Visit Bahir Dar, Awra Amba & Lalibela
Program: Historic Routes
Tour Code: North 27
Duration: 3Nights (4Days)
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa
Day 1: Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar
Arrive in Addis Ababa in the evening, meet with us & transfer to the Hotel. Breakfast fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar & drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32 km rough road) to visit the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Issat means in Amharic: ‘Smoke of Fire’. Much of the water is diverted for Hydroelectric Generation plant but it is still worth visiting for remaining waterfalls, trekking around and to see a Portuguese Bridge (17 Century) and the country side as well. The area around the waterfall is amazingly fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and Teff (from which Injera, the national bread, is made). After the fall, return to Bahir Dar & make city tour of Bahir Dar which includes: market where you can find the pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, and Woito Basket market.
Afternoon; take a chartered boat trip on Lake Tana to visit monasteries (constructed during 14 up to 19 century). You will visit only the most accessible and representative of the monasteries on the lake, still serving their original function: Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam (in Zeghie Peninsula), Kibran Church (prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus. Overnight –Hotel– Bahir Dar
Drive to Lalibela, on the way; visit Awra Amba village. Awra Amba community is famous in villagers work activity. Any member, whatever the type of task or knowledge they perform, the share distribution among them is equal. They believe any member of the community should be treated fairly (denying the difference of knowledge, skill & task hardship) & get their support until death. When a member dies, only two people bury the dead body. No one cries for the dead but go working!! The founder of the community is called Zumra, an old man, still alive!! Continue to Debre Tabor – Woldya – Lalibela – Overnight –Hotel – Lalibela
Day 3: full day visit in Lalibela
Early morning; Hike to Asheten Mariam Mountain Church .After Asheten and a short siesta, visit the first group of six churches: 1.Bet Golgotha, 2.Bet Mikael, 3.Bet Mariam, 4.Bet Meskel, 5.Bet Danaghel and 6.Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem is the largest monolithic rock hewn church in the world, built like a Greek temple! In a corner there are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Second groups: 7.Bete Amanuel, 8.Bete Marqorewos, 9.Bete Abba Libanos, 10.Bete Gabriel -Rufael and11 Bet Giyorgis. Bet Giyorgis is the most elegant of all Lalibela churches, which lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the town on a sloping rock terrace. Drive for the cave church of Nakuto Làabe (5kms away from Lalibela). Overnight –Hotel – Lalibela
Day 4: Lalibela to Addis Ababa & Departure
Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa to catch an evening flight or next country destination. Evening, dinner with live amazing shoulder to shoulder dances ( northern culture) and other many live dances at best cultural restaurants in Addis ( Habesha restaurant or Yod Abyssinia) and transfer you to Bole International airport for your flight to London) – end of the trip .
Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request