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Ethiopia - Historical Route Tour & Omo Valley Cultural Tour

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Ethiopia – Historical Route 

Highlights of the trip:

  • Lalibela – one of the “Wonders of the world:
  • City of Axum – build in 10th Century BC
  • Visit the palaces, residences and baths of Fasilidas – Gondar
  • Explore the churches on the 37 islands of Lake Tana
  • Visit the Ethnological Museum

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Addis Ababa
The name of the city,in Amharic, means “new flower”. Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in one of the highest parts of the Entoto mountain chain (3,000 m above sea level). It enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25°C. Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open air markets in Africa , known as the “Mercato”. It also has a good number of restaurants and discotheques.  Over night in 4 /5 * hotel – BB basis

Day 2 Addis- Lalibela
In the morning , we transfer to the air port to fly to Lalibela. Lalibela is located at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the twelfth century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as one of the wonders of the world. Each church has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God. The day is dedicated to visiting the first group of churches and the city itself. Overnight at Mt View or Roha hotel 3* ; in the evening you may attend a show featuring traditional dance. Full board basis

Day 3 Asheton Maryam
In the morning we go on foot or riding on mules to visit some rock-churches outside the city (about a 3-hour walk). In the afternoon, we visit the second group of churches. Overnight in the same hotel as day 2 – Full board basis

Day 4 Axum
The legends narrated in the Kebre Nagast ˜Book of Kings” recount how the city of Axum as early as the 10th century B.C was already the city in which 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 to Axum and it remains there to this day, preserved in a sanctuary. Famous long before the time of Christ, Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires, and represented a crucial connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. A visit is organized to the steles: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings. There is also a visit to the church of Saint Marry of Zion, which contains the crowns of Ethiopian kings and other treasures. Overnight at Yeha or Remhai Hotel 3*. Full board basis

Day 5 Gondar
After breakfast, fly to Gondar. Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasilidas. In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. In the afternoon, we visit the palaces, residences and baths of Fasilidas; afterwards, we visit the church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity), which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescos. Overnight at Goha hotel 3* full board basis

Day 6 Simien Mountains National Park (100 km)
The road passes over mountain areas of wild beauty, drawing close to the national park of the Simien massif . In the park, many of the mountain peaks exceed 4,000m; the highest is Ras Dejen, at 4,543 metres above sea level. These mountains consist of volcanic masses that have been eroded away by centuries of rain. Today they have a amethyst-coloured peaks and deep gullies, which have been further deepened by rivers. The crevices play host to the Walya, the ibex of the Simien Mountains. Overnight 3* full board basis

Day 7 Bahir Dar
Bahir Dar is a pleasant city located at 1,800 meters above sea level on the shores of lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. There are 37 islands on lake Tana and 30 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. Overnight stay at Tana Hotel 3* Full board basis

Day 8 Bahir Dar
Today we will have a boat trip on Lake Tana to explore the islands. We will also Visit the Blue Nile Falls. Overnight as per day 7 – full board basis

Day 9 Addis
Depart for flight to Addis. We will have a tour of Haile Selassie’s former palace which is now the home of the Ethnological Museum. Exhibits here represent the best of the arts and crafts of the country and gives an in-depth insight into the various peoples of Ethiopia. Next is a visit to the National Museum, known to be the best museum in Africa, where cultural and archaeological relics, including a plaster cast of "Lucy," the 3.2 million-year-old Hominid, are displayed. At the end, we will see the Mercato, eastern Africa’s largest market.

END OF SERVICES

2010 Rates per person sharing USD $
Travelling with 2-4 people $1850
Travelling with 6 people $1730
Travelling with 8 people$1640
Travelling with 10 people $1570
**Plus $295 for internal flights

Includes

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meal as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Boat excursion
  • All excursions as mentioned per program
  • Village fees
  • Park entry fees

Excludes

  • Tips to driver guides, porters and waiters
  • Items / Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Tanzanian Visas
  • Flights
  • Additional excursions
  • Items of personal Nature i.e. Drinks (Non Alcoholic & Alcoholic), Laundry, Telephone Calls.

