Historic and cultural tour 17 days & 16 Nights

Historic and cultural tour 17 days & 16 Nights

Tour Name:  Historic and cultural Tour 17 days/ 16 nights
Tour Code: AD 013
Transport: flight and Surface

Accommodation: Standard Hotels and Lodge

Trip highlights

In the morning after breakfast, will drive to JimmUpon arrival at Bole International Airport you will be greeted by Enter Ethiopia Tours representative and be taken to your reserved hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we have various sightseeing options: – Mount Entoto with the best views over the capital, National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old bones of Lucy, Trinity Cathedral: the cathedral is the most magnificent of its kind in the country, ornamented with carvings, mosaics and other artistic works. If time allows visit Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa.

Overnight: – Sapphire Addis Hotel or standard

In the morning fly to Bahir Dar, after check-in to the Hotel we undertake a boat trip on Lake Tana to explore the nearby monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihret and Azoa Maryam churches built in late 13th and 14th century. They are known for their incredible jumble of murals.
After lunch we will visit the Blue Nile Falls, it is about 35 km/1 hour drive from town.After having moment there we drive back to Bahir Dar and discover the market if the day is market day.

Overnight Avanti Blue Nile Resort or similar standard

After breakfast we drive to Gondar 17th century royal city of Ethiopia, sometimes referred Camelot of Africa. On arrival we visit the Debre Birhan Selassie church, the only church that was saved from Mahdist invasion in the 1880s. The walls and ceiling of this church are completely covered with murals – the angels’ faces on the ceiling have become a common motif in Ethiopian design.
Afternoon we explore the town of Gondar as imperial seat in 1636 and the city was both the capital and a great commercial center from 17th to the mid-19th century. We visit the Royal Enclosure or Fasil Gibi within the compound and also the castles built by the various emperors of Gondar. A 2 km drive from the town center will take you to the bath of King Fasilides, where during Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) a nearby river is diverted to fill an area of the size of a small swimming pool. Worshippers plunge into the cold water in a re-enactment of the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan.

OvernightGoha hotel or similar standard

 Early morning, continue our visit to the Simien Mountains National Park. The park has been declared a UNESCO world nature heritage site in 1996 due to its unique landscape, endemic fauna and wild life. The Simien Mountains National Park presents perhaps the most dramatic scenery in Africa – great volcanic plugs, formed some million years ago. In this park visitors can see the endemic Gelada or bleeding heart baboon, the Walia Ibex, the Ethiopian Wolf and more from birds. We drive up to Sankaber and admire the impressive scenery with its deep gorges and valleys and the highest waterfall in Ethiopia. Here a gentle walk would take us about 2 hours and then we return to the lodge.

Overnight: – Simien lodge

After breakfast drive to Axum through the Tekeze Gorge. Axum was the seat of an Empire which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia trading with India and China, is considered a holy city in Ethiopia where Ethiopian Christianity is said to have begun, dating back over 2000 years and reckoned, in the 4th century as one of the four great powers of the ancient World.

Overnight: – Yared Zema International Hotel or similar standard

Today we will have the city tour of Axum. The visitor can see Stella, the tombs and castles of King Kaleb, Gebre Meskel, Queen of Sheba, Inscriptions of Ezana, archeological Axum Museum and Maryam Tsion Church, built on the site of Ethiopia’s first church. A chapel within the church compound is believed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians to house the Ark of the Covenant, or the original tablets of Moses.

Overnight: – Yared Zema International Hotel or similar standard

Morning After breakfast, we will visit the temple of Yeha. Yeha was a pre-axumite settlement and is famous for its well-preserved stone temple estimated to be 2,500 years old. We will drive through the amazing rocky landscapes of Tigray to Mekelle On the way; we will visit the churches of Gheralta Mountains, Wukro Cherkos and Abreha We Atsbeha among the most famous churches in the Tigray region.

Overnight:-Planet hotel or similar standard

Today morning we drive through ever changing landscapes to Lalibela. We will reach Lalibela in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Maribela Hotel in Lalibela or similar standard

Today we will visit the 11-renowned rock hewn churches of Lalibela, also known as the “8th wonder of the world”. The Lalibela rock hewn churches are physically carved from the rock on which they stand. Some are sculptured out of a solid volcanic rock; others are connected by long underground tunnel and mazes. Some are quarried enlargements of caves. The first group of six churches lies in rock cradles, one behind the other: Bete Golgotha, Bete Mikeal, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Dangal and Bete MedhaneAlem.
After lunch we will visit to the second group of churches located to the south of the river Jordan. The second group comprises of four churches of Bete Emanuel, Bete Mercurios, Bete Aba Libanos and Bete Gabriel and Rufeal. The last will be Bete Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches. The church lies somewhat isolated to the southwestern part of the village on a slopping rock terrace and can only be reached through a tunnel.

Overnight: Maribela Hotel Lalibela or similar standard

After breakfast we will drive to airport and fly back to Addis Ababa, will pick you from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. According to your interests, there are various sightseeing and shopping opportunities.

Overnight: – Sapphire Addis Hotel or similar standard

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Arba Minch, on the way you will visit the Tiya Stelae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will stop for lunch at Wolaita Sodo, here you will visit the Wolayta people museum and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. You will reach to Arba Minch late afternoon.

Overnight: – Haile resort or similar standard

In the morning, after breakfast you will visit the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch, then take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; hippos and beautiful aquatic birds are also abundant.

Overnight: – Haile resort or similar standard

In the morning, we will have breakfast and drive to Jinka, upon arrival at Konso, you will visit the Konso Village famous for their colorfully costumed dresses; impressive terracing of land, recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers. We will have lunch at Konso.
From Konso continue our journey to the colorful market of Key Afer (Thursdays only) frequented by several tribes of the Omo valley Derashe, Tsemay, Benna and Ari. Then we drive to Jinka and check into a resort. We will have dinner and spend the night at the resort.

Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Jinka Eco-Omo Lodge

Early morning drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi ethnic-group popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips and the stick fight among young boys – if available at time of arrival. Then we drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer people who are well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles, and the unique practice of “bull-jumping” which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage. En route to Turmi, visit the Benna and Ari people. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto which is home to the Tsemai ethnic group.

Overnight stay in Paradise or Turmi Lodge or similar standard

Morning we drive to Karo people, although most ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia practice body painting, the Karo are famous for elaborated decoration of their body. Different types of pattern are used for certain ceremonies then after we drive back to Turmi.
Afternoon after lunch we experience the culture of the Hamer people. Hamer people are well known for traditional events and with some luck we will even participate in a Hamer marriage ceremony, with their bull jumping ceremony and more! In the late afternoon, we will also visit a nearby Hamer village and encounter the tribe in their daily life surroundings with some luck, we may even witness a moonshine dance (Evangadi), a traditional dance of young Hamer men and women.

Overnight: paradise lodge Turmi

Morning we drive to Omorate. Omerate is only 30 km away from Kenya and South Sudan and functions as a border post. At only 375 meter above sea level it is the lowest place in the Omo Valley and often very hot and dusty. We take an excursion to visit the Dassanech Ethnic group famous for their nomad lifestyle and very interesting decoration and scarification on their bodies.
There are also great views of the Omo River when crossing in a dugout canoe. Here you can cross the Omo River with local boat and enter to Dassench village. In the afternoon after lunch we drive back to Turmi and proceed to Konso. We will reach the well-kept Kanta Lodge in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Kanta Lodge, Konso

In the morning drive from Knoso to Arba Minch. Afternoon you fly back to Addis Ababa, on arrival at Bole International Airport you will visit a market to do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; then will transfer you to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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