Tours Ethiopia

Historical North by road     13 days
History, Culture, Nature, Monumental Legacy and Peoples 


This trip passes through the combination of historic route with the magnificent Simien Mountains and the Tigrian beautiful landscape with its rock churches that offers the possibility to know the ancient history, old civilization, cultural heritage and at the same time, takes us deep into the most spectacular natural surroundings.

We will start the trip from the capital, Addis Ababa discovering its ambient legacy, markets and its museums. On the way to Debre Markos we will have the first experience of Ethiopian orthodox monastery and beautiful and simple villages. In Bahir Dar, the massive and magnificent Blue Nile River falls and its watered areas tells us  that Ethiopia is not such a dry country. The boat trip on Lake Tana and its isolated islands, house of more than 20 monasteries, will expose us to meet some of the old fresco paintings and the ancestral way of life and fishing.

Not far away from here, the city of Gonder will show us its imperial past as the capital of the Gonderian kingdom opening the doors of its medieval castles. We will make a cultural pause to breath fresh air and gaze at the beautiful scenery of the roof of Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains. An easy hill walking excursion will bring us nearer to its natural mysteries and its endemic inhabitants, the Gelada Baboons and Walya Ibexes.

After a drive through a breathtaking scenery road, we will reach Axum, an authentic Tigrian village known as the cradle of Christianity in Ethiopia and, according to the legend, shelter of the Arch of the Covenant. We will drive through the Tigray landscape to discover one of the oldest pagan ruins of Africa, the Moon temple in Yeha and to confirm that Ethiopia keeps well hidden treasures after visiting its rock hewn churches and meeting its faithful keepers, the orthodox monks living on high elevations around the Gheralta Mountains.

The most emblematic site will be discovered at the end of this trip: Lalibela. Majestically situated on the Lasta Mountains, it will open us the doors of its rock hewn churches and will make us understand why it should be considered as the eighth wonder of the world. Before reaching Addis Ababa, on our way to Kombolcha we will stop in picturesque villages and colorful markets to continue with the cultural immersion and contact with the people.

Once in Addis Ababa we will enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dancing performance as goodbye end of this great trip.


Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Addis Ababa, welcome by our team and transfer to your hotel – Visit the capital and its street ambient - O/n Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Debre Markos - On the way visit of the Monastery of Debre Libanos and Blue Nile gorge - O/n Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Bahir Dar - After lunch excursion to the impressive Blue Nile Falls - O/n Hotel.

Day 04: Boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit its isolated monasteries - After lunch drive to Gonder - O/n Hotel.

Day 05: City tour of Gonder - After lunch drive to Debark, entrance gate to the Simien Mountains National Park - O/n Hotel.

Day 06: Full day excursion to the Simien Mountains to meet its gigantic mountains and endemic wild life - O/n Hotel.

Day 07: Drive to Axum enjoying the astonishing Simien Mountains scenery and stopping in viewpoints - O/n Hotel.

Day 08: Full day excursion to discover the archaeological legacy of the ancient imperial capital - O/n Hotel.

Day 09: Drive to Mekele through the Tigrian landscape to discover its hidden rock hewn churches - O/n Hotel.

Day10: Drive to Lalibela through the highlands of Ethiopia - On the way visit the 11th C church of Yemrehane Kiristos - O/n Hotel.

Day 11: Full day to visit the churches compound in Lalibela, the most important pilgrimage centre of east Africa - O/n Hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Kombolcha visiting picturesque Amhara and Oromo villages - O/n Hotel.

Day 13: Drive back to Addis Ababa - Traditional Ethiopian dinner with folklore dance - Check in to your Intercontinental flight.


Attention: The order of the dates of the itinerary can be modified due to weather conditions beyond our control. 

Attention: All itineraries are open to modifications if required. You can add or eliminate options according to your interests.         Birana Ethiopia Tours offers the possibility to make your own trip.
 

