16-Days Tour to Ethiopia including Dankile Depression

Tour Description

 

Tour Code: 16-Days Tour to Ethiopia including Dankile Depressio

Attractions: History, Religion, Volcano, Culture, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 16Days &15Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights& Boat ride

 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

 

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

 

Depending on your arrival visit/city tour in Addis Ababa. You will have an early breakfast and your firstvisit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.

 

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 Mekelle and drive to Hamed Ela (210 Km from Mekele) via Berehale

 

Early morning, a short flight will take you to Mekelle. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive to a hotel where you will start journey to Dankile Depression via Berehale (150 Km from Mekelle, here you will pick up Police scouts, road guides and permits to the Dallol & active volcano). 

 

The landscape dramatically changes & the altitude drop from 2,220 m asl to below sea level. On the way you will enjoy the camel caravans of the local Afar nomad. You will arrive in Hamed Ela late in the afternoon. Overnight stay in camping Hamed Ela.

Day 3:Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) and Dallol Depression, 25 km from Abala

 

Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will have a day trip to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels.

 

Then you drive ahead to Dallol(116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake , Salt mountain, colorful hot spring water, and Camel Caravan. Later back to Hamed Ela for lunch.

 

After lunch & brief break you will drive to Abala (150Km asphalt road 3hrs). Abala is small settlement & with moderate temperature, and basic accommodation with shower. Upon arrival check in local hotel. Rest, relax, and dinner. Overnight stay local hotel Abala.

 

Day 4:  Drive to Erta ale (150 Km asphalt & 45km sand road, total 195km from Hamed Ela)

 

After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta ale, (195Km from Abala).

 

Up on arrival at Dodom take rest, relax & fill your energy for trek to Erta ale (17Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.

 

Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.

 

Day 5:Drive to Mekele (240 KMS)

 

Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast. After having a breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Habala and Erepti. On arrival in Mekelle, you will check into a hotel. Dinner. Time at leisure. Overnight stay in Planet Hotel or similar in Mekele.

 

Day 6: Drive to Axum

 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Axum (250 Km from Mekelle). On the way you can visit Debre Damo monastery (only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself! Overnight stay in Hawizen lodge.

 

Another possible excursion is to Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.

 

On arrival you will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there.Overnight stay in Berhana hotel, Axum.

 

Day 7: 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 hotel.

 

Day 8: Drive to Debark

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Debark (270 Km from Axum) 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 Sona hotel.

 

Day 9: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park.

 

You will have breakfast & drive to Simien Park 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 afternoon drive to Gonder (120 Km from Simien Park) for overnight stay. Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

 

Day 10: Full day city tour in Gonder

 

You will have breakfast & visit Gonder. 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.

 

Early in the evening, you will visit ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Goha hotel.

 

Day 11: Drive to Bahir Dar& Blue Nile Falls

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (180 Km from Gonder). Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch. 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. Overnight stay in Jacaranda hotel.

 

Day 12: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls

 

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take 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 have a free time in cozy town. Follow your own program, and/or relax. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Jacaranda hotel.

 

Day 13: Drive to Lalibela through Debre Taobr and Nefase Moucha

 

You will have breakfast & drive to Lalibela (apprx. 325 Km from Bahir dar). On the way visit the Awrama Community (85km from Gonder). You will stop for lunch at Nefase Moucha. You will arrive in Lalibela late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela.

 

Day 14: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

 

Early in the morning, after breakfast, your 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 15: One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela. 

 

Day 16: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home

 

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 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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