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$1638 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11 Days Historic Route to North Ethiopia

Day1: After Arrival Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history, Merkato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie. Overnight will be in Reserved HotelDay2: Fly to Bahir Dar. Visit the marketplaces, take a boat trip on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 3: Drive to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century. Visit Debre Birhan Selassie church, famous for its religious art and iconic ceiling depicting angels. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 4: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park. Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park and spot wildlife such as the endemic Gelada baboon. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 5: Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire. Experience the magnificent views on the way. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 6: Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2,000 years, the new and impressive Archeological Museum, other tombs and archaeological sites. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 7: Drive to the Gheralta lodge passing the Adwa battlefield, Emperor Menelik II's victory site over the Italians. Visit the 2,500 year old ruins of Yeha, Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos Tigray rock churches. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 8: Visit more ancient rock-hewn churches: We/Abraha Atsbeha; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and  Medhane Alem Kesho. Drive to Mekele. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 9: Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. Arrive late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 10: Tour the 11 magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 11: For the morning we have two choices: Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town; OR Drive to Yemrehana Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. Tour Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 12: Flying Back to Addis Ababa Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.2 million years old skeleton "Lucy." Optional souvenir shopping. Farewell dinner in traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Transfer to airport. End of the Trip!

$2246.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

21 Days Danakil Depression, North & South Ethiopia

Day 1: Addis-Mekelle Flight: Proceed driving to Afdera 220km, Danakil Depression can be said to 'begin' here. Overnight camping near the lake Afdera Day 2: Afdera-Erta Ale: visit the salt Mainers. Late drive to Dodom, Dodom takes about 3 hrs trekking. Trek to Ertale. Overnight Camping on the top of the mountain  Day 3: Erta Ale-HamadEla: visit north crater. Drive to HamadEla, picnic lunch on the way on shed of palm tree, reach Hamad Ela & Overnight Camping at Hamed Ela Day 4: HamadEla-Dallol–Mekelle: Drive to Asebo, mining site of salt. Then drive ahead to Dallol and visit the different landscapes formed by volcanic activity. Follow camel caravans and Drive back to Mekele. Overnight Hotel  Day 5: Mekelle–Hawzien: visit the rock churches, Abreha we Atsbeha, Mariam Korkor. Lunch at Gheralta Lodge & visit Abune yemata church. Overnight Hotel in Hawzien Day 6: Hawzien–Axum: drive to Axum. On the way we visit monastery of Debre Damo and Yeha Temple. Overnight Hotel Day 7: Axum–Debark: lunch at Tekeze River. Overnight Hotel Day 8: Debark–Sankaber–Gich: trek to Gich. Overnight Hotel Day 9: Debark–Gondar: visit Gondar. Overnight Hotel Day 10: Gondar–Baher Dar: visit Baher Dar city. Overnight Hotel Day 11: Baher Dar-Lalibela: Overnight Hotel Day 12: Visit the Holy Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Overnight Hotel Day 13: Lalibela–Addis–Omo vally: Fly Lalibela to Addis. Drive to Arba Minch. Overnight Hotel  Day 14: Arba Minch -Turmi: boat trip on Lake Chamo, Attend “Evangadi” Night dancing ceremony of Hamer’s. Overnight Hotel/Camping Day 15: Turmi: visit the Dassenech tribe, If Lucky attend, Bull-Jumping, traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony. Overnight Hotel/Camping Day 16: Turmi-Jinka:  Visit Dimeka local market. Overnight Hotel Day 17: Jinka: drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe, Visit South Omo Museum & Research Center. Optional: take a hike in surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village. Overnight Hotel Day 18: Jinka-Arba Minch: visit keyafer and konso on the way. Konso are known for their wooden statues, “wakas”, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Overnight Hotel  Day 19: Arba Minch-Addis: On the way we have three options to visit: Tiya, Adadi Maryam & Melka Kunture. Overnight Hotel Day 20: Addis City tour & Overnight Hotel Day 21: Addis – Home: continue City tour in Addis and at night fly back home.

$5500 Cultural & Theme Tours

15 Days Ethiopia Holidays and Tour Package , Experience the wonders of Ethiopia

Day 1   Addis Ababa Visit the Ethnographic Museum,  Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.Day 2   Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar Fly to Bahar Dar ,  Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries.  Day 3  Bahar Dar - Gondar Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles   . Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie .Day 4  Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park . Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park. Day 5   Simien Mountains - AxumTake a scenic drive to Axum, Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way.  Arrive in Axum late afternoon. Day 6   Axum Tour the ancient stelae fields  Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. Day 7   Axum - Hawzein Drive to the Hawzein passing the Adwa battlefield,  Visit the  old ruins of Yeha, an ancient moon temple.  Continue past Adigrat and visit  Petros Paulos and other Tigray church .Day 8   Hawzein - Mekele Visit  Abraha Atsbeha, dating from the 10th century; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and  Medhane Alem Kesho.  Day 9   Mekele - Ahmedela Meet support vehicles and drive to Ahmedela via Berhaile. Make camp, and see camel caravans passing against a backdrop of dramatic sunsets. Day 10   Excursions to Lake Asale and Dalol Visit Lake Asale and watch the salt workers as they cut bricks of salt from the lake bed. Proceed to Dalol and view the dramatic and colorful geological formations caused by the hot springs rich in sulfur, potash .Day 11   Trek to Erta All Drive to Dodom. Trek 15 kilometers to the Erta Alle volcano lake . Arrive at Erta Alle around midnight and walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption. Set up camp and rest. Day 12   Return to Mekele Return trek to Dodom. Drive to Mekele. Day 13   Mekele - Lalibela Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. Day 14   Lalibela Tour , A group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago.  Day 15   Lalibela - Addis Abeba  Enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure .

