Northern Historical Circuit Tours

The following itineraries are samples liable for change which can be amended or completely changed and /or/ can be used as it is , depend on how much time you have ,your enforced style of travel and your interest.

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You are in Ethiopia for a few days, on business or in transit and quite rightly want to take in something of the country before leaving.

Note: We have a number of Short Tours of Addis and surroundings by road and Historical circuit by Air starting from tour duration of 2 Days to 5 Days, these will help you to make best use of your time, explaining what there is to see and do in the time available.

Ethiopia is a fascinating and diverse country and once you have sampled it, it is inevitable that you will come back for more.

For both your short and longer trips Myseru Tour and Travel will provide advice on the itinerary, good vehicles, experienced guides and the best service at reasonable rates.

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6 Days / 5 Nights Northern Historical Circuits

Tour code: My.T.T 0037
Package Title: Northern Historical Circuits 
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: by flight

Day1: Arrival - Addis – Bahir Dar  

Morning arrive to Bole international airport, be met and greet by Myseru tour professional representatives, after Breakfast start exploring the city tour of Addis.  Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor MenelikII at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, fly from Addis to Bahir Dar. Overnight:  Hotel - Bahir Dar .

Day2:  Bahir Dar – Island Monasteries on lake Tana – Blue Nile Falls.

Morning after breakfast   drive to the small town of Tiss Abay (32km 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 Hydro electric Generation plant but it is still worth visiting for remaining waterfalls, walking around, a Portuguese Bridge (17Century) and the country side. The area around the waterfall is amazingly fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and Teff (from which Injera, our national bread, is made). On the way after the Blue Nile, visit the market of Bahir Dar Town where you can find the pottery, traditional hand-made woven clothes, and Woito Basket market. After lunch; 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 Gabriel (prohibited for women) & Entos Eyesus.  Overnight: Hotel - Bahir Dar

Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar –Castles of Gondar

Today after breakfast drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar (187km asphalt road). On the way visit the hill top of Bezawit   palace (roughly 5km after Gojjam – Gondar border Bridge). At this point, you are visiting the Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I (entering & photographing the palace is prohibited), panoramic view of the town of Bahir Dar, the Source of the Blue Nile - leaving its source from Lake Tana. Again on the way; visit the Awramba/ Awra Amba Community & landscapes. 

After lunch break in Gondar, visit the Castles of emperor Fassiladas, his swimming pool, the empress Minitab’s Palace, the Banquet Room of Emperor Bakaffa… the 17century church of Debre  Birhan Sillassie (Light of Trinity). Overnight: Hotel – Gondar.

Day 4:  Fly Gondar – Rock Hewn churches of Lalibela

Early in the Morning transfer to Gondar airport to fly to Lalibela. Upon arrival you will met by Myseru Tour and Travel’s professional representative, then be transferred to you hotel for check in. After some hours for relaxing and Breakfast start discovering the first group of the 8thy wonder of the World, 13th century Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela. After Lunch break continue visiting the 2nd and 3rd group of churches.  O/n  - Hotel - Lalibela.

Day5: Lalibela Circuit

Early  morning. Trek to Asheten Mariam (optional) for a panoramic view of the region and a mountain Church named Asheten. After breathing on the top (more than3000m), descend down to Lalibela (at 2630m above sea level), one of the most fascinating historical sites of Ethiopia. After lunch and a short siesta, continue exploring the fascinating churches (Second group): 7.Bete Amanuel, 8.Bete Marqorewos, 9.Bete Abba Libanos, 10.Bete Gabriel -Rufael and11. 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. Also visit Nakuto Làabe Cave Church (5km from Lalibela). Overnight: Hotel - Lalibela

Day 6: Lalibela – Addis – Departure

Morning,  fly back to Addis Ababa. if your departure is in the night time, we will take you to ethnical live dance club center to observe different cultural dances. then transfer to Addis Ababa bole International Airport( end of the tour).

7 Days /6 Nights Northern Historical Circuits 

Tour code: My.T.T 0038
Package Title: Northern Historical Circuits 
Duration:  7 days and 8 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa, city tour of Addis:

Upon arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met by Myseru  tour manager team and transferred to a Hotel.  Overnight: Hotel - Addis.

Day 2: Fly Addis- Bahir Dar and Tour in Bahir DAR

After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment,  take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire’. Overnight: Hotel Bahir Dar.

