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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!

$1200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Semien Mountains Trekking

DAY 1: GONDAR - SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARKLeave Gondar at 7:30 am and arrive Simien Mountains National Park after around 3 hours of driving. Once we are in the park, the car will drop us two hours before the first camp site of Sankaber. For two hours, hike along the cliff edge towards the campsite of Sankaber. Along the route, stop for a picnic lunch. Overnight camping in SankaberDAY 2: Sankaber-GeechHike about 5 to 6 hours from Sankaber to Geech. We will pass through a spectacular scenery that winds between the cliff edge and forests. Along the way we pass the 500 M high Jinbar waterfall and stop for lunch on the banks of the Jinbar river. We pass through Geech village where we can have coffee with a local family in their traditional tukul hut. This is a great way to glimpse the day to day life of the mountain people. Overnight Camping at Geech DAY 3: GEECH-CHENNEKFrom Geech to Chennek camp takes around 7 to 8 hours. On the way we visit Imet Gogo, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the whole of the Simien mountain range. Imet Gogo, at 3926 M, has incomparable 360 degree views of canyons, cliffs and valleys that look as if they go on forever. Overnight Camping at ChennekDAY 4: CHENNEK-SONAToday we will trek to Sona via Buwhit passing 4200 M. This is a good opportunity to spot the magnificent walia ibex as well as the endemic, but rare, Simien fox. Wonderful views along the way before we descend to Sona, which is renowned for its fantastic sunsets. Overnight Camping at SonaDAY 5: SONA-MEKAREBYAAfter trekking around 5 hours we will reach at Mekarebya, and it’s downhill almost all of the way.  As we are descending a lot, you notice the temperature go up. The vegetation also changes to that which you would have seen in the highlands. Overnight Camping at MekarebyaDAY 6: MEKAREBYA-MULITFrom Mekarebya we will hike for about 5/6 hours to Mulit. This is an interesting hike where you will likely see vervet monkeys. We cross the Insya river a couple of times before a final steep hike to the campsite. Overnight Camping at MulitDAY 7: MULIT / ADIARKAY / GONDARFrom Mulit we make our way, mostly downhill, for 2.5 hours to Adiarkay. Once we reach the main road we’ll then start driving to Gondar. END OF THE TRIP.

$180 Cultural & Theme Tours

Simien mounain Day tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Gonder, Amhara RegionDeparture time :8:am in the morning Departure-Gondar Destination of the trip: Sankaber camp ,Jimbar waterfallActivities: Hikikg ,watching birds,animals & the like Return back to Gondar: Around 5:30 pmDuration: 30 minutes

$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 .

$200 Kid Friendly

Simien trek tours

ItineraryDay 1: debark simien mountainPass By: Simien Mountains National Park, Amhara Regionhigh mountains, animalsMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight in a community lodge or tentDay 2: sankaber campsite to gich campsite walkingStop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Amhara Regionchallada baboons and if lucky walya ibex Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight in a community lodge or tent

$2370 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Day Historic Tour through Northern Ethiopia from Addis Ababa

Start with an early morning drive to Bahir Dar, that will enable you visit the Blue-Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos monastery. On Day 2, on lake Tana, you will visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihiret, Kebran Gabriel and Daga Istifanos. In the afternoon, take an excursion to the Blue Nile Falls, also known locally as Tissisat waterfall, which are 328 feet (100 m) wide. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Bahir Dar and finish the day with a lovely sunset over Lake Tana. A morning drive on day 3 to Gondar, the Camelot of Africa. In the afternoon, visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area, and the oldest. Continue going to the Church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity). Arrive in Debark where you will visit Simien Mountains National Park. You can be dropped off for a 2-hour trek before returning to the lodge. Enjoy the panoramic views; you are likely to spot large groups of gelada monkeys. The road from Debark to Axum is spectacular. The Italian build 'Lima Limo Road' leads through dramatic scenery. On day 6, can a full day in Axum that will enable you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Listed City. Visit the Tombs of King Kaleb and his son King Gabra Masqal, the Ezana’s stone inscriptions, Queen of Sheba’s palace and swimming pool, and the Church of Zion, the final resting place of what is believed to be the true arc of Covenant. After breakfast on day 7, 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. On the way, you will stop at Yeha Temple, Negash Mosque and Wukro Cherkos Church. Drive from Mekele to Lalibela, passing through the dramatic landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands. On day 9, discover Lalibela, home of the largest monolithic church in the world. Before lunch, you will start visiting churches the first and the second group out of the three groups. Afternoon, proceed, visiting the third group. Early in the morning on day 10, drive to Dessie. On the way, you will be visiting Lake Hyke and its island monastery. Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. You will be arriving in Addis late afternoon on day 11. The tour ends at about 07:30pm.

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