Ethiopia Combination Tour Duration: 29 Nights/ 30 Days
Transportation: Surface and domestic flight
Ethiopia Combination Tour – Itinerary
DAY 1 –ARRIVAL IN ADDIS ABEBA
Arrival to Addis Abeba – Transfer to your Hotel – City tour.
DAY 2 – DRIVE TO DEBRE MARKOS START THE GRAND ETHIOPIA COMBINATION TOUR
Drive to Debre Markos through the beautiful scenery of the Jemma and Blue Nile River Valleys – On the way visit of the Debre Libanos monastery – Hotel.
DAY 3 –DRIVE TO THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF BAHAR DAR
Drive to Bahir Dar and the afternoon excursion to the Blue Nile Falls enjoying the rural life and villages of the Amhara people – hotel.
DAY 4 –BAHAR DAR SIGHT SEEING
Boat excursión on Tana Lake to visit the isolated monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azua Maryam, famous for its wall paintings. In the afternoon city tour to discover the modern town of Bahar Dar and its environment. Hotel
DAY 5 –GONDER
Drive to Gonder surrounding the Lake Tana and its agricultural landscapes. In the afternoon city tour of Gonder to visit the castle compound of the 17thc and one of the most impressive churches in the country, Debre Birhan Selassie – Hotel.
DAY 6 –SIMIEN MOUNTAINS
Drive to Debark, entrance gate of the Simien Mountains National Park – In the afternoon easy walking to enjoy the magnificent birder’s views of the area and meet its most famous inhabitants, the Gelada Baboons and Walya Ibexes – Local Hotel.
This day, there would be a better accomodation possibility from local hotel to Semien Lodge, one of the best lodges in the country and the highest lodge in Africa at the altitudes of 3270m a.s.l. How ever, this lodge is very expensive that is 200 usd per night. So thatwe moved to the nearst town named Debark, 22 km from the lodge. Hotel.
DAY 7 –AXUM
Drive to Axum through the astonishing scenery and stopping in points of interest and beautiful views over the valleys. Hotel.
DAY 8 –AXUM
Full day to explore the ancient city of Axum, for its Obelisks field ,under ground tombs , ruins of old palaces, the archelogical museum and the emblematic church of Saint Mary of Sion where, according to the legend , the Arch of the Covenant is kept. Hotel.
DAY 9 –GHERALTA MOUNTAINS
Drive through the Tigrian landscape to discover the pre-christean Moon Temple in Yeha and the misterious rock hewn churches, such as the Teka Tesfai cluster, hidden in ancient valleys and guarded by its faithful monks. Lodge.
DAY 10 –MEKELLE
On the way to Mekelle visit the churches at Gheralta Clusters, belonging to the legendary heritage of the first rock hewn churches of Ethiopia – Hotel.
DAY 11 –LALIBELA
Drive to Lalibela leaving the región of Tigray and entering again the Amhara región. On the way visit the 11th C built up church of Yimhane Christos and its beautiful surroundings – Lodge.
DAY 12 –LALIBELA
Full day to discover the rock hewn churches of Lalibela and the daily life of this spiritual town.Lodge.
DAY 13 –KOMBOLCHA
Drive to Kombolcha via rock churches and villages. Local hotel.
DAY 14 –AWASH
Drive to Awash through the villages of the nomadic Afar people and the rift valley escarpment. Entrance gate of the Eastern part of Ethiopia. Hotel.
DAY 15 –HARAR
Visit Awash National park for its great bird life and beautiful nature, Proceed to Harar, through the Rift Valley ,where Afar nomads make their living. Hotel.
DAY 16 –HARAR sight seeing
Full day to discover the colourful and walled Harar town for its markets, museums, mosques and street ambient – At sunset time meet the man who feeds the wild hyena every day, Hotel.
DAY 17 –SODORE
Drive to Sodore to enjoy andrelaxing day inthe pool at the Sodore Resort. Sodore is one of the great bird watching places in Ethiopia.
DAY 18 –BALE MOUNTAINS
Drive to Bale Mountains through the Gaysay plains to encoutner its wild inhabitants: Mountain Nyala, Warthogs, Menelik Bushbuck and, endemic birds. Local Hotel.
DAY 19 –BALE MOUNTAINS
Full day excursión to the Sanetti Plateau and Harenna Forestto explore the area, enjoy the astonishing Afro alpine nature and encounter the endemic Ethiopian Wolf, jaint mole rat and moor land bird life. Local Hotel.
DAY 20 –YIRGALEM
Drive to Yirgalem through the Sidama Mountains, one of the most important coffee production areas. Easy walk through the coffee plantations.Lodge.
DAY 21 –YABELO
Drive to Yabelo experiencing again a radical land Scape change, tovisit the Borena Villages and El sod, black salt mining área. Local hotel
DAY 22 –JINKA
Drive to Jinka through the villages of Konso people, drive through Omo valley with its diverse ethnic group Join to Key afer market of Benna and Ari people. Local Hotel
DAY 23 –TURMI
Morning excursión to Mago National Park to visit the Villages of Mursi people famous for their Lip- plates. Drive to Turmi, Enroute visiting Ari Village. On the way, will drive through the villages of Benna and Hamer people. Lodge.
DAY 24 –TURMI
Morning excursión to Dassenech villaje near by the Kenyan border, crossing Omo river with canoo, drive to Dimaka for Hamer market. Late afternoon you will join one of the hammer villages.
DAY 25 –TURMI
Full day excursión to the Karo villaje on the river bank of the magestic Omo river, and to the Nyangatom tribes crossing the Omo river by motor boat – Lodge.
DAY 26 –KONSO
Drive to Konso to visit its UNESCO historical site, the terracing culture of this people, way of life and the confined Konso village. Lodge.
DAY 27 –ARBA MINCH
Drive to Arba Minch and boat excursión on the Lake Chamo to spot crocodiles, hippos and bird life. Lodge.
DAY 28 –LAKE LANGANO
Visit the Dorze villages on the top of the hills for the weaving cultura and the woven egloo shape bamboo houses with astonishing views over Lakes Abaya and Chamo. Drive to Langano, where you can see the Rift Valley Lakes. Lodge.
DAY 29 –RIDE BACK TO ADDIS ABEBA
Explore Abiata-Shala National Park mainly for its land scape and aquatic birds like flamingos and pelicans. Drive to Addis Abeba stopping at the Tiya stelae field and the pre historic site of Melka Kunture. – Traditional dinner with music and Ethiopian folklore dances – Hotel.
DAY 30 –FLY BACK HOME
Morning free shopping time.
Transfer to the Airport – departure
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