Day 3: Drive Gondar – Bahir Dar - Tour in  Gondar

We experience typical Ethiopian landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar which is included in the World Heritage List. the Royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Overnight: Hotel-Gandar.

Day 4: Fly Lalibela

We take a short flight to Lalibela then drive to the town where all the 11 monolithic Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are situated. Today we visit the first group of six churches that lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple in a corner there are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Jacob, Abraham and Isaac .  Overnight Hotel: Lalibela.

Day 5: In Lalibela

After breakfast a mule ride to the 13th rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on top of a mountain  at an altitude of 3150 meters. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Fly Lalibela – Axum and Sightseeing of Axum

After breakfast fly to Axum. The   ancient city of Axum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Axum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. After check in to a hotel, sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary church where the original Arc of the covenant is housed in, Archeological Museum, Stelaes, tombs, and palace.  Overnight Hotel - Axum

Day 7: Fly Axum - Addis Ababa

After breakfast you will check in to the Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. In the Evening a fare well diner party in one of the Traditional Ethiopian restaurant with dances from the different ethnic Groups. Then after transfer out to the airport departure back to home.

8 Days / 7 Nights Northern Historical Circuits

Tour code: My.T.T 0039
Package Title: Northern Historical Circuits 
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 01: Fly Addis- Bahir Dar

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar , at  Bahir Dar Airport you will  met  our  professional representative , transfer  and  Check in to your hotel. Then start the magnifiecent Natural and historical tours in the Twon. Overnight Hotel – Bahir Dar.

Day 02: Bahir Dar  

After breakfast drive to the Blue Nile falls and walk to the Waterfall. In the afternoon Boat trip on Lake Tana to some of the Island Monasteries. Overnight stay in a hotel, Bahir Dar.

Day 03: Gondar  

Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar. Afternoon start visit of the 17th c. Royal Castel Compound, the Bath of king Fasiledes, the church of Debre Birhan Selassie and many more attractions in Gondar. Overnight in a hotel at Gondar.

Day 04: Lalibela

 Fly from Gondar to Lalibela. And visit the 1st and 2nd group of the 11 Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Overnight at reserved hotel in Lalibela.

Day 05: Lalibela  

Morning after early breakfast move for an excursion by mule to the church of Asheten-Mariam , Nakuto  and other around Lalibela Churches.    in the afternoon visit of the 3rd  group of the rock  hewn Church. Overnight in the same Hotel at Lalibela.

Day 06: Axum

Fly from Lalibela to Axum, the holiest sanctuary of Ethiopia.City tour of Axum. Overnight stay in a booked hotel at Axum.

Day 07: Axum- Mekele

Fly from Axum to Mekele then drive to Wukro to Visit the ancient rock hewn churches of Tigray in  Wkro Cherkos; Negash mosque and others  at wkro.

Day 08: Fly from Mekele back to Addis and departure.

10 Days/ 9 Nights Historic Circuit with Semien MTS. National Park  

Tour code: My.T.T 0040
Package Title: Historic Circuit with Semien MTS. National Park
Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
Transport: flight and surface

Day 1:  Arrive to Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel, City tour of historical site   in Addis   O/N Hotel-Addis .

Day 2: Morning flight Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar: upon arrival to Bahir Dar drive to the Blue Nile Falls and in the afternoon Boat Trip on Lake Tana  to the Island Monasteries . O/N  - Hotel- Bhir  Dar .

Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar – Gondar en route experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape about 170 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List. the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals.

Overnight: Hotel – Gondar

Day 4- Drive Gonde- Debark / Semien Mountains NP

After  breakfast departure for Debark town (100 Kms from Gondar), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Here we pay the entrance fees and a scout and a local guide will accompany us. Then we continue driving to the gravel road to Buyit Ras, the first campsite of the National Park and your lodge for the night.   On this drive you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around.

Overnight Camping/ Loge (3200 m)

 Day 5- Drive Semien National Park – Axum ( 280km )

Morning after good breakfast drive to the Historical site of Axum en route  enjoying very beautiful and spectacular landscape along the Semien Mountains and Tekeze Gorge. The road descends from 3100 meters through hairpin bends down the mountain side to 1400 metres in just 40kms! The drive down and back up to Adi Arkay showcases not only the immensely beautiful Simien Mountain massifs but also the people who eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside.  The drive continues through the Tekeze valley, crossing the Tekeze River, and onto Axum  in the far north.  Overnight Hotel-Axum.

