10 - Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia, Harar and Bale Mountains

Tour Description

 

Tour Code:10 - Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia, Harar and Bale Mountains

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery, Birds &Tribal Culture

Duration: 10 Days &9 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, Flights & Boat ride

 

Day 1: Flight to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Gondar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, to a hotel where you will check in and after a brief break, you will have lunch. 

 

Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there.  Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

 

Day 2: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park

 

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue drive to another 20 km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).

Later in the early evening, back to the lodge & check in for overnight. Then you will have dinner and stay the night in the lodge.  Overnight stay night at Simien lodge.

 

Day 3: Drive to Chenek and back to Gonder

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Chenek (25 Km from Simien Lodge). Chenek is the third camp site that offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of Imet Gogo (3,926 meter above sea level). Later in the late afternoon drive back to Gonder. Check in to the hotel & spend the night there.  Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

 

Day 4: Flight to Lalibela

After breakfast, a short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive by a minivan to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.

 

Your first visit will be to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax.  Overnight stay in Panoramic View hotel, Lalibela.

 

Day 5: Flight back to Addis Ababa and flight to Dire Dawa – Harar  

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon. Check in again for flight to Dire Dawa. You will have lunch in the airport terminal.

 

In the afternoon you will take a short flight to Dire Dawa where a vehicle waiting for you at the airport for a pick up to Harar (50km from Dire Dawa).In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Ras hotel or similar accommodation in Harar.

 

Day 6: Full day Visit Harar

 

After a relaxed breakfast, you will visit the walled city of Jegol, the house of Arthur Rimbaud (a French poetry who lived 1880’s in Harar), Emperor Haile Selassie home (where he was born & raised) and Harari Cultural Museum. Early in the evening, you will visit man feeding wild hyenas. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Ras hotel or similar accommodation in Harar.

 

Day 7: Drive to Dire Dawa - flight to Addis Ababa – drive to Langano

 

You will have breakfast & drive to Dire Dawa (50 Km from Harar).  And check in for, a short flight (take the first flights that usually takes 10:00AM) back to Addis Ababa.

 

After lunch & a brief break, you will be driven to Langano (approx. 200Km from Langano), where on your way make a stop on Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch in Ziway.

 

En route, you will visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abijatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos).

 

Your arrival in Langano will be early in the evening where you will check into a resort. You will have dinner and stay the night in the resort.Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort. http://www.sabanalangano.com/

 

Day 8: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter

 

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho (150Km from Langano). Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. You will have lunch in the bush.

 

After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay. On arrival, you will check into a hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

N.B: Please, let us know if you want to stay Day 8&9 on Bale Mountains Lodge (found on the Southern part of the park) http://www.balemountainlodge.com/rate.html

 

Day 9: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (20 Km from Goba, altitude of 4,000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery where you will see the Ethiopian Wolves). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

 

Day 10: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji – Assela & departure

 

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa (445 Km from Goba). You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.

Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

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Rate:

Starting from: $ 1,070 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 135

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

 

Addis Ababa – Gonder - Lalibela – Addis Ababa- Dire Dawa –  Addis Ababa

·       If you fly your international flight with Ethiopian Airlines = ?? USD

·       If not (with other airline) = ?? USD

Flight cost subject to change.

 

Price includes:

 

·       Well-maintained & insured Mini-bus, 2012 -2014 Model for Northern Ethiopia + Dire Dawa &Harar andTwo 4WD Vehicle, 2011 -2014 Model for the Southern Ethiopia + Bale Park with driver & driver’s allowance.

·       Fuel

 ·       All transfer in & out,

 ·       Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis including Breakfast

 ·       All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees

 ·       Bottled natural water every day,

 ·       Service tax

 

Price DOES NOT include:

 

·       Domestic flights (Addis Ababa–Gonder - Lalibela – Addis Ababa- Dire Dawa – Addis A)

 ·       Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),

 ·       Meals (lunch and dinner)

 ·       Any other services/expenses not mentioned above