Ethiopia Historical Tour Packages

Historical Tour Packages in Ethiopia:

Ethiopia is probably the country in Africa if not in the world with most ancient history and discoveries. The most important unbelievable Ethiopia historical tourist attractions such as ancient steles, monuments, rock-hewn churches and castles are located in north Ethiopia. We only see a fraction of the greatest historical landmarks once existed on the earth. Fortunately, many of the historical landmarks of Ethiopia that we have today have survived incredible circumstances ranging from warfare, national disasters and just from extremely old.
Our Ethiopia historical tour packages take you to:

  • The rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela which took its name after King Lalibela who built it and revolutionized architecture in Ethiopia and the world by constructing this unbelievable rock-hewn church. Most Ethiopia tours suggest this sightseeing. At Lalibela, one will have a chance to see one of the finest examples of the greatest architectural achievements of its time. Lalibela is the most famous place of interest of all the other Ethiopia tourist attractions.
  • Axum where the first Ethiopian kingdom, the Axumite Kingdom was founded in north Ethiopia some 3,000 years ago and one can see ancient historical churches and some of the most important archaeological sites ever discovered in the world’s prehistory.
  • Bahir Dar which hosts historical artifacts and objects dating back to 750 years in its monasteries on Lake Tana.
  • Gondar which was home for most of Ethiopian past emperors. The most important attractions in this place are the 17th century Castles of King Fasiladas and other icon rich monasteries.
  • The Wall of Harar to see the largest concentration of mosques in a single place in the world, historical museums, one of the most hospitable people in Ethiopia, and the colorful markets of the city. This sightseeing is located in east Ethiopia unlike the above ones. If you are nature lovers and history enthusiasts, we hope our Harar and Lake Wonchi tour packages meet your interests.

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PETHT 01

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Well, Churches rose to the sky in Europe, in 12th century Africa they were being carved out of the ground. In the highlands of central Ethiopia in the 12th century, King Lalibela, a new king from a new dynasty built a new holy capital. He built 11 monolithic churches by carving down into the rock using primitive tools. Lalibela is a religious state, spiritual center that would rival Jerusalem. These churches were unique in their construction. They embody an ideal typical of the century to remodel nature to match a vision. Today, Lalibela’s legacy lives on in the physical splendor of the churches and their traditions of their guardian priests. Churches with no wood, no cement and no mud---you can not find anything like this in the rest of the world. On holy days priests carry on their heads replicas of the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

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Ethiopia historical tour Itinerary – PETHT 01

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PETHT 01 2 Days / 1 Night LALIBELA AIR

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Day 1: ADDIS ABABA – LALIBELA
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport and fly to Lalibela. After arrival, visit the 11-Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela which symbolize Ethiopia’s achievement to the outside world. In this tour, you will take a closer look at these monolithic masterpieces and realize the high standard of technical knowledge the architects of Lalibela must have had. In this same tour you will also have a chance to see Bet Medhane Alem Church, the largest structure in Lalibela, but possibly the largest monolithic church in the world.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: LALIBELA – ADDIS ABABA
Be transferred to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa which marks the end of the tour.


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PETHT 02

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Harar is a difficult city to classify. It’s the fourth holiest city of Islam. This city houses almost 100 mosques within its walls, the largest concentration per square kilometre in the world. For centuries Harar was the key point for trade between Ethiopia and the Somalia’s coast. To safeguard its identity and commercial supremacy, Harar was closed to the unfaithful until 1854 when Richard Burton succeeded in entering the long city of Harar where he remained for 10 years as a guest of the Sultanate of Harar. It was the perfect place to immerse himself completely in the myth of the east.
Rimbaud, a famous French poet also lived here for several years. This French poet was a genius who said everything he had to say before the age of 20. Then he abandoned poetry and the literary life of Paris to embark upon African adventure. Today, his house in Harar is a museum.
Harar is a paragon of religious coexistence. This city was founded between the 7th and 11th centuries and emerged as the center of Islamic culture and religion in the Horn of Africa. Today its historic center looks much the same as it would have been 100 years ago. People here for the most part live in harmony with the hyenas. Harar as the 4th holy city of Islam, was one of the places that consequated the study of calligraphy. Its calligraphers were put to use in philosophy, medicine and poetry.

