Duration: 5 Night & 6 Days
Type of Tour: Historic and culture
Tour Code: ENSE - 001
Mode of Transport: Flight and Surface
Route: Addis Ababa - Harar - Addis Ababa - Lalibela - Gonder - Bahirdar - Addis
WELCOME TO ETHIOPIA!
ELMI Tour welcomes the group at Bole International Airport.
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.
Lunch time Fly to Dre-Dawa
Mini city tour in Dre-dawa and drive to Harar(50Km). After hotel check in have dinner and, Visit the hyena man show.
HARAR - ADDIS
In the morning start explore the old city harar. The fourth holiest city of Islam, Harar has 82 mosques within its 16th-century walls. Among the tiny alleyways are markets, coffee shops and more than a 100 shrines. You'll feel like no one else has stumbled upon it since the French poet Arthur Rimbaud lived here as a coffee trader in the 1880s.
Lunch time transfer to the Dre-dawa airport for fly back to Addis.
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 - GONDER
After breakfast, transfer to 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 - BAHIRDAR - ADDIS
Early Morning drive to Bahirdar(180Km) and make a boat trip to the Zeghie peninsula monastery, Ura Kidane Mihret, this was established in the 14th century and well decorated with 17th century mural paintings, rich in manuscripts, royal belongings donated to the monastery and Kibran Gebrael/Entons Iyesus monastery.
Afternoon drive to Blue Nile fall(30Km). After the blue Nile fall visit drive back to Bahirdar and evening fly to Addis Ababa.
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