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The Historical Route – Northern Ethiopia

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13 – 26 October 2019

Tour Details

In this unforgettable tour, you will take a deep plunge into Ethiopia’s unique history. The historical route through Northern Ethiopia will take you through the country’s most famous attractions, such as Lalibela’s famous 12th Century rock-carved churches and Gondar’s 16th Century castles and churches. The bike rides are brilliant and exciting, and will take you through breath-taking ever changing scenery.

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Dates of the tour:

13 – 26 October 2019
If requested and possible, the dates can be slightly adjusted to the clients need.

Duration of the tour:

14 days / 13 nights

Riding days:

12 days

Total distance:

Approx. 2,520 Km/ 1,566 miles

Skill level:

2/3

Lodging type:

Hotels

Maximum nr. of riders

6

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The tour will start with a cultural evening in one of the best restaurants of Addis. The perfect environment to meet your fellow motorcycle riders and enjoy delicious Ethiopian cuisine seasoned with very energetic Ethiopian dancing.
Overnight in Addis Ababa

Day 2 - 5Mekele - Kombolcha - Lalibela

The first riding days will take you all the way to Mekele the capital of the Tigray region through a mix of asphalt and gravel roads. Ride through scenic asphalt roads and breathtaking scenery, through different altitudes and great fun twisted roads.

Kombolcha is the place to try the best fetira in Ethiopia (traditional food eaten for breakfast) in one of the local Cafes. This will be the best breakfast of the whole trip and you should not leave town without trying it. Enjoy your meal!

A spectacular 1,500 meters ascent will lead you to Lalibela set at an altitude of 2,630 meters. Lalibela, also known as the kingdom of the living rock or African Jerusalem is famous for its churches carved out from red volcanic rock dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries. Ethiopia is home to more World Heritage sites than most countries in Africa. The churches at Lalibela are perhaps the most prominent of all and Ethiopia ‘s top attraction.

Overnights in Hotels

Day 6 - 9Simien Mountains National Park - Axum - monolithic obelisks

You will continue to have lots of fun during these next 4 days. The landscape will change but will be every inch as beautiful.

Admire one of the most beautiful mountain chains in the world: the Simien Mountains National Park, registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A truly magnificent ride where it is not at all rare to come across some of the endemic wildlife of Ethiopia

The park is interesting because of the uniqueness of its endemic animals, the beauty of its flora and the majesty of its impressive landscape. If you would like to rest from the bike and do some trekking this is the right place.

Visit Axum slabs and monolithic obelisks, churches and historical sites. Axum was the centre of power of the Axumite Empire, one of the oldest civilizations in Africa.

Overnights in Hotels

Day 10 - 12 Gondar - Bahir Dar

The last 4 days of this trip will be spent in Gondar and Bahir Dar.

Gondar, also known as the Camelot of Africa is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Visit the Castle-Palace of King Fasilidas and the Church of Debre Birhan Sellassie (Mount of Light of the Holy Trinity) famous for its beautiful winged angel decorated ceilings and many other frescos.

Bahir Dar is situated on the edge of the fabled Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. Its shore-dwellers, both farmers and fishermen, navigate the waters in their tankwas, handmade papyrus canoes, the sight of which takes us to Ancient Egypt. During the 13th and 14th century this region received monks seeking the isolation and peace ideal for lives devoted to prayer, fasting and study. The result was the construction in Lake Tana’s small islands of small monasteries alongside churches well worth visiting.

Overnights in Hotels

Day 13Departure to Addis.

In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants of Addis. There are many good Restaurants, Bars, Discos, Jazz Live Music and Cultural Dance venues to offer if you want to extend your stay.
Overnight in Addis

Day 14Flight Home

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