Day 6: Visit of historical and archaeological sites in Axum

The   ancient city of Aksum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include: the archaeological museum,  monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of  Queen Sheba.  We also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant.  The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. O/n  -Hotel- Axum

Day 7 : Drive from Axum to Mekele

After breakfast drive through the historical town of Adwa, which is the major African   battlefield and drive to the very small town of Yeha to visit the 5th century B.C imposing ruins of Yeha  temple. It was a large pre-Christian temple consisting of a single oblong chamber. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. You will also visit the 6th century A.D church of Aba Afse –the church, sharing the same compound with the temple, is rectangular in shape. Continue driving to Mekele-the capital of Tegray region en route visit Rock church of Wekro  Cherkos and Abreha WE Asbeha. 

Overnight:  Mekele -  Hotel. 

Day 8: Mekele - Lalibela

On this day you will have the longest drive through the rough nature of road but nice to experience along with the magnificent scenery (gigantic, ups and downs landscape). You will have a chance to visit Lake Ashenge and good for birding. Proceed to Lalibela for dinner and overnight at JerusalHotel Hotel. 

Day9: Lalibela

Full day sightseeing tour of Lalibela:  Lalibela, famous for its rock hewn churches dating back 800 years, There are no less than 1000 churches in the Lasta Region of Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves, but it's exceptional to find 11 churches of such master craftsmanship in one locale. These brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the "Eighth wonder of the world". The afternoon is spent exploring the atmospheric subterranean complex of passages and the 11 remarkable rock-hewn churches. O/n  Hotel – Lalibela .

Day 10: Early Morning Fly back to Addis and Departure.

10 Days / 9 Nights Detail tour of  Northern Circuits 

Tour code: My.T.T 0041
Package Title: Detail tour of Northern Circuits
Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
Transport: flight and surface

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa, go out from your hotel for city tour of Addis. O/ n in hotel in Addis.

Day 2: Drive to Bahir Dar, along the way visit the Portuguese bridge and the Blue Nile River gorge, stopover for lunch at Dejen and visit some monasteries around, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Bahir Dar.

Day 3: Bahir Dar – city tour, boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the Monasteries, visit the Blue Nile falls, O/n stay at the same hotel.
Day 4: Drive From Bahir Dar to Gondar, city tour in Gondar. O/n  Stay in  a reserved  hotel at Gondar.
Day 5: Drive from Gondar to Axum, make city tour, in  Axum .O/n hotel at Axum.
Day 6: Drive to Mekele, along the way visit some churches in the Wukro Cluster. For overnight and dinner drive back to Mekele.

Day7: Today morning drive to Lalibela .  O/n Hotel  in Lalibela.
Day 8 : After breakfast in the hotel  start visiting of the 11 rock hewn churches of Lalibela  and its surroundingsl,   – trekking on   mules back to Asheten Mariam Overnight in same hotel.
Day 9: Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa; after break and lunch move for the city tour of Addis, and Shopping, farewell dinner will be served at one of   Habesha house by our company  .  O/n  in a hotel at Addis.
Day 10: Departure.

Notice: This itinerary can be amended up on request 

11 Days and 10 Nights Discover all historical Circuits

Tour code: My.T.T 0042
Package Title: Discover all historical Circuits 
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa,  meet  tour manager of Myseru Tour and Travel ,then transfers to  your  hotel for check in, relax in the hotel if your arrival time is early hours go out for city tour of Addis . Overnight: Hotel Addis .

Day 2:  Early morning drive from Addis to Bahir Dar along the way visit Debre Libanos Monastery, Blue Nile gorge, Portuguese bridge. Late afternoon arrive at the Lake shore small city of Bahir Dar after check in to your hotel relax at the lakeshore. Overnight and Dinner  Hotel - Bahir Dar.

Day 3: Today we explore the beautiful lakeshore city’s ancient Island monasteries on the biggest lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Bezawit Palace and  its natural scenery of the surroundings. Overnight hotel - Bahir Dar .

Day 4: Morning after breakfast  drive Bahir Dar – Gondar en route experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape about 170 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List. the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals.

DAy 5: Early departure to Axum through Ethiopia’s most scenic highland range that Offers breathless panoramas of the Semien Mountains .

Overnight: Hotel Axum.

Day 6: Visit Axum and proceed to Hawzen. Overnight hotel.

Day 7: Visit Gheralta cluster and proceed to Mekele for overnight stay; hotel at Mekele.

Day 8: Early departure to Lalibela and sightseeing of Lalibela. Overnight hotel  in Lalibela.

