Historic Route

Tours of Ethiopia’s Historic Route
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Highlights:

Lalibela: The destination that no visitor to Ethiopia should miss. Set in the remote highlands, Lalibela's amazing rock-hewn churches have been in continuous use since for over 800 years.

Gondar: Famous for its 17th century castles and the beautiful paintings of the church Debre Birhan Selassie. Once the capital of Ethiopia, Gondar is located just north of Lake Tana.

Axum: Home to the Axumite Empire, one of the most powerful of the ancient world. Dominated by the massive stelae fields, numerous archeological sites in and out of town attest to Axum's historical importance.

Bahar Dar: Situated on the southern shore of Lake Tana, source of Blue Nile. Bahir Dar is the primary gateway for excursions on Lake Tana to visit the more than twenty 14th century island monasteries.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray: These remote churches, were only recently "discovered" by tourists. Carved into sandstone cliffs, some of the churches date back to the 11th and 12th centuries.

Select a tour from the below list to view the itinerary:

3 Days/2 Nights HN02
For those without much time, our Lalibela tour visits Ethiopia’s “must see” destination. This tour can also be added to the end of an Omo Valley tour. Two domestic flights.
5 Days/4 Nights HN04
Our shortest tour that includes all the major sites of the north: Bahar Dar, Gondar, Axum, and Lalibela. Four domestic flights.
7 Days/6 Nights HN06
This tour includes Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, and Axum. Four domestic flights.
10 Days/10 Nights HN10
This tour includes Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, and the Simien Mountains National Park. Three domestic flights.
11 Days/11 Nights HN11
This tour follows the same itinerary as our 10 day tour but with two nights in the Simien Mountains. Three domestic flights.
14 Days/14 Nights HN14a
This tour is primarily by surface, visiting Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, the Simien Mountains National Park and some of Tigray’s more remote rock churches. One domestic flight.
14 Days/14 Nights HN14b
Faster paced than our other 14 day tour, but also includes Harar. Three domestic flights.
16 Days/16 Nights HN16
This relax-paced tour is primarily by surface, and includes Bahar Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, the Simien Mountains National Park, Tigray’s remote rock churches and Harar. Two domestic flights.

The tours below include the Historic North in addition to other sites in Ethiopia:

14 Days/13 Nights CO13a
This tour visits the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley as well as a one day excursion to the Simien Mountains. Five domestic flights.
14 Days/13 Nights CO13b
This tour visits the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley. Return travel to Addis from the Omo is via surface. Four domestic flights.
16 Days/16 Nights CO16
This tour visits the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia and the Omo Valley as well as a one day excursion to the Simien Mountains. Four domestic flights.
15 Days/15 Nights TH15
Trekking and historical sites. Trek seven days in the beautiful Simien Mountains with an ascent of Ras Dashes, Africa’s fourth highest peak. Also visit Bahar Dar, Gondar, Axum, and Lalibela. Three domestic flights.
22 Days/21 Nights CO21
This tour visits all the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia, and the Omo Valley with excursions to Awash National Park and the Simien and Bale Mountains. One domestic flight.
25 Days/25 Nights CO25
This tour visits all the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia, the Omo Valley, and Harar with excursions to Awash National Park and the Simien and Bale Mountains. All transport is by surface.
27 Days/27 Nights CO27
This tour visits all the main highlights of Northern Ethiopia, the Omo Valley, the Danakil Depression, and Harar with excursions to Awash National Park and the Simien and Bale Mountains. Two domestic flights.

When to Visit:

The rains are more frequent in July and August but the roads are passable year round. Nearly all the Historic Route has very pleasant temperatures all year.