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Northern Ethiopia And Danakil

Take a 11 days tour around one of our northern routes including Danakil depressions, Simien Mountains, Lalibela churches, and ancient city of Axum. Escape into Ethiopia tours will take you the highlights of Ethiopia’s magnificent places. Ethiopia lands of extremes: having the Danakil Depression, Cliff-Top Churches, extraordinary Mountains and underground rock-cut churches. Escape into Ethiopia tours help visitors to explore this entire extremes. Start from the Danakil Depression, is currently over 100 meters below sea level; make it one of the lowest points on the earth surface. Simien Mountains (roof of Africa): Cloud piercing peak, shield secrete of Eden and cliff-top teaming with life. Simien Mountain is homes of endemic mammals including Gelada baoons. Axum was a political and religious capital around 3000 years ago and crowed obelisks tombs of the kings of Axum carved from Geraint with some towering over 33 meters tall. This memorial’s was seen stairway to heaven.

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • All domestic flights:Addis Ababa to Bahir-dar, from Gondar to Axum and From Lalibela to Addis Ababa
    • Tour leader
    • Hotels as per the itinerary
    • Bottle of water everyday
    • Scouts fees in the national parks (Simen National Park).
    • Boat Cruise over Lake Tuna at Bahir-dar and local boat at Blue Nile
    • Military service in Danakil Depression
    • Entry/Admission - Ura Kidane Mihret
    • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
    • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
    • Entry/Admission - Debre Berhan Selassie Church
    • Entry/Admission - Simien Mountains National Park
    • Entry/Admission - The Ruins of Aksum
    • Entry/Admission - Queen of Sheba Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Abuna Yemata Guh church
    • Entry/Admission - Danakil Depression
    • Entry/Admission - Dalol
    • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
    • Entry/Admission - Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela
    What's excluded :
    • Alcohol Beverage
    • Lunch, and Dinner
    • Tips
    • Snacks

  • Day 1: Explore Lake Tana

    Stop At: Bahir Dar, Bahir Dar, Amhara Region
    On this day take the first flight to Bahir-Dar. Once you arrived in Bahir-Dar take a boat ride and get free time to explore Lake Tana, largest Lake of Ethiopia. It forms the main reservoir for the Blue Nile (Abbay) River, which drains its southern extremity near Bahir Dar. The islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana are most conveniently approached by boat from Bahir Dar on the southern side of the lake.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ura Kidane Mihret, Zege Peninsula Ethiopia
    On this tour, experience the scenic parts of Lake Tana with an escorted tour guide and learn about the history. You will visit the selected ones, including Ura Kidane Mihirte, Azewa Maryam and the Zegi Peninsula
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
    On this afternoon drive to the Blue Nile falls to visit the longest River and the sources of Nile.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Bahir Dar at Jacaranda hotel or Similar

    Day 2: Sightseeing of Gondar

    Stop At: Gonder, Gonder, Amhara Region
    On this day after breakfast drive from Bahir-Dar to Gondar to visit the amazing Royal compound. Explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. It was founded in 1636 by Emperor Fasiledes, and serve as a third permanent capital of Ethiopia next to Axum & Laliblea. It is otherwise known as the “Camelot of Africa” for housing huge number of castles in one big compound.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder Ethiopia
    Spend the afternoon in Gondar visiting, the Fasiledes Castle, Fasiledes Swimming Pool, where one of annual festival called Timket, Epiphany is held on January 19 every year.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Debre Berhan Selassie Church, Gondar, Ethiopia, Gonder Ethiopia
    And visit Debre Birhan Sillasie church, amazing art of work on the sailing.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gondar at Florida hotel or Similar

    Day 3: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park

    Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
    On this full-day: Excursion to Simien mountains national park early in the morning, depart for the stunning Simien Mountains National Park. The Cloud piercing peak mountains and spectacular views to these mountains, home to many of the endemic animal species of Ethiopia including the gelada baboon (guaranteed to be seen) as well as the rare Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf. The afternoon will be available for relaxing picnic lunch in the most dramatic sceneries of the park Ginbar River falls. After lunch walk back to the car and drive back to Gondar for overnight.

