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Tour to Historical Route

 

Tour to Historical Route
Tour code: Lemlemtua 101
Transport: surface & Air
Duration: 6 days

Summary:
Visit the main historical sites in the north of Ethiopia - Bahir Dar, Gondar, and Axum & Lalibela in 6 days using domestic flights.

Day 1:
Early in the morning, depart on a flight for Bahir Dar. After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Peninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon,drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in hotel

Day 2:
After breakfast continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 3:
Early morning, flight to Axum. Upon arrival to Axum, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s inscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Stay in hotel

Day 4:
Depart on a morning flight to Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. After lunch, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, and Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 5:
In the morning, take a trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela, this church is built with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern. After the visit, return to Lalibela for lunch and, in the afternoon, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 6:
In the morning, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff. After the visit, late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home.


Tour to Historical Route
Tour code: Lemlemtua 102
Transport: surface
Duration: 12 days

Summary:  This 12-day program visits the main historical sites and the stunning Simien Mountains.

Day 1:
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 2:
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 3:
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 4:
Today is an early morning departure to Sankober in the Simien Mountains. From here you will go for an easy hike to the Geech Abyss, where you will see a large waterfall where the Jinbar River plunges into the abyss. This area is also a great place for viewing the endemic gelada baboon, also known as the ‘bleeding heart baboon’ due to the red patch of skin on its chest. Overnight in Debark (hotel).

Day 5:
After breakfast, depart north for Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. After stopping for lunch in Adi Arkay, proceed driving through the dramatic Tekeze Valley, offering some of the best landscapes in the country. Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 6:
Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 7:
After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men (sorry! No women allowed.) must climb up a 15-m rope to enter. Proceed through the state of Tigray, stopping en-route for a visit to the rock-hewn church of Medhane Alem Adi Kesho. Overnight in Hawsein (hotel or lodge).

Day 8:
In the morning, visit either Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor. Both churches involve an approximate one-hour hike but offer commanding views of the surrounding area. After lunch, continue your visit with the more easily-accessible churches of Abreha we Atsbeha and Chirkos. Afterwards, proceed driving to Mekele for overnight (hotel).

Day 9:
Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 10:
In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 11:
After breakfast, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff. After the visit, proceed driving to Kombolcha via Woldia. On the way you will stop for a rest in Hayk where you can enjoy the views of this stunning lake, visit the local monastery (open for men only) and enjoy the birdlife. Overnight in Kombolcha (hotel).

Day 12:
Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market. Late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home.


Tour to Historical Route
Tour code: Lemlemtua 103
Transport: surface
Duration: 10 days

Summary:
Overland trip visiting the main sites in The Historical Route - Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela

Day 1: Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 2: In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 3: After breakfast, continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 4: Early morning, depart north for Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. After stopping for lunch in Adi Arkay, proceed driving through the dramatic Tekeze Valley, offering some of the best landscapes in the country. Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 5: Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy), the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 6: After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men (sorry! No women allowed.) must climb up a 15-m rope to enter. Proceed through the state of Tigray, stopping en-route at Wukro to visit the rock-hewn church of Chirkos. Overnight in Mekele (hotel).

Day 7:  Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 8: In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 9: Early in the morning drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way visiting the lake in the town of Hayk, where you can visit the local monastery and enjoy the birdlife. Overnight in Kombolcha (hotel).

Day 10: Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.


Tour to rock hewn churches of Tigray
Tour code: Lemlemtua 105
Transport: Air& surface
Duration: 8 days & 7nights

Summary:  Overland trip visiting Bahir Dar, Gondar and Lalibela

Day 1: Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge. The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 2: In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 3: After breakfast, continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 4: In the morning, proceed driving to Lalibela via Woreta, passing through Amhara state. You will have stunning views of the Guna Mountains as you travel through this dramatic landscape. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 5: In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 6: Early in the morning, drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way visiting the lake in the town of Hayk, where you can visit the local monastery and enjoy the birdlife. Overnight in Kombolcha (hotel).

Day 7: Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons. If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.


