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Ethiopia Tour Program Historic Route with Omo – 14 Days

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14

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Daily Tour

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Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Ethiopia Tour Program Historic Route with Omo

Ethiopia Tour Program Historic Route with Omo – Explore Ethiopia on this 14-day historic itinerary vacation with Continent Tours. The itinerary includes sightseeing in Addis Abeba, Lake Tana monasteries, Gondar, a trek through the Simien Mountains, a Rock-Hewn Church, Yemrehanna Kristos, Axum, and many more highlights.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Addis Ababa sightseeing: visit Entoto, spectacular cathedral and National museum
  • Explore Lake Tana monasteries; Bahirdar
  • Explore Gondar: a royal and ancient historical city of Ethiopia.
  • Hike around the Simien Mountains, one of Africa’s largest mountain ranges.
  • Explore the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
  • Pay a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos Monastery
  • Axum Sightseeing: Visit Axum Stele, St. Mary Tsion Church and Yeha temples
  • Arbaminch: Explore Chencha village and Lake Chamo boat trip
  • Visit the unique cultures and museum of Jinka and Visit Konso Village, land of low terraced hills
  • Explore Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village
  • Excursion to Omoratte and Murule.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL
DAY 1: ARRIVAL

After arriving at Bole International Airport in Addis Abeba and completing the necessary entry procedures, you will be welcomed by one of our agents and transported to your hotel.

Overnight: Jupiter international Hotel /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA SIGHTSEEING
DAY 02: ADDIS ABABA SIGHTSEEING

Mount Entoto will serve as the beginning point for your city exploration. It is a historical place where Emperor Menelik II lived and built his palace following the establishment of Addis Abeba from Ankober. It is a sacred mountain that is home to multiple monasteries. Its elevation ranges from 2,600 to 3,100 meters above sea level. You will be treated to a breathtaking perspective of the city.

Then visit the National Museum, which houses many of the most significant archaeological relics, such as petrified bones of early hominids, the most famous of which is "Lucy," a partial skeleton of an Australopithecus aphaeresis specimen. Lucy, the well-known dinosaur, lived for 3.2 million years.Following your tour to the museum, you will drive to Trinity Cathedral Church. This church is Addis Ababa's highest-ranking Orthodox cathedral. It was constructed to celebrate Ethiopia's freedom from Italian colonization and is Ethiopia's second most important place of worship, after the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.

In the afternoon, you will go to the Ethnological Museum. The fascinating Ethnological Museum is located within Haile Selassie's ancient palace and is bordered by the lovely gardens and fountains of Addis Ababa University's main campus. Even if you're not a big museum person, this one is well worth a visit - it's undoubtedly one of the best in Africa. Later, you will go to Mercato and experience Africa's largest open market, where you will drive through the market.) Mercato spans several square kilometers and employs an estimated 13,000 people across 7,100 businesses.

Overnight: Jupiter international Hotel /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3: FLY ADDIS – BAHIR DAR [~1 hr. Flight] SIGHTSEEING BAHIR DAR
DAY 3: FLY ADDIS – BAHIR DAR [~1 hr. Flight] SIGHTSEEING BAHIR DAR

After breakfast, you'll be transported to the airport for your flight to Bahir Dar, where you'll check into your hotel and go on a boat tour of Lake Tana to view some of the monasteries concealed on the islands and coastline of this sacred lake.

Bahir Dar is the present capital of Ethiopia's Amhara Regional State, as well as the former capital of the Gojjam region. It is 491 kilometers from the capital, Addis Ababa. Visit the most well-known of the Zege peninsula monasteries, the 14th-century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret, with its brilliantly painted maqdas and valuable collection of crosses and crowns.

Later, if time allows you will drive to the village of Tis Isat to see the Blue Nile falls (please be informed that due to the newly constructed electric dam in the vicinity the water level of the falls could be very minimal).

Overnight: Kuriftu Resort and spa/Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 04: DRIVE BAHIR DAR – GONDAR VIA AWURA AMBA [~196 km & ~ 4 hrs. Drive] AND SIGHTSEEING GONDAR
DAY 04: DRIVE BAHIR DAR – GONDAR VIA AWURA AMBA [~196 km & ~ 4 hrs. Drive] AND SIGHTSEEING GONDAR

You will travel to Gondar this morning. You will stop in the village of Awra Amba on the way. This one-of-a-kind town is regarded as a model for self-help and, above all, gender equality. Women and men enjoy equal rights, and there is no differentiation in work divisions. Religion has no place in a world where men cook and women plow. They value hard work and treating everyone with respect. Continue driving to Gondar, where you will be met and brought to your hotel.

Soon after, you'll start touring the Royals Enclosure Gondar. Gondar is a town created in 1636 by the great Emperor Fasiladas, nestled in exceptional scenery; it served as Ethiopia's Royal Capital. Visit the Emperor's and his descendants' castles and churches. Later, visit the intriguing Debre Birhan Selassie Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is embellished with scenes from Biblical literature and medieval history on its walls and ceilings.

