Ethiopia has history way back over 3000 years and in all those years each generation has been placing his own finger print in most major cities of Ethiopia. Ethiopian historical attraction covers the ancient town of Axum, with its amazing carved obelisks and ancient civilization, including the original Ark of the Covenant; Lalibela known as the real wonder of the world with its remarkable rock-hewn churches; Gondar the Camelot of Africa, with its magnificent castles and palaces. Once you are in Gondar it is also worth of visiting the roof of Africa. Simien mountain National Park is among the sights that will be covered on this route. Simien Mountains National Park is known for its dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery. Mount Ras Dashen (15,157ft/4,620m) is the highest pick of the National park.Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, is the largest lake with 37 islands. Ura Kidanemihiret and Azwa Mariyam are among the iconic reach monasteries to be visited on the Lake dating back to 14th century.
The Omo valley is dominated mainly by many ethnic groups who speak omotic language as classified by linguistics, this part of the tour will give you experience to the culture of different tribes of Ethiopia such as the Hamers, Mursi, Bena and others.
In this route the Axum stales, the Lalibela churches, the castles of Gondar, Simen Mountains National Park, Tiya stales, Konso, and Omo valley are registered by UNESCO.
Arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by Pagumen tour and travel representative. Depending on your arrival time City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged:
Being home for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) Addis Ababa is referred as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s Economy, social and political activity.
City tour of Addis Ababa includes National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church and Merkato: the biggest open-air market in East Africa.
Early in the Morning fly to Bahirdar. You will be welcomed and assisted to check in to your Hotel by our representative. (As you are in a family tour I suggested if you leave Blue Nile falls and have break in your Hotel in the morning)
After lunch you will take a boat trip to visit the most amazing monasteries of Lake Tana among them Azwa Maryam and Ura kidanemihret are worth to be visited.
Drive about 180 KM to the legendary town of Gondar known for its Magnificent Castles. This drive will give you a highlight about the Landscape, culture and country side view of Ethiopia.
After lunch visit the Castles of Gondar known as the Camelot of Africa and the mesmerizing Debrebirihan Silase church exclusively known for its Ethiopian angle painting on the ceilings
Morning fly to Axum a city with more than 3000 years of history Axum was once the center of a great empire and ancient civilization. Axum is exclusively known for being home of the original Ark of the Covenant. The sightseeing of this ancient city includes St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son GebreMeskel, Ezana’s inscriptions and ruins of Queen of Sheba’s palace
Morning Fly to the Holly city of Lalibela on your arrival a brief check in to your Hotel and head to visit the mystical rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.
After breakfast we drive to Yimrhane Kirstos through the small village of Bilbala. The built-up cave church of Yimrhane Kirstos itself predates the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This is one of the most beautiful and colorful cave churches, built from marble, wood and beautifully decorated from inside and outside with remarkable architectural skill. In the other side of the cave, you will also see many mummified bodies of pilgrims from centuries ago. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Fly back to Addis Ababa, Afternoon you will have some time for shopping. Easy late afternoon to get energy for the next South trip. Overnight in Addis
Drive to Arbaminch through the Great Rift Valley Lakes wondering cultural and natural wilderness attractions, the worthwhile sceneries, local villages and life styles.
Drive to Dorze Village of Chencha town situated 3000m above sea level with the highest peak of Guge mountain. Dorze people who are famous for their unique elephant face houses built from the bamboo tree, Unique dancing, traditional weaving and the unique lifestyle.
Afternoon you will visit the ‘crocodile market on Lake Chamo. This Lake is known for its enormous population of aquatic life such as the Nile Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and different species of birds.
Morning drive to Jinka via konso on the way you may see Benna and Tsemai tribes with their interesting dressing style, different beads and ornamentation.
On your arrival to Jinka, you will directly drive to one of the famous and dominating tribes in south Omo called Ari tribes. They are privileged to have the largest territory in the area. Ari’s possess fertile lands allowing them to have several types of plantations.
Late Afternoon visit the ethnological museum of Jinka (South Omo Zone Museum & research center). It is perched on the hill overlooking Jinka town on the northeast. The Museum has different display and cultural materials, which are the reflection of the different ethnic groups living in the South Omo Zone. Overnight –Jinka
Early in the morning drive to visit the Mursi tribes through Mago NP where you may encounter some game animals that suddenly emerge to the road. The Mursi are known for their Patterns, lip plate, earlobes and stick fighting (Donga).
Afterward, drive to Turmi, home of the Hamar tribe famous that enjoys body decoration like the other Omo area tribes and wear quantities of colorful beads and clay hair buns with Ostrich feathers, bull-jumping ceremonies and Evangadi dances. They are one of the most known and second dominant tribe in the southern Ethiopia. On the way, visit the colorful Dimeka Market (Every Tuesday/ Saturday) small village town in the districts of Hammer tribe. Late in the afternoon tour the Hammer’s villages to discover their lifestyle at home and their traditional practices. Overnight– Turmi
In the morning, you will be heading to Korcho, home to the Karo tribe. The people have settled around the eastern bank of the Omo River. The Karo tribe is very well known for their body paintings, for beautifying purposes. From this particular village, the view of the Omo River is magnificent, the Omo River flowing down South into the Turkana Lake.
Late afternoon you will drive to one of the nearest Hamer villages to visit their way of life. Unique traditional dance and bull jumping ceremony would be optional and depends on the season
Drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Konso one of the world Heritage town. Konso, is known for its stone wall village and cultural landscape particularly their intricately terraced hillsides.
They village is also known for fine woven materials, traditional wooden curved totem “waka” as a symbol of grave marks for their clan chief and warriors.
Morning drive from Arbaminch to Addis Ababa en route you will visit the world heritage site of Tiya and the Stone Age archaeological site of Melka kunturie. Evening you will have fare well dinner at one of the traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa and fly back home.
The package includes;
– Surface (ground) transport to the sites
– Transfer in and out
– Camel for camping gears
– Per the above recommendations in all destination
– Double/ Twin bed occupancy basis
– Half Board
Guide service – English Language Speaker and Local guide
Non-Inclusive Services: –
All other meals, domestic flight, alcoholic drinks, fax, telephone, internet, laundry, postage fee, tips, photographing, other person in nature and others which are not mentioned in the inclusive lists are personal expenses