Ethiopia Combination Tours Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Transportation: Flight and Surface Day to day program
Day 01. ADDIS ABABA CITY TOUR:
Beginning of the tour in Addis Ababa. Morning we have a free time. Afternoon (14:00 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto Mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George cathedral church. O/N (overnight) chosen hotel.
Day 02. ADDIS ABABA-BAHIR DAR:
Fly to Bahir dar. Morning admire the Blue Nile falls. Lunch back to Bahir dar. Afternoon boat on Lake Tana for monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Azua Mariam. O/N hotel in Bahir dar.
Day 03. BAHIR DAR-GONDAR:
Drive to Gondar. Then visit the castle’s compound, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath & Empress Mentewab palace. O/N hotel in Gondar.
Day 04. GONDAR-LALIBELA:
Fly to Lalibela. Afternoon visit the 1st group of the rock-hewn churches. O/N in Hotel.
Day 05. LALIBELA:
Morning visit one of the churches out of the town. We propose an excursion by mules to the Asheten Mariam church, with spectacular views too. Or by car to the cave church of Nakutelab. Afternoon remaining churches in Lalibela. O/N in hotel.
Day 06. LALIBELA-AXUM:
Fly Axum. Visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba. O/N in hotel
Day 07. AXUM-ADDIS ABABA-LANGANO:
Fly to Addis. Drive to Langano Rift Valley Lake. Possibility of trekking, bird-watching, horse-riding or cycling. O/N hotel in Langano.
Day 08. LANGANO-ARBA MINCH:
Drive through the Wolayta people & villages and admiring spectacular green hills, to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses, and traditions. Visit also the very colorful SAT market. O/N hotel in Arba Minch.
Day 09. ARBA MINCH-TURMI:
Drive to Turmi, on the way admiring the Konso, Derashe, Tsemay & Hamer people. O/N in Hotel.
Day 10. TURMI:
Morning excursion to Dasenech people villages at Omorate, at bank of Omo river. Then back Turmi for the Monday very colorful Hamer, Karo and Dasenech people market. Then visit the Hamer people and their villages. With luck we’ll try also to participate to their marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping. And if lucky see one of their dances: the Evangadi. O/N in Hotel
Day 11. TURMI-MAGO N.P
Drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body; and very nice views over Omo river from Kortcho village. Proceed then to the Mago National park. O/N Hotel in Jinka.
Day 12. MAGO-JINKA:
Enter into the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds on the way; and proceed to visit the Mursi people and villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Then drive to Jinka. O/N in hotel.
Day 13. JINKA-ARBA MINCH:
Drive to Arba Minch, admiring the very colorful Thursday’s Tsemay and Erbore people market at KeyAfer village. If time permits visit also one Konso people village. Konso people are famous for the terracing agriculture, way of life in the villages, traditions and more. O/N in Hotel.
Day 14. ARBA MINCH:
Morning boat on Chamo Lake for crocodiles, hippos and birds. Then walk to the Netch Sar National Park to see spectacular views. See different animals, as the endemic Swaynes Hartebeest, numerous zebras, lesser kudu, dik-dik, Kori Bustard, and more. The vehicles will reach you; make a game drive and then drive back to Arba Minch. If time permits visit also the 40 springs, from which Arba Minch’s name derives. O/N in hotel.
Day 15. ADDIS ABABA:
Drive back to Addis Enroute Awassa fish market and Abijata and Shalla Park . Evening traditional dinner with folklorist dances. Evening Departure.
——–End of Ethiopia Combination Tours arrangement———
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