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Tour ID : GHET-017
Transport : Air and surface
Activities : Ancient colorful festivals, ancient history, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, unique tribal couture, game animals and so much more

Day 1: April 8, 2017: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia at 20:55. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for to Jupiter Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel.

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

Take a little rest in the morning, and the rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa. Today, you will have city tour and sight seeing tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Merkato, Piassa and other parts of the city.

This morning, you will visit the National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. The National Museum of Ethiopia: This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.

The Ethnographic Museum is very different to the National Museum, but equally absorbing, this museum exhibit, a varied array of artifacts and daily objects related to most ethnic groups in Ethiopia.

In the afternoon, city tour of Addis will continue with Merkato, the largest open-air market in the continent and the other part of the city including Piassa and Churchill Avenue.


Accommodation: Jupiter Hotel -Addis Ababa

Day 2: April 9: Addis Ababa- Gonder-Simien Mountains

In the morning, fly to Gonder. At Gonder airport we will meet our driver for the drive to spectacular Simien Mountains National Park and to spend a night at Simien Lodge Gold Winner, Skal Sustainable Tourism Awards 2016, Rural accommodation. www.simiens.com

Driving from Gonder all the way to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of up thrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice; you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

The rest of the day, walk/trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park. Here you have a good chance of spotting groups of Gelada baboons, one of Ethiopia’s endemic animals.

Accommodation: Simien Lodge-Buit Ras. (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 3: April 10: Simien Mountains-Gonder

Early in the morning, enjoy the magnificent view with the beautiful sunrise accompanied by troops of Gelada Baboons.

After breakfast, drive to the ancient city of Gonder. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.

This afternoon, you will explore the ancient city and its famous sites including: The Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasilidas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and you will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie which is adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Accommodation: Goha Hotel-Gondar. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 4: April 11: Gonder-Bahirdar

After breakfast, we will drive to Bahirdar, through the beautiful countryside scenery of Gonder and Fogera palins.

After check in to hotel, we will have boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country. The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.

Accommodation: Avanti Blue Nile Resort-Bahirdar.

Day 5: April 12: BahirdarLalibela 

After breakfast, transfer to Gonder Airport for the flight to Lalibela. After check in to Harbe Hotel, drive to the site where you will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.

The rock-hewn churches that you will visit today include: Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis.

Accommodation: Harbe Hotel-Lalibela. (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 6: April 13: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela

In the morning, walk or ride on a mule back to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. We will walk/mule ride through dramatic highland scenery and which eventually ends in a beautiful serene agricultural hamlet.

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. Ones we finished visiting the second group of churches we will walk to the village through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.

Today, you will be able to witness the special ceremony of Holy Thursday around the rock-hewn churches where the priests perform different ancient Christian practices with the faithful. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.

In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house. Those who can’t face their day with out a cup of coffee may be surprised to know that in it’s birthplace in Ethiopia’s Kaffa region-from which it gets its name- the berries were originally only eaten, never roasted and ground for a drink. Only since the 13th century, coffee has been made a hot drink. Holding a coffee ceremony is a traditional Ethiopian way of welcoming a guest and giving the guest the best hospitality. It is probably one of the most celebrated Ethiopian traditions, and a lifestyle - in which most Ethiopians can identify themselves with.

Accommodation: Harbe Hotel-Lalibela. (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 7: April 14: Lalibela-Addis Ababa

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day meet with fellow skal league from Addis Ababa and around the world.

Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa. (Meal: B)

Witness “the living wonders of the world” with a visit to the 12 century rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela. On this journey you will discover an ancient African civilization with undiluted culture.
This cultural tour takes you on the Ethiopia’s Historic Route North with the Simien Mountains, splendid Gheralta clusters, the ancient city of Harar and Awash National Park. On this tour of discovery you will visit five UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of  Lake Tana, walled city of Harar, Awash national park, and the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people.

Trip highlights

  • Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites two of which are National Parks 
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Breath taking highland Scenery - Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Discover  old walled city and the fourth holiest city of Islam
  • Wild life of Awash national Park
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa - Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Birhan Selassie church.
O/N: Hotel

Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek around the park
O/N: lodge.

Day 06: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Axum-Yeha

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountainous of Adwa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Hauzien

Today, you will explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches and the beautiful surrounding mountains of the area.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drives to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Mekele-Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
O/N: Hotel

Day 12: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

In the morning, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD. In the afternoon, continue visiting the rock-hewn churches in the second group.
O/N: hotel.

Day 13: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery.
O/N: Hotel

Day 14: Lalibela-Addis Ababa

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato the largest open air market in Africa.
O/N: Hotel

Day 15: Addis Ababa-Diredawa-Harar

In the morning fly to Diredawa and continue driving to Harar. The rest of the day visit the ancient city.
O/N: Hotel/p>

Day 16: Full day in Harar

In the morning visit the colorful open air African markets, and walk around the ancient city. After lunch, visit the Hadere Villages.
O/N: Hotel

Day 17: Harar-Awash National Park-Nazreth

In the morning drive to Nazreth through Awash National Park.
O/N: Hotel

Day 18: Nazreth-Debrezeit-Addis Ababa

In the morning drive to Addis Ababa through the creator lakes of Debrezeit. The rest of the day is left for shopping and preparation for the flight back.

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This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote Tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes in the African continent. .

This photographic expeditions will take you on the East and the West Side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Karo and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their life style, attending ceremonies and rituals taking photos. There will be enough time with good light at different days to photograph their day today activities when they do their body & face paintings, herd their cattle, do farming and more.

One of the most exotic and authentic tribes are the Suri with colorful body and face paintings. Lip plates made out of clay are used by the women. 

Being isolated from the fast moving world because of their remote locations, for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a heaven for anthropologists and for photographers looking for a unique photographing opportunity to a region less known and photographed seldom.

Tour guide

 

Trip highlights

  • visit and photograph the most remote and authentic tribes in Africa
  • visit the Suri, the maybe most exotic tribe in the Omo Valley
  • see the daily life of the tribes
  • witness the rituals and traditions of the tribes and visit colorful markets in different villages
  • enjoy the amazing landscapre, nature and birdlife of the Ethiopian Rift Valley
  • meet your ancestor Lucy at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Charter flight Mizan - Addis Ababa

 

Tour guide
This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly who have lead many photography tour to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well and they will guide you on the best time and place to be. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture and how to deal with them

Our Drivers
Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the challenging Omo Valley area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation
On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s to the most part. 
- Domestic flight: there will be one leg commercial domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch (not included)
- Charter flight from Mizan to Addis (included)

Accommodation: 
On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will be having a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tent which will be waiting for us ready before we arrive. We will also have our cooks ready for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge our batteries as well as proper mobile shower and toilet in the mobile tented camp.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel. 

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
The rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel-Addis Abab.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

We will have a nice breakfast in the morning and get ready for pre-tour briefing. This morning, we will share different useful information before we go ahead with the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.
After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for our flight to Arbaminch. A 40 minute flight takes us to the Great Rift Valley.
Upon arrival at Arbaminch Airport, you will meet with your drivers and start driving north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen any where in Africa.
Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is a nice way to get slowly to the authentic tribal experience awaiting for us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arbaminch enjoying the beautiful view with the sunset and drive through hundreds and hundreds of cattle herds here and there as they come back from day long grazing in the field.
Overnight - Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch

Day 3-5 Konso to Turmi

After breakfast, we will continue driving further south west to the Omo Valley. Driving from Arbaminch to Turmi, noting prepares you for the exciting experience awaiting you as we will be driving through many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.
Our last destination for today is the Turmi, home to the beautiful Nomadic Hamer Tribe living on the side of Keske River. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamar women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit Hamer village with good light for photography.
For the next three nights, we will be based here at Turmi Village the center of the Hamer Tribes and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including, Evangad and Bull Jumping Ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. From our base here, will help us great deal to create a wonderful photographic opportunity for the next three nights. This allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will visit the Abore and Dassenech tribes.
Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Daasanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shore of Omo. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.
Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 6-8 Karo-Dus

This morning, we will have a chance for one final shooting with the Hamerr before we continue our drive to the Kara Tribe residing on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body & face painting which they practice on daily bases. Before their rituals and dances they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using different color soil, mineral, plan pigments, flowers, white chalks and black charcoal. Men are mostly well decorated with red clay hair buns, prepared for days to be ready for the event.
For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Karar and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals, follow them as they herd their cattle, do farming.
Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next three days.Dus, This will help us to get very close to the Karo Tribes.
Overnight: Mobile Camping-Dus.

Day 9-12: Dus-Kibish-The Exotic Suri Tribes

Today, we start our day very early as we prepare to depart for the real adventure awaiting on the other side of the Omo River in the Land of The Suri. After breakfast, we start driving to the other side of the Omo River to Kibish, home of the exotic Suri Tribes. ‘Exotic’ finds true meaning here.
We will set our mobile camp at Kibish, very close to the villages we will be visiting the following days. After we get some snack, when the sun starts to get cooler, we will walk to Kibish River where we will find the Suri tribes along the river and this will create a wonderful photographing opportunity of the exotic tribes in their daily activity in a good light.
Here we will have another three full days to explore the Suri Tribes. The Suri are one of the most attractive and decorative tribes in the whole of Africa. They paint their body in detail so colorfully and they make different headpieces from nature & wildflowers. The women wear lip plate made of clay and the bigger the plate the more beautiful the woman is considered to be among the tribe. The art on the body and the scarification are created with different thorns from threes and razor blades. You can’t help but feel that you are transported thousands of years back in time and witnessing an ancient traditions unchanged to this date isolated from the fast changing world.

The Suri Tribes are Nomadic Pastoralists and the men live in the cattle camps. They live on drinking raw blood from the live cow and milk. During our stay at Kibish we will visit cattle camp and witness rituals and cultural activities at different villages. There will definitely be many great photographing opportunities and a chance to interact with the tribes.
In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.

Overnight: Mobile Camping-Kibish.

Day 13: Kibish-Mizan-Addis Ababa-Charter Flight

In the morning, we will drive to Mizan to catch our private charter flight to Addis Ababa. The charter flight will save us two days of long drive. Upon arrival, we will meet our driver for the drive to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure and to freshen up.
In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.

 

Rate per person  in USD

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Rate per person 6,477.00 sharing double
Single Suppl..:  525.00

Groupsize: 4-8

Extra night in Addis
in double:  125.00 p.P.
in single:  145.00

 

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Rates include:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • Transport in 4 x 4 with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 6 6 nights in hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis)
  • 6 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
  • all meals in the sout(breakfast ponly in Addis Ababa)
  • all entrance fees
  • english speaking, qualified tourguide
  • farewell-dinner (flightschedule permitting)
  • taxes
  • PHOTO-FEES

Not included:

  • visa fee
  • Tips
  • Meals in Addis (bfst only.)
  • personal expenses
  • domestic fligh Addis-Arba Minch

Duration of the tour:

depending on your fligh schedule an additional night in Addis Ababa will be necessary

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Photography Expedition to the Tribes of the Omo Valley

This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote Tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes in the African continent. .

This photographic expeditions will take you on the East Side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Karo and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their life style, attending ceremonies and rituals taking photos. There will be enough time with good light at different days to photograph their day today activities when they do their body & face paintings, herd their cattle, do farming and more.

Being isolated from the fast moving world because of their remote locations, for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a heaven for anthropologists and for photographers looking for a unique photographing opportunity to a region less known and photographed seldom.

Tour guide
This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly who have lead many photography tour to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well and they will guide you on the best time and place to be. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture and how to deal with them

Our Drivers
Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the challenging Omo Valley area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation
On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s to the most part.
- Domestic flight: there will be one leg commercial domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch.

