All the most interesting places in Ethiopia.
2 - 4pax = 3332 $ USD per person; single room supp. 310 $
Duration: 16 days
Any date and any route of this package tour in Ethiopia are possible.
Due to the conflict in the north of Ethiopia, not all points on this tour are possible.
- Hotel accommodation based on double/twin sharing in 3* S hotels
- Transfers to/from airport
- Meals – half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
- 4X4 car with driver guide, fuel, insurance
- Local guide service in each destination
- Scout in Omo Valley
- Boat trip
- Entrance fees
- Local taxes and service charges
- 24/7 assistance from Timeless Ethiopia Tour Operator Head Office in Addis Ababa
- International flights (country of origin/Addis – Addis/country of origin)
- Personal expenses (telephone calls, laundry, gifts etc)
- Tips to guides and drivers
- Personal insurance (highly recommended)
Day 1: Addis Ababa
Arrive Addis Ababa at Bole International Air Port & meet with us for transfer to the hotel .Overnight hotel
Day 2: Addis Ababa
Today you have a full day city tour in Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, where you see the famous fossil Lucy, who was 3.2 million years old, the Ethnographic Museum, Entoto St. Mary Museum, St .Trinity Cathedral church, and Merkato market, the largest open-air market in Africa. Overnight hotel
Day 3: Bahir Dar
Early morning transfer to Air port to fly to Bahir Dar. After check in to the hotel we drive to the Blue Nile Falls, which is known locally as Tissisat (smoking water) fall: 100 m (328 ft) wide, the water plunges for 45 m (148 ft), giving rise to steam clouds and rainbows. After lunch we will have a boat trip on Lake Tana. There are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 32 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We visit the monastery churche of Ura Kidane Mihiret, which is the best known of the monasteries and has an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18th centuries A.D. Overnight hotel
Day 4: Gonder
Drive to Gonder, which is 180 kms away from Bahir Dar. Gonder was the first capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gonder, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African. In the afternoon, we visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area and the oldest one! We continue on to the Church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity). The interior of Debre Berham Selassie is decorated with beautiful frescos, cherubs and paintings. Debre Berham Selassie is rumored to once have been the proposed final resting-place of the Ark of the Covenant. Overnight hotel.
Day 5: Gonder-Semen Mountain National Park-Gonder
Today you have an excursion trip to the majesty of Semen Mountain National park. Early morning with the lunch box drive to Debark. This is a small market town at an altitude of 2700 meters near the boundary of the Semien Mountains National Park corrugated cardboard - iron - surrounded roofed building its colorful and bustling market area. Before entering the park, you need to register at the park headquarters just outside the city. Here armed Scout - joins one of the parking regulations, please. Then go for the best view buying top. Heading through pretty Country Pass is at the foot of the mountains Semen, with attention paid to field, open pasture with grazing horses, trees and distant rocky peaks. At the height of the road there is a magnificent view of the strangely eroded foothills of the series, and you can also lucky enough to spot at first bearded vulture and gelada baboons of the trip. After you visit the National park, drive back to Gonder; On the way visit the Fellasha (Ethiopian Jews) village. Overnight hotel.
Day 6: Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela. Today you have a full day city tour in Lalibela. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the first and the third group of churches, which have seven rock churches. After lunch visit the second group of churches, which have four rock churches. Overnight hotel Overnight hotel
Day 7: Lalibela
AM horse/ mule ride excursion to the nearby mountain. While on top you will admire the 13th century rock hewn monastery and the awe-inspiring scenery. Overnight the same hotel.
Day 8: Axum
Am transfer to Lalibela airport for 45-minute flight to Aksum. After checking in to the hotel, we will have a city tour in Axum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Granite stone Stele of Axum, The Tombs of King Kaleb and his son King G/Mesekel, The Ezana’s stone inscription, The Queen of Sheba’s palace and Swimming pool, and the Church of Zion, which is the final resting place of the True Arc of The Covenant. Overnight hotel
Day 9: Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa. Free time for shopping.
Day 10: Arba Minch
Drive to Arba Minch via Butajera. On the way visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam, which believes carved by King Lalibela at the end of 12th C and the steles of Tiya, which carved from monolithic stones and used as Tomb for the soldiers who died between the age of 18 and 22. And also the Stele of Tiya registered on the UNESCO Album as one of the world heritage sites. Overnight hotel
Day 11: Arba Minch
AM visit village the Dorze people who live on the Guge Mounatin and are famous for their beehive bamboo house and weaving skill; In their society, it is a taboo for men to spin the cotton and taboo for the women to make a traditional cloth. After lunch will have a boat trip on the 3rd lagest lake in Ethiopia called Chamo; which famous for big Crocodile, Hippos, and water birds. Overnight same hotel
Day 12: Jinka
After breakfast drive to Weyto via the town of Key Afer. On the way visit the konso village, where you see colorfully costumed dress, impressive terracing of the land, annually engraved wooden status used as grave markers and community house. In the community house called Mora, all the young boys above 12 years old expected to stay every night in it till their marriage. And then drive to Weyto for Lunch. After Lunch continue driving to the town of Jinka. Overnight hotel
Day 13: Turmi
AM drive to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people with their village. The mursi are well known for the large clay discs that the women wear inserted in their slit lower lips; The Mursi women start cutting their lips between the age of 12 and 16 years and then after they cut their lips, they put small wooden plugs and change every night with the big one to stretch the lips till their lips can hold 6-inch round clay. The Mursi men wear little, although a cotton wrap is becoming more & more common. After lunch drive to Turmi via Dimeka. If the day is Saturday or Tuesday, will have a chance to see the colorful weekly market at Dimeka. Overnight hotel
Day 14: Turmi
A.M drive to Korocho village to visit the Karo tribe; They are famous for body decoration during the ceremony; In the old time, Men are famous for body scars; By counting of the scars, you can identify how many people he killed. Afternoon drive to Omorate to visit the Dassench people, who live across the Omo River. And then drive back to Turmi. If the day is Monday, there is a weekly market at Turmi for the Hamer people. Overnight same hotel.
Day 15: Arba Minch
Visit the Hammer village, where you see kids playing in the compound and women are decorate their hair by using red soil, water and cow butter. Hamer people have a bull Jumping ceremony; This ceremony is a transformation for young boys from young to adulthood; During the ceremony, you see the real Hamer traditional dance called Eveangadi; and also the women from the jumper’s families are being wipe by his friends to show their love to the Jumper.
Drive to Arba minch via Arbore. On the way will have stop at Arbore tribe, who practice circumcision before marriage for the girls. After circumcision program, she will stay two month in her Husband’s family house. Overnight hotel
Day 16: Addis Ababa/Departure
Drive back to Addis. On the way visit Lake Zeway, where you see the Colorful water birds and it is the largest lake from the Northern Rift Valley Lakes. Evening after the dinner program in one of the traditional restaurants, transfer to airport for departure. The end of an amazing trip to Ethiopia.