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Historic North Tour

Day 01: Addis Ababa city tour
This is dedicated to make a city tour; start to discover the city of Addis Ababa in Amharic, means "new flower". Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, and situated between 2,500 m (8202 ft) above sea level and (3,000 m/9842 ft above sea level) at Entoto Mountain chain. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Merkato". Dinner and overnight at Wassamar hotel

Day 02: Fly to Bahir Dar
Meet at Bahir Dar airport and if time allows drive to view the Blue Nile Falls, at “Tis Isat” village- “Tis Isat” in Amharic means smoking water – on a 30 minute walk hilly path. The falls used to measure 400m in width and falling 45m deep but the Blue Nile has been partly diverted upstream – for power generation – and although not as majestic as it was once. A little downstream, cross the Blue Nile by boat and return to meet your vehicle and back to Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana. Make about an hour cruise and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret the most famous monastery and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries and superbly painted. Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge/other

Day 03: Drive to Gondar
Morning drive through a beautiful scenery to the next destination: Gondar. Make a picture stop at Addis Zemen to view the rock formation and continue driving to Gondar. In the afternoon, start to discover the city of Gondar; Many picturesque ruins lie in the royal enclosure like the fairytale castles dating back to the 17thc.The castles reflect the glory of Gonderine kings and characterized by lime mortar style. The other place of interest is Fasiladas pool, in which pilgrims still take a plunge at the issue of Timket (Epiphany) celebrations. In the afternoon visit Debre Birhan trinity church, rewarding for its magnificent murals adorning the roof and the walls of the church. Over night at Goha Hotel/other

Day 04: Gondar-Semien
Head towards the Semien Mountains and Enroute stop over at Kossoye, view point. Reach the village of Debark, it is a place where one organizes logistics while trekking. Then to Semien National Park, one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world and listed by the UNESCO as a world heritage Site. The Semien chain of mountains is the steepest and most precipitous on the continent and is often compared to the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Its highest peak, Ras Dejen is 4,543m above sea level, which makes it the fourth highest mountain in Africa. Take a walk and spot the endemic Gelada Baboons. Overnight at Semien Lodge

Day 05: Semien-Gondar
Spend some time visiting the surrounding and drive back to Gondar to spend the night at Goha Hotel/other

Day 06: Fly to Axum
Axum is the “last of the great civilizations of antiquity to be revealed to modern knowledge” and is listed as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Axum is believed to date back over 2000 years and the tradition has it that it was once the capital city of the much disputed Queen of Sheba. While going to the Stelea Park, make a stop at the so-called Queen of Sheba’s Bath, a reservoir hewn out of massive rock, used by locals for water supply. Check out the Stelea Park, where you can find giant Stelea carved out of a single piece of granite, each resembles a tall, slender, multi storey house in the architectural style of the Axumite houses. There are two churches of great interest in Axum one old and one new churches of saint Mary of Zion where the original ark of covenant is placed then precede your tour to the archeological Museum which houses several stones bearing sabean and Geez inscriptions, as well as many other artifacts. More visit to the tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskal set on a hill, Ezana’s inscription and drive out of town to visit Queen of Sheba's palace and spend the night at Yeha hotel/other

Day 07: Fly to Lalibela
Check into your hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon discover the city of Lalibela/ancient city of Roha; civilization of the past is still alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins. The 11thc rock hewn churches of Lalibela reveal a marvelous and skillful architectural knowledge of the past. These incredible edifices remain places of living worship to this day and no one visiting here can fail to be stunned and awed by the remarkable human achievements that the churches represent. This day you will visit the northern cluster starting from Bet Medhane Alem, one of the largest monolithic rock-hewn churches. Bet Maryam, is thought to have been the first church built in Lalibela and features elaborate carvings. After spending the afternoon among the priests and pilgrims, have dinner and stay at Mountain view Hotel/other

Day 08: More visit in Lalibela
After early breakfast drive 42kms to visit the church of Yimrehane Kirstos, situating at an altitude of 2,700m is an old built up church within a cave roofed by basalt lava flow. It is a particularly fine example of late Axumite architecture, built with alternating layers of wood and granite faced with white Gypsum. Then drive back to the city to have lunch.  In the afternoon, visit the eastern cluster/second group of churches. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel/other

Day 09: Fly to Addis
Leave Lalibela and fly back to Addis. On the evening have dinner and get transfer to the airport for your flight back home.