Accommodation:
On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will be having a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tent which will be waiting for us ready before we arrive. We will also have our cooks ready for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge our batteries as well as proper mobile shower and toilet in the mobile tented camp.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel.
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato". The rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch (B-L-D)

We will have a nice breakfast in the morning and get ready for pre-tour briefing. This morning, we will share different useful information before we go ahead with the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.

After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for our flight to Arbaminch. A 40-minute flight takes us to the Great Rift Valley.
Upon arrival at Arbaminch Airport, you will meet with your drivers and start driving north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen anywhere in Africa.
Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is a nice way to get slowly to the authentic tribal experience wait for us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arbaminch enjoying the beautiful view with the sunset and drive through hundreds and hundreds of cattle herds here and there as they come back from day long grazing in the field.

Overnight - Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch

Day 3-5 From Arbaminch to Turmi (B-L-D)

After breakfast, we will continue driving further south west to the Omo Valley. Driving from Arbaminch to Turmi, noting prepares you for the exciting experience awaiting you as we will be driving through many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.

Our last destination for today is the Turmi, home to the beautiful Nomadic Hamer Tribe living on the side of Keske River. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamer women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit Hamer village with good light for photography.

For the next three nights, we will be based here at Turmi Village the center of the Hamer Tribes and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including, Evangadi and Bull Jumping Ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. From our base here, will help us great deal to create a wonderful photographic opportunity for the next three nights. This allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will visit the Arbore and Desanech tribes.

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Desanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shore of Omo. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 6-9 Karo-Dus  (B-L-D)

This morning, we will have a chance for one final shooting with the Hamer before we continue our drive to the Kara Tribe residing on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body & face painting which they practice on daily bases. Before their rituals and dances they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using different color soil, mineral, plan pigments, flowers, white chalks and black charcoal. Men are mostly well decorated with red clay hair buns, prepared for days to be ready for the event.

For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Kara and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals, follow them as they herd their cattle, do farming.
Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next three days. This will help us to get very close to the Karo Tribes.

Overnight: Mobile Camping-

Day 9 Dus-Konso (B-L-D)

Today we leave this exceptional region towards Konso. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing (UNESCO- World Heritage Site) and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. The villages are protected with huge stone walls.

Day 10 Konso-Langano (B-L-D)

After breakfast we drive north to the beautiful lake Langano. On the way we will stop at different villages. Later in the afternoon you can relax on the beach (bilharzia free) and enjoy the birds at the lake.

Day 11 Langano–Addis Ababa (B-L-D)

The morning is free for leisure. After lunch we drive back to Addis Ababa. Depending on the flight schedule a farewell dinner with local specialties and cultural dances can be organized. Transfer to Airport - end of tour.

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner

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Group size: 4-8

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  • roundtrip as per program
  • transport 4 x 4 with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in good hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • 3 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
  • taxes
  • PHOTO-FEES

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • domestic flights

Tour duration:

The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.

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Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains (4620M), the third highest mountain in Africa, to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 meters below sea level one of the lowest dry land points on earth. The wealth of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes & wildlife. Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,620 meters, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, Savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle... the list is endless.

With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire sub-Saharan ecosystem. Birdlife here is abundant, and there are many endemic mammals from the rare Walia Ibex to the Ethiopian Wolf, from the Mountain Nyala to the Gelada Baboon and to the shy Wild Ass, roam free just as nature intended. These offer an amazing opportunities for nature & wildlife travel unparalleled in Africa.Our nature & wildlife tour packages are designed to help you explore and enjoy these amazing nature with our nature & wildlife expert tour guides.

SIMIEN MOUNTAIN

The Simien Mountains present the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years a go and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains,

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BALE MOUNTAIN

This trek takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa. Bale Mountains National Park covers the largest Afro alpine habitat in the whole of Africa.

 

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DALLOL DEPRESSION EXPEDITION WITH TIGRAY ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES

On this expedition, you will have a lava trek to visit one of few most permanent lava lakes on the planet, Erta Ale. You will also have the chance to witness an ancient tradition of extracting salt from the salt fields and transporting the salt bars with endless lines of camel caravan for days from the depression to the highland towns. This adventure tour is truly a trip of a life time!

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BIRDING TOUR

Ethiopia’s greatly diversified ecosystem makes it one of the richest habitats in Africa for birds and mammals. With more than 860 bird specious of birds, Ethiopia possesses about 10% of the world’s bird specious and about 40% of the African birds are found here. Among these 16 specious of birds are only found in Ethiopia, not anywhere else. That is the reason why we say, Ethiopia is a must for bird enthusiasts.

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WILDLIFE HOILDAY IN ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains (4620M), the third highest mountain in Africa, to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 meters below sea level one of the lowest dry land points on earth. The wealth of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of landscapes & wildlife. Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,620 meters, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, Savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle... the list is endless.

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Short Tours & Weekend Trips for those on business trips & EXPATS living in Addis Ababa

Are you in Addis on business and have time only for the highlights of Ethiopia? Or, do you live in Addis Ababa and only have the weekend to visit some of the highlights of Ethiopia just in 2 to three days? Then we have something for you to help you explore the highlights of Ethiopia and sample its amazing destinations be it over the weekend or anytime during the week.

Our short tours and weekend trips are well crafted by our experts to help you discover some of the most fascinating places to visit in Ethiopia in the short time you have. Be it Nature & Wildlife Tour, bird watching, short mountain trekking to the Bale Mountains, Wildlife Safari to Awash National Park, cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia…adventure to Denakil Desert and Ertale Lava Lake…you name it we have something unique for everybody. Below are the list of some of the short tours. If you haven’t found what you are looking for, no worries email us and we will plan something together with you.

Addis Ababa City Tour

Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea levelwich makes it the third highest capital city in the world next to Lapaz in Quinto. This hospitable and one of the safest cities in the world, enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F).

With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

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Short tours around Addis

Either one day or two days, either more curlture or nature, here you find the right excursion around Addis Ababa.

 

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Weekend Trips

Enjoy a few days with culture or nature or both of it.

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On this tour you will enjoy a boat trip on the source of the Blue Nile – Lake Tana and visit some of the famous island monasteries. The magnificent Nile Falls will be another highlight.
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world” These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God.
    
Trip highlights

  • Embark on a boat cruise to visit the island monasteries of Lake Tana
  • Visit the source of the second longest river, Blue Nile and the Blue Nile Falls
  • Discover the ancient  rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela
  • Enjoy a city tour in the Africa’s Capita Addis Ababa

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar- Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls

In the morning flight to Bahirdar.  After check in to hotel, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country.  The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.

After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. 30 KM after it exits Lake Tana, the Blue Nile plunges over a 45m-high face to form one of the most spectacular waterfall in Africa. Walking to the fall through the beautiful river gorge on the ancient bridge from the 17th century, and meeting the local people at the small villages on the way to the fall is also a great experience.

Overnight: Blue Nile Resort-Bahirdar.

Day 2:  Bahirdar-Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Bahirdar airport for the flight to Lalibela. After check in to your Hotel, we will drive to the site where we find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.
 
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include:  Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. Ones we finished visiting the second group of churches we will walk to the village through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
 
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios, Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.

Overnight: Harbe Hotel –Lalibela.

Day 3:  Lalibela-Addis Ababa

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Lalibela Airport for your flight back to Addis. End of tour!

Enjoy a unique wildlife holiday in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa. Bale Mountains is  area of high altitude plateau that is fragmented by numerous remarkable volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams that run down in the deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands. It is haven for various endemic mammals including the endangered and the last African Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Minilik Bushbuck, and many endemic birds as well as different mammals.

The highlights of this wildlife holiday will be the endangered Ethiopian Wolf which is a rare creature, unique to the highlands of Ethiopia. On this tour we will also have the chance to see the gorgeous Mountain Nyala and delightful Bale monkey. We will also have plenty of chance to spot many endemic birds as we will be touring around one of the continents top five birding hotspots.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy endemic wildlife holiday in the beautiful Bale Mountain
  • watch the last surviving African Wolf, Ethiopian Red Wolf
  • Watch the Mountain Nyala & Minilik Bush Buk which are endemic to the Bale Mountains
  • Spot endemic birds and other mammals
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning, drive south east of Addis Ababa to the new Express Road to Dinsho, the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. This is one of the biggest Afro Alpine Habitat in the entire African continent.
In the afternoon, we will have a game drive around the headquarter to visit some of the endemic mammals in the park including: Bale Mountain Nyala (endemic to Bale Mountains National Park), Minilik Bushbuck, warthogs and man more.

Overnight: Wabi Shebele Hotel-Goba (Meal: L/D)

Day 2:  Goba-Senettie Plateau

In the morning, drive high in plateau in one of the most beautiful parts of the park.  This is the territory of the endemic Ethiopian Red Wolf.  This endangered canine is the only wolf family found in Africa.  It can be spotted commonly here in the vast afro alpine vegetation hunting on Giant Mallrats on which it commonly feeds.

On this well conserved afro alpine ecosystem, you will definitely see some endemic birds like the Blue Winged Goose and other birds as well as the Giant Mallrats pretty match everywhere.  Later in the afternoon, we will take a relaxing trek around Gesse Valley where we can see many more wildlife and enjoy the scenic view walking around the valley.

Overnight: Wabi Shebele Hotel-Goba (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 3: Goba - Lake Ziway-Addis Ababa

In the morning, drive north west to the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley Lakes Region. On this region you will find chains of beautiful Rift Valley Lakes which are home to many birdlife and other wildlife. En-route here we will stop at Lake Ziway, one of the biggest Rift Valley Lakes. Lake Ziway is very famous for abundant bird life. We will have lunch at Haile Resort on the shore of Lake Ziway and continue driving back to Addis Ababa. The
As we finish our visit to the lakes, we then continue to drive back to Addis Ababa through the new expressway, which starts, at Mojo to arrive in Addis Ababa late in Afternoon.  End of tour. (Meal: B/L)

An adventure to the Dallol/Denakil Desert and Ertale Lava Lake is like an adventure like no other. This adventure takes you to one of the hottest, lowest and geologically active areas on the planet. And this is a trip to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth.

It is very difficult, rather impossible to put the feeling and express the experience of this extraterrestrial kind of place in words. You just have to come and feel it and enjoy the experience.  Indeed you will say, this adventure tour to  is truly a trip of a life time!

Trip highlights:

  • Explore Dallol Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth
  • Be carried away a landscape which makes you feel like you are on a another planet
  • Ride on a camel back as  climb to Ertale Lava Lake with the moon light
  • Lava trek to one of the most permanent Ertale Lava Lake
  • Witness centuries old tradition of  salt  extraction and transporting it with hundreds of camel caravans

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Mekele-Hamedella

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Mekele. Upon arrival at Mekele Airport, you will be picked up by your drivers and the Grand Holidays team for the drive to Berhale. After picking up, permission at Berhale, we will continue driving North East to Hamedella where you will be staying two nights.

The Danakil Depression is the northern part of the Afar Triangle or Afar Depression, a geological depression that has resulted from the presence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa.  This is photographic adventure is to one of the lowest, hottest and less inhospitable place on earth, nonetheless this is a place like otherworldly colorful mineral fields, and amazingly eye-catching landscapes.

Late in the afternoon, we will drive to the Depression where you can see and photograph with the late afternoon light the swirling Sulphur and mineral salt formations in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth

Here you will also witness and will be prevailed to photograph centuries old tradition of salt extraction in the big slat flats by the highlands load the salt bars on hundreds of camel caravan which will soon start their journey from the depression all the way to the highlands in more than two days long journey.

Overnight: Camping at Hamedella. (Meals: (L-D)

Day 2: Explore Dallol-Ertale

Early in the morning, we will drive to Dallol Depression crossing the Denakil Desert from South to North. Lying at 130 meters below seas level, on the Ass-Ale Salt Lake, Dallol Depression is one of the hottest and lowest point on earth. This morning, we will also discover one of the most exciting places in Dallol, the water springs in the desert with multi-colored minerals coming gushing to the surface from the inner part of the Earth. 

