Lungo local tour Ethiopia
Summary: northern historical attraction
Duration: 25 days 20 night
Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Radissun Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain – 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay in Radissun Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
After breakfast, you will drive to Bahir Dar (564 Km from Addis). En route, you will visit Debre Libanos Monastery (founded in the 13th century by priest Tekla Haimanot, today one of Ethiopia’s most renowned saints) & the museum. After 100km from Debre Libanos Monastery the road dropping more than 1000m, gradually winds down to the bottom of the Blue Nile Gorge, which is comparable in scale to American’s Grand Canyon cited to be the largest canyon in Africa. You will stop for lunch at Debre Markos. Then you will arrive in Bahir Dar (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Abay Minch Lodge, Bahir Dar.
Day 4: Boat Ride on Lake Tana to Visit Island Monasteries and visit Blue Nile Falls
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Lake Tana, take a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos and on the Zegien peninsula visit UraKidanMehiret
After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Abay Minch Lodge, Bahir Dar.
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.
Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab.
Early in the evening, you will visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night. Overnight stay in Goha hotel.
Day 6: Excursion to Debarq, 100km gravel road to visit the Simien Mountains National Park.
You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNISCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape). Late in afternoon drive back to Debarq for overnight stay or stay in Simien Lodge at Sankeber. Overnight stay in Simien Lodge at Sankeber or Simien Park Hotel at Debarq.
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Consular or Berhana hotel.
You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Consular or Berhana hotel.
together with the team of lungo local tour ethiopia After breakfast, you will be driven to Hawizen (250 Km from Axum). On the way you can visit Ethiopia’s earliest known capital city of Yeha which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.
Another possible excursion is to Debre Damo monastery (only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself! Overnight stay in Hawizen lodge.
After breakfast, you will visit some of the most beautiful medieval churches on impressive viewpoints such as: Abuna Yemata Guh, Debre Maryam Korkor or Abreha WeAtsheba church, all situated near to the road between Mekele and Hawzien. It requires climbing a steep mountain to reach these churches so good walking/mountain shoes are recommendable. Lunch at Hawizen lodge. Then drive to Mekelle. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Axum Hotel or Top View Hotel.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (470 Km from Mekele) through the Ambalage Chain of Mountains. Your arrival in Lalibela will be late in the afternoon. You will check in hotel.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Tukul Village hotel.
Right after breakfast, together with the team of lungo local tour Ethiopia an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Tukul Village hotel
An early morning drive after breakfast will take you to Kombolcha (335 Km). En route visit Hayk Estifanos Monastery (45 Km before Kombolcha, famous for its variety of bird life near the town of Hayk). Later, you will drive to Kombolcha & upon arrival, you will check into a hotel & stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sunny Side hotel.
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Addis Ababa (375 Km). You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon. Over night addis ababa
Day 1 6
Together with the team of lungo local tour Ethiopia We drive to ARBAMINCH passing the town of BUTAJIRA-HOSSANA. On the way visit TIYA stone field and GURAGE village after Lunch Late in the afternoon we will arrive in the town is called Arbaminch. Sleep the night hotel or lodge
Arbaminch, CHENCHA, NECHESAR National park & Lake CHAMO
Together with lungo local tour Ethiopia team In the morning, visit the local market in Dorze (Monday and Thursday) or Chencha (Tuesday and Saturday). Afterwards, continue driving to Arba Minch. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Overnight in Arba Minch (camping, hotel or lodge).
After breakfast, depart from arbaminch to Konso, The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Time permitting, you can also visit the “natural New York Village”, named after the tall sand formations resembling skyscrapers. After the visit, continue to Ginka via Key Afar. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Ginka overnight hotel or lodge
We will drive to MAGO National park to visit the MURSI tribes and BODI then we will drive to JINKA town after lunch then you will drive to turmi through keyafar We attend the colorful Thursday market Keyafer, Tuesday market Alduba (Demeka) and Monday market in turmi, then we visit the Hamer village, in the night, most probably we will see bull jumping and evangadi dance,
Overnight in Buska lodge (available for camping in the Hamer village
Dassenech Tribes and Turmi Market. together with the team of lungo local tour Ethiopia AM. Drive to visit Dassenech tribes who are living to the other side of Omo River. You will cross the River by local boat to visit their village. Back to Turmi and visit the Hamer market in Turmi(Monday), visit also Hamer village. O/N. Buska Lodge
Karo & Turmi. Head to visit another omo Valley tribes whop settled at the shore of Omo River-The Karo Tribes- who are agro-pastoralists and considered to be the master of Body painters. Picnic lunch on the way. In the afternoon, arrive in Turmi- home for Hamer tribes. Having their own typical culture,the Hamer tribes are the most welcoming, friendly and Photogenic tribes. Their dressing style and hair style make the Hamer women very different from others. Bull Jumping-another typical culture for the Hamer man and Evangady”Dancing at Night” are some of the performances not to be missed while you visit these tribes. These performances are taken place during Wedding- after harvesting. O/N. Buska Lodge
Turmi to aribore to konso
Turmi to Konso. Leave Turmi for the drive to Konso. On the way, visit the village of Erbore tribes who have similar culture with the Borena Oromo. Up on arrival in Konso, you will visit the Koso village and the Konsos’ Chief who he has remarkable influence on dealing and solving problems for the society. O/N. Lodge
Konso to yabelo-chew bet
Konso to Yabello. After breakfast, visit “New York in Konso” which is a beautiful land formation by erosion. Picnic lunch on the way, late in the afternoon Excursion trip to visit Elsod and singing well. O/N. Hotel
Yabelo to awasa
Yabello/Yirgalem. Check out from your hotel and together with the team of lungo local tour ethiopia for the drive to Yirgalem. On the way enjoy with the surrounding dense coffee forest. You will visit a coffee farm. Arrive in Yergalem Aregash Lodge situated in the middle of the forest. Walk around to spot so many bird species. O/N. Argash Lodge
Awasa langano-Addis Ababa
Yirgalem to Langano. Drive to Awassa to visit the fish market at the shore of Lake Awassa. Spot so many bird species. Head also to Wendogenet to enjoy with the surround forest and to explore the source of the hot spring close to the hotel. Lunch in Wendogenet Wabishebelle Hotel. In the after noon drive to Langano-another rift Valley Lake then drive to addis ababa
We suggest a walking tour if you are interested in social life, living conditions, problems, development projects, politics and the many an told stories of the tribal people. That would allow you time to visit with families and observe their daily- life activities. It is good way to experience real life in Ethiopia.
The above itineray is an ideal normal touristic tout. But there will be many more things to do and place to visit. We prefer not to list them all here. That way we can keep your interests and desires as the focal point for the final itinerary. Possibly, the unwritten part of our trip will be the best part of all.
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