Danakil depression with Tigray churches

Duration: 14/15 Days and 13/14 Nights

Tour code: ZTT 503

Transportation: surface

Day 1. Arrival Addis Ababa. Afternoon tour of the capital. Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National museum, St. George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa and shops. Meals free; ON chosen hotel.

Day 2. Drive to Awash National park. Cross Metahara lake, visit Kereyou nomad people and villages, drive to the hot springs, spot different animals and hamadryads on the way. Afternoon game drive of the park: different animals as Oryx, crocodiles, many birds, other antelopes; visit the Awash River falls and the gorge. ON hotel

Day 3. Drive to Semera, the Afar people capital. Take necessary permits for your Danakil trip. ON camp (or next in the lodge the Green Land Hotels is building)

Day 4. Drive to lake Afrera . ON camp

Day 5. Drive to Dodom, at Er-Tale volcano. Climb on the volcano for fantastic views. Materials will be brought by camels. Spectacular views. Night at the volcano.

Day 6. Walk back to the vehicles and proceed to AhmedAle. ON camp

Day 7. Drive to Dalol, where afar people extract salt. Are really unique views in the world. ON camp back to AhmedAle

Day 8. See the camel caravans bring back salt to the Tigray towns for the markets. Drive to Hawsen or Mekele. ON htl

Day 9. Visit Tigray rock-hewn churches as the extremely interesting Daniel Korkor, Mariyam korkor and Abune Yemata (clients should be very fit for mountain climbing for this last church; otherwise you can visit Abreha wo Asbeha church). ON htl

Day 10. Drive to Lalibela, admiring very nice views. ON Yemereha

Day 11. Visit the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. Visit a coffee ceremony in a traditional house in town. Evening dinner with folkloristic dances at the Yemereha htl.

Day 12. Drive to Yemerehenna Kristos church, extremely interesting. Afternoon visit the Genete Mariam church. ON htl

Day 13. Drive to Hayk lake and visit DebreEstifanos monastery. ON Kombolcha

Day 14. Drive back Addis. If SUN visit the very nice market of afar and Oromo people at Senbete village. Afternoon free. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Evening departure (or next day).

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

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