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ETT 1401 – 5 DAYS Lalibela/Axum/Tigray churches/Danakil

Day 1:  Addis – Lalibela

In the morning, fly north to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In the city of Lalibela you will see about Eleven Rock Churches organized into groups of three. Overnight Lalibela Lodge

Day 2: Catch a flight from Lalibela to Axum in the morning. Visit 1 hour in Axum and drive from Axum – Hawzien (190 kms, 2 hours)

Drive from Axum to Hawzein via Adwa Finally drive to Hawzen for overnight via Gheralta plains. You can use the town as the base from which to visit the rock-hewn churches at Gheralta. Overnight at Hawzien. (Gerealta Lodge or Wukro Lodge)

 Day 3:  Hawzien - Mekele – Danakil Ertale

We start our day by driving to Erta Ale via Mekele (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.

Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 4: Early Morning sunrise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.

You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed Ela

Day 5: Danakil/Dallol to Mekele

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August, and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

End of Danakil tour

 Catch a flight back to Addis at 7:50 pm, arriving in Addis at 9:10 pm

Cost: $800.00 per person (including 3 domestic flights)

Price includes for the Danakil tour:

For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation. (Danakil Full board)

NB: Lunch and Dinner is not included in Lalibela and Tigray.

 

ETT 1403 – Lalibela/Axum/Tigray churches/Danakil/Omo Valley - 8 DAYS

Day 1:  Addis – Lalibela: In the morning, fly north to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In the city of Lalibela you will see about Eleven Rock Churches organized into groups of three. Overnight Lalibela Lodge

Day 2: Catch a flight from Lalibela to Axum in the morning. Visit 1 hour in Axum and drive from Axum – Hawzien (190 km, 2 hours)

Drive from Axum to Hawzein via Adwa Finally drive to Hawzen for overnight via Gheralta plains. You can use the town as the base from which to visit the rock-hewn churches at Gheralta. Overnight at Hawzien. (Gerealta Lodge or Wukro Lodge)

Day 3:  Hawzien - Mekele – Danakil Ertale. We start our day by driving to Erta Ale via Mekele (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

We start early at 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.

Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 4: Early Morning sunrise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.

You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed Ela

Day 5: Danakil/Dallol to Mekele. Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August, and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele. End of Danakil tour.  Catch a flight back to Addis at 7:50 pm, arriving in Addis at 9:10 pm

Day 6:  Jinka-Ari Tribes Upon arrival at Jinka Airport, We will meet you then drive to the Ari villages the Ari people, the largest population in the lower Omo valley. The women wear skirts from the banana-like tree, called Enset are expert in pottery. Overnight Jinka

Day 7: Jinka-Mago NP-Turmi After breakfast Take a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the exotic ethnic groups in Ethiopia. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. Then proceeds to the Turmi where the Hamer people live. Overnight in Turmi.

Day 8:  Turmi- Omorate-Jinka After having your early breakfast, you will have an excursion to Omorate to visit the Dassanech people ‘people of the Delta’, who lives on the northern shore of Lake Turkana. Visit and drive back to Turmi for lunch then drive to Jinka. Drive back to Jinka for lunch. later you will be transferred to the Jinka Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa.

In the evening attend a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served.  

ET-1404 Lalibela, Omo Valley, and Harar. 5 nights/6 days

Day 1:  Addis – Lalibela: Catch Morning Flight which departs from Addis around 7:10 am to the holy land of new Jerusalem-Lalibela, We will met you at the Airport in Lalibela and drive about 23 km to the small town of Lalibela for check in and refreshment, after you will visit the Northern Group: Bet Medhane Alem, home to the Lalibela Cross and believed to be the largest monolithic church in the world, probably a copy of St Mary of Zion in Aksum. It is linked to Bete Maryam (possibly the oldest of the churches), Bete Golgotha (known for its arts and said to contain the tomb of King Lalibela), the Selassie Chapel and the Tomb of Adam after break proceed to visit the second group of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela called Western Group: Bete Giyorgis, said to be the most finely executed and best preserved church &the third group called The Eastern Group: Bete Amanuel (possibly the former royal chapel), Bete Merkorios (which may be a former prison), Bete Abba Libanos and Bete Gabriel-Rufael (possibly a former royal palace).  Overnight Lalibela Lodge or Mountain View Hotel. (Similar)

Day 2:   Fly from Lalibela to Jinka Via Addis Ababa.

Arrival to Jinka by Ethiopian Airlines around 14:10. Meet with driver and guide at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Excursion to the Aari village near Jinka and to the ethnographic museum in the afternoon. Accommodation: Nasa Hotel, Jinka or similar

Day 3: Early departure from the hotel, driving to the village of Mursi people. Return to Jinka for early lunch, drive to Turmi Drive from Jinka via Dimeka to visit the market of the Hamer people. Continue to Turmi for overnight. Visit the cultural village of the Hamer people in the Turmi area. The Hamer people are famous for their typical hair dressings which the women decorate with red soil and butter. Spend the night at Lodge or similar. (afternoon Visit one of the markets)

Day 4:  An early morning drive will take you to Omorate to visit the Dassench/Geleb tribe (75 Km from Turmi). From there, you will take a boat trip on the Omo River and visit the Dassench/Geleb village. Later drive to Arba Minch via Konso.  We continue our way to Konso (approx. 2  hrs.). Konso is another UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. We will visit the village compound and the local museum, and usually we are also welcomed in the Konso chief’s compound, which includes the family graveyard and house mummies. The Konso people have a rich agrarian culture and construct ingenious terraces and walls that encircle their fields and villages for protection against livestock damage and flooding. Over Night Arba Minch.

