Trip Type :  Cultural and Historic Tour
Tour Code: JSTET-060
Duration: 15Days |14Nights

ITINERARY:The Omo Valley cultural route Historic route of Ethiopia

Day  1 Arrive in Addis Ababa.

Transfer to  Saro‐Maria hotel, an attractive four star hotel in the center of Addis. Today we will have a day sightseeing tour of the capital which includes the National (Archaeological) Museum, the superb Holy Trinity Cathedral, the various historical monuments of Addis Ababa; and Merkato largest open--‐air market in  Africa. We will visit Mount Entoto forpanoramic view point at the highest pick in Addis with an altitude  Of 3200 meters and St. Mary Church .

Accommodation

Saro-Maria hotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Included Activities:

Transfer to hotel, city tour and rest

 

Day 2. Bahirdar-Lake Tana

 In the morning fly to Bahirdar and we will have a boat excursion in Ethiopia’s largest water body, Lake Tana (3,600 sq km) to visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azwa Mariam which are found on the Largest peninsula of the lake. These monasteries are known for the colourful frescoes of religious scenes, different Ancient types of crosses,paintings,murals  and an impressive display of illuminated Bibles written in Ge’ez, Ethiopia’s Oldest language. In the afternoon drive 32km southwest of Bahir Dar to the small town of Tiss Abay to visit the Blue Nile Falls. We will walk some distances to the Falls and visit some of the villages around there.

Accommodation

Abayminch Lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Tana lake monasteries

 

Day 3. Gondar.

Early Morning drive to Gondar.  Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian empire,which began in 1632 with the reign of King Fasilledes.  In Gondar there are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. Gondar visit includes the palaces, residences and open air baths of King Fasilledes;(World Heritage Site by UNESCO),the monasteries of Qusquom, the church of Debre Berhan Sellassie (Light of the Trinity) with its 16th entury Paintings and frescoes,which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls.

Accommodation

Goha hotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Palaces,Churches,paintings,Murals,Crosses

Travel Distance:

180kms

 

Day 4. Semien Mountain.

In the morning we will visit Beta Israel or the Felasha Mura in the outskirts of Gondar. Continue drive to the Semien Mountains National Park via Debark the gateway to the park and continue driving to reach to Sankaber 3230masl  through a beautiful scenery and  Ahmara people and villages. The Semien Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and we will visit its exceptional natural beauty which includes superb scenery, endemic fauna and flora. Among other endemics it is here that the Gelada Baboon (bleeding heart Baboon) is found.

Accommodation

Semien park Lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Day excursion,walk and visit the Baboons

Travel Distance :

100kms

 

Day 5. Gondar

In the morning we will walk around the park and its surroundings and continue drive to Gondar for overnight

Accommodation

Goha hotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Park and Scenery

 

Day 6. Lalibela

Fly to Lalibella to tour the famous eleven rock--‐ hewn churches Of  12th century. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have Been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Each church (Bet) has a unique architectural style; all are superbly Carved  and  most of them are decorated with well--‐preserved paintings.We will  visit  the first group of Rock hewn Churches.

Accommodation

Tukul Village

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

First group of Rock churches

 

Day 7. Lalibela

In the morning drive to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. This is very famous for its 12th century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. We will walk/muleride through dramatic highland Scenery and which eventually ends in a beautiful serene agricultural hamlet. In the afternoon drive to Yimrahene Kirstos(let Christ Lead us) monastery church.

Accommodation

Tukul Village

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Yimrahine Kirstos,Rock hewn Churches

 

Day 8. Axum

Fly to Axum, a holy city of Ethiopia, dating back over 2000 years and the cradle of Ethiopian civilization with the Axumite Kingdom,tour of Axum that includes:  Axum stele or obelisks; the largest single pieces of stone standing Anywhere on the world (World Heritage Site by UNESCO), castles of former monarchs, the Axum Museum and Mariam tsion Church, built on the site of Ethiopia's first church AD, and palace of Sheba and the Gundit stelae field , King Ezana’s inscriptions and the tombs of Kings Kaleb and Gebre Meskel.

