18 Days Historical and Omo Valley

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Tour code: VET 006
Tour Duration: 18 Days/ 17 Nights
Transportation: Surface and Flight
Tour : Historical and Omo Valley

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Day 01: Addis Ababa
City tour of Addis Ababa Founded in the late 1880s by Emperor Menelik II todays has many things to show our visit  including the,  trinity cathedral, National Museum, Drive on slopes of Mount Entoto panoramic view point to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city (over 3000 meter above sea level), and the largest market in Africa called Merkato. Overnight Addis Ababa

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Bahir Dar (Lake Tana and Blue Nile fall)
fly to Bahir Dar. In the morning take a boat trip on Lake Tana to explore the monasteries hidden on the shores and islands of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, take a city tour of Bahir Dar, visiting Bezawit Hill and the former palace of Haile Selassie, as well as the bustling market. In the afternoon depart out of town to the Blue Nile Falls for an easy hike in the area. Finish the day with a lovely sunset over the lake. Overnight in Bahir Dar.

Day 03: sightseeing of the Gondar
in the morning, drive Bahir Dar north to Gondar. Explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia and Kuskuam, a former palace in a partial state of ruin overlooking the ancient city of Gondar. Overnight in Gondar

Day 04: Gondar-Axum
in the morning, fly Gondar to Axum. Today is a full day visiting the sites in Axum. Sites to visit include the famous obelisks, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You will also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept, according to local Ethiopian tradition. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight in Axum

Day 05: Axum-Yeha-Debre Damo-Axum
After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men climb up a 15-m rope to enter the uphill situated monastery. Return to Axum for overnight.

Day 06: Axum-Lalibela
In the morning take a flight to Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites. After lunch, begin to explore the 11 rock-hewn churches of the remarkable king Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha. Overnight hotel in Lalibela

Day 07: Lalibela
In the morning, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, a huge monolith in the shape of a cross, and constructed in honor of St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia. After lunch, take an afternoon trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos. The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela, this church is built in the late-Axumite style, with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern. After the visit, return to Lalibela for overnight.

Day 8: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Langano
Fly back to Addis Ababa and set out for tribal lands of southern Ethiopia, driving down the Great Rift Valley. See the two small crater lakes of Debre Zeit, and stop for lunch in a restaurant. Further south, pass by five large rift valley lakes; see Koka and Ziway Lakes, explore the area around two Lakes Abijatta and Shalla. Where flamingos are usually seen in a National Park, and spend the night at Lake Langano.

Day 9; Langano-Arba Minch

Drive further south to Awasa on Lake Awasa which teems with fish and attracting water birds. See the fish markets on the shoreline, and walk part of the board-walk beside the wetlands viewing some of the birds. After lunch in Awasa, continue on to Arbaminch. Overnight Arbaminch

Day 10:   Arba Minch

In Arbaminch and district. Morning drive to Chencha Village, in the homeland of the Doze people; it is famous for its “towering huts” (up to 12m tall, with vertical hardwood poles, woven bamboo walls and thatched roofs), for their fine cotton weaving, and also for the terracing of their farmlands to reduce soil erosion. It is the men who do the weaving, while the women attend to the spinning. After lunch in the Swayens Hotel, drive to Lake Chamo for a boat trip to view the large African crocodiles, hippo, and water birds of the Nechisar National Park bordering the lake; 320 bird species have been recognized in the park’s variety of habitats: Overnight Arbaminch

Day 11: Jinka

Early morning  Drive form from Arbaminch to Jinka, on the way visit the Konso and Derearshe people, Tsemay, Bena and Ari tribes. They are pleasant and differ on their hairstyles and way of dressing. After having lunch Proceed to Jinka with shortstop for the peoples of Tsemay, Bena and Ari tribes, if the day is Thursday, you will be seeing the fabulous and fascinating market at keyafer. Continue to Jinka for Overnight. Overnight Jinka

Day 12; Jinka

After comforting cup of hot coffee at sunrise Enter Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here beauty women insert round clay plates in their lips. The men practice scarification on their face based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Then drive back to Mago National Park, is closest thing in Ethiopia to the renowned Savannah reserves of east Africa. It is dominated by dense acacia woodland, which is interspersed with small areas of open Savannah, the pristine riparian forest that lays the Mago River and the extensive Neri swamp
Overnight Jinka

 Day 15: Turmi

Depart from Jinka to Turmi, home of the Hamer people. On the way, stop in Dimeka for the local market, which is on Tuesdays and Saturday. This is one of the most colorful markets in the South Omo and is visited by neighborhood Hamer, Benna, Karo, Tsemai and Ari tribes. Overnight in Turmi.

Day 16: Turmi

In the morning, drive to Omorate and cross the Omo River by local boat ato visit the Dasennech tribe (also known as Galeb tribe). Afterwards, return to Turmi and, if there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer wedding ceremony, it will be visited. Monday is market day in Turmi. Overnight in Turmi

Day 17: Arbaminch

Depart from Turmi to Arba Minch, via Erbore in the Weyto valley and Konso. Friday is market day in Erbore, so if passing on this day, the market will be visited. Afterwards,  On the way visit the weekly Key Afer market  then drive to Konso, Konso (population 5000), a UNESCO World Heritage site,at 1650 m.a.s.lthe centre of a highly specialised agricultural consisting of villages with terraced crop-lands and “one of Africa’s most fascinating cultures with traditional villages defended by sturdy stone walls encompassing separate compounds, one for each of its clan, and each compound can only be accessed on hands and knees through a tunnel …. Within each compound is a mora (a thatched two-storey communal house) … and a ceremonial square”   continue to Arba Minch for overnight in Arba Minch.

Day 18 Return to Addis Ababa.

Travel north on the west side of the Rift Valley, via Butajira. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tiya, the most important of about 160 similar archaeological sites discovered in this small district south of Addis. This one contains 36 monuments including 32 carved stone stelae, 1 to 5 metres tall,covered with symbols – the remains of a very ancient culture whose age has not yet been determined. Transfer to Airport

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