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Classic Historic Route, Fly and Bike and Drive

Trip Overview

Title:Classic Historic Route, Fly and Bike and Drive
Duration: 16 days
Code: SLET – 011
Transport: Drive/Bike

Discover the most beautiful places along the Ethiopian Historic route on this 16-day cycling tour of Ethiopia.  Starting from Bahir Dar, pedal along the Ethiopian High Lands , through endless landscapes and beautiful people.


Explore the unique Rift valley, a remarkable region of volcanic lakes, with their famous collection of bird life, major national parks, and small game.

  • Explore the unique culture and the way of living at each tribal village and colorful local markets.
  • It is the only place to explore the multi cultural differences of the four major African linguistic groups that include Semitic, Cushitic, Omotic and Nilo-Saharan.
  • Enjoy seasonal and cultural events including traditional weeding, Bull Jumping in Hamer people, Donga Stick Fighting, as well as traditional dance.
  • The unique and 1500 years old terrace farming of Konso people and ancient social practices which are recognized by UNESCO as one of the world heritage in Ethiopia.
  • A lifetime experience of wilderness by driving through the only geological feature that can be seen from the space. Driving through different altitude Great Ethiopian Rift Valley provides to visit the natural eco system and varieties of flora and fauna.




Trip Details

A land dotted with rock-hewn churches, medieval castles and ancient obelisks reflecting a culture dating back over 3000 years.
After visiting The Monasteries over Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls and the medieval castles at Gondar, we head into the Simien Mountains for a spectacular trek. The Simien Mountains have been called Africa’s “Green Grand Canyon”. The Simien Mountains of Ethiopia offer superb wilderness trekking with stunning scenery, dramatic cliffs and escarpments and the chance to spot endemic wildlife such as a troop of Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex and Simien fox and Ethiopia’s many endemic birds and plant life unique to the mountains and the immense beauty of the mountains. Finally we visit the holy city of Axum and the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, often referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the World”.

            Arrive to Addis Ababa then fly to Bahir dar

  1. Arrive to Addis Ababa, a capital of Ethiopia and Addis Abeba then take your flight to Bahir Dar and after arrival have a city tour of Bahir Dar and spare time for preparation of the bikes. Overnight Abayminch lodge

BAhir Dar

  1. Afetr breakfast Bike to Tiss Issat town 30km then to the Blue Nile fall. After a lunch break Drive back to Bahir Dar. Overnight Abayminch lodge

Bahir Dar to Gorgora

  1. Bike 28km to the Zegi peninsula to visit the 14th monastery for its beautiful mural paintings. Then cruise to Gorgora by boat on arrival visit Debre Sina Mariam. Overnight Tim and Kim lodge

Gorgora to Gondar

  1. After your breakfast bike to Gondar, 64km, on the way visit some villages. In the late afternoon visit the castles of Gondar. Overnight Goha hotel

Gondar to Simien Mountains National Park

  1. After your breakfast drive to Simien mountains National park head quarter, 100km, then pay the entrance fee then drive to the lodge which is situated at an altitude of 3260m asl, the highest lodge in Africa. Overnight Simien park lodge

Simien Mountains National Park

  1. After your breakfast bike towards the second camping site Sankaber to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the endemic mamal Chelada Baboon. Then Bike Back to the lodge. Overnight Simien park lodge

Simien Mountains National Park to Axum

  1. After your breakfast drive to Axum, 283km, on the way enjoying the Tekeze Gorge. After arrival in Axum celebrat the colorful Palm sunday eve in Axum. Overnight Yeha hotel


  1. Full day visit of the ancient city of Axum which 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. 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. You 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. Overnight Overnight Yeha hotel

Axum to Hauzen

  1. After breakfast drive to Adigrat and after your lunch break start biking towards Hawuzen where the beautiful Geraltha mountains are situated. Overnight Geraltha lodge


  1. After your breakfast bike to Megab, 7km, then to Abreha We Atsibeha monastery which is ornamented with beautiful mural paintings depicting the Old and new testament. Then bike or drive back to the lodge. Overnight Geraltha lodge

Hawuzen to Mekelle

  1. After you breakfast bike towards Megab then to Tembien, 60km around, on the way visit some villages of the tigray people then after your lunch break drive to Mekelle. Overnight Debre Amo guest house

Mekelle to Woldeya

  1. After breakfast drive to Woldeya on the way visiting some local markets and villages. Overnight Lal hotel Woldeya

Woldeya to Lalibela

  1. After your breakfast drive about 56km then Bike till the junction of Lalibela which is Gashena then drive 64km to Lalibela. Overnight Mountain View hotel


  1. After your breakfast bike to Yimrehane Kiristos, 42km, then visit the 11th monastery which predates the Lalibela churches then drive back to Lalibela. Overnight Mountain view hotel


  1. After your breakfast have a visit of the Lalibela rock hewn churches. Overnight Mountain View hotel

 Lalibela to Addis Ababa

16. After your breakfast fly to Addis Ababa and have some time for shopping and after traditional farewell dinner transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

• Upon request the above tour program can be, modified, differently rearranged, combined with other programs, or extended to suit the clients’ interest, time, and budget.

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