Overnight: Mayleko Lodge /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 05: EXCURSION TO SIMIEN MOUNTAINS
DAY 05: EXCURSION TO SIMIEN MOUNTAINS

Today you will go to Simien Mountain National Park. In any case, the Unesco World Heritage-listed Simien Mountains National Park is one of Africa's most stunning mountain ranges.


This huge plateau, riven with gullies and pinnacles, provides challenging but extremely rewarding trekking over the ridge that drops straight to the plains far below. The exhilaration of sitting amid a troop of gelada monkeys or watching spectacular Walia ibex joust on rock ledges will leave you speechless, not simply the beauty (and altitude). Simien Mountain National Park is an excellent complement to the historical circuit's monument viewing.

Overnight: Mayleko Lodge /Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 06: FLY GONDAR – LALIBELA (~40 MIN FLIGHT)/ EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRISTOS
DAY 06: FLY GONDAR – LALIBELA (~40 MIN FLIGHT)/ EXCURSION TO YIMRHANE KIRISTOS

You will be transported to the airport the next morning for your flight to Lalibela. Lalibela is a town in the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. It is well-known for its magnificent rock-cut churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, which are significant pilgrimage sites for Coptic Christians. When you arrive at Lalibela Airport, a Travel Ethiopia car will meet you outside the airport and take you to your hotel to drop off your baggage and rest.

Then, just outside of Lalibela, you'll drive to another eye-catching site. A 90-minute drive from Lalibela via stunning countryside leads to a church built inside a cave. Yemrehanna Kristos dates back to 1100 to 1200 AD period in Ethiopia's history; predating even the rock-hewn cathedrals of Lalibela itself.

After you park your vehicle is a difficult hike heading up to Yemrehanna Kristos cave church, around 30 minutes. A majestic chapel appears inside the cave, built on a foundation of Africa Olive Wood. The basic construction is made up of a mix of wooden and granite supports. The wooden ceiling is captivating once inside the cathedral - the attention to detail is outstanding.

Visit and return to Lalibela.

Overnight: Mezena Lodge

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7: LALIBELA SIGHTSEEING
DAY 7: LALIBELA SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast, you will begin your visit of the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lalibela's monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the mountainside's stone at least 800 years ago.

The first five sets of churches are housed in a complex that includes the world's largest monolithic church (Bet Medhanialem - House of Holy Savior), a network of hallways and tunnels, exquisitely carved reliefs, and excellent examples of icon painting. You will return to your vehicles after concluding your tour of the Northern cluster of churches and travel back to your hotel for lunch.

You will afterwards visit the majestic Bet Giyorgis church (House of St.George). Lalibela's masterwork is St George's Church. The most aesthetically flawless church of all, a 15m-high three-tiered plinth in the shape of a Greek cross - a perfectly proportioned structure that needed no interior supports - it is the apex of the rock-hewn tradition. It also lacks the conspicuous roofing seen on the other churches due to its outstanding preservation. Inside, light comes in through the windows and lights the big crosses on the ceiling - beauty in simplicity. Finally, you'll be driven to your hotel.

Overnight: Mezena Lodge

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8: FLY LALIBELA – AXUM [~40 min flight]/AXUM SIGHTSEEING
DAY 8: FLY LALIBELA – AXUM [~40 min flight]/AXUM SIGHTSEEING

You will be taken to the airport in the morning to catch your trip to Axum. Following your check-in to your hotel, a tour of the city will be provided.

"Stele Park" will be the first attraction. These Steles are famous granite obelisks that are estimated to have been erected in late B.C. or early A.D. and have been designated as a "UNESCO World Heritage Site." The highest stele is around 23 meters/75 feet tall.

Unfortunately, there was a time when the tallest stele was 33 meters/108 feet tall and weighed 500 tons. It is also known as "The Great Stele," and it is still in six sections today.

There is also a museum in this park. The journey will conclude with a halt at "King Kaleb's Palace and Tomb." Following the tour of the King's palace, you will have lunch. You will participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony during lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the ruins of the "Queen of Sheba's Palace," Axum's oldest edifice. Following the "Tomb of Bazen" was a King reported to have been born at the time of Jesus Christ. "Mariam Tsion Church" is the following tune. The "Sanctuary Chapel," rumored to house the Ark of the Covenant, and the "Coronation Yard" will be nearby. Return to the hotel once the journey is completed.

Overnight: Sabean International Hotel/Similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 9: FLY AXUM – ARBA MINCH VIA ADDIS ABABA[~1 hr. Flight]
DAY 9: FLY AXUM – ARBA MINCH VIA ADDIS ABABA[~1 hr. Flight]

Today you will be driven to the airport in order to catch your trip to Addis Abeba and your connecting flight to Arba Minch.

Arbaminch is the biggest town in southern Ethiopia, nestled among beautiful green hills between the lakes of Abaya and Chamo. Arba Minch is called because the numerous springs that feed a groundwater forest in the area. Arba Minch means "forty springs" in Amharic. The town is split into two independent villages. Shecha (on higher ground) and downtown Sikela are connected by buses and taxis. Shecha is the administrative heart of the city. Sikela, with its business, industrial, and downtown residential sections, is about two and a half miles distant.