Ethiopia – Omo Valley Cultural Tour  9nights, 10 days

Highlights of the trip:

  • Omo Valley – no where in the world are there so many ethnic groups inhabiting such a small area
  • Dorze tribe – unique home style
  • Mursi tribe – nomadic people
  • Hammer tribe – famous for their hairstyles
  • Karo Tribe – well known for their amazing body decorating

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Addis
The name of the city, in Amharic, means "new flower". Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it is located at 2,500 m (8202 ft) above sea level in one of the highest parts of the Entoto Mountain chain (3,000 m/9842 ft above sea level). Upon arrival, you will be met by our local representative and transfer to hotel. We will have a welcome drink and short briefing on the following day schedule. BB basis

Day 2 Arbaminch
This is the region inhabited by the people of the Guragie, who were once nomads but are now farmers. A long section of the road offers magnificent views of lake Abaya, surrounded by mountains. The lake has volcanic origins and is almost pink in colour. In the afternoon we will have an excursion to Dorze tribe famous for their unique home style and very attractive textile made traditionally.
Overnight at Tourist Hotel/Paradise Lodge. Full board basis

Day 3 Arba Minch
Today we will have an excursion to the Dorze village and PM boat trip on Lake Chamo.

Day 4 Jinka
The road crosses soft rolling hills with dark red soil and plentiful crops and woods. The Dorze people, famous for their textiles, inhabit the territory. Their bamboo houses are each surrounded by a small garden. Moving on, we meet the Konso, excellent farmers. These are pagan people, who erect totem poles on the tombs of their dead. To the southeast of the Konso village are the Borena, who are semi-nomadic shepherds.
Overnight in Jinka Resort. Full board basis

Day 5 Mursi Tribe.
A quick stop in the morning at the local Saturday market, before heading into the Omo River Valley. This valley is so very, very special because nowhere else in the world are there so many ethnic groups inhabiting such a small area. During the next couple of days you’ll see some interesting tribes, all of whom have their own languages and, for the most part, have few interactions between each other.

The Mursi:  They are perhaps the best known of the tribal peoples  due  to many documentaries having been done about them. They are a  nomadic   people, moving with the season. The women weaer lip plates and the men are known for the fierce stick fighting.

Day 6 Turmi
Here we visit the Hammer tribe, one of the largest groups in the Valley. The Hamer cultivate millet, vegetables, tobacco and cotton, plus raise cattle and goats. Theyare known for the fine pottery they produce as well as their remarkable hairstyling. Most dramatic of all are the clay hair buns with ostrich feathers that the men don when they’ve killed a fierce animal. These buns remain on for 3-6 months at a time!! The women wear beaded necklaces and iron coils around their arms plus the skin is decorated with cowry shells. These decorations indicate the wealth and prestige of a woman’s husband.

Day 7 Karo Tribe
The Karo:  One of the most endangered of the tribes, they raise cattle and crops. These peoples are masters at body decorating during festival time. They use chalk to imitate the spotted plumage of the guinea fowl. They also make unique jewellery from most anything they find!  You'll also see villages of the Dus, Korcho and Geleb peoples.

Day 8 Turmi – Arbaminch
After breakfast depart for the Rift Valley. Along the way, you may be lucky enough to see beisa Oryx, dik-dik, and lesser kudu. We can also keep an eye out for lesser bustards, secretary birds, and ostriches. We spend the night at Tourist hotel.  Full board basis

Day 9 Abraminch- Langano
Crossing fertile land planted with bananas, cereals and tobacco we drive to Langano. This is a holiday resort with a splendid beach dotted with acacia trees, pinkish volcanic water ideal for swimming. Overnight at Sabanna beach Resort. Full board

Day 10 Abijatta and Shalla National Par- Addis
After we arrive in Addis we will visit the National Museum and the biggest open air Market in East  Africa.  Depart late evening

END OF SERVICES

2010 Rates per person sharing USD $
Travelling with 2 people $2530
Travelling with 4 people $1830
Travelling with 6 people $1670
Travelling with 8 people $1540
Travelling with 10 people $1470

Includes

  • All transfers
  • Accommodation and meal as per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Boat excursion
  • All excursions as mentioned per program
  • Village fees
  • Park entry fees

Excludes

  • Tips to driver guides, porters and waiters
  • Items / Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Tanzanian Visas
  • Flights
  • Additional excursions
  • Items of personal Nature i.e. Drinks (Non Alcoholic & Alcoholic), Laundry, Telephone Calls.

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