Tour to Historical Route
Tour code: Lemlemtua 106
Transport: Air & surface
Duration: 11 days

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa and transfer to the Hotel, city tour.Agent of Lemlemtua Ethiopia Tours welcomes you on your arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and transfer to hotel. After refreshment, city tour of Addis Ababa. Over night at chosen Hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Gondar then drive Sankaber. Overnight camp in Sankaber
After breakfast transfer to airport to fly to Gondar, established by king Fasiladas in 1636. The town was capital of Ethiopia17thc. Upon arrival at Gondar Airport, departure for Debark town (100 Kms from Gondar), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Here we pay the entrance fees and a scout and a local guide will accompany us. Then we continue driving to Sankaber (31 Kms) the first campsite of the National Park. On this drive you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around. Over night Camping at Sankaber. - (3200 m ASL)

Day 3: Sankaber to Geech Camp Site 5 – 6hrs
This day is the day that we arrange all the trekking staff including mules and Muleteers for packing and transport of camping gears and all foodstuffs for the trek. It is this day that we start trekking in the national park. We walk from Sankaber to Geech, which will take between 5 - 6 hours. After about 1 and half hours walk we see the Jinnbar River and falls, we will cross the river later in the day. After crossing the river, we ascend for about two hour to Geech, which is full of Giant Lobelias. The scenery is wonderful, and heard of the endemic Gelada Baboon can be seen on our way. Over night Camping at Geech Campsite ( 3600m ASL )

Day 4: Geech – Imetegogo – Geech:
This day we will be waking to the best viewpoints in the National park. First we walk to Imetgogo, the view here enables one to look 360 to all directions this is one of the best view in the national park. After a short stay here continue walk to Seha, the other terrific viewpoint in the National park. We will have our picnic lunch and we continue to the last viewpoint, Quedadit. After some stay we walk back to Geech camp site. The walk this day is not hard; it takes about 4 - 5 hours. It is the day that we will be walking in the best part of the national park. If we are lucky we might have the chance to see mammals like the Simien wolf, Walia Ibex and Klipspringers. Over night Camping at Geech Campsite ( 3600 ASL).

Day 5: Chenek. Overnight Camping:
We trek to Chenek, we will be walking through the Giant lobelia trees and under these trees, and African field Rats are common. After picnic lunch we walk on the edge of Elate escarpments (4000m. above sea level), which is another breathtaking view in the national park; finally we descend to Chenek. Chenek is the best place to see the endemic Walia Ibex and more Gelada Baboon. It takes 6-7 hours walk. Over night Camping at Chenek.

Day 6: Chenek- Bwahit Ras- Ambiquo 8 hrs Trek
Today is the longest trekking day so far, taking up to about 10 hours. From Chenek at 3650 metres, the path to Ambiquo campsite crosses over the Bwahit Ras. Leaving Chenek we are faced with a two-hour ascent to the top of the pass at 4200 metres, where we enjoy views that open up to the east over Mesheha Valley to the Dashen mountain range. Looking back we find ourselves under the cover of the impressive rock formations of Imet Gogo. From Bwahit Ras the path leads steeply down and across the Mesheha Valley. Here we notice an increase in temperature as we descend down to the Mesheha River at 2800 metres, before climbing slightly to reach Ambiquo campsite at an altitude of 3100 metres. Overnight camping at Ambiquo.

Day 7: Ambiquo- Ras Dashen Summit – Ambiquo the longest day 8-9hrs trek to ascent
Today is a summit day involving a trek of 16 kilometers (ten to eleven hours)! So we leave from our campsite around 4: ooAM morning the path winds its way over eight kilometers and ascends up 1400 metres to Ras Dashen. It begins by climbing steeply through barley fields and fallow land before clearing the vegetation zone and reaching mountain steppe, at around 3700 metres. From there it flattens out, as it traverses ridges in the shadow of Ras Dashen. Just below Dashen Pass at around 4250 metres, an impressive moraine can be seen. A moraine consists of material transported by a glacier and before being deposited. This moraine was formed 20,000 to 14,000 years ago in the last Ice Age, when the Simien Mountain tops had small ice caps. The final stretch to the summit involves an exciting climb and scramble up and over large boulders, before reaching the summit. From the top of Ras Dashen at an altitude of 4543 metres, we are sure to be mesmerized by the far ranging views which spans more than 10,000 square kilometers. To the west the steep faces of peaks in the national park are visible, whilst the Tekeze Valley is visible to the north and the east. Returning from the summit we retrace our steps along the same path back to our camp at Ambiquo. Overnight camping at Ambiquo.