After our visit to Dallol, we will continue our drive to Dodom, the base of the crater. As we get off at Dodom, the base of the Ertale Crater, we take rest under the shade of our tents and we make preparation for Ertale Lava Trek we will start to trek as it starts to cool down by loading our equipment on camels. We will have a Lava trek on dead Lava for up to 13 km to the top of the Ertale Crater.

As we get on top of the crater we will take rest in our camp and have dinner here. After some rest, we will walk downhill to the Lava Lake for night shot. This is one of the most permanent and most active lava lake in the world.

After taking some night shots, we will walk back to our base camp for rest.

Overnight: Camping at Ertale. (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 3: Ertale-Eribiti-Mekele

Early in the morning, we will walk back to the Lava lake to take some morning shots with morning light and we will trek back to base camp at Dodom where we will meet our vehicles. We proceed straight to Mekelle to catch our evening flight for Addis Ababa – End of Tour (Meals: B-L)

 

This is a journey to Ethiopia’s past and present. This cultural tour takes you to the two ancient cities of Ethiopia on Ethiopia’s Historic North. Both are listed under UNESCO’S World Heritage. The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world” These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism.

The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in Goodge Sites. The medieval castles of Gondar and one of the finest examples of Ethiopian Art, the Debre Birhan Selassie Church are the must see places in Gondar.

Trip highlights

  • Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Discover the fairy-tale castles of Gondar
  • Visit different less visited sites and meet with the local people
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight to Lalibela. After check in to your Hotel, drive to the site where you will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.
 
The rock-hewn churches that you will visit today include:  Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis.

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. Ones we finished visiting the second group of churches we will walk to the village through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
 
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.

In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house. Those who can’t face their day with out a cup of coffee may be surprised to know that in it’s birthplace in Ethiopia’s Kaffa region-from which it gets its name- the berries were originally only eaten, never roasted and ground for a drink. Only since the 13th century, coffee has been made a hot drink. Holding a coffee ceremony is a traditional Ethiopian way of welcoming a guest and giving the guest the best hospitality. It is probably one of the most celebrated Ethiopian traditions, and a lifestyle - in which most Ethiopians can identify themselves with.

Overnight: Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 2: Lalibela-Gondar

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. Thirty-minute flight takes you to Gondar. After check in to Goha Hotel, located on a hill over looking the city, and having lunch there, you will start your tour of Gondar.

Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.

This afternoon, you will explore the ancient city and its famous sites including: The Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasiledas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and you will also visit the famous Debreberhan Selassie which is adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.
Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gondar.

Day 3: Gondar- Addis Ababa-Departure

In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back to Addis Ababa. End of tour

This short wildlife safari takes you north east of Addis Ababa to Awash National park which is found 253 K.M in the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley.  This beautiful park was established as recreational park for the Royal Family in the 1966. l The Awash park is home to over 460 specious of birds, several mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Desert Warthog, Summering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Hamadryads Baboon, Olive Baboon, Grivet's Monkey, Abyssinian Hare, Harar Dik Dik, Spotted Hyena, Ard Wolf, Bat eared Fox, Golden Jackal, African wild Cat and some other rarely seen mammals.

Trip highlights

  • Young volcanic mountains & lake
  • View different wildlife
  • relax in hot springs
  • amazing landscapes
  • Great opportunity for bird watching

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Awash National Park

In the morning, drive to Awash National Park 230 KM, part of the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley en-route visiting Debre Zeit Crater lakes.
After having lunch at Nazret, drive to Awash through the volcanic mountains and valleys and witnessing the lava on both sides of the roads as freshly turned earth. Here en-route we will visiting beautiful Beseka Lake rich for birds. Here you can see the Wattled Ibis, pink winged pelicans, African Fish Eagle, Saddled Stork and many more birds.   This is also the place where you can also see the Nomad Kereyu Tribes, bringing in big herds of camels, mostly in hundreds for water.

After visiting around the alkaline Beseka Lake, we will continue our visit to the base of Fentale Volcanic Mountain one of the youngest volcanic mountains. On the base of this mountain you will see a very big and recent rift formed by the volcanic activity in the region. This rift continues all the way to the lake which enabled numerous hot springs to flow all the way to lake Beseka as a result, the volume of the lakes keeps on increasing to date.  Under this rift there are many Spotted Hyena and round late afternoon, they all come out of their caves and it creates a very good opportunity to see and photograph this wild beast. Sometimes, the warthogs share the same cave with the Spotted Hyenas and you can see them as they come out.  

As the sun starts to go down, we will drive to Awash National Park with a possible evening game drive and visit to the beautiful Awash Fall.  Your lodge today is located in a very beautiful part of the park overlooking the Awash River Water Fall.
Overnight: Awash Fall Lodge-Awash National park. (Meal: L/D)

Day 2: Awash National Park-Ali Dege National Park

In the morning, we will have an early morning game drive around the Awash National park, near the fall and over the Ilala . Here we can expect to see many Olive Baboons, Byssen Oryx, water bucks, bushbucks   as well as may endemic birds and more.
After our morning game drive, we will drive to Doho Hot springs where Doho Lodge is located overlooking the Doho Lake which is formed as the result of the many hot springs around the area. The rest of the morning, relax around the hot spring or take rest. Here we can also visit Nomadic Afar Villages.
Late in the afternoon, we will drive to Ali Dege 70 km. Here we can expect to spot among many others: Summering Gazelle, Gerenuk, Graving Zebra, we may also spot one of the biggest flying bird Kori Bustard, Arabian Bustard and much more.
On our way to the lodge, we can possibly spot the Hamadryads Baboon, sacred baboon as depicted in the ancient pyramids of Egypt.
Overnight: Doho Lodge. (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 3: Awash-Addis Ababa

In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa through Debre Zeit and the Express road. At Debre Zeit, you can relax around some of the beautiful resorts before heading to Addis Ababa. We expect to arrive in Addis Ababa late in the afternoon. (Meal: B/L)

Visit the rock-hewn churches of St. Laibela, the living wonders of the world!

This cultural tour takes you to one of the world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world”These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God.

If you just have only a couple of days and you have to choose one, this UNESCO's World Heritage Site is truly a must see.

Trip highlights

  • Amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world"
  • One of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be carried away by the magnificent carved architecture
  • Amazing Fresco Paintings
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Day 1:  Addis Ababa-Lalibela

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight to Lalibela. After check in to Mount View Hotel, drive to the site where you will  find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”  These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s  religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the  outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.
 
The rock-hewn churches that you will visit today include:  Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis.

Accommodation: Mount View Hotel-Lalibela. (Meals: L/D)

Day 2:  Asheten Mariam-Lalibela

In the morning, trek to the top  of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. We will walk/mule ride through dramatic highland scenery and which eventually ends in a beautiful serene agricultural hamlet.

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. Ones we finished visiting the second group of churches we will walk to the village through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
 
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.
 
Accommodation: Mount View Hotel-Lalibela. (Meals: B/L/D)


Day 3:  Lalibela-Addis Ababa

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa.
(Meals: B)

Wildlife holiday on the Roof of Africa-Simien Mountains National Park

The Simien Mountains present the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the ages into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains, " the chess pieces of the Gods" as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 meters, and above.

This tour leads through landscapes covered by deep gorges, jagged plugs and striking rock towers. In addition to the breathtaking scenery and hiking opportunities, this park is a haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex, the sacred animal for ancient Ethiopians, the rare Ethiopian Wolf and many endemic bird specious. The Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a unique wildlife holiday amidst the spectacular Simien Mountains UNESCO
  • Watch the Gelada Baboon, the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates
  • Spot the magnificent Walia Ibex which is only found in the Simien Mountains
  • Sample unmatched endemic bird watching
  • Luckily watch the last surviving African Wolf, Ethiopian Red Wolf
  • Visit the ancient city of Gondar, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa

Itinerary

Ethiopian Endemic Wildlife Holiday on the Roof of Africa The endemic wildlife of Simien Mountains National Park

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa  

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Kaleb Hotel (4 star). There will be a short drive to your hotel.

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa -Gondar-Sankaber

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Gondar. 50 minutes flight takes you to Gondar.

Upon arrival at Gondar airport, we will meet our driver for the drive to the Simien mountains National park.

Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of up thrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice; you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

After check in to the highest lodge, Simien Lodge and having lunch there, we will relax a bit and get ready for the afternoon photo-shoot with the endemic ‘bleeding heart baboon’, Gelada baboon around Sankaber.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 3: Sankaber- The Gelada Baboon Territory

In the morning, we will drive/walk around Sankaber. This is the territory of Gelada Baboon where we can find them in great numbers as they come out to graze on the plains of Sankaber. The endemic Gelada Baboon is the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous. Geladas spend most of their day sitting down, plucking and munching on grasses. They have fatty rear ends, much like human buttocks, which seem well adapted to this activity.

Theropithecus Gelada live in small family units of one male and three to six females. Though males are larger and more colorful, females dominate gelada societies. When an aging male begins to decline, the females in his family decide when he will be replaced by a younger rival—though the male will do all he can do to drive off such competition. Gelada family units often combine to form large foraging bands of 30 to 350 animals.

Spend the morning photographing the Gelada Baboon around the plains and further down the hills.  In the afternoon, we will walk around the lodge for more photographing opportunity of the Gelada Baboon with the late afternoon light in different locations.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3260 m)

Day 4:  Cheneck-Walia Ibex territory

Today, we will rise early in the morning with the sun and drive to Cheneck through Sankaber and other beautiful parts of the park. This will give you a unique opportunity to photograph the Gelada baboon and other endemic wildlife as they graze and hunt around the plains.

Around Cheneck, you will also have a chance to photograph the endemic Mountain Nyala with the beautiful morning sun around some of the most spectacular pars of the park.  After spending the morning time exploring around Checnk, we will drive back to lodge. Late in the Afternoon, we will go out around Cheneck and surrounding area to spend more time among the Geladas with the golden light of late afternoon.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 5:   Buit Ras - Gondar

Drive from Buit Ras to Gondar with stops in some picturesque points. After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start city tour of Gondar. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.

Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasiledas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and we will also visit the famous Debreberhan Selassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gondar.

Day 6: Gondar-Addis Ababa-End of tour

In the morning, transfer to Gondar airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: National Museum, Merkato, Piassa and other parts of the city.

After check in to hotel we will drive to The National Museum to meet with your ancestor LUCY. The National Museum. The National Museum of Ethiopia: This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.
After our visit to the museum, we will continue our city tour of Addis Ababa with Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, other part of the city including Piassa and Churchill Avenue to make souvenirs shopping.

In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.  After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.

 

This wildlife holiday takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa. It is an area of high altitude plateau that is fragmented by numerous remarkable volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams that run down in the deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands. It is haven for various endemic mammals including the endangered and the last African Wolf, Mountain Nyala, Minilik Bushbuck, and many endemic birds as well as different mammals.

The highlights of this wildlife holiday will be the endangered Ethiopian Wolf which is a rare creature, unique to the highlands of Ethiopia.


On this tour we will also have the chance to see the gorgeous Mountain Nyala and delightful Bale monkey. We will also have plenty of chance to spot many endemic birds as we will be touring around one of the continents top five birding hotspots.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy endemic wildlife holiday in the beautiful Bale Mountains
  • watch the last surviving African Wolf, Ethiopian Red Wolf
  • Watch the Mountain Nyala & Minilik Bush Buk which are endemic to the Bale Mountains
  • Sample unmatched endemic bird watching and different mammals
  • Visit the Great Rift Valley lakes
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Arrival

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Monarch Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Ethiopian Great Valley Lakes-Langano

In the morning, start driving to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, Lake Langano. While driving from Addis Ababa to Langano, we will pass by different small towns and we will stop for a visit at one of the most beautiful Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Ziway.
The rest of the day, relax around the beautiful Sabana Lodge perched on the top of the hill over looking the beautiful lake.