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Ethiopia historical tour Itinerary 

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PETHT 02  2 Days / 1 Night HARAR AIR

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Day 1: ADDIS ABABA – DIRE DAWA – HARAR
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport and fly to Dire Dawa. From Dire Dawa take your vehicle and drive to Harar. After arrival in Harar, visit the city which has been a crossroad of trade and civilization since the 7th century. This activity includes the colorful and full of love streets, the wall which has surrounded the city and was built in the year 1554 and still intact, the Rimbaud House where Rimbaud, the French poet took refugee here in Harar when he decided to abandon literature to become a trader and explorer, museums, historic monuments, the life styles of the people and the Hyena Man who feeds hyenas at the outskirt of the city every evening.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: HARAR – DIRE DAWA – ADDIS ABABA
Drive from Harar to Dira Dawa. Be transferred to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa which marks the end of your tour.


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PETHT 03

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This tour takes you to:

  • Axum which ruled over a prosperous and influential kingdom during a time that many scholars believe it was a golden age for the African civilization and whose kings were the first to issue gold coins when few other kingdoms and empires in the world could do so in such quantity.
  • Lalibela which is a rural mountain town and a world tourist destination. For Ethiopian Christians Lalibela is as important as as special as Jerusalem.
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Ethiopia historical tour Itinerary 

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PETHT 03 3 Days / 2 Night AXUM - LALIBELA AIR

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Day 1: ADDIS ABABA – AXUM
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport and fly to Axum. After arrival, visit the sites where the Axumites’ rulers were buried in magnificent tombs marked by tall stele some of which with the largest stone monuments in the world. These steles were erected by the people about seventeen hundred years back. The Axumites were some of the most professional builders of their day. In today’s activity, you will also have a chance to see the biggest stele on the planet which was erected by King Ezana, the last ruler of the pagan empire in Axum. That was just before he converted to Christianity.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: AXUM – LALIBELA
Take your short morning flight and fly to Lalibela. After arrival, visit the 900 years old churches of Lalibela where 11 medieval churches were carved inside and out from a single rock connected by extensive system of drainage ditches, tunnels and passage ways. Lalibela’s famous monolithic churches have been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978 thanks to their impressive architecture and rich influence on Ethiopian Christianity. These monolithic churches are so different from others because they were built from the top down whereas everywhere in the world structures are built from the ground up. In today’s activity, you will also learn how such a secret and ancient place still function as a church today.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 3: LALIBELA – ADDIS ABABA
Be transferred to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa which marks the end of your tour.


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PETHT 04

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We have packaged visits to the most famous historical tourist destinations of Ethiopia and have added a number of other locations making for attractive historical tours that are today very popular with both locals and visitors.
Participating in these historical tours to the region of north Ethiopia will allow you to enjoy views of and visit to places such as: Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, Mekele, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park and other wonders of the region. Aside from cultural and historical tours, for which Ethiopia is globally renowned, we offer a variety of exciting tours and activities that showcase Ethiopia’s other wonders. Our 11-day Ethiopia Omo Valley tour packages , which is suitable for both nature lovers and culture tourists, combines a visit to Awassa, Arba Minch, Jinka, Turmi & Bale Mountains National Park. You can contact us to discuss and confirm available tour packages.
How to get there: You can reach all these places on direct flights from Addis Ababa or connecting flights between the cities or by surface or by a combination of surface and air.

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PETHT 04 16 Days / 15 Nights BAHIR DAR – GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – AXUM – MEKELE – DALLOL & DANAKIL DEPRESSION - LALIBELA SURFACE & AIR