 

Schedule

Day             Destination          Meals             Accommodation

DAY 1 ADDIS ABEBA Not included Hotel
DAY 2 DEBRE MARKOS FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 3 BAHAR DAR FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 4 GONDER FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 5 SIMIEN MOUNTAINS FULL BOARD Local Hotel
DAY 6 SIMIEN MOUNTAINS FULL BOARD Local Hotel
DAY 7 AXUM FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 8 AXUM FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 9 MEKELLE FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 10 LALIBELA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 11 LALIBELA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 12 KOMBOLCHA FULL BOARD Local Hotel
DAY 13 ADDIS ABABA FULL BOARD Night on board



 

Departure Dates

Departures are all year round. Come whenever you like.

Prices

2 person 137 € per Day per Person. Total price per person 1,781 €
3 person 109 € per Day per person. Total price per person 1,417 €
4 person 096 € per Day per person. Total price per person 1,196 €

Individual supplement for single room:
140 € (only if required)

To know the Price for larger groups, please contact us.

ATTENTION: Prices might change according to current fuel prices, currency devaluation and flight taxes. Birana Ethiopia Tours is committed to inform these changes to the clients at the time of booking.

The price INCLUDES:

Transfers from / to airport
Vehicles with driver and fuel 
Accommodation at standard hotels and local hotels with full board occupancy
Entrance fees to all Tour Sites, Churches and National Parks
English speaking local guides at all specific sites
Boat for Lake Tana
Traditional dinner in Addis Ababa                                                                                                                                    

15% VAT inclusive

The Price DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Visa (17 € or 20$)
Intercontinental flight (more info)
Meals and beverages in Addis Ababa the first day
Travel insurance
Extra visits
Alcoholic beverages
Video camera fees at some sites

Payment
After the booking confirmation, the client should transfer an amount of 30% of the trip price. The remaining 70% will be transferred within 20 days before departure or in cash on arrival.

Transportation & Accommodation

The transportation is designed to travel the northern part of Ethiopia in a relaxing way to enjoy the views and the daily life to the maximum. We assign different type of vehicles according to the number of people. We provide 4WD Toyota Land cruisers, minibuses or coaster buses. All are comfortable, secure and high engine power.

The accommodation is mainly at standard hotels. Most of them are private hotels providing all services: double rooms with bathroom, hot shower, restaurant, bar, internet, etc. They are usually located in places with nice views and near to the city center. At the Simien Mountains and Kombolcha the accommodation is at local hotels which provide service to the best of their abilities.

If you want to read more about infrastructures in Ethiopia FAQ.

Important Info

DOCUMENTS:

Passport: Valid for 6 months minimum and at least one free page to stamp the visa.

Entry visa for Ethiopia obtained at the immigration office of Addis Ababa International Airport at your arrival. Price 17 € or 20$.

Travel insurance: Generally speaking almost all tourists coming to Ethiopia buy their insurance at the country of origin. You may already have insurance or it may be easier to process. The trips booked through Birana Ethiopia Tours do not include any travel insurance. For the reasons mentioned, we recommend our clients to get travel insurance in their country of origin which includes cancellation, accident and lost luggage protection.

Yellow fever vaccination: A document is required to prove that you are vaccinated against yellow fever. You will get this document in your health center after vaccination. This document may be required at your arrival at the Addis Ababa Airport.

HEALTH:

Birana Ethiopia Tours is a Travel and Tour Operator; we are not authorized to offer information about public health. This information varies constantly. So, to avoid wrong contents, for all information related to vaccination and sanitary precautions we recommend you to read the Ministry of External Affairs web site:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/sub-saharan-africa/ethiopia

Also you can consult your health center.

Luggage

Winter cloth (1 fleece, 1 jacket) for the Simien Mountains
1 raincoat
Summer cloth
Scarf to protect from dust
Walking shoes
Shower flip flops
Small bag for the daily excursions
Torch
Medicine box with the most important medicines (antibiotics, anti malaria)
Anti mosquito 35%DEET (spray, stickers)
Sun cream
Photo Camera with big memory card and spare batteries.

The maximum weight allowed for your luggage is 20kg plus hand bag.


  KM Covered Totally

By road: 2567 km