Tour in Ethiopia
18 Days Tour in Ethiopia
Destination Covers North Historic and Southern Omo Valley Ethiopia
Day 1: Early in the morning depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge, overnight in Bahir Dar Jacaranda hotel.
|Chilada Baboon at Semein Mountain National Park|
Day 2: In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret In the afternoon, drive to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area, overnight in Bahir Dar Jacaranda hotel.
Day 3: After breakfast continue north to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages. After check in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia, overnight in Gondar AG international hotel.
Day 4: Today is an early morning departure to Sankober in the Simien Mountains National park. From here you will go for an easy hike to the Geech Abyss, where you will see a large waterfall where the Jinbar River plunges into the abyss. This area is also a great place for viewing the endemic Gelada Baboon, also known as the ‘Bleeding Heart Baboon’ due to the red patch of skin on its chest, overnight in Debark Sona hotel.
Day 5: After breakfast, depart north for Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains. After stopping for lunch in Adi Arkay, proceed driving through the dramatic Tekeze Valley, offering some of the best landscapes in the country. Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant, overnight in Axum Remehai hotel.
Day 6: Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s, Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept, overnight in Axum Remehai hotel.
Day 7: After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men (sorry! No women allowed.) must climb up a 15-m rope to enter. Proceed through the state of Tigray, overnight in Hawsein Local hotel.
Day 8: In the morning, visit either Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor. Both churches involve an approximate one-hour hike but offer commanding views of the surrounding area. After lunch, continue your visit with the more easily-accessible churches of Abreha we Atsbeha and Chirkos. Afterwards, proceed driving to Mekele for overnight Hilltop hotel.
Day 9: Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela, overnight in Lalibela Lal hotel.
Day 10: Today you will visit Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. Start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). Visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint Georg, overnight in Lalibela at Lal hotel.
Day 11: After having breakfast drive to Kombolcha on the way you will visit Hayik Estefanos then continue driving to Kombolcha, overnight at Local Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Addis Ababa, on the way you will stop for a panoramic view of the upper Awash valley and visit the Oromo villages, Addis. Then drive to Addis Ababa, overnight Oasis Hotel.
Day 13: Early in the morning, depart south from Addis Ababa for a full day’s drive to Arba Minch via Butajira, on the way visit Tiya stele classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. These steles are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries. Then continue driving enjoy the fresh air and the view over lakes Abaya and Chamo, Overnight in Arba Minch Ezana Hotel.
Day 14: In the morning takes a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Jinka. Also we have a chance to visit the tribes of the Banna and Tsamay after short break at Weyto proceed to Jinka, Overnight in Jinka at Orit hotel
Day 15: Early in the morning we will drive to the village of Mursi and around mid-day we will drive to Key Afer, Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. Attending to this market will allow you to compare the dressing patterns, ornamentation techniques etc. of the various tribes in the area. Afternoon, you will be proceeding to Turmi, Overnight at Turmi Camping in Lodge.
Day 16: In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village. Late in the afternoon you will visit Hamer Village. If there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, which will be visited, Overnight at Turmi Camping in Lodge.
Day 17: After breakfast, depart from Turmi to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso. On the way you will visit Konso people village (Konso is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site). The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch, Overnight in Arba Minch Ezana Hotel.
Day 18: In the morning after breakfast, drive to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. Then drive to Addis Ababa city tour and Shopping. In the evening dinner invitation at a traditional restaurant by Our Company Addis Tours with folkloristic dances of different regions of Ethiopia and then you will take your international flight No Hotel
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