Accommodation: Sabana Lodge-Langano.

Day 3: Langano-Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning, we drive to Dinsho the head quarter of Bale Mountains National Park. This is one of the biggest Afro Alpine Habitat in the entire African continent.  In the afternoon, we will have a game drive around the headquarter to visit some of the endemic mammals in the park including: Bale Mountain Nyala (endemic to Bale Mountains National Park), Minilik Bushbuck, warthogs and many more.

Overnight: Wabi Shebele Hotel-Goba

Day 4:  Look out for the last African Wolves-Bale Mountains National Park

We will rise early in the morning, to drive up on the Senettie Plateau over one of the highest road in the continent which is 4000 meters above sea-level. This is also the biggest Afro - Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa which is very crucial for the survival of the endemic and Africa’s last wolf, Abyssinian Wolf.  This red wolf is one of the most endangered canid in the world.

The wolves depend on the abundant rodents available here including the endemic giant mole rat. Crossing the plateau, to the escarpment we descend towards HARENA forest, one of the well conserved Alpine forest in the country. This dense indigenous forest shelters, the endemic Bale monkey former Bale Vervet subsist its diet 90 % on Baboon, Giant Hog, Bush Pig, Leopard, Black Manned Lion, Caracal and many forest birds.
Overnight: Bale Mountains Lodge- Harenna Forest  

Day 5: Bale Mountains- Lake Awassa

In the morning, drive south west to the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley Lakes Region. On this region you will find chains of beautiful Rift Valley Lakes which are home to many birdlife and other wildlife.
After check in to the beautiful Haile Resort, owned and run by the Great Ethiopian Athlete, many Olympic gold medalist and holder of many world records including marathon; we will then walk around the lake of Awassa to see different aquatic birds. We can also take a boat trip for more bird watching and hippo spotting.  The rest of the day, you can relax in the swimming pool or in the spa.
Overnight: Haile resort-Awassa.

Day 6: Awassa-Langano-Ziway-Addis Ababa

Early in the morning, we will visit the Awassa fish market, where local fishermen sales freshly caught fishes for the local people. The interaction of the fishermen with people, birds and surrounding environment is interesting to watch.

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting at least two rift valley Lakes namely Lake Ziway the biggest Rift Valley Lake and lake Langano. Both are very famous for their abundant birdlife.  As we finish our visit to the lakes, we then continue to drive back to Addis Ababa through the new expressway, which starts, at Mojo to arrive in Addis Ababa late in Afternoon.  End of tour.

 

Ethiopia Nature & Wildlife: A unique wildlife destination

Looking for an experience a little different from the typical African Safari & Wildlife?  Then Ethiopia is an exciting wildlife destination in Africa.
Ethiopia have amazingly varied landscape and ecosystem from hot deserts to high rugged mountains. This makes it home to astonishingly varied specious of flora and fauna among which many species of mammals, birds and plants are endemic to Ethiopia.

What wildlife are there to see? Prepare to be surprised

  • Ethiopia is home to an amazing mix of mammals and birdlife.
  • There are 80 species of larger mammals survive of which 7 are endemic to Ethiopia
  • There are over 830 birds recorded birds in Ethiopia among which 29 are endemic

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours- Wildlife & Nature Tours

Grand Holidays Ethiopia is the local travel specialist for wildlife tours in Ethiopia. We offer different range of nature & wildlife tours throughout Ethiopia. Our tours focus on Ethiopia’s mazing & diverse nature, dramatic landscape, unique mammals and rich bird life. We also have birding tours focused on birds for the bird enthusiasts.

Our Mammals of Ethiopia wildlife holiday focuses on the varied mammals found in the four National Parks and Great Rift Valley lakes region of Ethiopia. You will have a chance to spot many wildlife and plenty of bird specious amongst the breathtaking landscapes of Ethiopia. As our tour goes to the spectacular Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains National Parks you have a great chance to discover the endemic mammals of Ethiopia which you can not find anywhere else.

Highlights of the tour

  • The breathtaking landscapes of Simien Mountains National Park, UNESCO Site
  • The spectacular Bale Mountains, endemic hotspots, temporary UNESCO Site
  • The Great Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia & abundant birdlife of Ethiopia
  • The beautiful Nech Sar National Park and Awash National Park
  • Senekele game Reserve
  • A chance to witness tribal culture in the southern Ethiopia
  • Visit the fairytale castles of Gander one of Ethiopia’s UNESCO World heritage site.
  • Enjoy city tour of Addis Ababa, Africa’s capital

What wildlife you may see on this wildlife tour?

  • The last wolves of Africa, the endangered Ethiopian Wolf
  • The Bleeding Heart Gelada Baboon, the last and only grazing primates
  • The magnificent Walia IBEX, the handsome Mountain Nyala & Minilik Bushbuck 
  • We also hope to see the endemic Bale Monkey & Giant Mallrat
  • Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, the giant Nile Crocodiles and more
  • Plenty of chance for bird watching among which many are endemic birds

Itinerary

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Arrival

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Monarch Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Awash National Park

This morning we will be setting off towards the great East African Rift Valley where the Awash National park is found. While driving from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park, we will be driving through the towns of Debre Zeit and Nazret.
The Awash National Park was established in 1966 as Royal family’s recreational park. The Awash area is part of the Great Rift Valley and here, here in different parts of the park you will witness volcanic activity.  Some of the recent and youngest craters & volcanic mountains are also found there.

The Awash park is home to over 460 species of birds, several mammals such as Beisa Oryx, Desert Warthog, Summering’s Gazelle, Lesser Kudu, Hamadryads Baboon, Olive Baboon, Grivet's Monkey, Abyssinian Hare, Harar Dik Dik, Spotted Hyena, Ard wolf, Bat eared Fox, Golden Jackal, African wild Cat and some other rarely seen mammals.

As we reach around Lake Beseka following the old road, we will take a walk around the lake for bird viewing and we then make a short detour near the foot of Mount Fenta'ale, following the deep cracks coming from the mountains towards the lake. Here around dusk we will look for group of spotted Hyenas teaming out of this caves.
Overnight: Awash Falls Lodge-Awash National Park

Day 3: Awash National Park

After having an early breakfast at the lodge, we take a drive to Alideghe game reserve located north east of the Awash National Park. Here we will have a game drive and scan the vast plain for Grevy's Zebra, Gerenuk, Beisa Oryx, Simmering Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Somali Ostrich and for some rare birds. We then drive to Doha Lodge for lunch and enjoying the natural hot spring under the vast palm trees.

After relaxing at Doho, when the sun starts to cool down, we will take a short drive to Awash Park. The rest of the afternoon, we will have a game drive around Ilala Plains, here we expect to see herds of Beisa Oryx, Sommering's Gazelle and Leopard Tortoise. If we are lucky we will spot some of the rare dwelling like, Bat Eared Fox, African Wild Cat and different endemic birds. As we finish our game drive, we will take a relaxing walk to our lodge and wonder around the water falls spotting crocks and monkeys and so on.

Overnight: Awash Falls Lodge-Awash National Park

Day 4: Awash National Park-Bale Mountains National Park

Today we will be heading to the famous Bale Mountains National Park known for its endemic wildlife and birds.

Driving from Awash National Park to the Bale Mountains, we will be passing through different landscapes & vast farming land. We will reach around Dinsho Headquarter and we will be walking around the buffer zone Gessay Valley for our first encounter with the Mountain Nyala, Bohor Reed Back, Common Warthog and some endemic birds. We then stop at the head quarter for officially enter to the park and walk inside the reserve for more encounter of mountain Nyala and the other endemic wildlife in the park including the Miniliek's Bush Buck and some other commonly seen mammals and birds. After our walking safari, we will have an hour drive to Goba for overnight.

Overnight: Wabishebele Hotel-Goba.

Day 5: Look out for the last African Wolves-Bale Mountains National Park

We will rise early in the morning, to drive up on the Senettie Plateau over one of the highest road in the continent which is 4000 meters above sea-level. This is also the biggest Afro - Alpine habitat in the whole of Africa which is very crucial for the survival of the endemic and Africa’s last wolf, Abyssinian Wolf.  This red wolf is one of the most endangered canid in the world. The wolves depend on the abundant rodents available here including the endemic giant mole rat. Crossing the plateau, to the escarpment we descend towards HARENA forest, one of the well conserved Alpine forest in the country. This dense indigenous forest shelters, the endemic Bale monkey former Bale Vervet subsist its diet 90 % on Baboon, Giant Hog, Bush Pig, Leopard, Black Manned Lion, Caracal and many forest birds.

After exploring this forest, we drive back to the Plateau for some more chance of encountering the Abyssinian wolf which is our star focus on this trip we descend down to Goba.

Overnight: Wabishebele Hotel-Goba.

Day 6: Bale Mountains-Awassa

Once again crossing Gessay Valley, we drive south west to one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Awassa. While driving from Goba to Awassa, we will be driving through beautiful landscapes to reach at Awassa in the afternoon. After check in to our hotel, we go on a boat cruise to spot Hippos and also scan for different aquatic birds around the lake.

The rest of the day, you can choose between relaxing in the swimming pool, enjoy the spa at the beautiful lakeside Haile Resort or take a relaxing walk along the shore of the beautiful lake.

Overnight: Haile Resort-Awassa.

Day 7: Awassa-Senkele-Arbaminch

In the morning, drive to Arbaminch en-route visiting Senkele Game Reserve. Covering 58 square kilometers, the reserve is located some 10 kilometers south of the Shashemene-Arba Minch road near the town of Aje. This small open terrain reserve is the only place in Ethiopia where Swayne's hartebeest sightings are practically guaranteed. At this reserve, we have the chance to spot Golden Back jackal, Black Backed Jackal and some common mammals and may birds.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch

Day 8:  Arbaminch-Nechsar-Lake Chamo

Nech Sar National Park includes a diverse and very beautiful landscapes from the vast woodland to Nech Sar ‘white grass plains” savannah plains. From hot springs to twin beautiful lakes of Lake Chamo and Abaya, to the the natural mountain bridge, “Bridge of God” which connects the two lakes.

In the morning, we will take a boat cruise on Lake Chamo to see some of truly gigantic crocodiles, Nile Crocodiles as well as a few pods of hippo and a plenty of aquatic birds. Olive baboons are commonly seen in the forest near the lake.

After crossing the lake by boat, we will have a guided walking safari forest, to the Nech Sar Plains spot Burchell’s zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Swayne’s hartebeest, greater kudu and other large mammals.

Overnight: Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch


Day 9: Arbaminch-Dorze-Bishangari

After breakfast, we dill drive north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen any where in Africa. This is also the best place to see the view of the Nech Sar National park and the two lakes underneath.

After visiting Dorze, we will drive to Langano, Bishangari one of the most beautiful Rift Valley lakes en-route visiting different villages including the Rastafarian Community at Shashemene.

After having lunch at Shashemene, we will continue driving to Bishangari. After check in to the lake side Bishangari Lodge, we will go out on walking Safari to spot some wildlife using flashlight. Our main target here is to look for the Rare Nocturnal Animal that anyone needs to be very fortunate to spot it in any African Safari. Aardvark is rare and a very illusive nocturnal that feeds on termite and cut tunnels like a caving machine!! We also commonly expect to spot Ethiopian Genet, African Civet Cat, White tailed mongoose, Jackals, Bush duiker. We will return to hotel

Overnight:  Bishangari Lodge-Langano.