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Day 1: ARRIVE ADDIS ABABA
On arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Meet at reception at the convenient time for you for a tour briefing and a chance to meet fellow travelers.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 2: ADDIS ABABA – BAHIR DAR
In the morning you depart from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa to travel north to Bahir Dar, home of monasteries dated back to the 14th century. En-route, you will visit the 13th century monastery of Debre Libanos and the Blue Nile Gorge. The balance of the day would be at leisure.
Overnight stay in a lodge
Day 3: FULL-DAY IN BAHIR DAR
Spend the day exploring Bahir Dar, a picturesque and historic lakeside city. After a leisurely breakfast, you will have a short drive to enjoy a guided tour of the Blue Nile Falls, one of the many natural wonders of Ethiopia. In the afternoon, get on board for boat trip to Zeghe Peninsula on Lake Tana and visit the nearest monasteries on this same peninsula. Visiting Bahir Dar is the ideal way to sample Ethiopia’s treasures of history and biodiversity. Important: Kibran Gebriel Monastery is closed for women.
Overnight stay in a lodge
DAY 4: BAHIR DAR - GONDAR
After breakfast, you will drive east through the spectacular mountain chains of Tara Gedam and Addis Zemen to Gondar, offering glorious views and spectacular landscapes. After lunch, visit the magnificent 17th century Castles of King Fassiladas where architectural elements of Arabia, Africa and Europe are artfully united, Debre Birhan Selassie Church which is the monastery of the Holy Trinity of the Mountain of lights and finally, Gusquam Monastery which is located on another hill and whose complex is well protected behind strong walls.
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Day 5: GONDAR – SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park, a dedicated place where one can see endemic animals to Ethiopia and to the park such as Chelada Monkey, the Walia Ibex and Simien Fox; all are found only in this national park. This national park has its own distinctive attractions. It’s also the most popular of all Ethiopia’s national parks. After lunch, you will have a guided short trekking to experience the rich diversity of bird and endemic wild animals of the Simien Mountains National Park. This national park is also a perfect place for adventure travelers; hikers and climbers. Return to the lodge by guided walk to spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
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Day 6: SIMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - AXUM
This morning, you leave Simien Mountains National Park for Axum. The trip continues eastward, through Tekeze Gorge and you come across small villages and the street vendors try their luck to sell their art or harvest alongside the road.
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Day 7: FULL-DAY IN AXUM
Full-day visit Axum which includes:
The steles that are monoliths of granite, monuments of the pre-Christian period and reproductions of multi-storied buildings in which one can realize the skill and high degree of social organization attained in the Axumite period.
Mai Shum reservoir, an ancient construction which supplies the town with water and is used for the religious ceremonies of Timkat, Ethiopian Epiphany festival.
Graves of kings of the sixth century.
The historic basilica of Saint Mary of Zion. The treasury of the basilica contains fine crosses, some of gold, others of painted wood, valuable manuscripts and crowns donated to the church by kings in the nineteenth century.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 8: AXUM – MEKELE
Your journey goes on and you head east through several towns and reach your destination in Mekele. The balance of the day would be at leisure.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 9: MEKELE – DALLOL DEPRESSION
Your three days expedition to the Danakil Depression and Erta Ale Volcano starts in the town of Mekele. You have a 9 hour drive to Erta Ale volcano, with stops for lunch and to admire some beautiful landscapes. Only after sunset you are reaching the Afar region to the volcano. You must leave the cars here and take the camels to take a luggage to the top. Then you will start your 2 hours trek.
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Day 10: DALLOL DEPRESSION
In this trip, you can expect to see the longest existing lava of our planet, volcanic mountains, camel caravans, traditional way of extracting salt bar and the lifestyle of the Afar People.
Overnight stay: Camping
Day 11: DALLOL DEPRESSION – MEKELE
Drive back from Dallol Depression to Mekele. In this journey, you will explore the colorful land at the Danakil Depression.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 12: MEKELE - LALIBELA
Today your trip takes you to the town of Lalibela. You will drive from Mekele to Lalibela to visit the 11-Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela, the most important holy site in Ethiopia. It’s also the cultural identity of Ethiopia.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 13: FULL-DAY IN LALIBELA
Full day visit one of the oldest freestanding rock hewn churches in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage 11-rock hewn churches of Lalibela dating back to the 12th century. Lalibela has 11 stone churches all carved from a single rock and connected by tunnels. They were built by a ruler named King Lalibela 900 years ago. The House of Saint George, the cross shaped church which was built by cutting away the surrounding rock to leave a 12m x 12m cross is the most famous of all the 11-rock hewn churches of Lalibela.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 14: LALIBELA – ADDIS ABABA
Be transferred to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa. The afternoon will be at your leisure.
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Day 15: ADDIS ABABA – HARAR
Be transferred to the airport and fly to Dire Dawa. After arrival, do a brief sightseeing tour of Dire Dawa, the most famous city in east-central Ethiopia which was founded in 1902 during the reign of Menelik II. Drive to Harar and after lunch visit the historic city of Harar, an ancient and a walled city.
Overnight stay in a hotel
Day 16: HARAR – ADDIS ABABA
Full of of impressions of historic sites and people your journey comes to an end. You fly back to Addis Ababa, the capital. After arrival in Addis Ababa, do your last minute shopping and finally, be transferred to the airport to catch your international flight back to home.


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