Day 8: Arkwaziye Trek for 7-8 hrs
From Ambiquo the path takes us back down to the Mesheha River (2800 metres). Our destination tonight is Arkwaziye, which is situated at an altitude of 3600 metres and located on the northern reach of the Mesheha (Went) River. A great day to take in more incredible views of the Simien Mountains this campsite is one of the most beautiful located campsites in the national park.Overnight Arkwaziye campsite

Day 9: Trek Chenek for 5 hrs
A final trekking day in the sensational Simien Mountains. From Arkwaziye we return back to Chenek camp to overnight. We complete a loop by following the path until we reach its junction with the earlier main path at Bwahit Pass. Here we descend down to Chenek or take a detour and enjoy a summit circuit of Bwahit (4430m). The trekkers who summit Bwahit will be rewarded with spectacular views. The area surrounding Chenek is one of the best to see the Wallia ibex, one of Ethiopia's endemic species. It is actually a mountain goat that lives on the steep slopes and grassy ledges of the escarpment. It is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Over night camping at Chenek.

Day 10: Drive to Gondar
This morning we drive along the dirt road that runs from Chenek to Sankaber, leave Simien Mountains National Park continue back to Debark (two to three hours). We stop at Debark local café to say goodbye to our companion and finalize all trekking formalities before continuing 100 kilometers back to Gondar, check into our hotel and enjoy a welcomed shower. The afternoon is at leisure to simply relax in the beautiful gardens of the hotel and absorb the view or head down into town for some optional sightseeing. Over night Goha hotel

Day 11: Fly to Addis
Morning transfer to Gondar airport and fly Addis afternoon at Leisure evening departure


Tour to Historical Route
Tour code: Lemlemtua 107
Transport: Air & surface
Duration: 11 days


Day 01:: arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive Addis Ababa Bole international airport meet our staff at exit gate and assist to transfer to hotel. Depending on your arrival you can do sight seeing of Addis Ababa. Overnight Jupiter International hotel

Day 02: full day city tour to the capital Addis Ababa city
The Tour begins with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art. We then visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie.  PM we take time in St. George Cathedral, built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik and then continue on to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Holy Trinity Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Ethiopia and has survived through many historical periods, as its interesting architecture can attest to. The Cathedral contains the thrones and the tombs of the emperor and some of the royal family. Visit Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa. Stay in hotel

Day 03: drive to kombolicha en route visit senbete market
Pick up from the hotel is earlier than usual at 6.30 am, since it is about 275 km to Senbete or about 5 hours drive up the main road north, or the Asmara road. There is spectacular mountain scenery en route. We should aim to get to the market before it gets hot, and before the other shoppers imbibe too much local beer, honey wine and home distilled spirits! Markets in Ethiopia are not only about buying and selling, but are major social occasions, where people meet and exchange information. Once the business is done, the socializing begins.
Senbete market is a place where the highlands and lowlands meet, and brings together different ethnic groups: the Afar (with their camels and distinctive knives), the Oromo, the Amhara, Afar and Argoba. (The latter claim descent from the Muslims who fled persecution in Saudi Arabia before the triumph of Islam.) Visitors can buy different kinds of crafts, jewelry, baskets and woven materials. This market offers visitor opportunity to meet different people with their way of life ,dressing style, belief and above all this market is one of very colorful
We will have our lunch in local restaurant , local restaurant or on the way to Kombolcha on good view point then keep on going, arrive Kombolcha. Stay in hotel.

Day 04: Drive kombolcha to Bati woldiya overnight hotel in woldya
Morning after breakfast drive to the way to Danakil Depression but only 50km for the most interesting Bati cattle market here again we find the congregation of different ethnic group with local products and the livestock, the market is interesting photogenic for photographer and also for those appreciating the natural beauty and colorful dressing of the Afar, Oromo and Wello of Amhara region women. Retrace to Kombolcha have your lunch the at the hotel we stayed last night and then drive Weldeya, We will stop at the Hike Estifanos Monastery earlier used by scholars of the other monasteries and religious leaders in the country. Stay in hotel

Day 05: drive to Lalibela
Drive to Lalibela leaving Weldeya, the town on the foot base of Abuna Yosef Mountain along the scenic road en route visit the Genete Mariam monolithic church 17km before the Town of Lalibela.

