Tour Code = HTTA 0014
Tour Category = Cultural Tours
Day 01: Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole international airport and then transfer to hotel city for overnight in Addis Ababa at Jupiter Hotel.
Day 02: Early in the morning, depart on early flight for Bahir Dar 07:00. Then, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Peninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River. In the afternoon drive to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Overnight: Abyminich lodge.
Day 03: In the morning drive to Gondar to visit the 17th century capital of Ethiopia, where you visit the Royal Enclosure with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight: Goha hotel
Day 04: Flight to Lalibela full day visit of the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, you visit the first group Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet MedhaneAlem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women). After having lunch Visit the second group Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel - Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George. Overnight: Mountain View hotel
Day 05: Flight to Axum, upon arrival to Axum; check in to hotel. Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s inscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight: Yeha Hotel.
Day 06: After breakfast flight back to Addis Ababa, then drives to ArbaMinch. One the way you will pass through the beautiful scenery of the rift valley lakes. Stop over at Lake Ziway for birding then continue driving to ArbaMinch, Overnight in ArbaMinch at Paradise lodge.
Day 07: After breakfast have a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit Crocodiles, Hippos and water birds. In the afternoon, drive to Chencha to visit the village of Dorze people then drive back to Arba Minch, for overnight at Paradise lodge.
Day 08: Drive to Jinka, with short stop to visit the people of Ari, Benna and Tsemay people, which are very famous for their hairstyles, unique culture and traditions, as well as the ornaments they put all over their body for decoration. Proceed to Jinka for an overnight at Resort.
Day 09: In the Morning drive to Mursi village situated in Mago National Park a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. Where you observe their interesting culture like women when age reaches about 17, silt is cut between lower lip and mouth. Drive back to Jinka then drive to Turmi through Dimeka village, overnight in Buska Lodge.
Day 10: Morning drives to Korcho to visit Karo tribes. Here the Karo people are the best known for the elaborate body painting they indulge in before important ceremonies. In the afternoon, take a split drive to Omorate to visit the Geleb or as they address their name (Dassenech) tribes. Back to Turmi overnight in Buska lodge
Day 11: Drive to Konso, on the way, will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). Overnight: Konso at Kanta Lodge.
Day 12: Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Time permitting; you can also visit the “Natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers. Overnight: Kanta lodge.
Day 13: In the morning after breakfast, you will have a full day drive to Lake Langano. For overnight in Langano at Savanna lodge.
Day 14: After breakfast, return back to Addis Ababa and departure.
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