14 Days Tour to Northern Ethiopia & Tribes of Omo Valley

Tour Description

 

Tour Code: 14 Days Tour to Southern Ethiopia and Omo Valley

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

Duration: 14 Days &10Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights& Boat ride

 

Day 1: Arrival at Bole International Airport & Addis Ababa City Tour

Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel

 

Depending on your arrival you will visit in Addis Ababa. Your first visit will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments).  Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

 

Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).

 

After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: Fly to Bahir dar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahir dar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.

 

Your first visit will be to Lake Tana on a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam, Mahal  Giorgis.

 

After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.

 

Optional Excursion: Early in the evening, after dinner you will visit ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will back to the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Homeland hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 3: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles

 

You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel 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), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Overnight stay in Goha hotel, Gonder.

 

Day 4: 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 to drive another 20km 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).

 

Late in the afternoon drive back to Debark. You will check in to hotel. Overnight stay in Simien Park hotel, Debark at $ 25 per night for Double Room. The cost is also counted based on Simien Park hotel (not on Simien Lodge)

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Late in the afternoon drive back to lodge. You will check in to a lodge and take a break. Dinner will be at the lodge. Overnight stay in Simien lodge, inside Simien Park (the expensive lodge in Ethiopia $ 200 per night for Double room.  

 

Day 5: Drive to Axum

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Berhana or Sabean hotel, Axum.

 

Day 6: City Tour in Axum

You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century.

 

In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Berhana or Sabean hotel, Axum.

 

Day 7: 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 8: Flight back to Addis Ababa – flight to Arba Minch

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will have lunch in the Aiport Terminal 1. Check in for flight to Arba Minch, a vehicles waiting for you at the airport for a pick up to a lodge for check in.

 

You will be drive to Arba Minch and have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 9: Drive to Dorze and boat trip on Lake Chamo

 

In the morning, after breakfast you to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). You will have lunch in Arba Minch.

After a brief break, you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise or Swaynes Lodge.

 

Day 10: Drive to Jinka via Key afar

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land - recently registered as World heritage by UNISCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

 

You will have lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka. On the way visit the Thursday Key afar market (if the day fall on Thursday) and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit hotel.

 

Day 11: Excursion to Mursi village & drive to Turmi

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Mursi (55 Km from Jinka) and visit to the of Mursi tribe village (popularly known for their attractive culture, women wearing large clay plates into their lower lips). Then you will drive back to Jinka for lunch. 

 

After lunch, you will be driven to Turmi (125 Km from Jinka). Upon arrival check in to the lodge. Dinner will be at the lodge and you will spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 12: Excursion to Murille to visit Karo tribe

An early morning drive will take you to Murille to visit the Karo tribe (62 Km from Turmi). You will visit the Karo village. You will have a picnic lunch.

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hammer Village to explore the Hammer tribes (best known for elaborate hairstyles, body painting using clays and vegetable pigments to make fantastic patterns on their faces, chests, arms and legs), attend the bull jumping – if possible and available with luck.

 

In the evening, you will be driven back to the lodge for dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Turmi or Buska Lodge.

 

Day 13: Drive to Araba Minch

 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Araba Minch (290 Km from Turmi) via Arebore-Tsmaye. On the visit  Arebore Village. You will stop for lunch at Konso and will proceed driving to Araba Minch, where upon arrival you will check into a lodge. Dinner will be at the lodge and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Paradise Lodge.

 

Day 14: Flight back to Addis Ababa & departure

Check-in 02:30 PM Depart 04:30 PM Arrival  05:00PM

 

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: $ 1,860 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 150

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

Addis Ababa – Bahir dar//Axum - Lalibela – Addis Ababa – Arba Minch – 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 (for Addis Ababa & Northern Ethiopia)  and 4WD (Omo Valley) Vehicles for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance

·       Fuel

·       Al transfers in &out,

·       Hotel Room on Double occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)

·       All entrance fees to village, local guide & boat fee, and fees for elders 

·       Bottled natural water every day,

·       Service tax.

Price DOES NOT include:

·       Photographing fees,

·       Domestic flights (Addis Ababa- Bahir Dar-Axum-Laliblea-Addis -Arba Minch – Addis Ababa)

·       Meals (Lunch & Dinner)

·       Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),

·       International flights, and

·       Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.