Booking for : Ethiopian Holiday (A): The Historic North and Omo Valley; 14 Days / 13 Nights

Ethiopian Holiday (A): The Historic North and Omo Valley; 14 Days / 13 Nights

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
Addis Ababa, Bahardar, Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, Langano, Arba-Minch, Jinka, Mago, Turmi, Omorati, Konso, Hawassa

Tour Itinerary HO13

Summary: 

Visit the highlights of the The Historic North and Omo Valley route in 12 -day itinerary.

 

Arrival Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)

Arrive in Addis Ababa; you will be welcomed by Remarkable Ethiopia Tours staff members. For morning flight arrivals you may start your tour after checking into your hotel.  For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may start your tour the following day.

Itinerary HO13,

Arrival Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) You will be welcomed by Remarkable Ethiopia Tours stuff members. For morning flight arrivals you may start your tour after checking into your hotel. For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may start your tour the following day.

Day 1,Addis Ababa

Then you will start sightseeing tour of Addis from the one of the Catholic church of Addis then National museum the Haile Selassie Church and Mount Entoto, part of the Entoto Mountain Chain, reaching 3,200 meters above sea level, it is also a historical Place where Menelik II resided and built his palace and the trinity Cathedral church. Hotel - (B, L, D)

Day 2,Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar

In the morning Fly to Bahar Dar. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 32 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We visit the monastery church of Ura Kidane Mihiret, which is the best known of the monasteries and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries A.D. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3,Bahar Dar - Gondar

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient Imperial city, traveling through a fertile landscape of wide open fields; a perfect African tableau punctuated by undulating hillsides and valleys. ; A UNESCO World heritage; Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gonder, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African. In the afternoon, we visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4,Gondar - Lalibela.

In the morning fly from Gondar - Lalibela. Tour the Remarkable rock-hewn churches, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And you can see its surprise. Between the 11th and 12th centuries, a series of 11 fabulous churches were hewn from the rocks, created, remarkably, from single pieces of stone beneath the earth, Still today, you will be amazed how they managed such a feat, it’s one of the great wonders of the world Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5,Lalibela

For this day we have two choices: Visit the exquisite church of Yemrehane Kristos -OR- Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town. Following either option above continue with tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 06 ,Lalibela - Axum

In the morning fly from Lalibela to Axum on Ethiopian Airlines. The town is dominated by more than 100 towering stele, massive carved granite columns, carried into position by elephants and erected as tomb markers to signal the importance and power of each of the former kings. Tour the ancient stele fields, standing for 2000 years. Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 07 ,Axum - Addis Ababa - Lake Langano

Board your morning flight to Addis and a short drive will take Ethiopian rift valley, stop at Lake Ziway to view the colorful birds continue drive to the brown lake Langano Rift Valley Lake Langano. Relax at the Lodge. Lake Langano is safe for swimming. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D) ​ Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 08 ,Lake Langano - Arba Minch

After breakfast drive to the lake Awassa to visit the colorful water birds and Fish market, where people are buying fresh fish from Fisher men; And then drive directly to the lake side town of Arba Minch. On the way visit you will visit the Dorze village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D) Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 09 ,Arba Minch - Jinka

In morning visit Nechisar National park by the side of Chamo Lake there you will have boat trip, Chamo Lake is known in large wetter animals like Hippos and Crocodile and reach in Aquatic birds. At the spot called “Azo Gebeya” or Crocodile Market, huge concentration of crocodile’s herds of hippo as well as many species of birds can be observed. Then you will drive to Jinka visiting Konso on the way; they live in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be one of hard working groups in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county’s best coffee. They have an articulate tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased. Visit the Konso people and their museum. Continue driving and stop for a Short visit to the Tsemay, a culture of mixed subsistence farmers who Practice flood cultivation villages. After another three hours drives arrive to Jinka. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 ,Mago National Park Excursion

This morning drive to a Mursi tribal village. The tribe is renowned for the now-uncommon custom of their women, upon reaching maturity, having their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted. Return back to Jinka for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit one of omo valley tribe called the Ari village. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 ,Jinka - Turmi

Drive to Dimeka to visit the colorful Hamer tribe. They are well known for their remarkable hairstyles made of ochre, water, and binding resin, resulting in copper-colored locks. This is a sign of wealth for this tribe. The Hamers are also considered the masters of body decoration. Continue to the town of Turmi. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12 ,Omorate Excursion (Hammer, Karo, Dasnich )

Turmi is our new base as we explore the region and meet the different tribes who share this valley but live a life uniquely their own. Drive to the Murulle area. Murile lies on the banks of the Omo River, and is a popular base for exploring this area. The two main tribes who live here are the Karo and the Hamer, both of whom practice scarification and have elaborate hairstyles. The Karo are experts in body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs. These designs have no special symbolic significance but instead are created for fun and aesthetic effect, as each artist tries to outdo another. Karo men also sculpt and shave their hair into extravagant shapes, with special ochre "caps" of hair usually containing several ostrich feathers. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13 ,Turm - Konso

On the return drive to Konso visit the Arbore tribe who are known for herding cattle and depend on plant cultivation for their basic food. Konso recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages. Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 14 ,Konso - Arba Minch - Addis Ababa

Drive to Arba Minch for flight to Addis Ababa. take a rest and freshen up and shopping. In the Evening you will have a farewell Dinner program at one of the best traditional Restaurant in Addis Ababa; you will also experience an amazing traditional dancing then transfer out to Bole International Airport for your departure to home. (B, L, D) End of Tour *** This itinerary is flexible and will likely change in order to coordinate visits with market days in the south, which is a great opportunity to mingle with the people, many of whom travel long distances on foot to attend.

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