    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Gondar at Florida hotel or Similar

    Day 4: Fly to the ancient city of Axum

    Stop At: The Ruins of Aksum, Axum Ethiopia
    After breakfast, take the first flight from Gondar to Axum: Axum houses the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, on this day, visiting the remaining sites of Axum, most notably, travel the King Kaleb & King GebreMeskal’s grave in the north of the town.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Queen of Sheba Palace, Axum Ethiopia
    At the center of Axum standings an everlasting Axumite kingdom symbol Staleas. See two standing another one fall: continue exploring this mysterious ancient capital with several archaeological museums and the ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace.

    Duration: 4 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Axum at Sabean Hotel or Similar

    Day 5: Excursion Gheralta Mountain churches

    Stop At: Hawzen, Hawzen, Tigray Region
    On this day, drive to Hawzien en routel stop at the ancient temple of Yeha. Then afte, drive to Gheralta Mountains for excursion around Gheralta cliffs: To reach the extraordinary church on a cliff top in Tigray.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Abuna Yemata Guh church, Hawzen Ethiopia
    Among these amazing churches, Escape into Ethiopia tours help to choose based on accessibility, and the group fitness.Churches you will visit include Mariam Korkor, and Abuna Yemata. Each church has a unique painting style that dates back to the 4th century.
    Duration: 3 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Gheralta lodge or similar

    Day 6: Drive to Danakil Depression

    Stop At: Danakil Depression, 0125 Ethiopia
    On this day drive to the most amazing and tough part of the whole trip. Explore the beginning of the Danakil depression and go down to the hottest place on the planet. This is one of the most extreme places of Ethiopia. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the Sulphur springs. Pass through a small town of Berhale, en route you may see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Once you arrive in the campsite unload the car and take short break, after the short break drive to spend sometimes on the Salt Lake and watch the awe-inspiring sunset. Overnight in HammedAela campsite
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Sleep at camp in Hammede-Ale

    Day 7: Excursion on Dalol

    Stop At: Dalol, Ethiopia
    On this day start early, shortly after breakfast, drive deep into the focal point of the depression: be prepared to feel the heat and breath the different minerals like Potassium, salt and many more: continue driving to see the Salt Mountains and traditional Salt mining and witness how people do one of the hardest jobs on earth.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    Continue driving, to the base campsite of Erta Ale, passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, and rock. Sortly after arriving in the base camp take early dinner and start trekking from Dodom to Erta Ale. Arrive at the top of erta Ale around midnight and watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain. (Camping)
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Spend an unforgettable night on the top of the Mountain just on the Lava Lake side. (Camping)

    Day 8: Erta-Ale

    Stop At: Lake Afrera, Ethiopia
    On this day, walk down from Erta Ale to the base camp for breakfast. The Danakil is also the hottest place on the planet. ErtaAel is a continually active volcano containing world only permanent Lava Lake. After breakfast; drive to lake Afdera for refreshing on the nice Salt Lake where you can swim and relax after all the long treks in the Danakil depression. After lunch, drive to back to Mekele for overnight at Atse Yohanis hotel or similar

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Atse Yohanis hotel or similar

    Day 9: Drive to Lalibela via Sekota

    Stop At: Sekota, Ethiopia

    After breakfast, we will drive to Lalibela exploring yet another breathtaking view via the town of Sekota. This is route is less-traveled but amazingly refreshing and shows the typical countryside settlement and landscapes.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Lalibela at Cliff Edge hotel or Similar

    Day 10: Explore underground churches of Lalibela

    Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
    underground churches of King Lalibela Lalibela is also called: Jerusalem of Africa” as the amazingly excavated underground churches resemble some churches in Israel. These amazing churches were excavated from one Solid volcanic rock in the beginning of 12th century.

    we will use the day exploring every one of them, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela, Lalibela Ethiopia
    After lunch, continue southeastern cluster including Bete Gabriel & Rufael, Bete Merkorios, Bete Emanuel, Bete Libanos and at the last we will go to the elegant church of
    Saint George—the big cross-shaped one. At the end of the day, you will Participate in a cultural music and traditional drink called Tej- pure honey wine.

    Duration: 3 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Lalibela at Cliff Edge hotel or Similar

    Day 11: Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa

    Stop At: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
    Take the morning flight and arrive in Addis Ababa midday and you will have free time to do some shopping or sightseeing including the Merkato, said to be Africa’s largest market of its kind, and do shopping.
    In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner at one of the famous cultural restaurants.
    ............................... End of tour..........................................

    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up our clients from any Hotels. Airports
    • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Escape into Ethiopia

Activity ID: V-171150P6

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