20-Days Combinations Tour of North & South Ethiopia including Harar

Tour Description

Tour Code: Combination Tour to Ethiopia

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, Tribal Culture

Duration: 20Days &19Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flight& 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. Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour

You will have an early breakfast and your first visit 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. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.

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 3: Drive to Bahir Dar

After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). En route, you will visit Debre Libanos Monastery (founded in the 13th century by priest Tekla Haimanot, today one of Ethiopia’s most renowned saints) & the museum. After 100km from Debre Libanos Monastery the road dropping more than 1000m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable in scale to American’s Grand Canyon cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. You will stop for lunch at Debre Markos. Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Dib Anebessa Hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 4: 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 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.

Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Dib Anebessa Hotel, Bahir Dar.

 

Day 5: 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 Quara hotel, Gonder.

 

Day 6: Drive to Lalibela through Debre Taobr and Nefase Moucha

You will have breakfast & drive to Lalibela (325 Km from Gonder). On the way visit the Awrama Community (110km 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 Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

 

Day 7: 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 Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

 

Day 8: 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 Seven Olives Hotel, Lalibela.

 

 

 

Day 9: 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 continue your visit in Addis Ababa.Overnight stay in Oasis Hotel Apartment, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 10: Drive to Dorze  through Wolayta Sodo

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dorze (510 Km from Addis). On the way you will visit to the Tiya Stelae (90 Km from Addis). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo (330 Km from Addis). You will continue driving to Dorze  and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). You will be arriving in Dorze late afternoon and check into a lodge.

You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Dorze Lodge.

N.B:

·       Today on this night you will meet the local Dorze elders tales you legend, history & anecdotes of the Dorze people while you eat local Dorze stable food Kocho (so called enset or false Banana). The youngest shows music & Dance on the campfire (Optional excursion).

 

Day 11: Drive to Konso

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Konso (130 Km from Dorze). And upon arrival at Konso check in and short break, you will start visit to the Konso Village (famous for their colourfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land (recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO) and engraved wooden statues grave markers). You will have dinner and spend the night at the Lodge. Overnight stay in Kanta lodge, Konso.

 

Day 12: Drive to Jinka

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (180 Km from Konso). On the way you will visit the Thursday Key Afer Market (if you the date coincide/match).  And upon arrival check into a resort. You will visit the Jinka Ethnological museum and the Ari Village. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit hotel, Jinka.

 

Day 13: Excursion to Mursi village

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 visit to the nearby village Yetenebresh (6Km from Jinka known for its daily late afternoon market). Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Jinka Resort or Orit hotel, Jinka.

 

Day 14: Drive to Turmi, Hammer tribe town

After breakfast you will be driven to Turmi (142 Km from Jinka), visiting an interesting village on the way. You will continue travelling to Key Afer (Thursday) and visit the market.

On the way you make a detour to Murille (20 km before Turmi) to visit the Karo Village. You will arrive in Turmi early evening and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.Overnight stay in Turmi Lodge.

 

Day 15: Drive to Dimeka to visit Tuesday Hammer Market

An early morning drive will take you to Dimeka to visit the Tuesday Hammer market (56 Km from Turmi).

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the non-touristic Hamer Village to explore the Hamer 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 Lodge.

 

Day 16: Drive to Arba Minch

After breakfast, you will be driven to Araba Minch (290 Km from Turmi). You will stop for lunch at Konso and will proceed driving to Araba Minch, where upon arrival you will check into a hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel and you will spend the night there. Overnight stay in Ezana or Tourist hotel.

 

Day 17: Drive to Nazareth /Adama/

After breakfast, you will be driving to Nazareth (470 Km from Arba Minch). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo. You will arrive in Nazareth late in the afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Ras Hotel, Nazareth.

 

Day 18: Drive to Harar 

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Harar (318 Km from Awash National Park). You will stop for lunch at Asebe Teferi and you will arrive in Harar late in the afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Early in the evening, you will visit man feeding wild hyenas. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.

 

Day 19: Visit the Walled town of Harar

You will have an early breakfast and 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. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.

 

Day 20: Drive back to Addis Ababa 

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (538 Km). You will have lunch at Nazareth (Adama). 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 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: $ 1410 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 250

 

Domestic flights depend on your international flights

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 4WD Vehicle 2013-2016 Model for the whole tour with driver & driver’s allowance

·       Fuel

·       Hotel Room on Double room occupancy basis

·       Domestic flights (Lalibela – Addis Ababa //Dire Dawa – Addis Ababa)

·       All transfer in & out,

·       Bottled natural water every day,

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

·       Service tax.

 

Price DOES NOT include:

·       Photographing fees,

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

·       Meals

·       Optional excursions

·       International flights, and

·       Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.