Discover the history of Gondar in a full day private tour
Founded by King Fasiledes (Fassil) in 1635 AD, Gondar has served as the imperial capital for 250 years. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most populous cities in the realm. The city was a great commercial center trading with rich lands south of the Blue Nile as well as Sudan to the west and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the North-east.
With its strategic hilltop location at an altitude of 2200m in the southern foothills of the Siemen Mountains, Gonder is best known for its 17th-century castles, Royal swimming pool and most notably the superbly decorated church of Debre Berhan Selassie which are among UNESCO's world heritage lists.
I look forward meeting you in Gondar, and showing you the wonders of the area.
The tour includes the surrounding of Gonder Castle, the oldest in Africa; the magnificently decorated 17th century, church of Debre-Birhan Selassie, Kouskuam church and palace, Fasiledes swimming pool which served every year for the celebration of Ethiopian epiphany called Timket, a festival held every year for the commemoration of the baptism of Jesus by John.
Visit a village called Wolleka or falasha (an Ethiopian Jewish village) five km away from Gondar towards the Simien Mountains. This abandoned Jewish village was inhabited by a few hundred Jews for generations, until they left in the 1980s and early 90s. Some went by foot to Sudan and were airlifted to Israel during operation Moses in 1984. Others made their way to Addis Ababa and went to Israel from the capital.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet at the Gondar Airport, or at a hotel in the area.
End location: Hotel or Airport
Duration: 7 hours
we'll be using a Mini-bus, and walking
- My time and service as your private guide
- Mini-bus car with driver and his allowance
- Fuel and tax
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 us dollar - Food, entrance fee,
- Entrance fee
- Any expenses of a personal nature
- All which are not mentioned in the included costs