Duration: 15 nights / 16 days
Type of Tour: Historic, Cultural & Nature
Tour Code: ENSE - 002
Mode of Transport: Domestic Flights (North) & Surface (South)
Route: Addis Ababa – Gondar – Axum – Lalibela – Addis Ababa (end of flights, change to 4WD) – Arba Minch – Tiya - Arba Minch - Chencha - Konso - Turmi - Omorate - Dimeka - Jinka - Mago/Mursi - Jinka - KeyAfer - Konso – Yabello – Yirgalem – Addis Ababa
WELCOME TO ETHIOPIA!
ELMI Tour welcomes the group at Bole International Airport. Transfer to your hotel to leave the luggages (if rooms are available, check in).
A mini city tour: Mercato (the biggest open air market in East Africa), Trinity Cathedral (the magnificent baroque style architecture), Entoto Mountain (highest peak and city view at 3,200m above sea level, and more.
ADDIS ABABA ✈ GONDAR
GONDAR ✈ AXUM
Fly to Axum (40min). After hotel check in, visit the swimming pool of the legendary queen of Sheba, the ruin of imperial edifices along with their tombs, the church of St. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept secretly, the main stelae park where the huge monolithic stelae are found, and the archeological museum that displays artifacts unearthed archeologically.
AXUM ✈ LALIBELA
Morning flight to Lalibela.
After hotel check in, visit the first group of the magnificent Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela carved out of living volcanic tuff with amazing architectural skills that the world has never seen elsewhere (UNESCO Heritage). Among churches of this group, Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, vaulted dome and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of St.. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock hewn churches.
After Lunch, visit the second group of the Rock-Hewn Churches; Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster with the developed skills of the masons to carve the church in such perfection.
Visit Nakuto La’ab Cave Church (45km from Lalibela town) established by Emperor Nakuto La’ab, who reined after Lalibela. The Emperor is said to be pious Christian who used to roll on sword on every Friday to memorize the passion of Christ.
Back to Lalibela town for lunch. After lunch, continuing visiting the rock hewn church groups in Lalibela town.
LALIBELA ✈ ADDIS ABABA
Fly back to Addis Ababa.
Go on a city tour to visit the rest of the Addis Ababa sites which the group could not visit on the first day.
(Optional with extra charge): fine oil massage, steam bath, hot spring
ADDIS ABABA - TIYA - ARBA MINCH
After breakfast, go on a road trip to the South.
Today we drive to Arba Minch along the Butajira road.
On the way, visit the stelae of Tiya and the archaeological site. Lunch stop in Welayta town - known for the finest Kutfo (raw meat dish of Ethiopia).
ARBA MINCH - CHENCHA/DORZE - KONSO
Morning drive to a village of the Dorze people (around 2700-3000m above sea level) who live in hilly mountain of Gughe (the highest peak in the region). They were once warriors and now turned to agriculturalists. Their houses are typically beehive shaped huts, and they are famous for their weaving culture.
Lunch back to Arba Minch.
After lunch, boat trip on Lake Chamo where crocodiles can be seen in abundance. This place is locally known as the crocodile market since several crocodiles can be seen at a time. Also found are Hippos and different kinds of birds including storks, Egyptian goose, herons etc.
Drive to Konso(90Km)
KONSO - TURMI
In the early morning drive to Turmi. (160Km)
Lunch in Turmi then visitTurmi Market of Hammer people.
If we are lucky, we can catch the Bull Jumping Ceremony of the Hammer people - promotion for the young men from childhood to adulthood. If a boy can jump on top of morethan 20 bulls (3 round trips), then he is considered as an adult man and can marry any beautiful girls in the village.
TURMI - OMORATE - DIMEKA - TURMI
After breakfast, drive to Omorate (75km).
Take a boat to cross the river Omo to visit the Geleb (Dassenech) people. Geleb people are agro-pastoralists. The unmarried girls wear leather skirts with double flaps whereas the married ones wear single flap skirts. or Karo village
Lunch in Turmi/Dimeke or box lunch.
Visit Dimeka Market of the Hammer & Karo people.
TURMI - JINKA - MAGO/MURSI - JINKA
In the morning drive to Jinka(120Km), After hotel check in drive to Mago National Park, which is home to 84-recorded species of mammals and 257 species of birds. Buffalo is the charismatic species of the park.
Then, visit the world famous Mursi people - known for the clay disc the female insert in to their lower lips as a mark of beauty. The larger the disc is, the more beautiful the lady is considered to be.
JINKA - KEYAFER - JINKA
After breakfast, drive to Keyafer (50km) to visit the colorful market of Hammer, Bana and Ari tribes.
Lunch in Keyafer.
Back to Jinka and visit the south Omo Musium
JINKA - KONSO
In the morning drive to Konso.(160Km) After hotel check in visit Konso. The Konso people are famous for their natural resource conservation activities such as terracing. They are also known for wood carving art. The Waga village for the woodcarvings erected as a mark of tomb. And the New york site. The Konso terracing is recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site.
KONSO - YABELLO
In the morning drive to Yabelo.(100Km)
Today you will witness an unique and amazing tradition of Borena People to provide water for their cattle. A group of about 20 people are lined up to draw water from the stream that is 20m deep. It is called "singing well" as they would sing while drawing water together.
YABELO - YIRGALEM
After breakfast drive to Yirgalem.
On the way, enjoy the dense coffee forest surrounding you. You will visit a coffee farm to learn how they produce coffee beans. Stay overnight in Aregash Lodge situated in the middle of the forest. Walk around to spot so many bird species.
YIRGALEM - ADDIS ABABA
Spend the morning around Aregash Lodge.
After lunch, drive back to Addis Ababa (330km).
Dinner in Addis Ababa.
Airport transfer to Bole International Airport to catch your international flight back to Home! Bon Voyage!
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