ETHIOPIA: North and South (21 days)
1st: flight to Addis Ababa – Addis Ababa
Meeting at the airport, departure to Ethiopia. Arrival in Addis Ababa, transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Addis Ababa.
2nd day: Addis Ababa – Debre Markos
Breakfast. We drive via picturesque Sululta region to medieval church Debre Libanos and Debre Markos. On the way we see magnificent view of Blue Nile. Overnight in Debre Markos.
3rd day: Debre Markos – Bahir Dar – Tis Issat
Breakfast. We drive to Bahir Dar – town located on bank of Tana lake and go to visit Tis Issat – famous waterfall on Blue Nile. Overnight in Bahir Dar.
4th day: Bahir Dar – cruise on Tana lake – Gondar
Breakfast. Cruise on Tana, the biggest lake of Ethiopia. Visit to the Zenghie Ura Kidane Mihret monastery founded in 14th century. We see old frescos, Coptic crosses and other art treasures. In the afternoon drive to Gondar. Overnight in Gondar.
5th day: Gondar – Debark – Simien mountains
Breakfast. We visit old town of Gondar – former capital of Ethiopia (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the city founded in 1636 by emperor Fesilides. We walk around royal palaces and visit Debre Berhan Selassie monastery famous for beautiful frescos. In the afternoon we drive to Debark town located in Simien mountains. On the way we pass the villages of Ethiopian Jews (Falasha). Overnight in Debark.
6th day: Debark – Simien mountains – Debark
Breakfast. One day trip to Simien mountains. It is the highest mountain range in Ethiopia, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. We make some trekking and enjoy unspoiled landscape of this area. Observing plants and animals. In the afternoon we drive back to Debark for overnight.
7th day: Debark – Axum
Breakfast. We drive scenic route via Simien mountains to Axum (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – the ancient capital of Ethiopia where coronations of emperors and empress were held. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Africa. Overnight in Axum.
8th day: Axum
Breakfast. Full day for sightseeing tour of ancient Axum. Visit to Axum Museum (called the most important museum in whole country), San Mary of Zion sanctuary (famous place, where according to legends, The Ark of the Covenant were hidden – please be noted only men are allowed to enter the church), palace and bath of Queen Sheba. We admire ancient tombs of kings Ezana, Gebre Meskel and the magnificent Stelae (obelisks). Overnight in Axum.
9th day: Axum – Yeha – Adigrat
Breakfast. We drive to Yeha, where we visit ancient monuments of old (before Axum) capital of Ethiopia. We drive to Freweyni / Sinkata village area and visit rock-hewn church Adi Chewa Arbuta Insesa. Overnight in Adigrat.
10th day: Adigrat – Tigray – Mekelle
Breakfast. We visit splendid rock-hewn churches of Tigray region: Medhane Alem Adi Kasho, Wukro Chirkos and Abreha wa Atsbeha. We drive to Mekelle. Overnight in Mekelle.
11th day: Mekelle – Ambalage – Lalibela
Breakfast. We cross Ambalage mountain range and in the evening arrive in Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Overnight in Lalibela.
12th day: Lalibela
Breakfast. We visit the famous twelfth-century stone churches. Each building has its own unique architectural structure, magnificent carvings, mostly preserved frescoes and paintings. Excursion to the church Yemrehane Kristos, build during the reign of emperor Lalibela (1185-1225). It is one of the most amazing churches in the area, built in a cave. In the afternoon we visit the temples: Bet Giorgis, Bet Maryam, Bet Emanuel and Bet Danaghel. Overnight in Lalibela.
13th day: Lalibela – Addis Ababa
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, flight to Addis Ababa. After arrival city tour of Ethiopian capital. We visit Cathedral and the National Museum with famous remains of Australopithecus “Lucy”. Overnight in Addis Ababa.
14th day: Addis Ababa – Langano – Zivay – Awasa
Breakfast. We drive south of the country in the direction of Langano, one of the lakes of the Great Rift Valley. After lunch, drive to the south and stop at the lake Ziway in a place where you can see hundreds of exotic birds, including marabouts, pelicans, ibises and hamerkops. Transfer to Awasa, the city serves as a capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region – one of the ethnic divisions of Ethiopia. Overnight in Awasa.
15th day: Awasa – Arba Minch
After breakfast, visit the fish market on the shore of Lake Awasa and drive in the direction of Arba Minch located in the Great Rift Valley. On the way visit to the settlement of Alaba tribe living in large, colourful homes. Meeting with people of Dora tribe. They builds about 10 metres high huts made of bamboo. Overnight in Arba Minch.
16th day: Arba Minch – Chamo lake – Konso – Jinka
Breakfast. Morning boat trip on the Chamo lake, watching hippos, huge crocodiles, eagles and kingfishers. Transfer to Turmi, on the way meetings with the various tribes, including Gamo, Derash and Konso. Overnight in a lodge.
17th day: Jinka – Mursi – Mago National Park – Turmi
Breakfast. Visit to the local museum in Jinka. Drive through the savannah of Mago National Park. Meeting with Mursi, a tribe whose men are known warriors and women wear the lips of clay plates. Drive to Turmi, accommodation in a lodge.
18th day: Turmi – Karo Murulle – Hamer – Turmi
After an early breakfast, drive to the village of Karo Murulle, located on the banks of the Omo River, inhabited by people of Karo, famous for unique methods of decorating the body. You will have the opportunity to watch the process of embellishing and decorating people and observe their everyday live. In the late afternoon we reach the Hamer tribe village where you can see interesting ceremonies like Evangadi dancing. Overnight in a lodge in Turmi.
19th day: Turmi – Omorate – Arba Minch
After breakfast, drive south to Omorate, where we visit Gelebe tribe (sometimes known as Dasanech), living on the bank of Omo river. Drive to Arba Minch, on the way we stop in Arbore tribe villages. Overnight in Arba Minch.
20th day: Arba Minch – Tiya – Addis Ababa
After breakfast, return to the capital, on the way we visit Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for about 160 megalithic complexes. We see stone monuments covered with symbolic carvings. Drive to Addis Ababa. Overnight in Addis Ababa.
21st day: Addis Ababa – flight back
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport, departure to your destination.
* domestic flight according to the itinerary, transportation by boat and chartered bus or van,
* accommodation in a local hotels and lodges in a double/twin rooms (with an attached bathroom),
* breakfast on every day,
* Professional English speaking guide in Ethiopia (also another languages speaking guides are available on your request).
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
* International flight to / from Ethiopia,
* Ethiopian visa cost: 50 USD,
* Entrance tickets: approx. 230 USD.
This is only sample of our offer. Any detail such as duration of the trip, standard of the accommodation and meal plan might be changed according to your preference. We will prepare a tailor made offer for you!