Day 06: full day excursion to Lalibela & the surrounding churches
The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink tuff rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each church (Bet) has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God.
AM is dedicated to visiting the first group of churches, known as the Northern Group of Churches. Bet Medihan Alem is the largest, supported by 72 pillars and houses the 7kg (15 lbs) gold Lalibela Cross. We go through a tunnel from Bet Medihan Alem to Bet Mariam, in which there is a pillar; it is said that Jesus Christ leaned against this pillar when he appeared in a vision to King Lalibela. Bet Mariam also contains fabulous carvings of various birds and animals. We also visit Bet Danagel; a chapel built in honor of martyred nuns. Bet Golgotha and Bet Mikael are twin churches and many believe that a visit to Bet Golgotha. The twin churches also contain many important religious items and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country. The last church we visit today is Bet Georges, one of the more recent churches and best preserved. We walk back to our hotel and on the way back if time allows, we will have stops at the souvenir shops and around the city center.

PM we will visit the Eastern Rock Churches. Bet Amanuel is one of the most beautifully carved churches in Ethiopia in the Axumite style. Bet Merkorios has a wonderful painting of The Three Wise Men, which dates back to the 15th century A.D. We also stop to see Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gebrieal-Reafael, which might have once been the home of the royal family before becoming a church. This afternoon, we visit the Nakuto La’ab Rock Hewn Church, built under a natural cave. Tonight, we have a special treat, participating in The Coffee Ceremony, a ceremony of hospitality in Ethiopia. Stay in hotel

Day 07: drive Lalibela to Mekele through Sekota
Drive to Mekelle through beautiful mountain scenery via Korem-Sekota on the way we drive to the cave church called Yimrehane Kristose (42 km from Lalibela). This Church has been constructed by King Yimrehane Kristose during the13th Century. In the church, there are more than 5000 thousand dead human skeletons lying without any coverage for the past 700 years. They are supposed to be pilgrimages from Syria, Egypt and Ethiopia. The murals on the dark walls of the church, the year round spring water - descending from the top of the church and the forest around are very impressive and worthy to be visited.Area and visit the Agaw and Amhara people at their village.

Day 08: drive Mekele to Gheralta
Drive and explore full day the hidden treasure of Tigrian Rock hewn church of the Tebien cluster which includes Wukro Cherqos, Mariam Korkore, Abraha we Atsebeha, and Digum Silassie rock hewnchurches

Day 09: Gheralta to Axum en route visit Debre damo & Yeha temple
Drive to the old city Axum via Adigrat on the way visit the monastery of Debre Damo (closed to women), which is said the oldest nine Saints, built the church in the sixth century. The monastery of Debre Damo can only be reached by rope pulley. Trace back on the main road drive to Yeha Temple. The ruins of this large, pre-Christian temple, erected around the fifth century BC, consist of a single roofless oblong chamber 20 meters along by 15 meters wide. The windowless 10 meters high walls are built of smoothly polished stones, some of them more than 3 meters long, carefully placed one atop the other without the use of mortar. Continue to historical town of Adwa where Ethiopian defeated the Italian colony the first European colony defeated on the soil of Africa. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and continue to Axum. Stay in hotel

