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Culture plus tribes plus historic

Day 01 : Arrival Day

Meet at the airport and get transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon start to discover the city of Addis Ababa; Addis Ababa in Amharic means "new flower". Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, and situated between 2,500 m (8202 ft) above sea level and (3,000 m/9842 ft above sea level) at Entoto Mountain chain. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Merkato". Overnight at Wassamar Hotel/other

Day 02 : Addis-Hosanna      

Early morning departure takes you south of Addis Ababa to Hosanna. First stop is at Melka Kunture, one of the most important Paleolithic sites with an open air Museum in Ethiopia. Along the Awash River where Melka Kunture is located, have been found the fossils of hippopotamus, rhinoceros, and elephants. Continue to the church of Adadi Mariam, the southern-most rock hewn church in Ethiopia. Tiya is another place of interest classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, where we can see the northern most example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stone monoliths that stretch across parts of south Ethiopia. Then we drive down the beautiful landscape and picturesque Oromo and Guraghe people rural village to reach our today’s destination Hosanna and spend the night at Hemi Hotel.

Day 03  : Hosanna-Arbaminch  

Further continue to Arbaminch: Passing through the wonderful panoramic landscape of the Hadiya and Wolayita People. Then, drive on to Arbaminch – which means 40 springs in Amharic – set in a very scenic location, above a cliff overlooking Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya. Dinner and overnight stay at Paradise Lodge/other in Arbaminch

Day 04  : Arbaminch

This morning you are going to enjoy a boat trip on Lake Chamo to discover the crocodile market said to be the most impressive display of big crocodile Market in Africa. In the afternoon drive up to the Dorze village high up in the Guge Mountains (2,900m). They are famous for their beehive-shaped bamboo houses. Their woven cotton fabric is considered one of the finest in Ethiopia. And head back to the town to spend the night at the same hotel

Day 05  : Arbaminch-Jinka
Head out in the morning to Jinka. Weito demarcates the south from the Omo valley. Making a stop over at the colorful Key Afer Market where the Tsemai, Ari and Bena people gather is worth a look. This market is set only on Thursdays. Overnight at Jinka Resort/other

Day 06 : Jinka-Mursi-Turmi

Early morning drive from Jinka- Mago (33 km). Mago National Park is located on the east bank of the river Omo and ranges in altitude from 450 to 2,528 meters above sea level. Visit the Mursi village, the insertion of wooden and terracotta discs into the ear lobes is a widespread custom and Mursi women also progressively split and stretch their lower lips to make room for similar discs there too. These are people who farm the land and breed livestock; they live in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world. Then proceed to Turmi via Dimeka. Overnight at Buska Lodge/other

Day 07 : Turmi

Turmi is a place where you visit the brownish people of Hamer. The Hamer is one of the most beautiful and dignified people of the Omo basin. The women colour their hair with red earth and butter, and wear elegant leather skirts festooned with tiny pearls. In the morning visit one of the villages of the Hamer; then continue your visit to the colorful Dimeka Market set only on Saturday’s. Overnight at the same lodge as before

Day 08 : Turmi-Arbaminch

Early morning departure from Turmi to Arbaminch; Enroute visit Erbore village near Lake Stefanie; the road continues into the savannah, running alongside the mountains of Men, then raises up the Karkerte Mountains – providing splendid panoramic views until it reaches the soft and terraced hills of Konso. The people of Konso are famous for their terraced agriculture and for their unusual practice of sculpting wooden totems, the famous Konso “Waka” to mark their graves. Overnight at Paradise Lodge/other

Day 09 : Arbaminch-Yirgalem

Leave Arbaminch and drive towards Yirgalem; Take the road that leads back up the Rift Valley, crossing fertile land planted with bananas, cereals and tobacco, and inhabited first by the Oromo people and then by the Sidamo. All kinds of fruit are sold along the roadside. Lake Awassa is surrounded by mountains and populated by countless species of birds. There is a beautiful track running along the lakeside, perfect for a walk, further continue some 38kms to Yirgalem. Overnight at the decent Aregash Lodge

