HISTORIC TRIP TO ETHIOPIA

Theme: Landmarks, Walking, Nature, Religious, Unusual, History, Archeology, Architecture, Culture/Tradition, Photography

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You will discover

  • Abyssinian Plateau
  • Addis-Abeba
  • Amhara
  • Arba Minch
  • Awash
  • Axum
  • Blue Nile Falls
  • Ethiopia
  • Gondar
  • Harar
  • Harari
  • Konso
  • Lake Chamo
  • Lalibela
  • Langano
  • Mago National Park
  • Nationalities
  • North Gondar
  • North Shewa
  • Oromia
  • Sidamo
  • Simien Mountains
  • South Gonder
  • Southern Nations
  • Tigray
  • Tigray
  • and People's Region
  • Éthiopie
  • ኢትዮጵያ
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  • Addis-Abeba, Éthiopie

  • 1

    Blue Nile Falls, South Gonder, Amhara, Ethiopia

  • 2

    Gondar, Amhara, Ethiopia

  • 3

    Simien Mountains, North Gondar, Amhara, Ethiopia

  • 4

    Axum, Tigray, Ethiopia

  • 5

    Tigray, Ethiopia

  • 6

    Lalibela, Amhara, Ethiopia

  • 7

    Abyssinian Plateau, North Shewa, Oromia, Ethiopia

  • 8

    Langano, ኢትዮጵያ

  • 9

    Arba Minch, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

  • 10

    Lake Chamo, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

  • 11

    Mago National Park, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

  • 12

    Konso, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia

  • 13

    Sidamo, ኢትዮጵያ

  • 14

    Awash, Oromia, Ethiopia

  • 15

    Harar, Harari, Ethiopia

  • Addis-Abeba, Éthiopie

Schedule

Day
Arrive in

Day 1: Addis Ababa Arrival and City Tour

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

Day 5: Simien Mountains

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Day 7: Visit Axum

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Day 23: The Salt Lake

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

Day 25: Drive to Awash

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

Day 27: Visit Harar

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Day 1
Arrive in Day 1

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 2
Arrive in Day 2

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 3
Arrive in Day 3

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 4
Arrive in Day 4

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 5
Arrive in Day 5

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 6
Arrive in Day 6

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 7
Arrive in Day 7

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 8
Arrive in Day 8

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 9
Arrive in Day 9

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 10
Arrive in Day 10

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 11
Arrive in Day 11

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 12
Arrive in Day 12

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 13
Arrive in Day 13

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 14
Arrive in Day 14

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 15
Arrive in Day 15

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 16
Arrive in Day 16

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 17
Arrive in Day 17

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 18
Arrive in Day 18

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 19
Arrive in Day 19

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 20
Arrive in Day 20

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 21
Arrive in Day 21

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 22
Arrive in Day 22

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 23
Arrive in Day 23

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 24
Arrive in Day 24

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 25
Arrive in Day 25

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 26
Arrive in Day 26

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Day 27
Arrive in Day 27

Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

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Day 1: Arrival and City Tour

Arrival in Addis Ababa , reception at the airport by our assistant, assistance in customs formalities and transfer to hotel. After a little rest we will start to visit the capital. 
In order to identify urban planning in the capital of Ethiopia, we will go to Entoto . This hill, located north of the city, rises to 3200m.

The visit of the National Museum will be an opportunity to discuss the history of Ethiopia: the famous Lucy (humanoid fossils 3.4 million years) to powerful ancient kingdom of Axum ;medieval kingdoms gondariens the reigns of the emperors Menelik II and Haile Selassie. 
We will also visit the former palace of Haile Selassie , now houses the Museum of Ethnology .

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar(Addis Ababa)

 

Day 2: Blue Nile Gorge

Drive to Bahirdar by the gorges of the Blue Nile , turbulent landscape succession of plateaus and downhill towards the rivers (possibly Gorge Muga or Debre Libanos monastery).

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 3: Excursion to the source of the Blue Nile

The morning will be devoted to an excursion to the source of the Blue Nile , which, with the White Nile , make up the great Nile . A 45-minute walk of approach will allow us to reach the fantastic site " Tissisat " (Amharic the water that smokes) and its vertiginous falls. 
then we will visit a village Woyito , which are made ​​even used the papyrus boats today on Lake Tana by fishermen. Shrine, but also refuge during the Muslim invasions, Lake Tana has always been a highly strategic location. This immense body of water has an area of 3500 km2. The monasteries visit 16th and 17th century, scattered in the heart of lush vegetation is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere, away from the bustle of modern life. In the peninsula Zeghie , we visit beautiful church of "mercy," one of the finest examples of architecture and the Ethiopian religious paintings. The officiating priest in this church is also the guardian of royal crowns, reflecting the importance of this place of worship for centuries.

