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Day 1

Arrive in Addis Ababa

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 2

City tour of Addis Ababa

Briefing about the tour. Hotel Sites for visit are centrally located Variable but short drives Very simple day

Day 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

16th-century Royal enclosure

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 7

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 8

Drive to Axum

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 9

The archeological sites

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

Rock churches of Lalibela

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

Lalibela and local villages

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 the 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

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