Day 10: Langano - Addis

We rise early to explore the surrounding area of the eco lodge for more wildlife viewing opportunities and get back to the restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will drive to Addis Ababa. As we get to the main highway, we will make a de-tour to Abiata Shala National Park to look out for Somali and Masai Ostrich, group of Grant's Gazelle, Desert Warthogs and birds. As we drive close to alkaline Lake Abiata, we expect to spot flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingos and other water birds. We drive back to the main road to continue our drive to Addis Ababa en-route visiting Lake Ziway. This is an excellent site for Birding. After having lunch at Haile Resort Ziway, we will drive to Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 11: Addis Ababa -Gondar-Buit Ras

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Gondar. 50 minutes flight takes you to Gondar.

Upon arrival at Gondar airport, we will meet our driver for the drive to the Simien Mountains National park. Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of up thrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice; you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

After check in to the highest lodge in Africa, Simien Lodge (3260 M) and having lunch there, we will relax a bit and get ready for the afternoon for our first encounter with the endemic ‘bleeding heart baboon’, Gelada Baboon in the breath taking scenery.  This is the last refuge of "Tropiticcus Gelada" as this primate used to live all over Africa and split from Baboon members over 400,000 years ago and Ethiopian Highland plateau became their last refugee. The endemic Gelada Baboon is the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once found in numerous numbers. Geladas spend most of their day sitting down, plucking and munching on grasses. They have fatty rear ends, much like human buttocks, which seem well adapted to this activity. Theropithecus Gelada live in small family units of one male and three to six females.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 12: Simien Mountains National park

Today, we will rise early in the morning with the sun and after breakfast we will drive for about 2 hours through the breathtaking scenery to Cheneck.  The main target today is to spot the endemic and magnificent Walia Ibex and the spectacular scenery of the Simien.  Around Cheneck we will find small population of Walia. Walia Ibex, was considered to be sacred animal by the ancient Ethiopians and can be found carved in different artifacts from the ancient time.

We will have our picnic lunch under a shade of a tree enjoying the magnificent view and observing the endemic birds which roams the mountain; the giant Lammergeyer and Thick Billed Raven wheeling around the canyon.

After lunch, we will slowly drive back to our lodge with several stops for view spots and wildlife viewing.

Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 13:   Buit Ras - Gondar

Drive from Buit Ras to Gondar with stops in some picturesque points. After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start city tour of Gondar. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.

Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasiledas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and we will also visit the famous Debreberhan Selassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gondar.

Day 14: Gondar-Addis Ababa-End of tour

In the morning, transfer to Gondar airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: National Museum, Merkato, Piassa and other parts of the city. After check in to hotel we will drive to The National Museum to meet with your ancestor LUCY. The National Museum.

The National Museum of Ethiopia: This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.

After our visit to the museum, we will continue our city tour of Addis Ababa with Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, other part of the city including Piassa and Churchill Avenue to make souvenirs shopping.
In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.  After the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for the flight back home. End of the tour.

 

Ethiopia is one of the world's great crossroads, where the people and cultures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have been interacting for thousands of Years. The resulting ethnic and cultural diversity has given rise to many unique and dynamic visual traditions. The country has thus been called a cultural mosaic, due to its 80 different languages and dialects and as many, if not more, cultural varieties.

The strong religious setting, celebrations, and festivals play an important part in every ones daily life. Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. Above all, it is a country of great antiquities, cultures, and traditions stretching back to 3000 years.

These cultural tours have been designed in a way to enable visitors to experience these amazing culture and history of one of the world's ancient people and civilization. Click on the link for tour package lists.

Cultural Tour to The Historical Root of Ethiopia

Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left mark on the land, the people and their monuments. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past, which began as the cradle of mankind.

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Fesival Tours

Ethiopia is a country where so many cultures come together as one to form a fascinating nation. Its cultural diversity, has been existent since the beginning of time, and is incomparably unique.

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Tribal Tour to the Omo Valley

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

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Car Hire in Ethiopia: Rent a car in Addis Ababa experienced friendly drivers with best veichles

Planning to hire a car in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia? We have excellent condition cars suitable for different group size and the different road conditions and activities involved on a specific tour. All our vehicles have comprehensive insurance coverage.

Our friendly, well trained and experienced tour drivers know the terrains and valleys you will be traveling to really well. Our drivers have a very good knowledge of the places and cultures they travel to. They play their share in making sure there is as much less footprints on the environments and host community as they take tourists to the areas.

 

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours locally owned and operated  tour company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  As you plan your long-awaited holiday to Ethiopia, we highly understand one of the first and very important decision you will make  is choosing your tour company. Some companies may seem to appear ‘cheaper’  in price,  at first glance. But, when you look closer and deeper, you will understand why traveling to Ethiopia with Grand Holidays Ethiopia Travel will guarantee the most memorable travel experience. We always appreciate the trust you put on us when it comes to your holiday

In recognition to our quality service, National Geographic has given Grand Holidays Ethiopia a 95/100 client satisfaction rating and a 89.5 in Quality of Service. We have been also awarded by the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism for our contribution in the tourism in Ethiopia.

We are the specialists in customized itineraries, group tours, family holidays, independent vacations, escorted tours, adventure holidays, cultural tours, logistics arrangement for filming and so much more throughout the land of many wonders, Ethiopia!

Our tour packages and itineraries have been developed over many years to reflect the most favored requests of our independent travelers. These can of course be fully customized to your individual needs and particular interests.

Registration and license

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours is registered and licensed by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry under license number: 199/98 . We are also a recognized by the Ethiopian Tourism Minister and a proud member of Ethiopian Tour Operators Association under membership code: ETOA/028/06.

Grand Holidays Staffs

Our staffs are one of our Key assets. Our office staffs regardless of their positions have been tour leaders and have directed tours for many years. Grand Holidays’ management team, have many years’ experience between them working in the tourism field at different posts. Our tour leaders are carefully selected and all of them are passionate to lead tours, qualified, experienced, young, and energetic.

Transportation and equipment

Equipment are of the highest standard. We have range of brand new , tourist standard with a comprehensive insurance coverage which, which includes comfortable 4X4s, deluxe different size buses, mini buses and small automobiles. Vehicles and camping equipment are made to fit the weather you are planning to travel in.

Trip notes

For every trip on this site, you can request detailed additional information. On this site, you can find different background information such as geography, history, climate, and customs together with an extensive descriptive itinerary and other technical details including visas and vaccinations can be found from our site on the tip and travel fact. Services are to the standard of your utmost satisfaction. Grand Holidays believes quality is job #1.

We provide the following tour packages and services in Ethiopia

  • Cultural Tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia
  • Omo Valley Tribal Exploration
  • Phtography Expedtions 
  • Mountain trekking adventure in the Simien Bale Mountains
  • DallolEratale Lava lake Desert Expeditions
  • Pilgrimage and religious festival tours
  • Luxury Travel 
  • Personal interest tours
  • Wildlife Safari & Nature Tours 
  • Bird watching in Ethiopia
  • Logistic arrangements for filming in Ethiopia 
  • Charter flight arrangements in Ethiopia
  • We organize conference and events 
  • Car hire in Ethiopia and so much more….

Rates:

Rates are competitive and are provided up on request. The outlined sample itineraries are always open for further amendments following your special inquiry, International and domestic flight arrival and departure time. It matters not if you are 9 or 90, a family or a group of friends, or a person traveling alone- our team of professionals and experienced tour operators, guides and drivers are committed to make your holidays in Ethiopia GRAND.

Grand Holidays Ethiopia, the environment and responsible tourism

As we take more tourists to the different sites and attractions, we recognize our obligations to operate our tours in responsible sustainable fashion. We view this not only as environmental issues but as an environmental, cultural, and social one as well. Above all, we are committed to the well being of the communities, which are our hosts, the cultural and natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide more rewarding and interesting experience to our clients.

The following points are the key points in our philosophy:

We encourage our own staffs to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies in to practice. We provide our clients with advise and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural, and religious beliefs of local communities.

We support and encourage our clients to support local organizations that gives service to the community like, clinics, schools, orphanages e.t.c We endeavor to ensure our practices help in the environmental conservation of the area we visit.

If you would like to see the list of our tour packages please click here. If you have any question, just send us an e-mail, fax, or call us our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help you plan a trip of a life time in this magical land, Ethiopia.

Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival a cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia

This cultural tour takes you on the Ethiopia’s Historic North with Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival, one of the most colourful festivals celebrated at St. Lalibela. This festival is less famous, but equally absorbing as Timket Festival and it is celebrated colourfully around one of the most famous rock-hewn church, St. George just one week after Timket.

On this tour you will also visit the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia which include– the rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela, Castles of Gondar, the Island Monasteries of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and the Blue Nile Falls.

Trip highlights:

  • Witness an anceint Christian Festival around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela 
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take a cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient island monasteries 
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


Accommodation:

On this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tourguides who have lead many tours in Ethiopia  and who know well about the history, culture, as well as of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this tour you will be traveling in a modern mini bus or coaster bus. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01, 22. Jan: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we will arrange a city tour.
O/N: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02, 23. Jan: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03, 24.Jan: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04, 25.Jan: Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gondar.
O/N: Goha Hotel.

Day 05, 26.Jan: Excursion Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 06, 27.Jan: Gondar – Lalibela - Sebaratmu Giorgis Eve at Lalibela (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with the aim to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject. Late in the afternoon, we will drive to Bete Giorgis to attend the eve of Sebaratmu. Here the priest and deacons will be chanting with their drums and sistras to celebrate the eve of St. Gorge.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 07: 28.Jan: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam (B-D)

In the morning, Mule ride to the top of Asheten Mariam to visit the monastery church from the 12th century.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvellous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 08: January 28: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, Mule ride to the top of Asheten Marima to visit the monastery church from the 12th century.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 09, January 29: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person in double room: 1.990,- USD

Single Room supplement: 338,- USD

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

 

The Meskel Festival Tour with the Historic Route of Ethiopia

This festival  tour is designed around the Classic  Historic Route of Ethiopia with Meskel Festival Celebration at St. Lalibela. Meskel is being celebrated in Ethiopia for more than 1600 years. This is one of the most colourful festivals on the Ethiopian Calendar. Meskel always have been celebrated in a beautiful weather at the end of the rainy season, with a lot of dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ has been crucified.

The Meskel Festival tour with the Historic Route of Ethiopia provides the traveller with a practical image of the ancient historical mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia including the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Simien Mountains, the fairy-tale castles of Gonder, the source of Blue Nile, the Blue Nile Falls, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, National Museum with Lucy, last but not least the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia.


Join us on this unique journey of discovery as we witness undiluted ancient African culture and civilization to the land where all begun.

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the anceint celebration of  Meskel Festival at Lalibela 
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty  Blue Nile River  &  the Blue Nile Falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

 

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Accommodation:

On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: 21.Sep: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. In you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: 22.Sep: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 3: 23 Sep: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 4: 24 Sep: Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gondar.
Overnight: Goha Hotel.

Day 5: 25 Sep: Excursion Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
Overnight: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 6: 26 Sep: Gondar – Lalibela – Meskel Eve (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with the aim to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject.
In the afternoon, we will attend Demera, the Eve of Meskel where the priest and deacons dressed in their colourful dress, singing and dancing march to a place near the churches to assemble the firework to be lit in the coming morning. The faithful , dressed in their dazzling white flock to this place most of them with a piece of firewood. Then goes the blessing, the chanting and dancing until the evening. It is a very colourful eve to be seen.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 7: 27 Sep: Meskel Eve at Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, we will witness one of the most colourful festivals held in Ethiopia, the Meskel Festival at Lalibela.
In the afternoon we visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. The churches that we will visit today include: Bete MedhaniAlem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil,
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 8: 28 Sep Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, take a mule ride, and /or walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios, Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.
Overnight: Tkul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 9: 29 Sep: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. (City tour if not on first day)
Flight schedule permitting there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner party, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person sharing double: 1.990,- USD
Single Suppl.; 338,- USD

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

 

Join us on this trip of discover as we witness an ancient way celebrating Easter and explore the world of the ancient Ethiopians. Step back in time and celebrate Easter the way it has been performed centuries and centuries back. You will be amazed to witness how ancient historical traditions and unique African culture have been preserved in an incredible manner.

