classic ethiopia historic route

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Horizon Africa Safari is an owner-managed travel operation (LLC) specializing in East Africa and based in Chicago, IL.

Classic Ethiopia, Historic Route

  • Price
  • Package Duration
    6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar - Gondar - Lalibela - Axum - Addis Ababa
  • Tour Validity
    16/03/2015 to 31/12/2016

Tour Highlights:


  • Lalibela's incredible rock-hewn churches
  • Stelae at Axum
  • Enchanting 17th century castles at Gondar
  • Spectacular scenery in Simien Mountains
  • Island monasteries of Lake Tana
  • Blue Nile Falls near Bahir Dar
  • Rare wildlife in Simien Mountains NP
  • Temple of the Moon at Yeha

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrival to Addis Ababa, Meet at the airport and get a transfer to your hotel. After taking rest we start to discover the Addis Ababa city. 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, making it the third highest capital in the world. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of Jacaranda trees, historical landmarks, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato". We will visit the National Museum, the Ethnological Museum, situated in the former palace of Haile Selassie and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Drive to the Entoto Mountains and take a walk over the Merkato. 
Dinner and overnight in Jupiter Hotel

Meals: Dinner and overnight in Jupiter Hotel


Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar (560km) 

Today after breakfast transfer to the airstrip and fly to Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located at 1,800 meters above sea level on the shores of Lake Tana, the source of River Nile. Upon arrival drive to your hotel and check in. After taking rest we will have a city tour and visit the local market. In the afternoon we will enjoy a boat trip over Lake Tana, there are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 30 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interests. We will have the boat trip to explore some of the islands. Ura Kidanemihiret is one of the most famous monasteries and has important collections of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries and superbly painted. 
overnight in Abay Minch Lodge

Meals: (BLD)


Day 3: Bahir Dar - Gondar (180km)

Early morning breakfast and drive to Gondar. Gondar was one of the first capital cities of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In the city, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. In the morning we visit the royal enclosure and Fasilidas bath. In the afternoon we visit the church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity), which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescos. 
overnight in Goha Hotel

Meals: (BLD)


Day 4: Fly Gondar - Lalibela (310km)

Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Lalibela, located at 2,600 meters above the sea level. It is named after King Lalibela who constructed the 11 rock-hewn churches in the town. The day is dedicated to visiting the 11 monolithic churches that were built in the twelfth century and are carved out of the pink granite rock. They have been classified as one of the wonders of the world. Each church has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God. At the morning we visit the first group of the church 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 features elaborate carvings. In the afternoon we visit the second group of the churches. We will also have a chance to attend the coffee ceremony in local residents home. 
overnight in Mountains views

Meals: (BLD)


Day 5: Fly Lalibela - Axum (480km)

After taking breakfast be transferred to the airport for your flight to Axum. Axum is the "last of the great civilisations 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 Stele Park, make a stop at the so-called Queen of Sheba’s Bath, a reservoir hewn out of a massive rock, used by locals for water supply. Check out the Stele Park, where you can find giant Stele 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 church of Saint Mary of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is placed then proceed your tour to the Archaeological Museum which houses several stones bearing Sabean and Geez inscriptions, as well as many other artefacts. More visit to the tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskal set on a hill, Ezana’s inscription and if time allows us to drive out of town to visit Queen of Sheba's palace. 
Dinner and overnight in Yeha Hotel

Meals: (BLD)


Day 6: Fly Axum - Addis Ababa

Today after breakfast we fly back to Addis Ababa. The afternoon is free with the optional visit to some parts of Addis Ababa. In the evening enjoy a traditional farewell dinner with Ethiopian cultural music and dancing presentations and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Meals: (BLD)



Tour Detail:

Key Information: -


Tour Duration: 6 day(s)

Group Size: 4 – 16 people

Destination(s): Historic Route Northern Ethiopia

Specialty Categories: Historic & Cultural attractions

Main attractions(s): three UNESCO World heritage sites – Gondar, Axum & Lalibella.

Season: All year round

Airfare Included: NO

Tour Customizable: YES

Domestic Airfare: ADD –BJR/GDQ –LLI –AXU – ADD is about 256.00 USD when flying in with ET on International and otherwise it is 601.00 USD.

PLEASE NOTE – The above airfares are subject to change without prior notification of the airlines due to various reasons

Includes :

  • Accommodation
  • Meals and 1 liter bottled water each day per person
  • 1 Local wine for two nights


  • International Flights, Visa Fees (US$ 50 per person) and all Personal Expenses such as Drinks, Laundry, Telephone, tips to hotel staff, gratuities to Driver/Guide etc.
  • Travel Insurance.

Facts & Figures :

 Key Information: -

 Tour Duration: 6 day(s)

Group Size: 4 – 16 people

Destination(s): Historic Route Northern Ethiopia

Speciality Categories: Historic & Cultural attractions

Main attractions(s): three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Gondar, Axum & Lalibella.

Season: All year round

Airfare Included: NO

Tour Customizable: YES

Domestic Airfare: ADD –BJR/GDQ –LLI –AXU – ADD is about 256.00 USD when flying in with ET on International and otherwise it is 601.00 USD.

PLEASE NOTE – The above airfares are subject to change without prior notification of the airlines due to various reasons

Terms & Conditions:

Terms & Conditions


All tour prices are quoted in US Dollars. We accept payment in a freely convertible currency and at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment. A deposit of 20% is required at the time of confirmed bookingThe balance must be paid prior to the commencement of the tour. The company reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received in accordance with these terms.


This is inclusive of all transportation according to the itinerary, accommodation, breakfast basis (IF NOT ASKED ADDITIONAL MEALS), three tabled meals daily on camping, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, drivers allowance and transfers to and from the airport. Tour price is NOT inclusive of visa fees, excess baggage charges, tipping and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry and drinks.


The Company reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement or to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time. An equitable amount will be refunded accordingly.


All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that we and our agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodation, tours and transport and that we shall not be liable for any injury, delay, loss, accident or damage arising from any clause and in any manner however except when the passenger is being carried in transport owned by the company.

            The respective laws of the country govern the Company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.

            The company reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied and in the event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause (II) relating to the company’s liability shall apply.

            We accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, war, strife, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantine or other causes. All such losses and expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

            Whilst every care is taken, the company accepts no liability whatsoever for the theft, loss or damage to the Client’s baggage howsoever caused. Thus we strongly advise baggage insurance.


All cancellations must be received in writing. Refund for cancellation will depend on the duration of cancellation prior to tour departure.


That is:Notification Charge 40 days and over full refund less $100.00 administration fee per person, 35-21 days prior to travel date 25% of the tour price, 20– 14 days prior to travel date 50% of the tour price, 13-3 days prior to travel date 75% of the tour price, under 3 days and no show no refund is possible.


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