8-Days itinerary of north historical Routes

Day-1-Arrival at Bole international airport and meet with Anini Tours representative

Day-2-Addis-Bahirdar. 

Day-3- Excursion on Lake Tana and Blue Nile Fulls.

Day-4-Bahirdar-Gondar

Day-5-Gonder-Lalibela.

Day-6-Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

Day-7-Lalibela-Dessie/Kombolcha.

Day-8-Dessie/Kombolcha-Addis.




Day-1-Arrival at Bole international airport and meet with Anini Tours representative, transfer to hotel for check in. Depend of your arrival time for city tour of the Capital.
Addis Ababa is established on 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains from 3,000 meter high with panoramic view over the capital the National & Ethnographic museum, St George & Trinity cathedral and Merkato which is the biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight, stay in the hotel.

Day-2-Addis-Bahirdar.  On this day you start your tour to North Ethiopia. On the way, you have to visit one of Orthodox’s most holy sites: the Debre-Libanos monastery founded on the 13th century by Abune Tekle Haimanot, at present one of Ethiopian most celebrated saints. Continuing from Debre-Libanos to the main route, the road dropping more than 1,480 m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is one of the most dramatic roads in the country. The Blue Nile River also practical for several major regains as borderline.
When we arrive approximately halfway to Bahirdar, there is eye-catcher crater Zengena where the region of Agew nation anywhere we discover the name of our company. Anini mean Bamboo in the Agew people. Afterward, Continue to Bahirdar to stay & enjoy with fish dishes.

Day-3-Excursion on Lake Tana & Blue Nile Fulls. On the morning,visit the Island monasteries on the Lake Tana to visit the medieval period island monasteries such as Kibran-Gabriel, Entos-Eyesus. On the Zegie peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal Giorgis & finally, the outlet of Blue Nile. Subsequently, back to Bahir-Dar, have some lunch & drive 45 minutes on unpaved road to tiny village Tis- Abay (Tis-Esat) which mean smoke of fire, nominated from Blue Nile waterfall. Round trip will take 1.5 hour by walking & few minutes with boat to across the Blue Nile River for spectacular view & having some shower from the smoke underneath of the falls. Later on, drive back to Bahirdar to stay & enjoy with fish dishes.

Day-4-Bahirdar-Gondar. Drive 3 hours to Gondar 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 church of Debre Brehan Selassie has a ceilings decorated with beautiful winged Angels. If you have sufficient time left, also you could visit Kuskuwam 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. You could also get pleasure from the top view Goha hotel Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day-5-Gonder-Lalibela. Drive to Lalibela via Gashena with watching countryside people & verity highland landscapes. Overnight, stay and relax in the hotel along with panoramic view of extraordinary Mountains.

Day-6- Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. It is identified eighth wonder of the world.
Start to visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which is clustered in to three different places separated by River Jordan. This morning we have to visit the first and the third groups of churches and on the afternoon, continue to the second group. Overnight, back to Hotel.
Day-7-Lalibela-Dessie/Kombolcha. On this day also will you enjoy the mountainous landscape and splendid views on your way to Dessie/Kombolcha. On the way just 30 k.m to Dessie, there is possibilities to visit pretty Crater Lake Hayek and its 13th Century of Istephanos monastery. Subsequently continue to Dessie/Kombolcha. Overnight, stay in Hotel.

Day-8-Dessie/Kombolcha-Addis. Driving back to Addis on the verity landscape through several villages going over all the way back through. In Addis, Enjoy with traditional farewell dinner with Ethiopian cultural music and dancing presentations. In the evening transfer to the airport and flight of return.

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