Tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

10 Days

Ethiopia is blessed with a lot of amazing tourist-worthy attractions and sites, so much that most of them are named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This package will give you the opportunity to visit them all, take them all in and experience their beauty while getting an insight into the history of Ethiopia. 10 days of breathtaking and exciting sites will leave you satisfied and informed about the history of Ethiopia and its people. 

Price: 2,500$

Next Tour dates: October 1st - November 1st - December 1st

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Tour overview

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

An Dejene Ethiopia Tours representative will meet and greet you as you exit luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel (Hilton Hotel) where you will spend the night.

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour 

You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (prehistoric, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). 

Lunch

Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meters above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).

In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. 

Overnight stay in Hotel. 

Day 3: Fly to Bahir Dar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls

A short flight will take you to Bahir Dar early in the morning. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, you will then drive to a hotel where you will check in and rest for a few minutes.

Your first visit will be to Lake Tana on a boat ride where you will visit the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books, and sacred) on Lake Tana such as Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis. 

After lunch, you will drive (some 30 km) and visit the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. 

Overnight stay in hotel

Day 4: Drive to Gondar and a Visit to the Fassiladas Castles

You will be driven to Gondar (185 km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break you will have lunch. After lunch you will visit the Royal Castles and the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. 

Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. 

Overnight stay in Goha hotel. 

Day 5: Excursion to Debarq, 100 km gravel road to visit the Simien Mountains National Park.

You will have breakfast and drive to Debark (100 km from Gonder). You will finish formalities at the headquarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20 km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic mammals, birds, natural vegetation, and wonderful landscape). 

Late in afternoon, you will drive back to Debarq for an overnight stay at the Simien Lodge at Sankeber. 

Overnight stay in Simien Lodge at Sankeber or Simien Park Hotel at Debarq.

Day 6: Drive to Axum 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains with magnificent topography and scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, and the Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. 

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 7: City Tour in Axum

You will have breakfast and visit the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in-between. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. 

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8: Flight to Lalibela

After breakfast, a short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides and driven in a minivan to a hotel where you will check in and rest for a few minutes. Your first visit will be to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site, with magnificent architecture and paintings inside the churches). 

In the evening, you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. 

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 9: One More Day to Explore the Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb, or Genete Maryam. 

Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10: Flight Back to Addis Ababa and Departure Back Home

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. 

Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for your return flight back home.


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