northern historic tour

Tour Operator in Chicago, America Tours, Africa Safari Tours

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

Northern Historic Tour

  • Price
    From $
  • Package Duration
    6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Addis Ababa - Axum - Lalibela - Gondar - Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa
  • Tour Validity
    01/11/2018 to 31/12/2020

Tour Highlights:


  • Lalibela's incredible rock-hewn churches
  • Stelae at Axum & St. Mary Zion Church where Ark of Covenant resides 
  • Enchanting 17th-century castles at Gondar
  • Spectacular scenery in Simien Mountains
  • Boat ride to 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

Arrive at Bole international airport and be welcome by Horizon Africa Safari representative. Depending on your arrival time, start Addis Ababa City tour by joining the unique and traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony that includes coffee washing, roasting, grinding, smelling, serving and tasting.  Your Addis Ababa sightseeing tour consists of a visit to Mount Entoto (the hills overlooking Addis Ababa which means “New Flower”) where you can enjoy panoramic views. 

Continue a visit to National Musem: Known for containing the famous hominid fossil “Lucy”, the colourful Ethnographic Museum (take an engaging visual tour through Ethiopia) located within the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. 

Your drive will take you through Mercato, the largest open Market in East Africa.  Along the way, you will pass various significant historical monuments of Addis Ababa in this City tour to give you a taste of Addis.

Meal plan; Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

O/N Intercontinental Hotel


Day 2: Fly to Axum


Early in the morning fly to Axum, a city more than 3000 years of history and once the sanctuary of a vast empire and ancient civilisation, home of the original Ark of the Covenant. The sightseeing of this old city includes St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for “Ark of the covenant”, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebremeskel, Ezana’s inscriptions and Dungur palace (popularly known as ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace)

Meal plan; Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

O/N Hotel


Day 3: Lalibela


This morning, you will fly from Axum to the UNESCO World Heritage Center, the Holy city of Lalibela. You will be met by driver-guide for the drive up into town nestled in the hills above. This morning spend marvelling at the well-preserved and awe-inspiring 11th-century rock-hewn churches for which Lalibela is most famous; crafted beautifully from one single red volcanic rock during the final period of masonry skills. Some are below ground only reached via narrow tunnels and small steps. King Lalibela is said to have had the vision to create these churches with designs given to him by an angel. The last church to be hewn and possibly the most beautiful of all is St. Georges, carved in the shape of a cross. Late in the afternoon, you can enjoy the surrounding breathtaking scenery and in the evening partake in a traditional Tej (homemade local honey wine) taste experience for which Lalibela is famous.

Meal plan; Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

O/N Mountain Hotel


Day 4: Gondar

Arrive in Gondar after the short flight from Lalibela. Enjoy the city; often described as the Camelot of Africa, Gondar was once the capital of Ethiopia from 1636 until the mid19th century and was the hub of art, music and literature. 

Your visit will include the Royal enclosure, Fasiledes bath and the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie church which is well known for its intriguing ceiling paintings.

Meal plan; Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

O/N Goha Hotel


Day 5: Bahir Dar


Drive to Bahir Dar through beautiful countryside and skirting Lake Tana. Upon arrival in this lovely lakeside town in the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana. Visit the lush Green península of Zege, and after a pleasant walk you will reach the 14th-century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret; the most famous of the Zege península monasteries, with its beautiful mural painting, ecclesiastic books, ceremonial procession, religious crosses and ancient and sacred artefacts.

Meal plan; Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

O/N Grand Resort Hotel

Day 6: Drive to the Blue Nile Falls and fly to Addis Ababa



Tour Detail:

Key Information: -

Tour Duration: 6 day / 5 nights

Group Size: 4 – 16 people

Country: Ethiopia

Starting Point: Addis Ababa


Ending Point: Addis Ababa

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

Tour Customizable: YES

Domestic Airfare: ADD –BJR/GDQ –LLI –AXU – ADD is about 260.00 USD when flying in with ET on International and otherwise it is 600.00 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


  • 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: -

Terms & Conditions:


  • 5 nights hotel accommodation on double/twin bed basis
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • Return transfer to air port
  • Ground transportation per the package itinerary
  • Scout fees
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Driver allowance
  • English speaking local guide


  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Video and camera fees if and where applicable
  • Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees to any special ceremonies you might encounter by chance
  • International and domestic flights
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include


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