This tour takes you deep in to the land which used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the less visited rock-hewn churches of Tigray, the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people.

Trip highlights:

  • Celebration of Ethiopian Easter
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Accommodation:

On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team.

Itinerary:

Day 01, 08. Apr: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we will arrange a city tour.
O/N: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02, 09. Apr: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03, 10. Apr: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04, 11. Apr: Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gondar.
O/N: Goha Hotel.

Day 05, 12. Apr: Excursion Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 06, 13. Apr: Gondar – Lalibela (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with the aim to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 07, 14. Apr, Good Friday at Lalibela (B-D)

After having an early breakfast, we will drive to the site where we find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis. In the afternoon, witness the Good Friday ceremony at Bete Mariam rock-hewn church. This is a special day for Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and it is celebrated with a great devotion and in a very ancient way.

On this day, the faithful who has been fasting the whole day without any water or food, dressed in their dazzling white cloths, folk to St. Mary’s church to attend the prayers and performance of the priest and deacons. It really creates a special feeling to witness the devotion of the faithful and the special practices made on this day remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Every performance of the priest and the deacons as well as the devotion of the people takes you centuries back.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 08, 15. Apr Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvellous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that you will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. In the afternoon, you will visit one of the most colourful annual Easter Market at Lalibela. In the evening, you will witness one of the most important ceremonies of Easter in one of the biggest rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Bete MedhaniAlem.

In the evening all the rock-hewn churches will be filled with people who have been fasting for 55 days. None of them have eaten anything at least for a day and half without any water and food. They are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there will be prayers and candle light ceremonies accompanied by chanting and dancing of the priest until 3:00 in the morning. It’s only after the ceremony is over that everybody goes home to break the fasting with the special Easter meal and the feast which has begun at the church continues all day long and the weeks to come.
Accommodation: Mount View Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 09, 16. Apr Ethiopian Easter Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure an optional city tour can be arranged.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary special Easter farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. Flight schedule permitting). There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person sharing double: 2.212,-- USD
single Suppl.: 602,-- USD

 

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

On this tour you are privileged to witness on of the most colorful and ancient festivals celebrated in Ethiopia, Timket Festival. Commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ, this is an extremely colorful three-day festival celebrated on the Ethiopian Calendar and you will attend this festival around the rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela where it is celebrated in a unique way.

On this trip of discovery, you will visit the matchless sites of Ethiopia’s Historic Route among which four of the sites are listed under UNESCO’s world Heritage list including: Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chess pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon and more.

Trip highlights:

  • Celebration of the Timket Festival
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


Accommodation:

On this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tourguides who have lead many tours in Ethiopia  and who know well about the history, culture, as well as of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this tour you will be traveling in a modern mini bus or coaster bus. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01, January 13, Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. In you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.
O/N: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02, January 14: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03, January 15, Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04, January 16 Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gondar.
O/N: Goha Hotel.

Day 05, January 17: Excursion Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 06, January 18, Gondar – Lalibela – Timket Eve (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with the aim to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject.
In the late afternoon, we will attend the Timket eve ceremony called, Ketera. During Ketera, the priests take out the Tabots- replicas of the original Ark of the Covenant, from each church and bless the water of the pool where the next day' celebration will take place.

In the evening, we will return to the ‘Tabot Maderia’ to attend the night celebrations.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 07, January 19: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela-Timket Festival at Lalibela (B-D)

Early in the morning, we will again walk to the ‘Tabot Maderia’ to witness the early morning baptism ceremony. The water which symbolizes the Jordan River is blessed by the priest and the patriarch then dip a golden cross and extinguish a burning consecrated candle in the alter. Then he sprinkles water on the assembled congregation in commemoration of Christ's baptism.
Following the baptism, the Tabots start their way back to their respective rock-churches, while feasting, singing and dancing continue all the way to the churches.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 08, January 20: Lalibela- -2nd day of Timket (B-D)

In the morning, attend the second day of Timket around the first group of rock-hewn churches.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 09: January 21: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet (flight schedule permitting) At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

 

Rate per person sharing double: 2.212,- USD
Single Suppl.: 602,- USD

 

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

Ethiopian Christmas Festival Celebration at St. Lalibela, 

This 9 Days Ethiopian Christmas Festival tour with the Historic Route of Ethiopia takes you to Ethiopia’s Historic North with a visit to some of the major highlights including 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On this tour you will celebrate Ethiopian Christmas around the rock hewn churches of St. Lalibela with pilgrims who came on their barefoot to share the blessing of this special ceremony. You will also visit some of the majour highlights on the Historic Route including the island Monasteries of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile, The Blue Nile Falls, the fairy-tale castles of Gonder , the Siimien Mountains National Park and so much more.

At St. Lalibela, it is celebrated with greater devotion, chanting, dancing, and singing around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which were built more than 800 years ago. The ancient city of St. Lalibela will be filled with tens of thousands of pilgrims who come from all directions of Ethiopia and from all walks of life to share the blessing of Christmas. Most of the pilgrims reach at St. Lalibela from far off hamlets and inaccessible valleys, walking on their bare foot for days, weeks, and even for months to share the blessing on Christmas day. Even if Ethiopian Christmas is on January 7, there will be different ceremonies to be held around the rock-hewn churches starting the night of 4th January. This is an ancient Christian tradition which has remained unchanged and witnessing this event, you feel like you are transported centuries and centuries back in time.

On the morning of January 7, the biggest celebration will be held around Bete Mariam. On this day, as it has been going on centuries over centuries; the priest will be standing in line with their drums and sistra on the cliff edge of Bete Mariam, called Mame Garia. On the bottom there will be some more priests dressed differently to those up on the top the cliff. The priest on the bottom symbolizes the shepherds and the priest on the top cliff symbolizes the angels announcing and celebrating the the birth of Jesus. You can’t help, but witness a scene the same to this one has been going on here on this day centuries over centuries in the same manner.

As you travel by road to the most part, you will visit the country’s Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you take this trip to the Historic Route of Ethiopia to witness one of the most important and ancient festivals celebrated around the rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela with more visits to the Historic Route .

Trip highlights:

  • Celebration of Ethiopian Christmas Festival
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

 Accommodation

On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01: December 31: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour can be arranged.

Overnight: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: January 1: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.

Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel - Bahirdar

Day 03: January 2: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

After breakfast, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel - Bahirdar.

Day 04: January 3: Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.

After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start tour of Gondar which include: the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasiledas, and we will also visit the famous Debreberhan Selassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gondar.

Day 05: January 4: Excursion to Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Simien Mountains National park. En-route we will be visiting the “Felasha” or the Black Jewish village.

Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day, trek around the park to explore the stunning view and wildlife of the park including Sankaber.

Overnight: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 06: January 5: Gondar – Lalibela –Bete Emanuel night ceremony (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En-route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with aims to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject.

In the evening, we will drive to Bete Emanuel to attend the special celebration of Emanuel with chanting and dancing by the priests and deacons. The ceremony will be accompanied by a capacity crowd of pilgrims who came to witness this event from far of hamlets and inaccessible valleys on their bare foot walking for weeks and even months.

Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela

Day 07: 06: January,: Lalibela Celebrations at Bete Emanuel (B-D)

In the morning, we will drive to the sites where we will find the concentration of some of the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela from 1200 AD.

At night, we will attend the Christmas Eve ceremony to be held at Bete Mariam church. This evening, you will attend the Ethiopian Christmas Eve Ceremony with the pilgrims. The dancing by the deacons and the priests continue throughout the night while the pilgrims clap & ululate to the drum beat. At mid night, there will be a candle light ceremony to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 08: January 7: Ethiopian Christmas Eve-Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, we will once more drive back to Bete Mariam where the biggest festival will be held outside the church on the cliff surround the church. This will mark the final church ceremony of Ethiopian Christmas. On this day, as it has been going on centuries over centuries; the priest will be standing in line with their drums and sistra on the cliff edge of Bete Mariam, called Mame Garia. On the bottom there will be some more priests dressed differently to those up on the top the cliff. The priest on the bottom symbolizes the shepherds and the priest on the top cliff symbolizes the angels announcing and celebrating the the birth of Jesus. You can’t help, but witness a scene the same to this one has been going on here on this day centuries over centuries in the same manner.

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.


Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 09, 08.Jan, Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour of Addis Abeba.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. (flight schedule permitting) At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person sharing double: 2.212,- USD
Single Suppl.: 602,- USD

 

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

 

Join us on a unique wildlife holiday in Ethiopia designed by our experts and lead by our passionate wildlife professional tour guides.


Ethiopia Nature & Wildlife: A unique wildlife destination

Looking for an experience a little different from the typical African Safari & Wildlife?  Then Ethiopia is an exciting wildlife destination in Africa.
Ethiopia have amazingly varied landscape and ecosystem from hot deserts to  high rugged mountains. This makes it home to astonishingly varied specious of  flora and fauna among which  many species of mammals, birds and  plants are endemic to Ethiopia.

Our Endemic BIG 5 of Ethiopia’s Wildlife  tour focuses on the endemic wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of Ethiopia. You will discover the endemic mammals of Ethiopia which you can not find anywhere else. On this trip, there will also be a chance to see more wildlife as well as plenty of birds of which many of them are not found anywhere else in the world.

What’s wildlife are  there in Ethiopia? Ethiopia is home to an amazing mix of  mammals and birdlife.
- There are 80 species of larger mammals of which more than 7 are endemic to Ethiopia 
- There are  over 800 birds  recorded birds in Ethiopia among which more than 20 are endemic

What are the wildlife to see in Ethiopia on this trip?
At least 5 endemic wildlife and many other large mammals as well as plenty of birds.

 

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours offers different wildlife tours throughout  Ethiopia. Our tours focus on Ethiopia’s amazing nature, wildlife, birding, breathtaking landscapes, history and culture.  We also offer different tour packages specialized in wildlife photography as well as other photography tours.

Tour highlights

  • Discover Ethiopia’s Endemic wildlife – THE ENDMIC BIG 5 of ETHIOPIA
  • Trekking in the endemic hot-spot the magnificent Bale Mountains
  • Trekking on the roof of Africa  Simien Mountains
  • Plenty of birdlife among which many are endemic
  • Explore the ancient city of Gonder. UNESCO World Heritage site.

What wildlife might I see in Ethiopia?

  • The Endemic Big 5s of Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Wolf, Walia Ibex, Mountain Nyala, Gelada baboon, Minilik Bushbuck and more
  • We expect to see more than 15 endemic bird species of birds
  • Visit the fairytale castles of Gander one of Ethiopia’s UNESCO World heritage site.        

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa  

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Kaleb Hotel (4 star). There will be a short drive to your hotel.
    
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".
    
Overnight: Radisson Blu-Addis Ababa.
    
Day 2: Addis Ababa -Gondar-Sankaber

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Gonder. 50 minutes flight takes you to Gonder. Upon arrival at Gonder airport, we will meet our driver  for the drive to the Simien mountains National park.  Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rolling grassy plateau comes to an abrupt stop, and sheer cliffs plunge almost vertically for 1,000m (3280 ft) to the plains below. The massif itself has been sculpted by 30 million years of up thrust and erosion into a wonderland of jagged ridges, pinnacles and strangely cropped conical mountains, so that looking out over the heart-stopping precipice; you feel you might just be at the edge of the world.

After check in to the highest lodge, Simien Lodge and having lunch there, we will relax a bit and get ready for the afternoon photo-shoot with the endemic ‘bleeding heart baboon’, Gelada baboon around Sankaber.

Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)
    
Day 3: Sankaber- The Gelada Baboon Territory

In the morning, we will drive/walk around Sanakber. This is the territory of Gelada Baboon where we can find them in great numbers as they come out to graze on the plains of Sankaber.

The endemic Geladad Baboon is the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous. Geladas spend most of their day sitting down, plucking and munching on grasses. They have fatty rear ends, much like human buttocks, which seem well adapted to this activity. Theropithecus gelada live in small family units of one male and three to six females. Though males are larger and more colorful, females dominate gelada societies. When an aging male begins to decline, the females in his family decide when he will be replaced by a younger rival—though the male will do all he can do to drive off such competition. Gelada family units often combine to form large foraging bands of 30 to 350 animals.
    
Spend the morning photographing the Gelada Baboon around the plains and further down the hills.  In the afternoon, we will walk around the lodge for more phtographying opportunity of the Gelada Baboon with the late afternoon light in different locations.

Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 4:  Cheneck-Walia Ibex territory

Today, we will rise early in the morning with the sun and drive to Cheneck through sankaber and other beautiful parts of the park. This will give you a unique opportunity to photograph the Geladad baboon and other endemic wildlife as they graze and hunt around the plains.
    
Around Cheneck, you will also have a chance to photograph the endemic Maountain Nyala  with the beautiful morning sun around some of the most spectacular pars of the park.  After spending the morning time exploring around Checnk, we will drive back to lodge.
    
Late in the Afternoon, we will go out around Cheneck and surrounding area to spend more time among the Geladas with the golden light of late afternoon.

Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras (3200 m)

Day 5:   Buit Ras - Gondar

Drive from Buit Ras to Gonder with stops in some picturesque points. After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start city tour of Gondar. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art.
    
Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasilidas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and we will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.

Overnight: Goha Hotel-Gonder.

Day 6: Gonder-Ethiopian Great Valley Lakes-Langano

In the morning, transfer to Gonder airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, we will meet our drivers for the drive to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, Lake Langano. While driving from Addis Ababa to Lagnao, we will pass by different small twons and we will stop for a visit at one of the most beautiful Rift Valley Lakes, Lake Zway.
    
The rest of the day, relax around the beautiful Sabana Lodge perched on the top of the hill over looking the beautiful lake.
    
Accommodation: Sabana Lodge-Langano. (Meals: B/L/D)
    
Day 7: Langano- Bale Mountains National Park

In the morning, we drive to Dinsho the head quarter of  Bale Mountains National Park. This is one of the biggest Afro Alpine Habitat in the entire African continent.

In the afternoon, we will have a game drive around the headquarter to visit some of the endemic mammals in the park including: Bale Mountain Nyala (endemic to Bale Mountains National Park),  Minilik Bushbuck, warthogs and many more.
    
Overnight: Wabi Shebele Hotel-Goba (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 8:  Goba-Senetie Plateau

In the morning, drive high in  Senetie Plateau, one of the most beautiful parts of the park.  This is the territory of the endemic Abyssinian Wolf.  This very endangered  canine is the only wolf family found in Africa.  It can be spotted commonly here in the vast afro alpine vegetation hunting on Giant Mole Rat  on which it commonly feeds.

On this well conserved afro alpine ecosystem, you will definitely see some endemic birds like the Blue Winged Goose and other birds as well as the Giant Mole Rat pretty much everywhere.

Later in the afternoon, we will  take a relaxing trek around Gesse Valley where we can see many more wildlife and enjoy the scenic view walking around the valley.

Overnight: Bale Mountains Lodge- Harena Forest  (Meal: B/L/D)
    
Day 9: - Harenna Forest

Today we will explore the dense and well conserved Afro Alpine forest in the Bale Mountains. Here we can expect to see the recently discovered endemic Bale Monkey, the illusive Black leopard, if we are even lucky we will also see the rare Abyssinian Black Maned   Lion

Overnight: Bale Mountains Lodge- Harena Forest  (Meal: B/L/D)

Day 10: Harena Forest- Lake Awassa

In the morning,  we will start driving back to the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley Lakes Region through . On this region you will find chains of  beautiful Rift valley Lakes which are home to many birdlife and other wildlife.

After check in to the beautiful Haile Resort, owned and run by the Great Ethiopian Athlete, many Olympic gold medalist and holder of many world records including marathon; we will then walk around the lake of Awassa to see different aquatic birds. We can also take a boat trip for more bird watching and hippo spotting.  The rest of the day,  you can relax in the swimming pool.

Overnight: Haile Resort

Day 11: Awassa-Addis Ababa

Early in the morning, we will visit the Awssa fish market, where local fishermen sales freshly caught fishes for the local people. The interaction of the fishermen with people, birds and surrounding environment is interesting to watch.

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting at least two rift valley Lakes namely Lake Ziway the biggest Rift valley Lake and lake Langano. Both are very famous for their abundant birdlife.

As we finish our visit to the lakes, we then continue to drive back to Addis Ababa through the new expressway, which starts, at Mojo to arrive in Addis Ababa late in Afternoon.  End of tour.
    
    
  


Ethiopia is an inexhaustible sources of wonder for travelers-a sprawling country of ancient African civilization, colorful festivals, breath taking landscapes, diverse tribal culture and amazingly friendly people.

There are countlessly many reasons to visit this fascinating country, Ethiopia and the following are just only 10 of the reasons.

  1. Visiting the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela from 1200 AD, often referred by many as the ‘living wonders of the world’
  2. Visit the 3000 years ancient city of Axum, the land of the Queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the covenant
  3. Explore an amazing mix of tribal ethnic group in the unique wilderness, The Omo Valley
  4. Trek on the Roof of Africa, The Simien Mountains one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Africa.  Discover many & exciting endemic wildlife.
  5. Discover landscape of an alien planet. The Denakil Depression, one of the lowest and hottest place on earth and lava trek to Ertale Lava Lake.
  6. Discover some of the beautiful national parks and chains of lakes in the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, the only geological feature visible from space.
  7. Embark on a boat cruise to  Lake Tana to visit some of the ancient island monasteries and source of the mighty Blue Nile River, the second longest river in the world.
  8. Marvel at the fairytale castles of Gonder
  9. Get lost in the walled and colorful medieval Islamic city of Harar.
  10. Last, but not least , meet with your ancient ancestors with a visit to Lucy, 3.4 Million Years Hominoid Skeleton at the National Museum in Addis.  After all, this is a journey to the land where all begun.

Ethiopia, then called Abyssinia, has beckoned explorers, writers and adventure seekers for thousands of years. It's as exotic and exciting as it sounds, after all this is the land where all begun. Now, it's your turn to experience this truly magical land!

This is a journey to Ethiopia’s past and present. This cultural tour takes you to the two ancient cities of Ethiopia on Ethiopia’s Historic North. Both are listed under UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites.

Axum is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization, and by the first century Axum was a major trading center for exotic goods from Egypt, Rome, Nubia, Greece, Syria, and India. The Holy Ark of the Covenant was brought here before the destruction of the Temple, and Axum is reputed to be the second Jerusalem.

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world” These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore two of the most ancient cities of Ethiopia, the two UNESCO Sites
  • Ancient the ancient city of Axum, the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant 
  • Visit the ruin of the palace of the Queen of Sheba
  • Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, ‘the living wonders of the world’
  • Enjoy a city tour of Addis Ababa and meet Lucy at the National Museum
  • Meet with the local people and attend Ethiopian coffee ceremony
  • Test  varied Ethiopian dishes and attend live cultural dance ceremony


ITINERARY:

Day 01:
Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02:
Addis Ababa-Axum
Fly to Axum and full day explore the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03:
Axum-Lalibela
In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04:
Lalibela-Asheten Mariam
In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.
O/N: hotel.

Day 05:
Lalibela-Addis Ababa
In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: Merkato, Entoto and Piassa. In the evening, there will be traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.
O/N: hotel.

Weekend excursions specially for those living in Addis Ababa

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Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours have fulfilled the dreams and aspirations of many luxury travelers from around the world for more than 13 years.

At Grand Holidays Ethiopia, we custom design your luxury travel to suit your available time to travel, your specific interests and travel lifestyle. With an outstanding and expert personal knowledge about all our destinations, along with the skill and ability to innovate, we have the knowledge and genuine desire to understand our client’s sophisticated luxury holiday needs.

We can custom design an excellent itinerary with comfort to some of the most magnificent attractions Ethiopia has to offer with private charter or helicopter combined with luxurious ground transport as well as comfortable lodging. There are a number of luxurious international standard hotel options in the capital city of Addis Ababa with an excellent standard lodges and eco resorts in the major tourist destinations in Ethiopia.

  • Explore the beautiful & vibrant city of Addis Ababa, political Capital city of Africa.
  • Take a private charter to visit the amazing rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela, often referred by many as ‘the living wonders of the world’.
  • Fly over the Blue Nile Falls and sip champagne on a sunset cruise on Lake Tana while visiting the source of the Blue Nile & Island monasteries.
  • Enjoy the splendid view of the stunning Simien Mountains, sample some excellent Ethiopian wines
  • Take helicopter safari and picnic in the spectacular Tigray Mountains.
  • You may also want to explore and enjoy the spectacular views as you fly over  on top of the Ertale Lava Lake and on out of this world Danakil Depression landscape. 
  • Take a charter flight to travel in to the Ethiopian Great Rift Valley, thousands of years back in time to be among the exotic tribes of the Omo Valley and get lost in their  world.
  • Get lost in the beautiful nature of the Bale Mountains, one of the biggest Afro Alpine habitat home to many endemic wildlife including the Ethiopian Wolf.  And so much more

We understand completely that the most difficult question for leury holiday seekers is not where to go for luxury holiday, but who should plan it.  By choosing to come with us, we want you to feel relaxed and confident that you have made the right choice.

Have your Ethiopian Luxury Tour designed by National Geographic’s Best Adventure award winning company.

Discover the very best of Ethiopia when you travel with Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours.  Enjoy insider experiences, ancient African Civilization, amazing  wildlife encounters, unique cultural interactions and a host of extraordinary moments on one of our Ethiopia Luxury Tours.

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A Land of Discovery

Ethiopia is the earliest known home of humankind. A skeleton of an older human ancestor Australopithecus Afarensis was discovered in 1974 in the Afar region. Anthropologists have established that the skeleton covering 40% of the human body had belonged to a twenty-years-old female that lived 3.5 million years ago.

Ethiopia is one of the world's great crossroads, where the people's and cultures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have been interacting for thousands of Years. The resulting ethnic and cultural diversity has given rise to many unique and dynamic visual traditions.

 

The strong religious setting, celebrations, and festivals play an important part in every ones daily life. Church ceremonies are a major feature of Ethiopian life. The events are impressive and unique. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has its own head, follows its own customs, and is extremely proud of its fourth century origins.

Ethiopia's Islamic tradition is also strong and offers colorful contrast, particularly in the eastern and south-eastern parts of the country. In fact, there were Ethiopian Muslims during the lifetime of Prophet Mohammed. This rich religious history is brought to life in the romantic walled city of Harar, considered by many Muslims to be the fourth "Holy City" following Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem.

Truly a land of discovery Ethiopia is brilliant and beautiful, secretive mysterious and extraordinary. Above all, it is a country of great antiquities, cultures, and traditions stretching back to 3000 years. The country has thus been called a cultural mosaic, due to its 80 different languages and dialects and as many, if not more, cultural varieties.