Day 10: full day visit to Axum
Axum, the legends narrated in the Kebre Nagast (eBook of Kingsf) recount how the city of Axum as early as the 10th century B.C was already the city in which the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to Axum and it remains there to this day, preserved in a sanctuary. Famous long before the time of Christ, Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires, and represented a crucial connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. A visit is organized to the steles: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings. In ancient times, there were seven steals, the one in Rome – Mussolini brought it there during Italyfs occupation of Ethiopia was return to Axum and re-erected in its original place in 2004. There is also a visit to the church of Saint Marry of Zion (Tsion), which contains the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Drive Axum to Debark to Semien Mountain
This morning we drive on the Tigrian Plateau after you pass the Shire Enda Silassie town then it start the most dramatic beautiful scenery in the country driving through mountain ranges and zigzag roads to Adi Arkay village leading into the Tekeze Valley with its Baobab trees, birds such as Hunterfs Sunbird, Nile Valley Sunbird, Rock Buntings, Superb Starling and more can be found.
Debark, the head quarter of the national park here we the entrance fee and have the local park guide and scout to go with us for the day we stay in the park. Head to the Simien Lodge check in after short break for those wish to trek we will takes short hiking or it depend on the arrival to prolong trekking. Camp site

Day 12: full day visit & trek to Semien Mountain
Start early morning we will Trek and drive to the Extent of Chenek on jagged panorama of the Simien Mountains National Park, famed for its exclusive landscape, afro-alpine vegetation and unique wildlife, where we may spot the endemic Wallia Ibex, Gelada Baboon troops, Bushbuck, Klipspringer and if we lucky we spot Abyssinian Wolf. However, we will enjoy the dramatic scenery and a troop of friendly Gelada Baboon at very close distance and Birds such as Chestnut-napped Francolin, Mountain Thrush, Thick-billed Raven, Lammergeyer, White-collared Pigeon and Ankober Serin just to name a few. Arrive to the lodge check in, have lunch, after short rest, for those who interest in hike/Trek we will trek for about 2-3 hrs on the edge and beautiful escarpment to view the beautiful and green valley, wondering the long day eating and grooming of Gelada Baboon families and then trace back to the Lodge. Lunch will be picnic or at the Lodge. Camp site

Day 13: drive to Gondar
AM, Morning after breakfast drive back to Debark and stop at local café to say goodbye to our companion. it takes 2:30hours on all weather road from Debark to Gondar on the way visit the villages along the road, meet people at their field and photo stop for beautiful scenery then proceed to Gondar and Check in hotel.

PM our visiting the city will begin from Fasiladas Gibi, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. We will visit Fasiladas' Palace which is probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest one, too! We continue on to the bath of Fasiladas. Then we continue to visit the Church Of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity). The interior of this is decorated with beautiful frescos, cherubs and paintings. Debre Berhan Selassie is rumoured to once have been the proposed final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Later on, we will visit the colourful market of Gondar. Stay in hotel

Day 14: Drive to Bahirdar
AM drive to Bahir Dar through the beautiful and fertile countryside on the Lake Tana side on new paved road, it takes 2:30hours on the way visit the villages along the road, meet people at their field and photo stop for beautiful scenery then proceed to Bahir Dar. Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located on the shores of Lake Tana which is the meaning of the name city itself, the largest lake in Ethiopia. Check into our hotel and have lunch
PM we will take a boat excursion to the famous island monastery Kibran Gabreal( closed to women)/ Debre Mariam near to the blue Nile outlet/Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidanemihiret which is reach in lavishly painted Biblical history on the wall of the Monastery. On your way back enjoy the beautiful Sun set on the LakeTana. Camp site

Day 15: Drive Bahir Dar-Debre Markos
Morning after early breakfast check out hotel and drive to the Blue Nile Falls, which is known locally as Tisisat (smoking water) falls: 400 m wide, the water plunges for 45 m, giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. We climb down to the base of the falls for an up-close look and then ascend to the other side. This round trip will take about 1hour walking. Then we cross the Blue Nile by boat to return to the point of departure. Drive to Debre Marikose on a paved road en route enjoy one of the beautiful and fertile highland known for Teff, the small and may very small crop species in the world, visit local houses in the village. Camp site

Day 16: - Drive to Addis Ababa via Blue Nile Gorge
Morning we start driving on the central highland (plateau) till where it bisect Showa plateau by the awesome Blue Nile gorge enjoy the beautiful landscape and visit the Debre Libanose Monastery on the cliff of Jamma River and then continue drive to Addis have lunch in local restaurant late afternoon arrive Addis. Late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home
Late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home.


