STT 011/Historical Route By Surface 11 NTS / 12DAYS
Tour code: STT 011
11 NIGHTS / 12DAYS
Day 1: Arriving at Addis you will be met by Selam Tours representative at Bole International Air port and transferred to a hotel.
Day 2: Debre Libanos - Abay Gorge-Bahir Dar
Drive North Passing through Mt. Entoto and the Sululta plain then visit the Monastery of Debrelibanos and the Portuguese bridge. Then proceed to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Nile Gorge, where you stop for your picnic lunch and proceed to Bahir Dar. O/n at Tana/ Summerland hotel in Bahir Dar.
Day 3: Monasteries on Lake Tana-Blue Nile Fall
After early breakfast a half day boat trip to explore the old aged monasteries with their priceless heritage on Islands of Lake Tana, which includes the Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret and Kibran Gebriel. In the afternoon, drive to visit the Blue Nile fall on return journey make a brief visit of Bahir Dar town. O/n at Tana or Summerland hotel in Bahir Dar.
Day 4: Gonder – the city of Castles
In the morning, drive to Gonder through Dembia, Fogera plain and the Mountain of Addis Zemen and Tara Gedam, then visit the city of Gonder, the Castel of King Fasiledes, the Monastery of Quesquam and the icon rich of Debre Birhan Selasie. O/n at Goha hotel in Gonder.
Day 5: Semien Mountains
Drive to Sanka ber, a segment of Semeins Mountains which is North of Gonder. It is the most wild and spectacular of all Ethiopian landscape (the roof of Africa). These also give you a taste of Ethiopian’s remarkable wildlife, home to a variety of endemic mammals, birds and plants. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Debark. O/n Semien Park Hotel.
Day 6: Axum
After an early breakfast drive North through the chain of the Semien Mountains and the Tekeze river valley to the ancient town of Axum and check in Axum Hotel. O/n stay at Axum hotel.
Day 7: Axum Excursion
After an early breakfast make sightseeing around Axum including Stelea of Axum, tombs of the church of St. Mary Zion, the ruins of palaces and Museums. O/n stay at Axum hotel.
Day 8: Gheralta Rock Hewn Churches
After an early breakfast drive to Gheralta Rock hewn churches. The Gheralta cluster is considered to be the most important with the highest member of churches and is the most accessible. The most famous of cluster are Abreha Wa Atsbeha, Abuna Yemata Mariam Korkor and Medanialem; then proceed to Mekele. O/n stay at Mekele Axum hotel.
Day 9: Mekele-Lalibela
Drive to Lalibela through Ambalaghe Chain of mountains. O/N in Lalibela at reserved hotel.
Day 10: Lalibela Sight seeing
Visit the eleven rock–hewn churches of Lalibela, described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, which were built by King Lalibela in the 12th century. O/N in Lalibela in reserved hotel.
Day 11: Lalibela –Dessie
After an early breakfast, leave Lalibela to Dessie en route visit the Monastery of Nakuto Leab and Genet Mariam and proceed to Dessie. O/n hotel in Dessie.
Day 12: Dessie – Addis
Drive to Addis Ababa via the picturesque landscape of North Shewa.