Duration: 4 Night & 5 days
Type of Tour: Historic
Tour Code: ENE - 002
Mode of Transport: Flight
Route: Addis Ababa - Lalibela - Axum - Gonder - Addis Ababa
WELCOME TO ETHIOPIA!
ELMI Tour welcomes the group at Bole International Airport.
Transfer to your hotel to leave the luggages (if rooms are available, check in).
A mini city tour: Mercato (the biggest open air market in East Africa), Trinity Cathedral (the magnificent baroque style architecture), Entoto Mountain (highest peak and city view at 3,200m above sea level, and more.
Welcome Dinner at Ethiopian Cultural Restaurant. Enjoy the music and dance from different parts of the country over traditional food (injera) and honey wine (teji)!
ADDIS - LALIBELA
Fly to Lalibela, after check in to your hotel visit the first group of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are carved out of living volcanic tuff with super architectural skill that the world has never seen, yet elsewhere. UNESCO registers these churches as world heritage. Among churches of this group Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, vaulted dome and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of st. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock hewn churches. After lunch, visit the second group of the rock-hewn churches; Bete Emanuel (house of Emanuel) is architecturally the finest. Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster, after the masons have developed their skill to carve the church in such extraordinary perfection.
LALIBELA - AXUM
Fly to Axum (40min). After hotel check in, visit the swimming pool of the legendary queen of Sheba, the ruin of imperial edifices along with their tombs, the church of St. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept secretly, the main stelae park where the huge monolithic stelae are found, and the archeological museum that displays artifacts unearthed archeologically.
AXUM - GONDER
After breakfast, transfer to Axsum airport for the flight to Gondar. After check in to Hotel, start the city tour. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.
You will also explore the ancient city and its famous sites including: The Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasilidas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany.
GONDER - ADDIS ABABA
Go on a city tour to visit the rest of the Addis Ababa sites which the group could not visit on the first day.
(Optional with extra charge): fine oil massage, steam bath, hot spring,
Transfer to the airport for international flight.