Accommodation

Brana hotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Stele,Churches, monuments

 

Day 9. Langano

In the morning fly to Addis Ababa and meet the car to drive to Langano en route Visit  some of Debrezeit (Bishoftu) crater Lakes such as Hora, Babogaya, and Kuriftu. Continue driving throught the great Rift valley lakes, Langano and Abijatta-Shalla.

Accommodation

Sabana Lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Visit of the rift valley lakes of Langano Abyatta Shalla,

 

Day 10. Arbaminch

We drive through one of the most colourful and scenic areas of Southern Ethiopia, a land that isinhabited by the people of the Sidamo, the Alaba, who were once nomads but are now farmers.A long section Of  the road Offers magnificent views of Lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink In color. Today we visit the Dorze village, one of the many small group of in southern Ethiopia. Once warriors, the Dorze are now turned to farming and weaving to earn a living.

Accommodation

Paradise Lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Rift valley lakes, Scenery 7

 

Day 11. Turmi

Drive  to Turmi en route meet the people of Konso and their villages. The cornerstone of Konso culture is a Highly specialized and successful  agricultural economy. Meet the people, take photographs and learn of a culture that has had very little outside influence and continue to Turmi.

Accommodation

Buska Lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Turmi Market, tribes, Konso Village,

 

Day 12. Turmi

In the morning we drive to Omo Rate crossing The  Omo River by boat to visit the Galab village in the bank of the lower Omo valley. One of a small group of the Omo Valley tribes,called Dasanach.This day We  drive towards the Dus/Kangate Area  to see the Karo Ethnic  group in Korcho villages, experts in body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms and legs.

Accommodation

Buska lodge

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Tribal area Villages, Dasanach tribes in Omo Rate , Karo--‐Tribes

 

Day 13. Dimeka Market-Jinka

Drive to Jinka and en route visit one of the colourful markets of the Omo valley in Dimeka. It is Tuesday and there is a Market where all the tribes gather to socialize and also for the market In Dimeka . Continue driving To Jinka to visit the Ari village.

Accommodation

Eyobhotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Visit the Mursis Village,meet with the people and Market

 

Day 14. Mago

Morning drive to Mago National Park located in the eastern bank of the Omo River. From here we will visit the Mursi highlands where the most illustrious of Ethiopia's unique tribes lives. The Mursis are known for their  decorative lip plates that adorn the lower  lips of the Mursi women. The various cultural aspects of the tribe will be Explained and  you will be able to take their photographs and interact with them. Drive to Arbaminch for overnight.

Accommodation

Eyob hotel

Rooming

Standard twin/double room (Based on your preferences)

Meals

Breakfast

Included Activities:

Visit tribes,Villages and Markets

 

Day 15. Addis Ababa.

Drive to Addis, through the Rift Valley lakes. In the evening traditional farewell dinner in one of the renowned restaurant of Addis Ababa.This day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home and End of the tour

 

Price Includes:

First 2 nights addis Hotel  on B/B. Accommodation as stated in the Itinerary, Surface transportation with 4WD Toyota land cruiser model, Boat excursion on Lake Tana,All Transfers in and out, Arrival and departure transfers, All entrance fees, Porter, Embarkation fee, Park fee, English speaking guide services, Meal on H/B basis i.e Breakfast and dinner, a bottle  of  water P/P per day, Scout and local Guides in MNP, All government taxes.

 

Price Excludes:

Photo or Video fee of any ceremony or local festivals,Tips, Alcohol drinks, meals and personal expenses, Travel And accident insurance Any optional activities and items of personal Nature.

 

AIRPORT TRANSFER

Arrival/departure transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that: Your arrival transfer will be arranged based on flight information provided to us. It is often difficult to enter the arrivals area for our drivers and greeters and it's likely you will have to exit the airport to meet them. After you collect your luggage and put it through the scanner for customs, continue through to the meeting area. If our representative is not there  within 5- 10 minutes, exit the airport at the far right hand set of the sliding doors and walk down the ramp to the parking where our representative will meet you with the sign/pager With your Full Names.

 

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