Historic Route by Car


8 Days and 7 Nights

    Upon arrival in Addis transfer to your hotel. In the available time city tour of Addis Ababa where the National or Archeological Museum and the Merkato (the biggest open air market of Africa) can be visited. Overnight in your hotel.
    Transfer to the Airport for flight to Baher Dar. On arrival in Baher Dar transfer to your hotel to check in and leave your luggage after which immediately go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret in Zeghie Peninsula. This church has mural frescoes and also possesses old icons, manuscripts, old crosses and crowns of former Kings and Queens, which are displayed to the visitors. Return to Baher Dar for lunch and in the afternoon excursion by car to the 35 Km distant site of the Blue Nile Falls. Back to Baher Dar dinner and overnight in Tana Hotel or Summer Land Hotel.

    In the morning after breakfast drive to Gondar (3.5 hours). Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Emperor Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of about 200 years. The city is more European than African and also has Islamic influences. Your after noon visit includes the Castles, bath of Fasilidas, the church of Debre Berhan Sellassie and the Kusquam complex. Dinner and overnight in Goha or Lamergaier Hotel.   

  • Day 4: GONDAR / AXUM
    In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Axum. Axum known as the land of the Queen of Sheeba has a history which is very early and relatively unknown, however locals tracked and recorded in the 14th century A.D that this was the capital of the Queen of Sheeba during the 10th century B.C. Axum was the Kingdom that dominated Asia and Africa for a thousand years and it's most important building is the St. Marry of Zion where it is said that it holds the Arc of the Covenant brought by king Solomon and Queen of Sheeba's son Menelik almost 3000 years ago. You visit the city today and marvel at the historic tomb of the former King Kaleb, the ruins of the palace of Queen of Sheeba, and the church of St.Mary with it's crowns of former rulers, the stele fields and other archaeological sites time permitting. Dinner and overnight in Yeha or Remehai hotel.    

  • Day 5: AXUM / LALIBELA
    After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight to Lalibela. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Lalibela, once the thriving capital of the medieval dynasty is still remarkably and unbelievably beautiful. The villages is hardly visible as the horizon is dominated by various peaks over 3,000m. Legend holds that once the Town was called Roha, a mother saw her baby in a cradle surrounded by a dense of swarm of bees. Ethiopian belief is that the animal world could foretell the advent of important personages, so that she called her son ''Lalibela''. Meaning "the bees recognize his sovereignty". Learn other local folklores on your visits to remarkable Rock Hewn churches built by this Prince over 800 years ago. Almost super human in their scale, these towering edifices are truly a world wonder. In the after noon visit the 1st part of Rock Hewn churches which are six in number, namely : Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mika'el ( also known as Bet Debre Sina-Bet Golgotha) and Bet Giyorgis. Dinner and overnight in Roha, Lal or similar hotels.

  • Day 6: LALIBELA
    In the morning excursion by car to visit the Nakutoleab Monastery at the outskirts of Lalibela. After noon visit the 2nd part of Rock Hewn churches which are five namely : Bet Gabriel, Bet Rufa'el, Bet Merkorios, Bet Aamanuel and Bet Abba Libanos. Dinner and over night in Roha, Lal or similar hotels.

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival in Addis Ababa city tour of Addis Ababa in the available time. Dinner and overnight in Ghion or Jupiter Hotel.

    City tour of Addis Ababa in the available time after which transfer to the airport for departure. End of tour. Extension program to Harar.