Historic Route & Danakil Depression

Historic Route & Danakil Depression

Overview


Day 1: Addis Ababa
  • Group meeting at the joining hotel at 6:00 pm
  • Important meeting details will be provided by the tour leader
  • Arrive at least 2 working days early if collecting Sudan visa in Addis Ababa
Day 2: Addis Ababa to Debre Markos
  • Drive to the small town of Debre Markos
  • Experience the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge along the wayx
Day 3: Debre Markos to Bahir Dar
  • Complete the drive to Bahir Dar, a town on Lake Tana
  • Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile
Day 4: Bahir Dar
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana to visit Gabriel Ure Kideth monastery
  • Explore the spot where the lake flows into the Blue Nile
Day 5: Bahir Dar
  • Visit the Blue Nile Falls and the historic Portuguese Bridge
  • Optional visits to other spots in Bahir Dar
Day 6: Bahir Dar to Awra Amba
  • Drive to the ideological village of Awra Amba
  • Tour the village and camp on the outskirts
Day 7: Awra Amba to Lalibela
  • Full day's drive to the medieval town of Lalibela
Day 8: Lalibela
  • Guided tour of the 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela
  • Explore the architecture and religious rituals
Day 9: Lalibela
  • Free day for further exploration or optional activities
  • Hike to Asheten Monastery or visit other churches
Day 10: Lalibela to Mekele
  • Full day's drive through mountainous scenery to Mekele
Day 11: Mekele to Danakil Depression
  • Drive to Flamed Ella via Tigre Villages and the Afar depression
  • Witness camel caravans and visit Brehalle for permits
Day 12: Mekele
  • Visit Dallol, a colorful area with salt, sulfur, and minerals
  • Explore the salt flats at Lake Asale
Day 13: Mekele to Axum
  • Visit a rock-hewn church in Tigray
  • Drive through Adwa mountains to reach Axum
Day 14: Axum
  • Half-day guided tour of historical sites in Axum
  • Visit Stelae Field, Tomb of King Kaleb, and Palace of the Queen of Sheba
Day 15: Axum to Debark
  • Full day's drive through the Simien Mountains to Debark
  • Breathtaking scenery along tough roads
Day 16: Debark to Simien Mountains
  • Start of a 3-day excursion into Simien Mountains NP
  • Enjoy treks, stunning views, and spot indigenous animals
Day 17: Simien Mountains
  • Choice between short and long treks with a guide
Day 18: Simien Mountains
  • Final day of trekking in the National Park
  • Choose between short and long routes
Day 19: Simien Mountains to Gondar
  • Return to Debark and drive to the ancient city of Gondar
Day 20: Gondar
  • Half-day guided tour of historical sites in Gondar
  • Visit Gondar Castle, King Fasilades' Baths, and Debre Birhan Selassie church
Day 21: Gondar
  • End of the trip in Gondar
  • No accommodation included, optional activities available

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