The eastern side of Sikela is home to the entrance of Nechisar National Park, which spans the isthmus between Lake Abaya to the north and Lake Chamo to the south.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge/similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 10: EXCURSION TO CHENCHA AND BOAT TRIP ON LAKE CHAMO
DAY 10: EXCURSION TO CHENCHA AND BOAT TRIP ON LAKE CHAMO

After a short break, you'll follow a scenic trail to Chencha, the Dorze people's mountain village. Shammas are famous for their cotton weaving and house-towering beehive-shaped buildings made of woven thatch.


These buildings may be two floors tall and last for more than 50 years. You'll go through the village, meeting locals and seeing the ladies weave.



After lunch, you will go on a boat excursion on Lake Chamo. You will take a one-hour boat ride on the lake to Azo Gebeya, also known as the "crocodile market," which is a gathering place for crocodiles and pelicans and one of the park's most notable attractions. The boat trip's main draw is the opportunity to see crocodiles up close.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge/similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 11: ARBA MINCH – TURMI VIA KONSO [~277 km & ~5 hrs. drive]
DAY 11: ARBA MINCH – TURMI VIA KONSO [~277 km & ~5 hrs. drive]

After breakfast, you will leave Arba Minch for Turmi via Konso. En way, stop at one of the Konso villages. The Konso inhabit low terraced hillsides. They are regarded to be one of the hardest working groups in the country. Their carefully terraced slope provides some of the country's best coffee. They are well-known for erecting odd totems on the graves of their forefathers. Continue your journey to Turmi for the night.

Overnight: Buska Lodge/similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 12: EXCURSION TO OMORATE[~75 km & ~4 hrs. drive]/ MURULLE [~73 km & ~3 hrs. drive]
DAY 12: EXCURSION TO OMORATE[~75 km & ~4 hrs. drive]/ MURULLE [~73 km & ~3 hrs. drive]

After breakfast, you will leave Arba Minch for Turmi via Konso. En way, stop at one of the Konso villages. The Konso inhabit low terraced hillsides. They are regarded to be one of the hardest working groups in the country. Their carefully terraced slope provides some of the country's best coffee. They are well-known for erecting odd totems on the graves of their forefathers. Continue your journey to Turmi for the night.

Overnight: Buska Lodge/similar

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 13: DRIVE TURMIO – JINKA [~78 km &~ 2-hrs. drive]/ JINKA MUSEUM
DAY 13: DRIVE TURMIO – JINKA [~78 km &~ 2-hrs. drive]/ JINKA MUSEUM

Today you will travel to Jinka, one of the area's largest outposts. Despite its proximity to the major road, Jinka appears to exist in isolation from the rest of Ethiopia. Jinka, lofty, calm, and green, situated on the edge of the highland plateau, guarding the wide Omo Valley to the west. You will go from Jinka to the South Omo Research Centre and Museum to check their collections of tribal relics and learn more about the interactions and history of the area's tribes.

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If it's a Tuesday or a Saturday, you'll head to the Dimeka market, which is 28 kilometers north of Turmi. Dimeka is the largest town in Hamer area, and its Saturday market is the most atmospheric and lively of the main ones. It offers an excellent crafts department, which includes jewelers, woodcarvers, masks, and ceramics. Ask your guide to take you to the tej bets right behind the market; around midday, they're packed with Hamer men and women sipping honey wine or sorghum beer. The cattle market, conducted around 400m farther north in the morning, is also not to be missed. Aside from the marketplaces, there's not much incentive to stop here.

Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge

Meal: Breakfast

Day 14: EXCURSION TO MAGO AND VISIT MURSI VILLAGE AND FLY BACK TO ADDIS [~1 hr. flight]/ DEPARTURE
Day 14: EXCURSION TO MAGO AND VISIT MURSI VILLAGE AND FLY BACK TO ADDIS [~1 hr. flight]/ DEPARTURE

You will go to Mago National Park today to visit the Mursi settlement. Mursi are one of the most unique ethnic groupings. They dwell in low-lying straw-leaf cottages. Terra cotta is popular on the women's tremendously expanded lower lips and ear lobes. The males are well-known for their haircuts.

The tribe is known for its aggressive warrior attitude and highly decorative appearance, with big round clay labrets worn in the lower lip by the women. The bigger the lip plate, the more valuable the lady when she marries. She takes her plate off to eat and sleep. Some ladies, particularly older ones, may be seen without their lip plates. They may be identified by the way their large, swollen lips drop down from their mouths.

After a goodbye meal, you will be taken to the airport in the afternoon to catch your local aircraft back to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Jupiter international hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel accommodations on double/twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast basis
  • All private airport transfers
  • Ground transport as per the given program
  • An English speaking professional escort guide throughout the trip
  • Unlimited drinking water throughout the trip
  • Local guide fee
  • Day use on the last day
  • Boat trip at Lake Chamo and Tana
  • Scout for Simien and Mago National Park
  • All entrances listed in the itinerary
  • Day use on the last day
  • 15% VAT
  • Airfare
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Early check-in
  • Any alcoholic beverages
  • Photographing / video if any
  • Porter
  • Gratuities (tips)
  • Any personal related expenses

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