Tour to Historical Route &Afar
Tour code: Lemlemtua 108
Transport: Air & surface
Duration: 15 days


Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you Lemlemtua Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Stay in hotel

Day 3: Drive to Awash
In the Awash National Park you will see the elegant Beisa Oryx grazing on the savanna plains. Also Soemmering’s gazelle, Dikdiks, greater and lesser Kudu and Waterbuck can be observed. The park is well known for its 460 bird species from which 6 are endemic. Overnight stay in Awash Falls Lodge

Day 4: To Semera (325 km. asphalt)
Today we have to make an early start to reach Semera in time to get the necessary permission for a visit to Erta Ale and Dallol. stay in hotel

Day 5: To Afedera salt Lake via Serdo (appr. 250 km. tracks)
Early in the morning we drive on a track through the desolate landscape with only some coned shaped volcano’s here and there to Afedera saltlake. Late in the afternoon we visit the salt extractors at the lakeside. O/n stay camping.

Day 6: Drive to Dodom
We drive to Dodom to set up our camp for overnight.O/n stay camping

Day 7: Early morning, trek to Erta Ale an active volcano where you enjoy the terrific view of the eruptions inside the lava lake (which is the sole crater lake in the world) causing a firework of burning hot lava.
O/n stay camping

Day 8: Drive to Hamed Ela, a small village near the salt extraction area. O/n stay camping. O/n stay camping

Day 9: Drive to Dallol (or Danakil) Depression
You visit one of the lowest points in the world – the Dalol Depression – 116 meters below sea level. O/n stay camping

Day 10: Visit the Dalol Depression and drive to Mekelle (220 km track/asphalt)
In Mekelle visit the 17th century palace-museum of Emperor Yohannes IV. stay in hotel

Day 11: Drive to Lalibela
Lalibela and its rock-hewn church are thought, to date the 12th and 13th century during King Lalibela reign. The churches are remarkable since they are entirely freed from the rock, refined and concentrated in small land. stay in hotel

Day 12: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, so called eighty wonder of the world
Start to visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are clustered in to three different places separated by River Jordan. Today visit the first and the third groups of churches. O/n stay in Lalibela. stay in hotel

Day 13: Continue sightseeing around and in Lalibela
Make excursion to visit Asheton Mariam by mule or drive to 45km gravel road North of Lalibela to visit Yemrehan Christos church. In afternoon continue to visit the second groups of churches. Overngight stay in Mountain View Hotel.

Day 14: Drive to Kombolcha
On this day also will you enjoy the mountainous landscape and splendid views on your way to Kombolcha. En route near to Dessie you can visit lovely Lake Hayk and its 13th Century Istafanos monastery, which is only accessible for men. Overnight stay in Sunnyside Hotel.

Day 15: Drive to Addis Ababa and flight back home
today you have enough time left for shopping in Merkato or in the numerous souvenir shops near Churchill road, to visit art galleries. Late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home.


Tour to Historical Route & semien mountain trek
Tour code: Lemlemtua 109
Transport: Air & surface
Duration: 18 days

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you Lemlemtua Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight Stay in hotel.

Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight Stay in hotel

Day 3: Drive to Debre Markos 325km asphalt road
On this day you start your tour to North Ethiopia. En route you can visit one of Ethiopia’s most holy sites: the Debre Libanos monastery founded in the 13th century by priest Tekla Haimanot, today one of Ethiopia’s most renowned saints.

Continuing on from Debre Libanos to the main route, the road dropping more than 1000m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable in scale to American’s Grand Canyon cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. Overnight Stay in hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Bahir dar; to the Shores of Lake Tana 260km asphalt road
You drive through the plain landscape of Gojjam land, well-known for its Teff productivity. Upon arrival having a lunch drive to Tis Isat (smoking of Fire); Since a dam has been built upstream, the waterfall is reduced a little. Also the walk to the waterfall is nice and you can enjoy nature and watch birds. Overnight Stay in hotel.

Day 5: Visit the Island monasteries of Lake Tana
Make a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the medieval period island monasteries such as; Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis. In afternoon make free time. Overnight Stay in hotel

Day 6: City tour in Gondar
After having breakfast drive to Gondar, 180km asphalt road via a scenic route and marvelous landscape 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 rectangular Debre Brehan Selassie (Trinity at the Mount of Light) has a ceilings decorated with beautiful winged Angels. Depending on the time you can visit also Kweskwam 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. Overnight Stay in hotel

Day 7: Drive to Debarq, 100km gravel road to visit the Simien Mountains National Park.
Finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek. Overnight stay camping at Sankaber.