Day 5: Morning depart for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Later before the airport, we drive to Chencha, to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses, and traditions. Fly from Arba Minch to Dire Dawa via Addis which departs from Arba Minch around 14:00

We will meet you at the Airport in Dire Dawa around 17:20. Continue by vehicle from Dire Dawa to Harar.  Stroll through the 16th-century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  In the evening see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town.

Day 6: Morning visit Harar. See the home of Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a “gun-runner” during the 19th century. Visit the colorful Islamic market. Tour the National and Harari museums and the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie. Drive from Harar to Dire Dawa Visit the largest market of Dire Kefira, often attended by rural Oromo and Afar in traditional garb, the Awadai chat market, and the Ethio – Djibouti railway station. Over Night Selam Hotel.  Catch 5:50 PM 6:50 PM ET-209 flight back to Addis.

Highlights of the tour:

Lalibela one night

Jinka one night

Turmi one night

Arba Minch One night

Harar One night

Total six domestic flights

Price Includes: $1,100 USD or equivalent in Euro or Pound

– Accommodation as per the program
– All transfer in and transfer out services
– Ground transportation by 4 WD Toyota Land Cruiser
– An experienced driver, driver allowance
– All fuel expenses and Lubricants Expense
– Professional guide
– Local guides and Scout where needed
– Boat trip on Lake Chamo
– All entrance fees, Village and elders payments
– Bed and Breakfast.
Price Excludes:
– International flights
– Any alcoholic drinks
– Any videographer or camera fee needed
– Laundry service
– Any expense of Personal items like internet, fax, telephone
– Services which are not mentioned in the above section.

 

ETT 1405 Harar and Awash 3 days Tour.

Day 1:  An one hour flight takes us to Dire Dawa where a transfer is waiting for us to take us to Harar. This 55 km journey will take close to 1,5 hr. In Harar we check-in in our hotel. Our local guide is waiting for us and from here we start our exploration of the old town. A day to discover more of Harar. There are many mosques and shrines to discover and it is a lively town too. The Harari market is famous. In the evening we are going to see the Hyena man, feeding the hyena by hand. You dare to give it a try?

Day 2: - 300 km distance. In the morning, drive to Awash Park via Dire Dawa to visit Lege Oda Primitive Cave Paintings. En-route, you will have a short stop to visit Aweday chat market. Then, drive to Awash National Park. Genet Hotel or Doho Lodge. (Note if you start early from Harar. In the evening you will have a chance to do a short game drive to see the local wildlife, such as oryx, baboons, greater and lesser kudu, warthogs, gazelles, Columbus monkeys.)

Day 3:- Early Game drive in the Awash National Park to visit Awash River gorge and Awash River Falls. The thorny bushes of Awash National Park support not only beautiful birds but also some mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Sommering’s Gazelle, Salt’s Dik Dik, Warthog, Black backed Jackal, Hamadriyas Baboon, Greater and Lesser Kudus. Then, late afternoon driving to you 225 kilometers west of Awas NP return to Addis Ababa. End of service.

Cost $400.00 The Price Includes:

All Entrance fees and local guides as per the program.

Accommodation with BED and Breakfast.  (Genet Hotel or Doho Lodge) 

Bottles of water for the trip.

Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance

Guide service for the as per the program.

Scout Fee inside the park, airport transfer.

ETT - 1406 HISTORIC ROUTE 5 DAYS 

Visit the main historical sites in the north of Ethiopia - Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum & Lalibela in 5 days using domestic flights.

Day 1: Early in the morning, depart on a flight for Bahir Dar.  After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake.  Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (resort or hotel).

Day 2: After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your hotel, 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, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 3: Early morning flight to Axum.  Upon arrival to Axum, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.  Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.  You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept.  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 (hotel).

Day 4: Depart on a morning flight to Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites.  After lunch, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.  You will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.  Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 5: In the morning, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff.  After the visit, proceed to the airport for the return flight back to Addis Ababa.

ETT 1407 – 8 DAYS Simien Mountain, Lalibela, Tigray Rock Churches, and Danakil

Day 1: Early morning, driver pick up and drive from Bahir Dar or Gondar to Simien lodge (all 1 day) arrive before lunch. Overnight Simien lodge.

Day 2: Early drive to Simien Mountains. Afternoon pick up from Simien lodge/drive to Gondar. Overnight Gondar.

Day 3: Fly from Gondar to Lalibela. Pick up Lalibela airport. All-day Lalibela tour (all churches, no lunch)

Day 4: Fly from Lalibela to Axum. Pick up Axum airport. Tigray churches. Gerealta Lodge or similar in Hawzien.

Day 5: Tigray churches/drive to Mekele.

Day 6: Danakil

Day 7: Danakil

Day 8: Danakil tour. Danakil End. Drop off airport for flight to AA.

The cost of the trip would be $1,000 USD per person

Domestic flight – Four flights, all entrance fees, guide fee, accommodation with breakfast, park fees, scout fee, all ground transport, fuel, and tax.

Additional for Simien Lodge accommodation -  $190 

Type of Vehicle – Toyota 2018 Model

 

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