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    22 Days 21 Nights
    Max People : 38
    Tour Details

    The main purpose of the program is to provide travelers the major attractions in Ethiopia in one package and it includes the Ethiopian Jagged mountains ,Highland Plateaus ,the Blue Nile ,the Ethiopian Rift Valley with aligned Lakes and volcanoes ,ancient History of Human Kind ,Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela ,Castles of Gondar ,Afar the Danakil Depression Geological /volcanic activity with its stunning Erta Ale Lava Lake continuously active for over 100 years and colorful Dallol geothermal area with old dating salt working .Also the lower Omo valley tribal villages .

    What to Expect

    Realization of Ethiopian History, culture and Natural attractions.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Arrive at Addis Ababa Airport, and be transferred to your Hotel for a short rest before visiting the Market for Natala, the National Museum, the hill for the view and church. OvernightKaleb Hotel (7Twin/5 Single)

    Day 2Attend Ethiopian Unique Epiphany ceremony

    Start the day at Haile Sellassie’s House. After lunch Epiphany?On the way attend Ethiopian Unique Epiphany ceremony The Holy Tabot, replica of the Ark of the Covenant, is removed from each churches around the country the day before the celebration and taken to the central area where the ceremony will take place.

    Day 3Ethiopian Epiphany celebration in Addis

    This day is Ethiopian Epiphany and the celebration in Addis is very attractive and unique with all the Ethiopians wear colorfully clothes for the ceremony and the church officials, resplendent in their gorgeous regalia, assemble around the Tabot and sprinkle holy water over all the Christians present and receive the renewals of their vows. After this is done the congregation follows the bishops, elders and clergy as the Tabot is carried back to the church from where it came. Upon completion of attending Timket celebration the flight to Bardar.
    Overnight Kuriftu Resort and Spa/Other

    Day 4Drive to Blue Nile falls

    Drive to Blue Nile falls through the Amhara farm land and on the way visit the Saturday Market where the farmers bring all their product and sell to the town population and in return buy the items for their houses. After the visit the drives continues to Gondar along Lake Tana and Up on arrival check in to Hotel. Overnight Taye Hotel

    Day 5Gonder

    visit the castle and the place where Epiphany has taken place.Drive continues to Befikire Kossoye Eco Lodge which is about 30Km from Gondar and enjoy the night in a peaceful and quit traditional service offered from the Lodge. Overnight Befikir Kossoye Lodge (7 twin and 5 single)

    Day 6Drive to Semien Mountains park

    The drive will take us to Semien Mountains park and full day visit of the Semien National park which is registered by UNESCO AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE AND IS HOME TO THREE OF THE ENDEMIC MAMMALS, Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboon and Abyssinian Wolf.RasDashen, the fourth highest peak in Africa with an altitude of 4620 Meter, is also located in the National park and trekking along the ridge of the breath taking mountains. We will have a picnic lunch at one of the sites where we can take our time for deep relaxation and thinking of the God Work. Upon completion return back to debark where we spent the night. Overnight Sona Hotel (Newly completed Hotel with all the services)

    Day 7Drive to Axum

    Early morning drive to Axum through the breath taking scenery of Tekeze valley and chained mountains of Lima limo. Picnic lunch at one of the best sites enjoying the rugged mountains and rivers flowing through. The drive continues through the Tigray regions. Overnight Consular Hotel.

    Day 8Visit the ancient town of Axum

    Full day visit of the ancient town of Axum , Or very famous for being that the modern civilization and religious center of Ethiopia at the time of Queen of Sheba , with its amazing carved obelisks Christian festivals and relics , including the Ark of the covenant. The visit includes also Queen of Sheba palace, Tombs of the 4th century Kings and Museums. It used to be considered as one of powerful Kingdoms in the World along with Persia, Roman and Middle East Empires. Overnight Consular Hotel

    Day 9drive to Mekelle

    After breakfast the drive continues to Mekelle on the way visiting the Yeha Temple which dates back to 500 BC even before Axumite Kingdom, Rock Hewn churches of Tigray that includes WukroCherkos Mariam and AbrahwoAtsebha monasteries which dates back to the 6th – 7th century AD. We will have picnic lunch in one of the best sites on the way to Mekelle. Overnight Planet Hotel

    Day 10Drive to Ahmed Ela Dallol

    Drive to Ahmed Ela Dallol ,one of Africa’s most striking geographical features of the earth surface even visible from space ,Danakil ,or Afar Depression , which encompasses a good portion of the Afar region , is one of the earth hottest and most inhospitable places, with many points more than 100 meters below sea level and noon time temperature soaring above 50”c.It is the site of a dry salt lake from which Ethiopians since time immemorial have obtained their amoles, or bars of salt , used both for consumption and , not long ago , as a regular currency. Mined by the Afar people for at least a millennium and a half, the salt is loaded on camels and taken to the highlands, where it is still in considerable demand and fetches a good price. Camping in Ahmed Ela with local beds and open air.

