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Tour Code: OTE-2002
Duration: 8 Days and 7 Night
Tour Title: History with Nature
Ethiopia’s history encompasses legend and tradition, mystery and fact, from a powerful and religious ancient civilization.
Legend has it that Emperor Menelik, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant from JERUSALEM to AXUM where he established one of the world’s longest known, uninterrupted monarchical dynasties. Therefore, the following days, fascinating historic route tour covers the rock-hewn churches, ancient obelisks and the forbidden medieval town of Harar; it also covers many of the country's astonishing natural wonders, from the dramatic Tis Isat Falls (the source of the Blue Nile) to the rugged Simien mountain range which will make us pass through a magnificent scenic world of fairy-tale names such as ADDIS ABABA, BAHIR DAR, GONDAR, SIMIEN, AXUM, GEREALTA,LALIBELA and HARAR which every destination contributes in highlighting the country in the form of strange landscapes, beautiful churches, unbelievable castles and stone writings.
Join us for a journey through one of Africa's least explored country; we (OMO TOURS & CAR RENT) are ready to take you to such hidden & unheard places.
|Day 1. Arrival in Addis Ababa & transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel|
|Day 2. Early in the morning, drive about 106kms to visit a bridge called “Portuguese bridge” believed to have been built in the 17th century then proceed to BAHIR DAR, the capital city of Amhara regional state, enroute visit Abay Gorge. Over Night Hotel|
|Day 3. Early morning drive about 32kms-graveled road and visit Blue Nile falls the extension of Blue Nile River, which travels about 800kms till Khartoum where it meets the White Nile. Afternoon, drive about 280kms to the city of DEBARK the stepping ground/spring board for SEMIEN MOUNTAIN national park and proceed approximately 22 kms from debark to BUYIT RASS camp site for overnight stay at Simien Lodge|
|Day 4. Morning visit the part and parcel beauty of the SEMIEN MOUNTAIN MASSIF with vegetation / Erica Erbora, Rosa Abyssinica and allophylus abyssinicus/ wild animal/gelada baboon and klipspringer/ and bird species. Afternoon drive about 123kms to the city of Gondar & visit the castle compound and Debre Birhan Silassie Church. Overnight hotel|
|Day 5. Morning drive to LALIBELA, the former ROHA takes its name from ZAGWE’S famous king called king LALIBELA meaning by the local language “even a bee knows his sovereignty”, founded in 1137 with the coming of ZAGWE dynasty in to existence. Enroute visit magnificent views of mount Guna. Overnight hotel|
|Day 6. In the morning, among the 11 well-known churches of ROHA LALIBELA visit the first and third group of churches consisting of Bet MEDHANEALEM, Bet MARIAM, Bet MESKEL, Bet DENAGIL, Bet MIKAEL/GOLGOTHA, and Bet GHIORGIS. In the afternoon, visit the 2nd group of churches, which consists of Bet RAFAEL/GEBRIEL, Bet MERKORIOS, Bet EMANUEL, and Bet ABBA LIBANOS. Overnight hotel|
|Day 7. Morning drive to KOMBOLCHA the industrial city of Ethiopia consisting lots of industries /like drinking, textile, and metal, etc/. Afternoon continue driving and depending on the time make a brief stop for visiting the monastery of HAIK ESTIFANOS founded by ABBA IYESUS MOA who played a great role for the restoration of SOLOMONIC dynasty in ETHIOPIA and for the ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, it is open only for male visitors. Overnight hotel|
|Day 8. Morning drive back to ADDIS ABABA, the capital city and seat for African Union. On the way make a stop to the city of DEBRE BIRHAN /medieval period permanent capital city of famous king ZEREAYACOB/, founded in 1445.|
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