Duration – 2 nights and 3 days
Transport – air and surface
Accommodation – 2 star hotel or good accommodation
Tour Code: ATT-CH-0010
Axum was ones to be one of the big 4 powers of the world, which manifested in the history of the well known Queen of Sheba, Menelik I, Ark of the Covenant and Saint Mary Zion, Saint Yared and the great kingdom of the Aksum itself. This journey will take you to the vicinity of Axum, Gobo Dura where you can see the quiry of the huge steles of Axum, and you will able to imagine how the steles were transported.
DAY1 – FLY IN OR DRIVE TO AKSUM
Fly in or drive to Axum.
Visit Axum, Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980, Axum is a testament to the rich and glorious past of the mighty Kingdom of Axum (2nd C. BC-700 A.D.). This morning the visit will start with the famous Stelae field with its Axumite stelae in various sizes and shapes. The archaeological museum is nearby and it offers an opportunity to bring context to relics on view today.
In the afternoon you visit the Kaleb and Gebremeskel tombs, dating to the 6th century A.D and on the way to town, the Ezana inscription (Ethiopia’s Rosetta stone) is worth visiting. Tradition has it that the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Ethiopia in the 10th century BC by Menelik I and later Ethiopian kings and emperors would proclaim their legitimacy to rule by their lineage to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Through the day we will discuss the development of Christianity in Ethiopia and its relation to the Ark, and the story of Queen of Sheba too.
DAY2 – VISIT GOBO DURA, THE QUARY SITE
This morning, you will visit Gobo Dura. This is important quarry for the Great stele of Aksum in which we found evidences of the unfinished stele and some marks on how the people quarried and transported the huge ones to the present location. At Gobo Dura tourists also can enjoy birds, monkeys /seasonally/,vegetation types, farming and generally the life of the rural society. Also, you will visit the lioness of Gobo Dura where a lioness is carved in a big granite stone.
After a lunch a break, you will have a gentle walk on the old town of Axum. You will witness the change and continuity of the Axumite Empire through time. The old town is best place to enjoy an authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony which is one of the most enjoyable events you can attend at an Ethiopian private house. The coffee is taken through its full life cycle of preparation in front of you in a ceremonial manner. Coffee is called ‘Bunna’ (boo-na) by the Ethiopians.
DAY 3 – DRIVE OR FLY OUT
After a hearty breakfast, drive out either to the direction of Mekelle or Gondar or fly out to Addis Ababa or other destinations.