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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.

$653.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Lalibela & Danakil Depression group tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Highland Eco Trekking Tours EthiopiaHighland Eco Trekking Tours EthiopiaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of LalibelaThe 11 rock churches of LalibelaDuration: 1 dayStop At: Emperor Yohannes IV PalaceMekele City is the night you spend after driving from Lalibela and before starting your Danakil Depression tour Duration: 1 dayStop At: Danakil DepressionDallol Sulfur Lake, Afdera Salt Lake, Erta Ale VolcanoDuration: 4 daysStop At: DalolDallol Sulfur LakeDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Erta AleErta Ale active Volcano Duration: 1 day

$775 Outdoor Activities

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.

$400 Cultural & Theme Tours

Danakil Depression Tour

Destination: EthiopiaNo. of day/night: -03night/03days Mode of transportation: - Air Day 1: Fly to Mekelle-Drive to Dodom-VolcanoWe drive from Mekele to - Dodom. We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 07:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport 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. 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. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale 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. O/n camping on the mountainDay 2: Dodem –Hammedele,Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom - Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. O/n Hamedela( camping)Day 3: Hamedela-MekeleMorning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting in to 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 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.Day 04: Addis - DepartureThis day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. 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.  Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.

$2250 Cultural & Theme Tours

15 Days Tour to Ethiopia

Addis Ababa City Tours After arrival you will make a city tour then attend our welcome party at cultural restaurant, Addisinia Hotel Domestic Flight to Lalibela After arrival you will visit the first & second group churches in Lalibela, Lal Hotel Excursion around Lalibela Visit the interesting church ceremony as well as watching the rest of churches in Lalibela, on afternoon we will drive to Ashtone Mariam Church after you hike the stunning mountain you will visit the ancient church, Lal Hotel Drive to Bahirdar After arrival you will make a city tour, Boat trip on lake Tana to visit the 14th century monasteries located on islands, Home land Hotel   Drive to Gonder town Visiting the Fasil castle which has got amazing architectural design and the 17th century Debre Birhan Selase church , Goha Hotel Drive to Semien Mountains national park after arrival at the park drive to Sankaber where you can see Ethiopian tallest mountain “Ras Dashen” also you will visit the Ethiopian Endemic mammal called Walia Ibex, Camping Excursion in the park Today you will make a hiking or trekking in the beautiful landscape of the park also you will have a chance to visit the endemic Gelada baboons, Semien lodge Drive to Axum After arrival at Axum town Visiting the ancient town where you can see the ancient obelisks which are a UNESCO world heritages then visiting the church of St. marry or Zion, Sabean Hotel Drive to Mekele Town En route you will visit one of the ancient rock hewn churches of Tigray, Planet Hotel Drive to  Ahamedella -ASAl Early the adventure tour starts by driving to Ahamadella on the way seeing camel caravans, campingDrive to Dalol visiting the colorful landscapes in Dallol also the salt lake, campingDrive to Ert-Ale Volcano You will visit the stunning active volcano lake, campingDrive back to Mekele We swim in Lake Afdera & take bath in a natural, drive back to Mekelle, Planet HotelDomestic flight to Addis Ababa then Drive to Lake Langano  After arrival at Addis Ababa we will drive to Abijata national park  to watch different species of Bird after that proceed driving to Langano to relax on beautiful Lake Shore, Bishangari LodgeDrive back to Addis Ababa Drive to Addis Ababa we will stop for lunch at Debrezeyt town where you can see different crater lakes, after arrival at Addis Ababa transfer for your international flight departure back to home