25 – Days Tours of Northern & Southern Ethiopia including Awash Park

Posted: September 4, 2017 in Southern Ethiopia, Tour Itineraries of Ethiopia
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Tour Code: 25-Days Tours of Northern & Southern Ethiopia including Awash Park

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 25 Days & 24Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, trekking & 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 Apartment hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour

After having a breakfast & take a short break 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.

 

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 Apartment hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar

After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). After 200 Km from Addis Ababa 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 Anbessa 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), and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, and 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, after dinner you will visit Optional ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will back to the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Dib Anbessa 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 Debarq, & visit the Simien Park

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) 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 the afternoon drive back to Debrq. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Simien Park hotel, Debarq.   

 

Day 7: Drive to Axum

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

 

Day 8: 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 Africa hotel.

 

 

Day 9: Drive to Mekelle

After breakfast, you will be driven to Mekelle (280 Km from Axum). On the way you can visit 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.

You will arrive in Mekelle late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Ats Yohanes hotel, Mekelle.

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel, have dinner and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Alif Paradise hotel.

 

Day 11: 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 Alif Paradise hotel.

 

Day 12: Drive to Kombolcha

An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Kombolcha (335 Km). En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha & upon arrival, you will check into a hotel & stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel.

 

Day 13: Drive to Addis Ababa and flight back home

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will check to the hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.  Overnight stay in Oasis Apartment hotel, Addis Ababa.

 

Day 14: Drive to Awash National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Awash National Park (225 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Lake Basaka and its aquatic birds. Up on arrival at the park, you will check into a lodge. In the late afternoon, you will do sightseeing at the Awash waterfalls and see the wild life. In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Genet hotel, Awash.

 

Day 15: Drive to Langano

After breakfast, you will be driven to Langano (311Km from Awash NP), where on your way make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. Lake Ziway, the shallowest lake in the Rift Valley chain of lakes which depth 7m. You will stop for lunch at Ziway.  Your arrival in Langano will be late afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Overnight stay in Boarati Lodge.

 

Day 16: Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (275 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will be arriving in Awassa in the afternoon and check into a hotel.

Later, you can walk along the lake shore for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds such as; Saddle-billed stork, greater jacana, African fish eagle, darter, herons, darters and Wood hoope. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Awassa Inn, Awassa.

 

Day 17: Drive to Arab Minch through Wolayta Sodo

In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish market in Awassa. Then you will drive to Arba Minch (280 Km from Awassa). On the way you will visit Senkelle Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km from Awassa, well-known for endemic and endangered subspecies of Swayne’s Hartebeest) and you will stop for lunch at Wolayta (154 Km from Awassa).

 

You will be arriving in Arba Minch late afternoon and check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Zebidar Pension.

 

Day 18: Visit Nech Sar National Park and drive to Dorze

In the morning, after breakfast you will take a boat ride on Lake Chamo and visit to huge crocodiles, hippos, a variety of birdlife and you will also visit to the nearby Nech Sar National Park (a natural habitat for many wild animals: Zebra, Gazelle, & Antelope etc.). You will have lunch break at Arba Minch.

After a brief break, you will continue driving to Dorze (50 Km from Arba Minch) and visit to the Dorze village (famous for their bee hive shaped houses, weaving styles and their lifestyle). In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Zebidar Pension.

 

Day 19: Drive to Jinka

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Jinka (270 Km from Arba Minch). And upon arrival at Konso (90 Km from Arba Minch), you will 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 lunch at Konso. Then you will be driven to Jinka and check into a resort. You will have dinner and spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Orit hotel.

 

Day 20: Excursion to Mursi village through Mago National Park

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 Ari village and museum in Jinka. Dinner will be at the resort and you will spend the night at the resort. Overnight stay in Orit hotel.

 

 

 

 

Day 21: 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 and visit the market (only if you be on Thursday). You will have lunch in the bush, picnic lunch.

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 Tourist hotel (budget room).

 

Day 22: Excursion to Omorate to visit Dassench/Geleb tribe

An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village.

 

Then you will get back to Turmi for lunch. You will then walk to the 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 Tourist hotel (budget room).

 

Day 23: Drive to Konso

In the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Konso (160 Km from Turmi, famous for their colorfully costumed dresses, impressive terracing of land – recently registered as World heritage by UNESCO, and engraved wooden statues grave markers).

You will arrive early in the afternoon. Checking in to the lodge. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Konso Village. Overnight stay in Kanta Lodge, Konso (it has a separate room for budget class client).

 

Day 24: Visit the Konso Village and drive back to Arba Minch

After breakfast you will be driven to not touristic & UNESCO registered Konso village, where you will spend the day visiting and taking pictures. You will have lunch in Konso.

Early/mid in the afternoon drive to Arba Minch (90 Km from Konso). Check into a lodge. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Zebidar Pension.

 

Day 25: Drive back to Addis Ababa

After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa (510 Km from Arba Minch). You will stop for lunch at Wolayta Sodo. On the way you will visit to the Tiya Stelae (90 Km before Addis Ababa).

 

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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Contact us:  info@fanosethiopiatours.com  or kebmathews@yahoo.com

 

Rate: 

Starting from: $ 1,315 USD per persons

Single Supplement: $ 150

 

Price includes:

 

  • Well-maintained and insured vehicles Model 2013-2015
  • Fuel
  • All transfers in & out
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis including Breakfast (B&B)
  • All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

 

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Entry visa
  • International flights
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Photography & Video fees,
  • Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)

 

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