Day 8: Trek Geech Camp
Leaving the Sankaber camp you descend into the Michotis Valley and climb the other side where on your left you will see the Jin Bahir River plummeting into the Geech Abyss. Overnight stay in Geech Camp site

Day 9: Trek Chenek Camp
Depart from Chenek whilst you will head with day packs to the escarpment edge at Saha and Imetgogo (3,926m) for staggering views over the lowlands characterized by its rocky spires. Overnight stay in Chenek campsite

Day 10: Trek Amibikwa camp
Trek to the descent to the Mesheha River valley (2850m) and up the other side to Ambikwa camp at 3,200m. (Approx. 8-9 hour trek including breaks). Overnight stay in Amibikwa campsite.

Day 11: Trek to the Summit of Ras Dashen
this is the most challenging day of the trek up to the summit of Ras Dashen. Late in afternoon trek back to Amibikwa camp for overnight stay. Overnight stay in Amibikwa campsite.

Day 12: Trek back to Chenek
where the car wait to you to drive back for the next day. Ovenight camping at Chenek.

Day 13: Half-day trekking and back to Debarq
Today after having a breakfast we make a short trekking around Chenek then you will drive back to Debarq for hot shower. Overnight Stay in hotel

Day 14: Drive to Axum
Today you drive in a very scenic route, first take the zig-zag road of Lima Limu with many hairpins and crossing a rough mountain landscape. Later you descend in to the impressive Takezze River gorge. Overnight Stay in hotel.

Day 15: City tour in Axum
Axum is a town with impressive monuments that testify of the rich and glorious past of the mighty Kingdom of Axum (1-700 A.D.). And the town also recorded in UNESCO lists as a World Heritage Site.
Upon arrival check in hotel then start to make a visit to the famous Axumi’s stelae, St. Mary of Zion church (which supposed to house the Ark of Covenant) and archeological museum, the ruins palace of Queen Sheba so called Dungur & palace.

Outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. They are a great example of the sheer sophistication of Axumite architecture and building techniques. Overnight Stay in hotel.


Day 16: Flight to Lalibela
Lalibela and its rock-hewn church are thought, to date the 12th and 13th century during King Lalibela reign. The churches are remarkable since they are entirely freed from the rock, refined and concentrated in small land.
Start to visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are clustered in to three different places separated by River Jordan. Today visit the first and the third groups of churches. Overnight Stay in hotel

Day 17: Continue sightseeing around and in Lalibela
Make excursion to visit Asheton Mariam by mule or drive to 45km gravel road North of Lalibela to visit Yemrehan Christos church. In afternoon continue to visit the second groups of churches. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 18: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back home
Today you have enough time left for shopping in Mercato or in the numerous souvenir shops near Churchill road, to visit art galleries. Late in afternoon have a fare-well dinner then check in for flight back home.


Tour to Historical Route & Harar
Tour code: Lemlemtua 110
Transport: Air & surface
Duration: 14 days

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa. Be welcomed at the airport by your tour guide. Transfer to hotel and check-in. There is a big choice of good hotels available in Addis Ababa. Enjoy your first Ethiopian dinner in Addis.

Day 2: Addis Ababa City tour and Sightseeing. In the morning visit the National Museum, the Trinity Cathedral and the Ethnological Museum. Have lunch in a beautiful restaurant. In the afternoon drive to Entoto mountains view point. Visit St. George Cathedral and the Merkato. In the evening experience Addis’ cultural programs.

Day 3: Bahir Dar and the Blue Nile. 1h flight to Bahir Dar. Drive the 35 km to Tiss Isat to see the Blue Nile falls. The round trip will take about one hour walking. Cross the Blue Nile by boat. Lunch in Bahir Dar. Explore the city of Bahir Dar: the colorful market and the Bezawit Palace. In a village see the production of the papyrus boats called “Tankwas”. Return to hotel for dinner.

