Luxury tour to the Natural & Historical route 12 days and 11 nights

 

Highlights of the Tour : Cathedrals, Open-air markets, Museums, Crater lakes, Rock-Churches, Monasteries, Lakes, Waterfalls, Castle complex and Great scenery and many more....

 

DAY 1 : Arrival, Addis Ababa


Up on arrival be meet and transfer in to hotel. O/n Sheraton Addis (www.sheratonaddis.com) , Radisson Blue (www.radissonblu.com/Addis_Ababa)

 

DAY 2 : Addis Ababa


After breakfast head for the sightseeing of Addis Ababa, namely to the former capital Entoto; where you can see the mud made palace of Emperor Minilik II and the museum filled with royal family gifts and costumes, the trinity cathedral where Emperor Haile Selasse and his family body rests. Lunch break and then proceed to the Africa’s biggest open-air market called “Merkato”, the national Museum, where the 3.2 million years fossil of Lucy and other older fossils are displayed and finally to the Ethnographic museum where you learn the life style f Ethiopia’s 85 tribes. In the evening attend a famous traditional restaurant where you can see live dancing of different tribes with in Ethiopia & enjoy spicy foods too. O/n Sheraton Addis (www.sheratonaddis.com) , Radisson Blue (www.radissonblu.com/Addis_Ababa)

 

DAY 3 : Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar


Early in the morning take a flight to Bahir Dar, a newly bustling city acting as capital for the Amhara people. Proceed for a boat trip on Lake Tana, the source of Blue-Nile river to visit the 16th century monastery of “Ura Kidane Mihret” , known for its colorful painting from the bible stories and dating back to more than 300 years old. Take lunch break and then head to the Blue-Nile falls to admire the breath taking scene and back to Bahir Dar. O/n Avanti blue-Nile resort (www.goldenleaveshotels.com/blue_nile_resort.htm) or Kuriftu resort (www.kurifturesortspa.com/kuriftu-resort-and-spa-lake-tana)  

 

Day 4: Drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar


Drive to the city of Gondar established during the 17th century. Up on arrival start to explore the medieval period castle compound. Have lunch break and then start the afternoon by visiting the colorful church of Debre-Birhan Selasse build with castle style, the Ethiopian Jews village and also the open-air market. O/n Florida International (http://www.floridainternationalhotel.com) or Taye Hotel (www.tayebelayhotel.com)  

 

Day 5: Drive from Gondar to Simien Mountains


Drive to the Simien mountains national park known for its breath taking scenery and hosting the 4th biggest African mountain called “Ras Dashen”. The park also hosts the endemic mammals of Gelada baboon and also the Walia Ibex. Then back to Gondar for overnight stay. O/n Land Mark Hotel (http://www.gonderlandmark.com/landmark/) or Taye Hotel (www.tayebelayhotel.com

 

DAY 6 : Fly from Lalibela to Gondar


Fly to Lalibela in the morning. Continue exploring the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which were build before 800 years ago and are still acting as a live shrines for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians.  O/n Mountain View (www.mountainsviewhotel.com)  or Maribela Hotel (www.hotelmaribela.com/)  

 

DAY 7 : Fly back to Addis Ababa


Fly back to Addis Ababa. Up on arrival be met by offroad tour representative and drive to Langano, one of the Bilharzia free Rift Valley Lake. En route visit to the shallowest rift valley lake of Zeway. O/n Bishangari Lodge (www.bishangari.com/ ) or African Vacation Club (www.africavacationclub.com.et)

 

DAY 8 : Drive to Awassa 


In the morning have a sun bath by the side of the lake and a swim and to visit the twin rift valley lakes of Abiyata-Shalla. Also admire the bird species in the surrounding and head to the city of Awassa, a newly bustling hub that is a capital for the southern nations. Along the road also visit to the “Ras Teferians”, people who believe in the last king of Ethiopia, Haileselasse village and their ways of life. O/n Lewi (www.lewihotelandresort.com)   or Haile resort (www.haileresort.com.et)

 

DAY 9 : Drive from Awassa to Arba Minch


Early in the morning visit the biggest open-air fish market of Awassa and drive to Arba Minch. After a lunch break at a renowned fish restaurant with a taste of Nile-perch, head for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the crocodile market and also hippos. O/n Paradise Lodge (www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com)  or Swaynes Hotel (www.swayneshotel.com)

 

DAY 10 : Drive from  Arba Minch to Knoso


After breakfast head to the Konso town. The Konso with 9 different clans have a tradition of nominating their own King who has got his own Place to live and also servants to work for. He is a symbol of peace and integrity among the Konso with unique dynastical line going on for many hundreds of years. The Konso have a clean, well, built and protected villages with each village having a communal house of living called “Mora” where young boys spend the night protecting the village. They have also a tradition of age initiation for boys to advance from child hood to adult hood.  The Konso are very much known for having a wooden made grave sign called “Waka”. Take time of picture and visit in the village and back to Arba Minch. After lunch head to Chencha, a village for the Dorze people in the mountains who are known for their bamboo made bee-hive shaped houses and also cotton woven colorful clothing. O/n Paradise Lodge (www.paradiselodgeethiopia.com)   or Swaynes Hotel (www.swayneshotel.com

 

DAY 11 : Drive from Arba Minch to Awassa


Drive from Arba Minch to Awassa. O/n . O/n Lewi (www.lewihotelandresort.com ) or Haile resort (www.haileresort.com.et)

 

DAY 12 : Drive from Awassa to Addis Ababa


Drive back to Addis Ababa. En route visit to the hot spring in Wendo Genet and also the rater lake of Debre-Zeit. . In the evening attend a famous traditional restaurant where you can see live cultural dancing of different tribes with in Ethiopia & enjoy spicy foods too and transfer out 

 

 

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