondar. Drive 3 hours to Gondar and Visit the Royal Enclosure that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the 17th century palaces of King Fassiladas, King Iyasu and Queen Mentewab and different other buildings. Visit also Fasiladas’ Bath, (that is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year) having a lunch in afternoon visit the church of Debre Brehan Selassie has a ceilings decorated with beautiful winged Angels. If you have sufficient time left, also you could visit Kuskuwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Inside the palace look out the figures of crosses and Ethiopian characters and animals, such as St Samuel riding his lion. You could also get pleasure from the top view Goha hotel Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day-5- Gonder to the Simien Mountains. with stopover at the village of the last “Felasha” (African Jews). The Simien National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the park, the highest mountain is Ras Dashen, with 4,543 m also the fourth-highest mountain of Africa. You will see amethyst-colored peaks and deep gorges. The crevices host wild mountainous and endemic animal species like the Walya Ibex, Semien fox, gelada baboons… This is an ideal place to do some trekking to the most beautiful places with panoramic views. If you prefer to relax, the afternoon will be at leisure in Semien lodge or Camping in Sankaber.
Day-6- Some trekking and drive to Gonder. Let’s have some trekking today on some selected spots between Buwahit Ras – Chenek 2-3 hours. Have some picnic on the spot of Walya Ibex then driving back to Gonder and stay at hotel.
Day-7-Gonder-Lalibela. Drive to Lalibela via Gashena with watching countryside people & verity highland landscapes. Overnight, Stay in the hotel with panoramic view of mountains.
Day-8- Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. It is identified eighth wonder of the world
Start to visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which is clustered in to three different places separated by River Jordan. This morning we have to visit the first and the third groups of churches and on the afternoon, continue to the second group of Churches. Overnight in Lalibela.
Day-9-Lalibela-Dessie/Kombolcha. On this day also will you enjoy the mountainous landscape and splendid views on your way to Dessie/Kombolcha. On the way just 30 k.m to Dessie, there is possibilities to visit pretty Crater Lake Hayek and its 13th Century of Istephanos monastery. Subsequently continue to Dessie/Kombolcha. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day-10-Dessie/Kombolcha-Addis. Driving back to Addis on the verity landscape through several villages watching the way of life all the way back through. In Addis, Enjoy with traditional farewell dinner with Ethiopian cultural music and dancing presentations. In the evening transfer to the airport and flight of return.