$834.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Days Lalibela & Danakil Depression Small Group Tour

DAY 1: LALIBELA WORLD HERITAGE CHURCH TOUR (full day with guide)An early Start for the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the so called ‘new Jerusalem’ and the holiest town in the whole of Ethiopia is highly recommended since there are 12 churches in town, so it’s much to see and learn about themIn the morning your guide will bring you to the entrance of the symbol of earthly Jerusalem- the north- western cluster of the group, called: -Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.You will be surprised since after visiting them it will already be mid-day (btw the churches are closed from 12-2)Your guide will pick you up at 1:30pm and you continue with the south-eastern cluster, built as the symbol of heavenly Jerusalem:–Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.Last and finally, you will visit the most famous and very picturesque of all the churches: –Bet Giyorgis (St George), constructed in honour of the patron Saint George. (please note all the churches close at 5pm).Overnight at: Cliff Edge Hotel,Lalibela DAY 2: Drive Lalibela to MekeleCar will wait in front of your hotel to bring you all the way from Lalibela to Mekele City. Enjoy the spectacular landscape and towns, on you drive from Lalibela to Mekele, which will take you 8hrs. Overnight at hotel Mekele DAY 3: Drive Mekele to Hamdela (Danakil Desert)After breakfast drove from Mekele to Hamdela, right in the Danakil Desert.The Danakil is both one of the lowest and hottest places on earth, extremely inhospitable but incredibly spectacular with it’s colourful sulphur lakes, solidified lava, camel caravans, salt mines, little hamlets, outstanding landscapes and -of course- the unforgettable volcano Erta Ale...DAY 4: Hamdela – Dallol - Erta Ale VolcanoAfter breakfast we drive for around 20 min to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salt miners work.We continue to Dallol (25 min) where the landscape, formed by volcanic activity is somehow unreal. You will have time to admire the sulphur lakes and get many pictures. Also here it’s the place where are salt miners can be watched doing their work.Then drive from Dallol - Erebti, the place for lunch, later on we continue to Kossorobat, where we get all necessary papers and also our own camels for climbing Erta Ale... DAY 5: Sunrise at the volcano- Lake Afdera -MekeleWe get up as soon as sun is rising, we will surround the crater, walk over to the smaller, inactive second crater before leaving this adventurous place at around 7am.In Askoma breakfast will be served (around 10:30 or earlier) and there you again will have time to reflect and relax...

