Combined Historical & Cultural Tour in Ethiopia

 

Duration: 15 days
Day 01 : Arrive in Addis Ababa meet and greet, get assisted for transfer
: If it is a day time some of the sightseeing of Addis Ababa. Hotel Hotels are centrally located ___ Very simple
Day 02 : Fly to Bahirdar
: visit the Blue Nile Falls
: Monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana. Hotel 35 km to falls 1 hour Moderate 30 minuets walk to the falls. Walking shoes preferable
Day 03 : Drive to Gonder
: Visit the 16th century Royal enclosure famous for its many castles and Debre Birhan Selassie church. Hotel 180km to Gonder Non flight day Simple, sandal shoes is OK
Day 04 : Fly to Axum
: The archeological sites and
: St’ Mary of Tsion (Zion) Church the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Hotel sites and hotels are centrally located 30 minutes Moderate to tough optional hiking 30 minuets – 2 hrs. Walking shoes is required
Day 05 : Fly to Lalibela
: Visit the Amazing rock churches of Lalibela rated as the eighth wonder of the world by many. Hotel 25 km from airport to hotel 40 minuets Moderate, few big steps. Sandal shoes with sox.
Day 06 : The remaining churches and one of the monasteries out side Lalibela. Hotel 10 - 50 km based on choice Non flight day Simple to tough walking based on interest
Day 7 : Fly back to Addis Ababa
: Retire the remaining day or optional activities. Hotel 25 km to Lalibela Apt & the Htl in Addis centrally is located 1 or 2:30 hours based on the available flight Simple
Day 08 : Drive to Arbaminch via Hosaena
: Tiya stelae field UNESCO world heritage site
: Adadi Mariam, the only southerly rock hewn church
: Gurage and Oromo people and their villages. Hotel 432km the longest in the route 8:00 am to 6:00pm with the activities Busy day with long drive and activities, Sandal shoes is good for the drive and sightseeing
Day 09 : Full day in Arbaminch
: Nech Sar National Park game drive
: Boat trip on Lake Chamo, birding and spotting hippos and crocs. Hotel 70 –80 km round trip to the park. 12 km to the lake in the afternoon 8:00am to 12:30pm for the park. 30 minuets to Lake Chamo Tough driving to the Park with moderate walking. walking shoes is preferable
Day 10 : Drive to Jinka
: Tsemay, Bana and Ari people and their villages
:Markets if this day coincides with market days. Hotel 245km 6hours Tough driving with simple walk, Sandal shoes is good for the drive and sightseeing
Day 11 : Excursion to Mago
: Mursi Tribe, their women are famous for Lip plates and men for ritual fighting with stick
: Drive back to Jinka and continue to Turmi
: On the way Ari and Bana People
: Dimeka market (Saturday and Tuesday).Camping 300km Full day with activities Tough drive and busy day with activities. Walking shoes is better. The car parks at the site that needs only very short walking
Day 12 : Full day in Turmi
: Excursion to Omorate for the Dasenech tribe
: Turmi market (Thursday)
: Boating on the Omo River
: Hamer tribe and their villages
: Tribal dance or Bull Jumping rite, occasional and optional.Camping 70km to Omorate 38 km to Dimeka market 2 hours to Omorate and 1 hour to the market Moderate walking within the market and to the villages. Walking shoes required
Day 13 : Drive back to Arbaminch
: Visiting on the way Erbore and Konso tribes.Camping 285km 6 - 7 hours Moderate, walking shoes is better
Day 14 : Drive to Awassa
: Detour for Dorze people
: Back to the road and head to Awassa. Hotel 275km 6 hours Moderate drive with simple activities
Day 15 : Fish Market at Awassa and birding
: Drive back to Addis Ababa
: Retire the remaining day or optional activities and
: Moreover in the evening Ethiopian traditional night. Hotel 275km 5 hours Moderate drive with simple activities