    Day 11Visit Dallol vicinity

    Full day, visit of all the Dallol vicinity that includes salt plain working area, Lake As ale (The Salt Lake), Dallol active colorfull hot brine springs and fumaroles’ deposits of sulpher and phosphorous and salt dooms. We will have PICNIC Lunch in one of the shady and blow of air place. Also witness the striking age dating CAMEL CARAVAN which passes through the small village of Ahmed Ela and follow to some place walking and talking the experience of the workers which leads the camels. Camping in Ahmed Ela with Local bed and open Air.

    Day 12Drive to Mount Erta Ale

    After dismantling the camping and have breakfast, the drive continues to Mount Erta Ale passing through Sand Dooms and recently flow of lava. After arriving in one of the Afar village called Dodom we will have a well coming brief from the chief of the clan and he will inform us the security of Ert Ale. Have some Picnic lunch in the village. Then the drive continues until the Base of Erta Ale and the cars will stop in the parking area. We will be prepared for the 4 Hours trekking to the mount Erta Ale.
    Arriving in Erta Ale will be around 9:00 Pm and up on arrival we can walk around 15 Minutes to be on the rim of the Volcano. Enjoy your stay around the Lava Lake and have all your Photo shoots. Camping around the ridge of the Lava Lake on the Floor with Mats and mattress.

    Day 13Drive to Mekelle

    Early morning wake up call and if anybody wants to see the Lava Lake we will arrange the visit otherwise we start to descend down to the Base camp where our cars are parked and up on arrival we will have some minutes rest and breakfast. Then the drive continues to Mekelle through the rugged mountains of the Eastern escarpment of the Rift valley. Picnic lunch on the way.Overnight Planet Hotel

    Day 14Drive to Lalibela

    Drive to Lalibela through the Majestic Mountains of Alamata and on the way visiting the farmland and villages of Tigray and Amhara people. Also we will try to experience some local markets until we reach in Lalibela. Overnight MountView Hotel

    Day 15Visit Lalibela

    Full day visit of Lalibela, is renowned for its rock – hewn churches which are sometimes called the “Eighth Wonder of the World “. Physically praised from the rock in which they stand and geologically known from the red tuff. These towering seems to be of superhuman creation in scale, workmanship and concept. The visit to these churches takes the whole day, Half before Lunch and the rest after. All the rock hewn churches are connected through tunnel and walk will be in the tunnels. Overnight Mount View Hotel

    Day 16Flight to Addis Ababa

    Early morning breakfast and transfer to the Airport for the flight to Addis. Up on arrival take the connection flight to Arba Minch and upon arrival meet our cars at the Airport and the Drive continues to Dorze mountains Village to be acquainted with the real African night and traditional costumes, food and housing where they are very famous for it. Overnight at one of the Local House (Mekonnen Dorze House)

    Day 17Dorze mountain village

    Full day Dorze mountain village with Mekonnen. Trekking for the beautiful view and to the source for the water.Everybody in the group is carrying water back to the village. We teach the children in the Kindergarten etc. Mekonnen will make a program for the day. Overnight at one of the Local House (MekonnenDorze House)

    Day 18Drive to Lake Chamo

    Have breakfast in one of Arbaminch hotel and the drive continues to Lake Chamo for the boat ride to see the giant crocodiles and Hippos. Also you will have the chance to see many aquatic birds. The drive continues with many stops as much as possible visiting the wilderness of tribal villages. The tribal village visit includes the Tsemay, Bena and Ari tribes. On this day we will have a chance to attend a market at Kakos area near Jinka and in this market at least we will see interaction of 3 tribes who are coming to the market once in a week. We will have a picnic lunch on this day with cold drinks at one of the best place in the rift valley. Overnight in Jinka Resort Hotel

    Day 19Drive to mursi

    Early morning drive to mursi through Mago Park luckily visiting some antelopes. Upon arrival we will have a short briefing and chatting with the tribes’ leader and then the photo shooting will continue. The people of Mursi are classified as Omotic people and are famous for their unique culture; especially women wear odd lip plate made of clay materials and mostly the men are naked and decorating their body with painting .After completion return back to Jinka and have lunch in the Hotel. The Drive continues to Turmi town passing through the Bena villages and with some stopover in the villages. Today’s overnight will be in one of the separated village specially made for this group. Camping in the Village, Gabo.(Well Organized and with camp fire and traditional tribal Dance)

    Day 20Visit the surrounding tribal villages

    Full day visit of the surrounding tribal villages, including the Dasenech tribes in Omorate residing the Omo River. In the afternoon attend the tribal market in Hammar village of Turmi and also other tribes are collected in this weekly market and it is very colorful as everybody is preparing very well.It is also considered as a weekly ritual where they bring some of their products and purchase materials for their decoration. Overnight Buska Lodge.

    Day 21Drive back to Arbaminch

    Early morning drive back to Arbaminch on the way visiting the Konso Village with their king compound and other attractions around. The drive proceed to ArbaMinch for the flight Back to Addis around 04:00 Pm. Overnight at Kaleb Hotel

    Day 22Visit the market

    Rooms are available until departure. You will have a complimentary dinner farewell party at one of the traditional houses with folk dance. Transfer to the Airport for the International Flight
    End of the Tour

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