Day 10 : Yirgalem-Addis Ababa

Travel southwards through the Great  Rift Valley, a 6,000 km fault line that runs from Syria, under the red sea, across Southern Ethiopia all the way to Mozambique. Drive past Shashemene, unofficial Ethiopian capital of the Rastafarian community. The road goes past all major lakes that dot the Rift Valley, Lake Ziway – notorious with bird watchers – Lake Langano on the shores of which Addis Ababans enjoy taking a break from the city, Lake Langano with it’s brown color is Bilharzias free and it’s common to see people swimming and sunbathing on the shore. Proceed driving to reach the final destination Addis Ababa. On the evening have dinner and get transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 11 - Fly to Lalibela,

Early morning departure around 5 o'clock to the airport for your flight to lalibela which will be departing from the Addis Ababa airport at around 7 o'clock and you will have a stop at Gonder airport for a few minutes till the offload a few people and load more people that will be travelling to lalibela then it will take you another 25 minutes to get to lalibela,after arrival Check into your hotel. In the late morning around 10 o'clock discover the city of Lalibela/ancient city of Roha; civilization of the past is still alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins. The 11thc rock hewn churches of Lalibela reveal a marvelous and skillful architectural knowledge of the past. These incredible edifices remain places of living worship to this day and no one visiting here can fail to be stunned and awed by the remarkable human achievements that the churches represent. This day you will visit the northern cluster starting from Bet Medhane Alem, one of the largest monolithic rock-hewn churches. Bet Maryam, is thought to have been the first church built in Lalibela and features elaborate carvings. After spending the afternoon among the priests and pilgrims, have dinner and stay at Mountain view Hotel/other

Day 12- fly to Axum

Axum is the “last of the great civilizations of antiquity to be revealed to modern knowledge” and is listed as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Axum is believed to date back over 2000 years and the tradition has it that it was once the capital city of the much disputed Queen of Sheba. While going to the Stelea Park, make a stop at the so-called Queen of Sheba’s Bath, a reservoir hewn out of massive rock, used by locals for water supply. Check out the Stelea Park, where you can find giant Stelea carved out of a single piece of granite, each resembles a tall, slender, multi storey house in the architectural style of the Axumite houses. There are two churches of great interest in Axum one old and one new churches of saint Mary of Zion where the original ark of covenant is placed then precede your tour to the archeological Museum which houses several stones bearing sabean and Geez inscriptions, as well as many other artifacts. More visit to the tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskal set on a hill, Ezana’s inscription and drive out of town to visit Queen of Sheba's palace and spend the night at Yeha hotel/other

Day 13- fly Gondar

Late Morning at around 10 o'clock drive to the airport for your flight to the next destination: Gondar. In the afternoon, start to discover the city of Gondar; Many picturesque ruins lie in the royal enclosure like the fairytale castles dating back to the 17thc.The castles reflect the glory of Gonderine kings and characterized by lime mortar style. The other place of interest is Fasiladas pool, in which pilgrims still take a plunge at the issue of Timket (Epiphany) celebrations. In the late afternoon visit Debre Birhan trinity church, rewarding for its magnificent murals adorning the roof and the walls of the church. Over night at Taye Hotel/other

Day 14-  Drive Bahir Dar

Morning at around 7 o'clock drive through a beautiful scenery to the next destination: Bahirdar. which a 180km distance and a three hour drive on the way Make a picture stop at Addis Zemen to view the rock formation and continue driving to Bahirdar. In the afternoon, and if time allows drive to view the Blue Nile Falls, at “Tis Isat” village- “Tis Isat” in Amharic means smoking water – on a 30 minute walk hilly path. The falls used to measure 400m in width and falling 45m deep but the Blue Nile has been partly diverted upstream – for power generation – and although not as majestic as it was once. A little downstream, cross the Blue Nile by boat and return to meet your vehicle and back to Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana. Make about an hour cruise and visit Ura Kidhane Mihret the most famous monastery and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries and superbly painted. Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge/other

Day 15 - Fly back to Addis

Flight back to Addis and arrive to Addis around late mid day.