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Duration: 24 days
Day 01 : Arrive in Addis Ababa meet and greet, get assisted for transfer. Hotel Less than 10 km to Htl Hotels are centrally located, not long drive Very simple day
Day 02 : City tour of Addis Ababa
: Briefing about the tour. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located Variable but short drives Very simple day
Day 03 : Drive to Debre Markos
: The 13th c monastery of Debre Libanos
: The Blue Nile Gorge which is compared to Grand Canyon in America
: Meet the Oromo people, house and village visit
: Optional birding en route. Hotel 300km to Markos on asphalt road 6 hours Moderate drive & activities, sandal shoes is OK
Day 04 : Drive to Bahirdar
: Zengena crater lake
: Walking in the forest around the lake, optional.
: visit the Blue Nile Falls. Hotel 265km to Bahirdar plus 35 to BN falls 5 + 1 hours Moderate 30 minuets walk to the falls, walking shoes preferable
Day 05 : AM boat trip on Lake Tana
: 13th c Monasteries on the islands of Lake Tana
: PM drive to Gonder. Hotel 180km to Gonder 3 hours Moderate 30 minuets walk one way to the church, walking shoes preferable
Day 06 : The 16th century Royal enclosure famous for its many castles
: Debre Birhan Selassie church. Hotel sites for visit are centrally located variable but short drives Simple day
Day 07 : Drive to the Semien Mountains National Park
: Spectacular mountain scenery
: Spotting endemic mammals
: Hiking on the escarpment. Semien Lodge 122km to the Lodge +- 4 hours Moderate to tough optional hiking. 30 minuets – 2 hrs. walking shoes required
Day 08 : Drive to Axum alongside the Semien Mountains range with spectacular scenery. Hotel 282km to Axum +- 7 hrs Moderate drive on gravel road with some stops & leg stretch walk
Day 09 : The archeological sites and
: St’ Mary of Tsion (Zion) Church the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located Variable but short drives Simple, sandal shoes & shorts that reach nee are OK
Day 10 : Drive to Gere`alta
: Yeha temple (5th c) the oldest in Ethiopia
: Nejash one of the oldest mosque and Muslim settlement
: Meet the Tigray people, house and village visit. Hotel 195km to Geraltha +- 6 hrs Moderate, sandal shoes is good for the day
Day 11 : Drive to Mekele
: Some of the famous rock churches of Tigray. Hotel 90km to Mekele +- 3 hrs Simple, sandal shoes & extra sox are better
Day 12 : Drive to Lalibela
: Beautiful mountain scenery
: Meet the Amhara people, house and village visit. Hotel 360km to Lalibela +- 8 hrs tough drive on gravel road & some leg stretch walk
Day 13 : The 11 amazing rock churches of Lalibela rated as the eighth wonder of the world by many authors. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located short drives within the town Moderate walk, few big steps in the church. Sandal shoes with extra sox is better.
Day 14 : Excursion to visit one of the famous rock churches in the surroundings of Lalibela and local villages.Hotel 10-50km based on choice Variable but short drives Moderate to tough based on interest
Day 15 : Drive to Dessie
: Beautiful scenery and mountain ranges all along the way
: Boat trip on Lake Hayek for the 13th c monastery on island. Hotel 300km to Dessie 6 hrs 20 minutes tough walking to the cave church. The drive is mostly on asphalt road. Sandal shoes preferable
Day 16 : Drive back to Addis Ababa.
: Before Debere Sina we stop for a top view of the Great Rift Valley Depression. Hotel 400km to Addis +_ 7hrs Moderate long drive with some stops & leg stretch walk
Day 17 : Drive to Arbaminch via Hosaena
: Tiya stelae field UNESCO world heritage site
: Adadi Mariam, the only southerly rock hewn church
: Gurage and Oromo people and their villages. Hotel 432km the longest in the route 8:00 am to 6:00pm with the activities Busy day with long drive and activities, Sandal shoes is good for the drive and sightseeing
Day 18 : Full day in Arbaminch
: Nech Sar National Park game drive
: Boat trip on Lake Chamo, birding and spotting hippos and crocs. Hotel 70 –80 km round trip to the park. 12 km to the lake in the afternoon 8:00am to 12:30pm for the park. 30 minuets to Lake Chamo Tough driving to the Park with moderate walking. walking shoes is preferable
Day 19 : Drive to Jinka
: Tsemay, Bana and Ari people and their villages
: Markets if this day coincides with market days. Hotel 245km 6hours Tough driving with simple walk, Sandal shoes is good for the drive and sightseeing
Day 20 : Excursion to Mago National Park
: Mursi Tribe, their women are famous for Lip plates and men for ritual fighting with stick
: Drive back to Jinka and continue to Turmi
: On the way Ari and Bana People
: Dimeka market (Saturday and Tuesday). Camping 300km Full day with activities Tough drive and busy day with activities. Walking shoes is better. The car parks at the site that needs only very short walking
Day 21 : Full day in Turmi
: Excursion to Omorate for the Dasenech tribe
: Turmi market (Thursday)
: Boating on the Omo River
: Hamer tribe and their villages
: Tribal dance or Bull Jumping rite, occasional and optional. Camping 70km to Omorate 38 km to Dimeka market 2 hours to Omorate and 1 hour to the market Moderate walking within the market and to the villages. Walking shoes required
Day 22 : Drive back to Arbaminch
: Visiting on the way Erbore and Konso tribes. Hotel 285km 6 - 7 hours Moderate, walking shoes is better
Day 23 : Drive to Awassa
: Detour for Dorze people
: Back to the road and head to Awassa. Hotel 275km 6 hours Moderate drive with simple activities
Day 24 : Fish Market at Awassa and birding
: Drive back to Addis Ababa
: Retire the remaining day or optional activities and
: Moreover in the evening Ethiopian traditional night. Hotel 275km 5 hours Moderate drive with simple activities