Tours Ethiopia

Historical North by air and road        12 days
History, Culture, Nature, Monumental Legacy and Peoples

This trip is created to embrace ancient historical monuments, old churches, free and authentic nature, gentile people and colorful markets all in one experience. The northern Ethiopia maintains the oldest cultural legacy of the country and witness of the great civilization that the Abyssinian Empire once was. We will start our trip in the capital, Addis Ababa discovering its ambient, legacy and market, the biggest in all Africa. After a short fly we will land in Bahir Dar where the massive and magnificent Blue Nile River falls and its watered areas will tell you 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 you to meet the ancestral way of life and fishing.

Not far away from here, the city of Gonder will show you its imperial past as the capital of the Gonderian kingdom opening the doors of its medieval castlesand the astonishing Debre Birhan Selassie church with its wall painted frescoes.

We will make a cultural pause to breathe fresh air and gaze at the beautiful scenery of the roof of Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains. An easy hill walking excursion will bring you 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 we will drive through the Tigray landscape to see 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. After a short flight to Addis Ababa we will enjoy a traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dancing performance as goodbye end of this great trip.


 


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to ADDIS ABABA, wellcome by our team and transfer to your hotel – Visit the capital and its street ambient - O/n Hotel.

Day 2: Fly to BAHIR DAR - After lunch excursion to the impressive Blue Nile Falls - O/n Hotel.

Day 3: – Boat excursion on Lake Tana - After lunch drive to GONDER through Amara villages and agricultural landscapes - O/n Hotel.

Day 4: Morning city tour of Gonder - After lunch drive to the SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 5: Full day excursion at the Simien Mountains to meet its gigantic mountains and endemic wildlife - O/n Local Hotel.

Day 6: Drive to AXUM through the astonishing scenic road - O/n Hotel.

Day 7: Full day to discover the archaeological legacy of the ancient imperial capital and free time in the city - O/n Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Hawzen to the GHERALTA MOUNTAINS through villages of Amhara and Tigrian people - O/n Lodge.

Day 9: Full day excursion to discover the Tigrian rock hewn churches, house of ancient bibles and fresco paintings - O/n Lodge.

Day 10: Drive to LALIBELA through the Amhara landscape stopping in villages and at interesting sites - O/n Hotel.

Day 11: Full day to visit the church compound of Lalibela and freetime in the city  - O/n Hotel.

DAY 12: Fly 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 BAHAR DAR FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 3 GONDER FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 4 SIMIEN MOUNTAINS FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 5 SIMIEN MOUNTAINS FULL BOARD Local Hotel
DAY 6 AXUM FULL BOARD Local Hotel
DAY 7 AXUM FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 8 GHERALTA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 9 GHERALTA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 10 LALIBELA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 11 LALIBELA FULL BOARD Hotel
DAY 12 ADDIS ABABA FULL BOARD Night on board

 

Departure Dates

Departures all year round. Come whenever you like.
 


Prices


2 person 130 € per Day per Person. Total price per person 1,562 €
3 person 112 € per Day per Person. Total price per person 1,353 €
4 person 095 € per Day per Person. Total price per person 1,144 €

Individual supplement for single room: 120 € (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:

Domestic flights with Ethiopian Airlines
Transfers from / to airport
Vehicles with driver and fuel
Accommodation at standard hotels, lodges and local hotels in 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

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 for this trip in Ethiopia is designed to combine domestic flights with road transportation to save time. 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, lodges and local 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 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: 1,518 km
By air: 000900 km

Totally: 02,418 km