The North Historical Route

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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Day 1:

Arrival 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

2 - 5:

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

6 - 9:

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

10- 12:

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 13:

Departure 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 14:

Flight Home

More photos:
•  North Historical Calendar Tour
Daring North Calendar Tour
•  Short Historical Tour
•  Daring North Custom Made Tour

Road to Kombolcha
Road to Kombolcha

Cross of peace
Cross of peace, Lalibela

Axum Monotlithic obelisks
Axum monolithic obelisks

Winding road, Simien
Winding road, Simien Mountains

Gelada baboons
Gelada baboons, Simien
Winged Angels
Winged Angels, church of Debra Birhan Selassie, Gondar

Castle Palace of King Fasilidas

Lake TanaLake Tana sunset


   Tour: The North Historical Route1

   Dates of the tour:

11 March - 24 March 2017

   Duration of the tour:

14 days / 13 nights

   Riding days:

12 days

   Total distance:

Approx. 2,520 Km/ 1,566 miles

   Skill level:


   Lodging type:


   Maximum nr. of riders 6  
   (based on a minimum    group of 4 riders1):


Own bike:
Passengers in support car2:
Single room surcharge3:

€ 4,480
€ 3,150
€ 2,225
€ 320

   What is included: •  Airport collection and drop-off.
•  Motorbike (KTM 690 Enduro & 500 EXC - no fuel), bike insurance     against third parties and theft
•  Support car for luggage and passengers
•  Expert multi-lingual tour leader and mechanical support
•  Double occupancy accommodation (note: single occupancy incurs     an extra-charge)
•  Camping fees, camping equipment, preparation of campsite
•  Restoration (dinner on the arrival day and lunch on the departure     day; every other day breakfast, lunch and dinner). Beverages and     snacks not included, excluding water in the car throughout the     trip.
•  Entry fees to parks, monuments and other sites (except in Addis)
•  Local guides and local fees/taxes for all riding days
•  Luggage storage
•  CD with photos of the trip

   What is not included: •  Fuel & Diesel
•  Beverages and snacks
•  Personal items
•  Passport and visa fees
•  Laundry
•  Telephone calls
•  Room service
•  Travel insurance
•  Personal and Accident insurance and medical expenses
•  Emergency evacuation/Hospitalization
•  Flight tickets
•  Protective riding gear: helmet, riding suit, gloves, kidney belt,     back    protector, boots, earplugs, sunglasses (strongly advised)
•  Tips, souvenirs, photo and video fees and spending money

•  Returning clients and clients who book 3 months in advance have a 10% discount when booking directly with Africa Riding Adventures (offer is not cumulative).
•  At request Africa Riding Adventures will refund the full amount of deposit paid if there isn't a minimum number of 4 riders attending the tour. Pls read our terms and conditions for the full text of our policy.


•  Africa Riding Adventures reserves the right to cancel this calendar tour if no bookings are made 30 days before the tour commencement.
  2 Prices for passengers on support car may change if an additional car is needed to transport all passengers.
  3  The single room surcharge will apply to the last rider booking for the tour when double occupancy is not possible.


If you've booked this trip with us bellow is some general information on Ethiopia and on your motorcycle trip. There also some forms you will need to sign before the start of the trip. Save time by sending them to us through email.

               Client information form | Declaration of responsibility | Tips for safe riding | General Information on your trip



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