Overnight stay at Tana Hotel or similar(Bahir Dar)

 

Day 4: Drive to Gondar-the Royal Enclosure

After the Muslim invasions that devastated the country in the 16th century, Emperor Fasilidas established his capital at Gondar . The city retained that status until the mid 19th century. This glorious period of Ethiopian history, we admire the imperial city , which were built between the 17th and 18th century, many monuments still beautifully preserved: the castle Fasilidas , first built, massive and powerful; the castle Yasou 1 of slender shape; the castles of Bakka and Mentouab ; the David III Music Palace ; the castle Qusquam .surrealist show to admire these constructions, European inspirations in the heart of Africa. We will continue our tour with bathing Fasiledas and visit the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie(Light of the Trinity).

 Overnight stay at Goha Hotel or similar(Gondar)

 

Day 5: Simien Mountains

We leave in the morning to discover the Simien Mountains , Amharic, Simien means north. 
The road passes over mountainous areas of wild beauty. In the park, a large number of peaks over 4000 m (13123 feet), and through all, the higher the Mont Ras Dejen at 4543 m (1905 feet) above the level of the sea. These volcanic mountains been eroded by centuries of rain.Today, their tops have an amethyst color and possess deep ravines, always deepened by rivers.

 Overnight stay at Simien Park Lodge (Simien National Park) 

 

 

Day 6: The Massive Semien

Through the splendid panoramas day's drive of massive Semien and Tsellemti . 
Semien Massif and the National Park of 179km2 it harbors in its heart are part of the World Heritage Site since 1979. Down in the Valley Tekeze and continuation of Axum .

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 7: Visit Axum

Axum was ranked among the world heritage by UNESCO. The legends told in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) tell how the city of Axum, from the 10th century BC was already the city where the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, brought the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and it is to this day kept in a sanctuary. 
We will visit the stelae field monoliths granite dating from the pre-Christian period and decorated with symbolic engravings. One of the seven stelae of ancient times was in Rome from 1937 to 2008. Mussolini had seized as a trophy after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. 
We will also visit the Church of St. Mary of Zion . It seems that one of its chapels houses the Ark of the Covenant. "The Guardian" , the only person authorized to access the chapel is the only person who can see, keeping under his protection. There is also a small museum containing the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures.

Overnight stay at Yeha Hotel or similar (Akum) 

 

Day 8: The highlands of Tigray

Road through the high plateaus of Tigray to Yeha , a Sabaean site that has preserved a magnificent temple of the 5th century before our era converted church dedicated to Abba AFSE, one of the nine mythical founders of Ethiopian Christianity. Then, drive to the mountain range Gheralta where is concentrated the largest number of these strange monuments are the rock churches of Tigray. Visit the church of the Virgin near the village of Korkor , an imposing church-cave, difficult to access and decorated Rare paintings from the 14th century can be. Great view. 

 Overnight stay at the Gheralta Lodge (Gheralta) 

 

Day 9: Discover the churches of Tigray

Continuation of the discovery of the churches of Tigray and stop at the village of Degoum , where a rock all very old, consisting of three buildings. Then, visit the church of Abreha and Atsbéa , perhaps the most imposing monument of the region. The monastery church was dug in part of the cliff and exposed part. AWukro where it joins the main road Tcherqos visit the cave church. 

Overnight stay at Desta Int'l Hotel or similar ( Mekele)

 

Day 10: Drive to Lalibela

Since Mekele we drive to the sanctuary of Roha , former name of the town of Lalibela . 
It will be a long journey to reach Lalibela via Alamata-Woldiya main road from Mekele. Spend the rest time at hotel.

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 11: Exploring The churches of Lalibela

King Lalibela, in the early 13th century, ordered the construction of eleven churches carved into the mass of tuff. Visit the churches:  Bet Medihanialem, Bet Mariam, Danaghel Bet, Bet Golgotha, Michael Bet and Bet Golgotha. The post midi is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the second part (the part south).  We will begin the visits as " Beta Amanuel ", " Beta Merkorios ", "Beta Gabriel and Raphael " and " Beta Abba Libanos ." Finally we will finish by visiting the most famous church in the form of cross, " Beta Ghiorghis ." Throughout the day, we will have the opportunity to enjoy religious paintings, symbols and puzzles decorating Lalibela churches and also admire many religious objects and some of the best examples of early religious art in the country.