Day 4: Boat crossing on Lake Tana. Visit the monasteries and churches of Ura Kidane Mihiret, Azoa Mariam, Narga Selassie and Dago Stifanos (only accessible for men). Ura Kidane Mihiret hosts important religious icons from the 16th century. Azoa Mariam is known for its paintings and has an interesting museum. Daga Stifanos is the most sacred of the monasteries. It holds the tombs of some emperors, as well as 16th century paintings. Upon arrival at Gorgora on the northern shore, visit Debre Sina Church before continuing on the road to Gondar. In Gondar overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 5: Gondar City Sightseeing Tour. Explore the royal enclosure which contains several stone-built castles of different emperors. The most impressive building is Fasilidas castle. He was the emperor who established Gondar as a powerful cultural and religious center. After that see the bath of Fasil, filled with water once a year for the Timket celebration. In the afternoon visit the Church Of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity), decorated with beautiful frescos and
paintings. See also Gondar’s modern life visiting the colorful market.

Day 6: Drive from 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. 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.

Day 7: Drive from the Simien Mountains to Axum. The road passes through mountainous regions of wild beauty, running alongside the Simien massif. Then traverse the scenic Tekeze valley. You will reach Axum in the late afternoon. Have dinner and a nice rest in your hotel.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Axum. It was once the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires, and represented a connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. Some of the archeological sites can give you an idea of the former high standard of civilization. There are certainly lots of hidden treasures beneath Axum, yet to be uncovered. Visit the famous steles: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times, decorated with symbolic engravings. See the churches of Saint Mary of Zion, which contain the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures, the tomb of King Kaleb and the Axum Museum, revealing many of the archeological findings and providing information about the glorious past of the city.

Day 9: Flight from Axum to Lalibela. You will start your visit to the famous rock churches of the “Ethiopian Jerusalem”. Each church (“Bet”) has a unique architectural style. All are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. Visit the northern group of churches. Bet Medhane Alem is the largest monolithic rock-hewn building in the world, supported by 72 pillars. Through a short tunnel you pass on to Bet Mariam. Bet Golgotha and Bet Mikael contain many important religious items. Bet Giyorgis is the last one of the churches, built after St. George appeared in the dream of King Lalibela. It displays the finest architecture in
a good state of preservation.

Day 10: Visit the eastern group of rock churches ofLalibela. Bet Amanuel is one of the most ingeniously carved churches in Ethiopia in the Axumite style. Bet Merkorios has wonderful paintings dating back to the 15th century. Also see Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gebriel- Rafael. They hosted the royal family before becoming churches. In the afternoon, visit the Naakuto Laab rock church, built inside a natural cave. Tonight, you are invited to the Coffee Ceremony, an important Ethiopian ritual which symbolizes hospitality and respect.

Day 11: Flight back from Lalibela to Addis Ababa.Directly continues driving to Awash and the Awash National Park. On the way you pass the beautiful town Debre Zeit, built around seven beautiful small lakes, and Nazareth, a quite big and modern city. In the late afternoon you will reach Awash, situated in the hot area of the great African Rift Valley. Dinner and Overnight in hotel.

Day 12: Safari into the Awash National Park. Oryx, gazelles and baboons can be seen very probably. After lunch go on driving to Harar. The road offers magnificent panoramas. The women of the region wear very brightly colored clothes. En route see the Awaday chat market. In the late afternoon you arrive in Harar. Enjoy dinner in your hotel.

Day 13: Sightseeing in Harar. Take a walk through the old walled city Jegol. Visit the “Rimbaud-House” - Harar was the French poet’s home for some years. Inside the city walls there are 99 mosques. Most of them were built in the 16th century and later, some date back to the 13th century. Harar has been a center of pilgrimage for centuries and the holiest Islamic city in the Horn of Africa. Visit some of the traditional houses, the gates and the Friday- Mosque. In the evening visit the Hyena Man on the outskirts of town, He feeds Harar’s hyenas every evening with meat.

Day 14: In the morning drive 50 km to Dire Dawa. You can see the train station of the railway line that connects Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti. Fly back from Dire Dawa to Addis Ababa. Enjoy a farewell dinner with music and dancing presentations. Then you are brought to the airport for your flight back.

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