Historic rout with lower rift Valley Ethiopia

Duration: 20  Days and 19 Nights

Tour code: ZTT 502

Transportation: Flight and Surface.

Day 1, Arrival in Addis transferred into the hotel for some rest afternoon city tour of the capital: visit the national museum, Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Africa, St George church. Overnight hotel.

Day 02, Morning fly to Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara region which takes one hour flight transferred to Tana or Abayminch hotel. Afternoon excursion drives 30 KM out of the town to the Blue Nile fall. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03, Morning Boat trip on Lake Tana, the biggest high land lake of Ethiopia, to the peninsula to visit two the 14th-century churches called Ura Kidanemihiret and Aswa Mariam which involves 20 minutes and 10 minutes walking through the jungle of coffee plantation respectively after the boat. In each of the church, one can enjoy the traditional mural paintings of 14th, 17th and 18th century. Afternoon visits the market of Bahir Dar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04, Morning drive 180 km paved road which takes three hours including photo stops of the landscape and visit of the Amhara village in this village one can visit how these people refine skin of animals traditionally to Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. After having lunch and some rest in the hotel visit the 17th century castle compound within which there are six independent castles for each emperor, the church of Debrebirhan Silase for its wall and ceiling painting of the 17th century and the bath of Fasillades ( the first king of the Gonder period and the founder of Gondar) . Overnight hotel.

Day 05, Drive to Semien mountain national park which is 100 km from Gondar which takes three hours drive to admire the amazing landscape which makes Ethiopia be called the roof of Africa and some wildlife like Gelada Baboon or bleeding heart baboon which is endemic for this place, clip Springer, bushbuck and birds. Overnight hotel.

Day 06, Early morning full day drive to Axum which is 270 KM enjoying the scenery of landscape and visits of villages. Overnight hotel.

Day 07, Full day visit Steles, different Archeological sites, the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba, tomb of Kings and the church of St Mary of Zion (where legend says the Ark of Covenant, brought here from Israel by King Menelik the first and kept here). Overnight hotel.

Day 08, Fly to Lalibela transferred in from the airport to the hotel and afternoon sightseeing of the the first group of the rock-hewn churches carved out of rock during the 13th century by king Lalibela which make Lalibela to be considered as the holiest city of Ethiopia and the African petra with the adjacent museum which has got a collection of treasures of this time. Overnight hotel.

Day 09, Excursion to Yimrehane Kristos church, situated 45 km away from the town of Lalibela. This church is constructed inside a cave in the 11th century adapting the Axumite architecture. Afternoon the second group of Lalibela churches and attend the traditional coffee ceremony of Ethiopia in the local house. hotel.

Day 10, Fly back to Addis Ababa in the afternoon do some shopping and some rest. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11, SUN. Drive to Arbaminch admiring very green views, the Guraghe people and village; as making some stops for the Wolaita people. Reach late afternoon to Arba Minch. Overnight paradise lodge or Swayne's hotel. ( this day should be Sunday when you plan the trip so that you don't miss the authentic markets )

Day 12, Morning drive to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses, and traditions. Afternoon boat to Chamo Lake for crocodiles ( biggest in Africa – 6 ms long), hippos &birds. Overnight hotel

Day 13, Drive to Jinka, admiring the Konso, Derashe, Ari, and Bana people. Making a stop to visit the Konso people, which famous for terracing agriculture, a way of life in the villages, traditions and more. Overnight hotel.

Day 14, Enter into Mago National park, admiring different wild animals and birds on the way; and proceed to visit the Mursi people and villages; Here for the beautiful woman use to put round plates into their lips and men body scarifications; afternoon back to Jinka. Visit the Jinka museum and walk to visit the town.

Day 15, Drive to Turmi, admiring Thursday very colorful Key Afer village market of the Tsemai and Bana people. Proceed then to visit the Hamer people; If lucky evening see one of their traditional dancing in the evening. Overnight lodge.

Day 16, Drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting and authentic decoration and scarification on their body; and spectacular view over Omo river from their village. Back afternoon to the very interesting Hammer people and visit their village. With luck, we'll try also to participate in their marriage ceremonies with bull jumping and more. Overnight lodge.

Day 17, Drive to Dasanach people to visit their village by crossing the Omo river by boat afternoon visit the very colorful and authentic market of the Hammer market at Dimeka village. Overnight lodge.

Day 18, Drive to Arbaminch on the way visit the Arbore people and their beautiful village. Then cross the Weyto river to Konso people. Proceed to Arbaminch. Overnight hotel.

Day 19, Drive though Wolayta people and a very nice view of the rift valley lakes of Shala and Abyata for birds view hot springs. Reach late afternoon to relax with a very nice sunset over the rift valley lake of Langano. In Bishangari lodge or Sabana lodge, secluded in a natural paradise at the shore of the Lake. Overnight Lodge.

Day 20, Relax morning by walking in the jungle for bird watching, horse riding or Swimming. Afternoon drive to Addis Ababa in the evening traditional dinner with folkloric dances. Then departure

Meeting Place

All our tours start in Addis Abeba, at Bole international airport at 7:00 and end at 22:00 at Bole international airport. 

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