 

Overnight stay at Lal Hotel or similar (Lalibela) 

 

Day 12: The highlands of Abyssinia

In the morning we drive to the town of Kombolcha . On the road we mark photo stops to enjoy beautiful landscapes . We cross the villages inhabited by Oromo Christians in the highlands of Abyssinia among the Amhara and Tigray are the majority in this region. Continue to Kombolcha , a small town with 40,000 inhabitants but is also an important crossroads for the country. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Sunny Side (Kombolcha) 

 

Day 13: Traditional Oromo Christians Farms

Back to Addis from East trays, 360 kms with visit of traditional Christian Oromo farms . 
Arrival in the capital around 16:30.

Overnight stay at Panorama Hotel or similar (Addis Ababa)

 

Day 14: Excursion to Langano

In the morning, we will drive to Langano, located in the heart of the Rift Valley, at 1570m altitude. Langano is the favored vacation spot for residents of the capital, who like to meet for enjoying the lake and its National Park Abyata and Shalla , home to  impressive colony of flamingos and many other bird species.

Overnight stay at Bishangari Lodge or Similar(Langano)

 

Day 15: Drive to Arbaminch

Link to Arbaminch ( "40 springs"). Before reaching, Arbaminch we will visit  Senkele park , Harbor Swayne. Senkele National Park, an area of 58 km2 is located south of Shashemene. The small size of this reserve and its field make it a unique place in Ethiopia where the animal can be easily observed. Continue to Arbaminch.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 16: Boat on Lake Chamo, amid crocodiles and hippopotamuses

In the morning, we will go into the mountains, to go to the ethnic village of Dorze. 
A visit to the village will be an opportunity to discuss about the ethnic group. Central element for the survival of Dorze, the Ensat will be explained by our guide. This plant, which resembles the banana, can reach 8-9 meters high. It is found in many countries, but Ethiopia is the only place where we extract an edible product (FYI: Started at Dorze, colorful market on Mondays). 
In the afternoon we will enjoy the small town Arbaminch and lakes. Arbaminch is a peaceful and pleasant city, built on the hillside. It has 2 levels and offers amazing views of two lakes in the Rift Valley lakes Abyata and Chamo . A boat trip on Lake Chamo allow us to "walk" in the middle of crocodiles and hippos, coexisting peacefully with other white pelicans and eagles.

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge (Arba Minch)

 

Day 17: Exploring the Ethnic Banna and Ari

Today we will discover the Banna tribe and Ari. In the same linguistic and cultural family of Hamer. Transfer to Jinka.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 18: Day Trip to Mago National Park

It's in the Park Mago , on the lowlands to the east of the Omo and Mago River found west of theMursi .  The hot climate and the characteristics of this warlike practices population have preserved the long of all forms of occupation and even modernity. The Mursi are agro-pastoralists . As Hamer and Banna, their social and ritual organizations use in combination generation principles, age and home. The women of higher rank are adorned trays, whose origin and meaning are to date not yet fully understood.

Overnight stay at Jinka resort(Jinka)

 

Day 19: Meeting with Ethnic groups in the Omo Valley

Drive to Turmi. This great day allows meeting the interesting ethnic groups in the Omo Valley such as Tsemay the Hamer (FYI: at Turmi or Dimeka, colorful market on Mondays). 
Arrival in Turmi late afternoon. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 20: Meet the Hamer People

The day will be entirely devoted to meeting with the Hamer people. Within this ethnic group, all individuals are divided between two generational classes: the "Sons of the Country" and the "Fathers of the Country." The passage of generational class Son of the Father of the Country in the Country s 'accompanied by an initiation rite. 

Overnight stay at Buska Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 21: The Omo Valley and the Konso Tribe

Continue our journey in the Omo Valley and discover the Konso tribe ; visit their village. 
If the king is present, we can meet him, he will explain the peculiarities of his people, the Council of Elders and their relation to the former. The region of Konso is characterized by terraced crops (mainly millet). Each village is divided into districts, which are self-help groups in which representatives are appointed to the village council. The Konso are divided into nine clans, each with their totem. 

Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge(Turmi)

 

Day 22: Drive to Borana

Today we will continue our trip to Yabelo. We visit a village of ethnic Borana , fierce warriors attached to their land. They are dressed in colorful clothes and have a great sense of hospitality. 
Their social system is based on the principle of age classes below which a man can marry. This is the demographic regulator of this people.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 23: The Salt Lake

 

Nearly Yabelo we will visit a village of the Borana ethnic group and we will discover the amazing salt lake at the bottom of a crater where villagers extract the incredible efforts of the price of salt blocks which constitute for them a considerable wealth. 
During 500 years, the Borena, which are semi-nomadic pastoralists in Ethiopia, managed to survive and withstand their harsh environment by sourcing water from wells that have up to 30 meters deep. The dust rises under the feet of a long line of camels and cows wandering on the road to a deep well. Men standing on each other, form a human chain in the well, they throw buckets of them standing on this precarious ladder, bringing together water. There is a strong vocal chorus that keeps pace; yellow buckets are constantly sent into the well and brought up in a mesmerizing rhythm. Back at ground level where other groups of animals together, waiting their turn to go down to drink water.

We continue our tour to see the Oromo people and their singing tradition.

Overnight stay at Yabelo Motel(Yabello)

 

Day 24: The Region of Sidamo and Coffee Plantations

After  Yabelo, we will visit the region Sidamo until Yergalem , a small village nestled in the heart of the green, surrounded by coffee plantations. This region is one of the main areas of coffee production; opportunity to discuss the Ethiopian origin of this plant, whose culture developed on the planet. All Arabica coffee plants in the world have ancestors for Ethiopian coffee ... 
From the hotel, we will visit on foot a traditional village Sidamo. 

Overnight stay at Aregash Lodge(Yirgalem)

 

Day 25: Drive to Awash

We will take the road to Awash Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Ethiopia. 

Overnight stay at Awash Falls Lodge(Awash)

 

Day 26: Visit Awash Park

The water from the Awash River passes through a spectacular gorge; the park is home to 392 species of birds and many mammals living there. Awash is the longest river in Ethiopia, it does not start in the sea, but joined the Danakil Depression nearly Assayta and eventually give birth to a series of lakes. The day is devoted to visiting the park and its surroundings. Drive to Harar.

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 27: Visit Harar

Harar is located at an altitude of 1800 meters. Harar is a maze of narrow streets surrounded by old walls. Its architecture reflects a strong Islamic influence. We will walk through the old city and visit the house where Rimbaud lived. Harar was the favorite city of the poet who settled there in order to conduct its trade in arms for the Emperor Menelik. 
Until relatively recently, Harar was venerated by Muslims as a pilgrimage center. The city being the holiest of the Horn of Africa, with a large number of mosques and Koranic schools. 
Our visit to this city will include some of these mosques as well as some of the old traditional houses. The main sites are: the city walls and gateways , the Friday Mosque , the museum, the House of Ras Makonnen , and the alleged house of Rimbaud . Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. In the evening after dinner, will be devoted to a visit to the man with the Hyena (the man who feeds hyenas).

Overnight stay at Heritage Plaza Hotel (Harar)

 

Day 28: Drive back to Addis

Drive back to Addis Ababa. This trip will give us the opportunity to go through various landscapes: desert landscapes from around Dire Dawa , lake, landscapes of the Awash , etc. 
Farewell dinner with traditional dance show and music.

The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Theme

  • Landmarks
  • Walking
  • Nature
  • Religious
  • Unusual
  • History
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Culture/Tradition
  • Photography

Additional Information

INCLUDED:

·         27 Nights Hotel Accommodation on a Shared Room 

·         Day Use in Addis Ababa on the last day

·         half board (Optional)

·         Private Land Transport by 1 Mini Van-14 Seats+Guide (Fuel, Driver, Parking and Insurance)

·         2 Litres of Water/day

·         Private English Speaking Tour Guide

·         Applicable Local Guides

·         Boat Transfers on Lake Tana and Lake Chamo

·         Porter Fees

·         All Tour Fees

·         Service Charge

·         Tax Inclusive

NOT INCLUDED:

✓    International Airfare

✓    Alcoholic Expenses

✓    Tips for Service Providers

✓    And what is NOT included on the "Included" List 

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INCLUDED:

·         27 Nights Hotel Accommodation on a Shared Room 

·         Day Use in Addis Ababa on the last day

·         half board (Optional)

·         Private Land Transport by 1 Mini Van-14 Seats+Guide (Fuel, Driver, Parking and Insurance)

·         2 Litres of Water/day

·         Private English Speaking Tour Guide

·         Applicable Local Guides

·         Boat Transfers on Lake Tana and Lake Chamo

·         Porter Fees

·         All Tour Fees

·         Service Charge

·         Tax Inclusive

Not included

 

NOT INCLUDED:

✓    International Airfare

✓    Alcoholic Expenses

✓    Tips for Service Providers

✓    And what is NOT included on the "Included" List 

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