Day 9: Full day in Lalibela, visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela .Overnight Hotel Lalibela . 

Day 10: Transfer to the airport and fly back Addis Ababa overnight hotel.

Day11: Departure.

12 Days/ 11 Nights Discover all historical and Northern Circuits 

Tour code: My.T.T 0043
Package Title: Discover all historical and Northern Circuits
Duration: 12 days and 11 nights
Transport: surface

Day 1: Evening arrival  at Bole international Airport  Addis .

Arrive Addis upon evening arrival in Addis Ababa  Bole international airport , Ethiopia ,  Myseru  tour managers meet you  and greet you  with the traditional Ethiopian hospitality at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Dinner and Overnight HOTEL- Addis.

Day 2: Addis Ababa city tour

After breakfast at 3:00 AM we will start with a visit to the National Museum representing Ethiopia 's past and present image. Among the famous exhibits, the 3.5 million year old skeleton of 'Lucy' is worth visiting. We will also visit the Ethiopian Studies Institute Ethnological museum for its   extraordinarily collection of the priceless and varied ethnic medley. Then  continue driving up to the mount  3200 meters Entoto, the first seat of Emperor Menelik II before he has  established Addis Ababa as the capital of Ethiopia in 1886. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit Trinity Cathedral and Merkato. Along our way   will have the chance to see avenues, squares, obelisks and many places of interests and shopping, Leisure time  . Overnight Hotel – ADDIS

Day 3: Drive- Addis – Bahir Dar ( 560km)

Morning start drivibng to   Bahir Dar en route you we will have good chance to vist   Debre Libanos Monastery, Blue Nile gorge, Portuguese bridge. Late afternoon arrive at Bahir Dar;  is the capital of the Amhara National Regional State . Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check in .  Dinner and overnight in hotel with a pleasant garden and a Lakeside view of Lake Tana.

Day 4: Tour in Bahir Dar

Early morning a boat trip will be arranged to Ethiopia 's largest  Lake  , Lake Tana known for its middle age island monasteries. Lake Tana is the source of the longest river in Africa, the Blue Nile and home for 37 islands. We will have the opportunity to visit the Zege peninsula for its famous 14th century monasteries of Ura Kidanemihret, Azewa Mariam and the island monastery of Kibran Gebriel (where only men are allowed) for their wonderful 16th century mural paintings, crowns, crosses and many old church treasures.  In the afternoon after lunch break and relax drive some 35 kms to the Blue Nile Falls, Bezawit Place and it is also possible for bird lovers. Overnight Hotel – Bahir Dar.

Day 5: Bahir Dar- Gondar and tour of Gondar

Early morning start driving to Gondar which is 180Km Bahir Dar. you have only to stroll through the banqueting halls and gaze down from the balconies of the many castles and palaces here to imagine the intrigue and pageantry that took place back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when Gondar , then the Ethiopian capital, was home to a number of emperors and warlords, courtiers and kings. After settling in Ghoa Ghion / Taye   hotel in Gondar;   we will start our visit to these palaces, residences and baths of Fasilidas. Gondar is also the site of numerous fine churches, a number of which have survived to this day. Late in the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie,  translated to mean “Light of the Trinity”, which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. Dinner and overnight at  your hotel.

Day 6: From Gondar , we will travel in and off-the-road vehicle passing through mountainous areas with spectacular panoramas, approaching Quara, the national park of the Simien Mountains . The Semin Massif is one of the greatest sculptures on the planet: peaks, canyons, gorges, clefts and pointed amethyst-colored pinnacles like obelisks. Overnight Debark

Day 7: Drive Semien MT NP  – Axum (354KM)

Drive to Axum for about 4 hours en route  enjoying the magnificent views over the Semein Mountains and the Tekeze Valley. Sightseeing of Axum including the King Ezana’s inscriptions, the Archeological museum, the church of Zion, the obelisks. Overnight stay at  hotel Axum .

Day 8: Drive to Mekele via Adawa En route visit includes the ruined moon temple of Yeha, Monastery of Debre Damo, rock churches of Wukro kiros and Abreha-Atsbeha. Overnight stay at  hotel in Mekele

Day 9: Drive to Lalibela via Lake Ashenge: Full day drive. Overnight stay hotel- Laliblela .

Day 10: Visit of the11 rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Overnight stay at  same Hotel.

Day 11: Drive to komobolcha via Weldia, visit of Haik Estefanos en route. Overnight stay at Tekile hotel in Kombolcha

Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa then transfer to your hotel.

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