$645.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Lalibela & Danakil Depression group tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia, Lalibela, Amhara RegionCheck us in our office, for any further information. And this is also the starting point of the tour. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara RegionLALIBELA WORLD HERITAGE CHURCH TOUR (full day with guide)an early Start for the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the so called ‘new Jerusalem’ and the holiest town in the whole of Ethiopia is highly recommended since there are 12 churches in town, so it’s much to see and learn about them- be ready at 7:30am in front of our office near Maribela Hotel. Your personal guide awaits you there and walks with you first to the ticket office (please bring your passports with you for this). Entrance fee is 50$US p.p., they accept Ethiopian Birr or US$. In front of the ticket office is also an ATM to be found, but not always working, another one is situated in front of the Dashen Bank close to our office (which works) Your guide will now bring you to the entrance of the symbol of earthly Jerusalem- the north- western cluster of the group, called:-Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.You will be surprised since after visiting them it will already be mid-day (btw the churches are closed from 12-2) We recommend a nice lunch break in the oldest and quite famous restaurant of Lalibela-the 7 Olives Hotel/Restaurant (the whole complex is built by the grand daughter of Haile Selassie), here you will also find a nice and relaxing garden. Wherever you decide to eat your church guide will pick you up at 1:30pm and you continue with the south-eastern cluster, built as the symbol of heavenly Jerusalem:–Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.Last and finally, you will visit the most famous and very picturesque of all the churches:–Bet Giyorgis (St George), constructed in honour of the patron Saint George. (please note all the churches close at 6pm)After having seen all you have the possibility attending the famous Ethiopian coffee ceremony in a local house. The traditional 3 rounds of ‘Buna’(Amharic word for coffee)will be served, so it will take a while. We recommend at night the visit of a traditional Tej house.(honey wine house)Overnight at Hotel, LalibelaDuration: 1 dayStop At: Mek'eleDRIVE FROM LALIBELA TO MEKELE AND OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN MEKELE CITYDuration: 1 dayStop At: Danakil Depression, Afar RegionSTART OF YOUR TOUR INTO THE DANAKIL TO ERTA ALE, the famous volcano with its bubbling lava -lake and the rare possibility of experiencing the nomadic tribe living in this desert- the AFAR people, survivors and warriors in the hottest and one of the lowest places on earth! Today we drive from Mekele to LAKE AFDERA (which is Afar language and means 'salty area'). The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most spectacular and also absolutely inhospitable regions of the world! Today it is a 4 hours’ drive on an asphalt road (220km), with a few stops for instance having a coffee with the locals and lunch, prepared by our own cook. The landscape starts to become more and drier and less and less inhabited; we will be passing the odd local on the way, but not many people are to be seen. We reach the local village Afdera, a 15 min walk from the Lake Afdera, around 4:30pm, have a stop there to explore it and yet another coffee or coke with the inhabitants. After that we continue our journey to the ending point of today: Lake Afdera, where is also our campsite. Meanwhile the sun is setting we go for a swim, floating on the surface of the salt-lake and enjoying the nearby hot springs, experiencing an incredible view. Dinner and a campfire before falling asleep right underneath a star-full nightly sky with thousands and thousands of stars will brightening up your dreams. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Erta Ale, Afar RegionToday’s aim is first DODOM ('tree planting') -the base of the ERTA ALE volcano and later, at night, Erta Ale itself. After a breakfast at 10am at the lake, it is a 70 km drive on sandy ground and over cold lava rocks. On the way we visit the salt miners which are local Afar people. They pump salt water over the surface and let it evaporate to create a salt crust. Lunch will be served in Dodom village, surrounded by many local people. Here we also have to show our permission to climb ERTA ALE ('the smoking mountain'), get the needed camels for transporting the goods, more scouts... Dinner time is already at 5-ish since we have to start trekking up to the volcano around 6-7pm. Dodom is approximately 8.5km away from Erta Ale and this stretch will take about 3 hours of trekking. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic actions of the boiling lava. The Volcano is 613 meters high, the lava lake contains actually 2 caters, one of them, the northern one, is inactive with no Magma. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake on this planet. 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. The volcano contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. We set our camp a little bit away from the rim, on the other side of the wind so we won’t have to inhale the toxic gases. After enjoying this great, special, sometimes smelly, sometimes loud and hot experience we overnight in our camp, again with a brilliantly shining night sky. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Lake Assale, Mek'ele, Tigray Region ERTA ALE- DODOM-HAMED ELA For enjoying the very special sunrise (at 6am) we have to get up early, but you will see it is of course very well worth it. A short stroll takes us to the northern crater, from here we descend around 7am in the direction Dodom, which we will reach after 2hours. Here breakfast will be served and you have some time to relax. We start our drive to HAMED ALE (which means something like 'Ahmed found water here'), our next destination= 100 km/7 hours Lunch is served en route, we reach Hamed Ale around 4:30pm, a bigger village with a total population about 500. LAKE ASALE (lake 'red mountain')– a huge salt lake-is in walking distance, where we take a deep breath and a wine or beer for sunset, taking in the many reflections. Our tonight camp is in Hamed Ale. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Dalol, Afar Region HAMED ALE- DALLOL- MEKELE, again you get served an early breakfast at 6, around 7we start driving the short distance (approx 30 min) to dallol ('a colouful place') via asebo ('the salt desert'), where- you can guess it- they mine salt. btw: 1,200 km2 of the afar depression is covered by salt. You can watch the workers breaking the salt from the ground, cutting it into rectangular pieces and loading it onto camels. The caravans start from here. This is also the lowest point of the Danakil – 116 meters! We continue driving ahead to Dallol and stroll through the different landscapes formed by volcanic activities. Incredible, moon-like, colourful creations of the sulphur and huge salt mountains are to be found here. From here we proceed to Mekele (180 km, around 4 hours), leaving the lowland and make our way up (Mekele is situated at 2100m!), having wonderful mountains on our side, reaching Mekele around 5pm Duration: 6 hours

$775 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Explore Danakil Depression and Volcano

Day 1 Mekele-Hamad Ela Start tour in Mekele, drive to Hamad Ela town via Berhale. The Danakil Depression can be said to 'begin' here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors of sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. Pass through the town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before proceeding to the northern highlands. On the way see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Campsite at Hamedela. Day 2 Hamd Ela-Dodom-Erta Ale We start early, shortly after at 06:30 breakfast continue the tour and drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale volcano. This may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land before reaching Dodom. You will trek from Dodom to Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ert Ale at 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. 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 1 km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain. Day 3 Erta Ale-Dodom-Hamad Ela Get up at sunrise to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater 200m deep and 350m across, is sub-circular and three storey. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Dodom for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time of relax you will drive on to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people. Overnight camping at Hamed Ela. Day 4 Ragad-Dallol-Mekele Morning driving to Ragad (Asebo), the place where salt is mined. Observe breaking of the salt, cutting into rectangular pieces & loading on camels. Drive to Dallol & visit the landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol, Lake Assal, camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela & Mekele.