Fascinating People

The Lower Omo is home to a remarkable mix of small, contrasting ethnic groups not only the Bume and Konso, but also the Gelebe, the Bodi, the Mursi, the Surma, the Arbore, and the Hamer, to name but a few. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

The Afar

The Afar, most of whom occupy one of the most inhospitable desert or semi-desert areas in the world, have long been regarded as a fierce and warlike people. They are certainly proud and individualistic, and somehow manage to eke a living out of the challenging wilderness in which many of them live. The majority of the Afar are semi-nomadic pastoralists, but a minority have settled, notably those in the Aussa oasis. Almost all are Muslims, and are organized into confederacies, tribes, and clans. The nomads live in small, isolated groups with the camel as their beast of burden, and keep sheep, goats, and cattle.

The Anuak

The Anuak people are found in the Gambella region. The indigenous Anuak people are mainly fishermen in this region, and the crops they do grow such as: sorghum does not reach their full potential because of the extremely basic methods employed. There are few large villages, as people prefer instead to group together around a mango grove in the extended family compound of no more than five or six huts.

Amhara

The Amhara women wear dresses that are tight bodice and full skirted. The dresses are bright white with colored embroidery and woven borders. The men are resplendent in white jodhpurs and tunics. Although originally most of the border designs were based on the varied design of the Ethiopian cross, today you sometimes see more modern motifs - flowers, birds and even airplanes.

Harari

The Muslims of Harar wear colorful dress. The men often dress in red, purple or black. The women of Harar part their hair in the middle and make large buns behind their ears. Harari women have been known for their basketwork for centuries and still weave intricate creations from coloured fibers and grasses. Harar is also famous for the work of its silversmiths, who craft beautiful anklets, necklaces, arm bands, silver chains, bangles and earrings out of the precious metal. Although these items can be purchased at the market, some of the best selections can be found in the homes of the craftsmen and women.

The Oromo

The Oromo people, offer their products for sale in open markets. They produce the more familiar grains and vegetables of established agriculture. Coffee, one of the world's favorite beverages, is believed to have been 'born' in this region.

The Somali

The lowland Somali wear long, often brightly coloured cotton wraps,while some of the cattle-herders in the lake districthave clothing made of skins.


The Tigray

The women of Tigray wear dozens of plaits (shuruba) tightly braided to the head and fuzzing out at the shoulders.Young children often have their heads shaved, except for a tuft or a small tail of plaits, which are left so that if God calls them 'He will have a handle by which to lift them up to Heaven'.


The South People

The Southern region comprises hundreds of ethnic groups. The region of the south of Konso and Yabello is inhabited by the Konso people. Except for trading with the neighboring Borena for salt or cowrie shells, outside influence had, until recently, virtually passed by the Konso. The cornerstone of Konso culture, however, is a highly specialized and successful agricultural economy that, through terracing buttressed with stone; enable them to extract a productive living from the none-too-fertile hills and valleys that surround them.

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Ethiopia is a land of natural contrasts, from the tops of the rugged Simien Mountains to the depths of the Danakil Depression, at 120 meters below sea level one of the lowest dry land points on earth. The cornucopia of natural beauty that blesses Ethiopia offers an astonishing variety of attractions.

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Afro-Alpine highlands soaring to around 4,300 meters, moors and mountains, the splendor of the Great Rift Valley, white-water rivers, Savannah teeming with game, giant waterfalls, dense and lush jungle... the list is endless.

Ethiopia's many national parks enable the visitor to enjoy the country's scenery and its wildlife, conserved in natural habitats, and offer opportunities for travel adventure unparalleled in Africa.

With 14 major wildlife reserves, Ethiopia provides a microcosm of the entire sub-Saharan ecosystem. Birdlife abounds, and indigenous animals from the rare Walia ibex to the shy wild ass, roam free just as nature intended. Ethiopia, after the rains, is a land decked with flowers and with many more native plants than most countries in Africa. Among the many natural tourist attractions, only the principal ones are briefly listed below.
The Simien Mountains

The Simien Mountains present the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years a go and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains, " the chess pieces of the Gods" as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 meters, and

Ras Dashen at 4620 meters is the highest in the country and the fourth highest in Africa. While trekking in the Simien visitors can see the endemic Gelada or bleeding heart baboon, the Walia Ibex, Simien wolf and rock hyrax, endemic birds such as the thick billed raven, black headed siskin, white collared pigeon, wattled ibis, white billed starling, spot breasted pl0over and white backed black tit, cruising Lammergeyers with their 3 meter wingspan and Afro-Alpine meadows carpeted with flowers and punctuated by giant lobelia and the tall spiky Kniphophia or "red hot pokers"

You can go in for a day, or go the whole hog and climb Ras Dashen. It is not a technical climb and no special climbing ability is needed. Mules can carry you and your luggage. The itinerary is for a longer expedition, but Grand Holidays Ethiopia Travel can easily arrange a shorter historic extension for those whose main interest is trekking.

The Blue Nile Falls (Tisissat Falls)

The river Nile, over 800km in length within Ethiopia and the longest river in Africa, holds part of its heart in Ethiopia. From Lake Tana, the Blue Nile, known locally as Abbay, flows for 800 km within Ethiopia to meet the White Nile in Khartoum to form the great river that gives life to Egypt and the Sudan. It has been said that the Blue Nile contributes up to 80% of the Nile's flow. The Blue Nile Falls are about an hour by tour bus from Bahar Dar. Known locally as Tis Isat, the falls are over 400m (1312ft) wide and 45m (148ft) deep. Because of a series of dams near Bahar Dar, they aren't as impressive as they used to be. Nowhere, is it more spectacular than where it thunders over the Tisissat Falls literally " Smoking Water" - near Bahar Dar. Here millions of gallons of water cascade over the cliff face and into a gorge, creating spectacular rainbows, in one of the most awe-inspiring displays in Africa.

The Blue Nile falls can easily be reached from Bahir Dar and the Scenic beauty of the Blue Nile Gorge, 225km from Addis Ababa, can be enjoyed as part of an excursion from the capital.

The Sof Omar Cave

Sof Omar, a tiny Muslim village in Bale, is the site of an amazing complex of natural caves, cut by the Wab River as it found its way from the nearby mountains. The settlement, which is a religious site, is named after a local Sheikh.

Armed with torches and official map, visitors to Sof Omar make their way underground, far into the bowels of the earth, beside a subterranean stream, and there can see an extraordinary number of arched portals, high eroded ceilings and deep echoing chambers.
The Abiata - Shalla National Park

The Rift Valley Lakes National Park, about 215 km south of Addis Ababa, is an ornithologist's paradise. As would be expected in a park surrounding two Rift Valley lakes, Waterbirds predominate. However, 150 different species have been recorded here, including large numbers of great white pelicans, great and lesser Flamingos and Sacred Ibis. The forests are especially good for seeing unusual weavers and turacos

The Yangudi - Rassa National Park

Although this park has little development and no tourist facilities, its dry grasslands are home to herds of the endangered Somali Wild Ass, as well as Grevy's Zebra, Hamadryras Baboon and Beisa Oryx. The park lies astride the Addis Assab road, and consists of 4,730 sq. km of semi-desert and dry scrub. Grand Holidays Ethiopia can arrange safari, birdwathcing and trekking programs to any of the above attractions in combination with other sites and attraction with in the country if required.

The Awash National Park

Lying in the lowlands east of Addis Ababa and astriding the Awash River, the Awash National Park is one of the finest reserves in Ethiopia. The Awash River, one of the major rivers of the horn of Africa, waters important agricultural lands in the north of Ethiopia and eventually flows into the wilderness of the Danakil Depression. The dramatic Awash Falls, where the river tumbles into a gorge, is a sight not to be missed. Awash National Park, surrounding the dormant volcano of Fantale, is a reserve of arid and semi-arid woodland and savannah, with riverain forests along the Awash River. Forty six species of animals have been identified here, including Beisa Oryx and Swayne's Heartebeest. The birdlife is prolific, especially along the river and at nearby Lake Basaka. There are fine endemic amongst the 392 species recorded. A special attraction is the beautiful clear pools of the Filwoha hot springs.

The Rift Valley

The Ethiopian Rift Valley, which is part of the famous East African Rift Valley, comprises numerous hot springs, beautiful lakes and a variety of wildlife. The valley is the result of two parallel faults in the earth's surface between which, in distant geological time, the crust was weakened, and the land subsided. Ethiopia is often referred to as the " water tower" of Eastern Africa because of the many rivers that pour off the high tableland. The Great Rift Valley's passage through Ethiopia is marked by a chain of seven lakes. Each of the seven lakes has its own special life and character and provides ideal habitats for the exuberant variety of flora and fauna that make the region a beautiful and exotic destination for tourists. Most of the lakes are suitable and safe for swimming other water sports. Besides, lakes Abiata and Shalla are ideal places for bird watchers. Most of the Rift Valley lakes are not fully exploited for touristic purposes except lake Langano where tourist class hotels are built. The Rift Valley is also a site of numerous natural hot springs & the chemical contents of the hot springs are highly valued for their therapeutic purposes though at present they are not fully utilized. In short, the Rift Valley is endowed with many beautiful lakes, numerous hot springs, warm and pleasant climate and a variety of wildlife. It is considered as one of the most ideal areas for the development of international tourism in Ethiopia.

The Omo National Park

One of the most beautiful national parks in Ethiopia, its 4,068 square kilometers of wilderness bordered by the Omo river, is home to an amazing range of wildlife. 306 species of birds have been identified here, while large herds of Eland, some Buffalo, Elephants, Giraffe, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard, Burchell's Zebra, are quite common.

The Nech Sar National Park

The broad grass plains of Nech Sar National Park lie 510 km south of Addis Ababa near the town of Arba Minch, between the lakes Abaya and Chamo. A wide variety of plain game roams freely amongst 514 square miles of Savannah, dry bush and groundwater forest, which are also the habitat of 188 recorded species of birds. In the far eastern part of the park, hot springs bubble to the surface. A backdrop of hills and mountains combine to make Nech Sar one of the most attractive national parks in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia, the oldest independent nation in Africa, has a heritage dating back to the first century AD. Traders from Greece, Rome, Persia and Egypt knew of the riches of what is now Ethiopia, and by the first century AD, Axum was the capital of a great empire. This realm became one of the first Christian lands of Africa.

Late in the 10th Century, Axum declined and a new Zagwe dynasty, centered in what is now Lalibela, ruled the land. Axum, Lalibela and Gondar now provide the greatest historical legacy. It was in the 16th Century that the son of the great explorer Vasco da Gama came to Ethiopia. He found a land of many kingdoms and provinces beset by feuds and war.
The following are some of the major historical attractions:

Axum: The cradle of Ethiopian Civilization"

This is the birthplace of Ethiopian ancient civilization. Axum was a seat of legendary rulers and fabulous kings and it was the seat of an empire which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia, traded with India and China, had its own alphabet and notational system, constructed great engineering works and dams. It was reckoned in the 4th century to be one of the four great powers of the ancient world.

This ancient city is also believed to be the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. The holy city of Axum is still one of the most important Christian pilgrimage centers. Here visitors can see stelae (the largest single pieces of stone erected anywhere), the tombs and castles of Kings, Axum Museum and Mariam Tsion Church, built on the sit of Ethiopia’s first church & much more. A visit to Axum can be extended to take in the 500 BC pre-Axumite temple of Yeha.

Lalibela: The living wonders of the world

St. Lalibela is credited with the foundation of the 11 rock-hewn churches in the 12th Century. One of the world's most incredible man-made creations, they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God. These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 manmade churches are found in the town of St. Lalibela. Other churches are reached by a 45-minute drive by 4x4 vehicle, or a three hour mule ride. This place is a very nice venue for some of the most famous church festivals in Ethiopia, a visit during the great celebrations of Timket (Epiphany) and Gena (Ethiopian Christmas) is particularly rewarding.

Bahir Dar & The Island Monasteries of Lake Tanana 

The beautiful city of Bahir Dar is set on the south-eastern shore of Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile River. On the lake local fishermen still use papyrus boats to fish and get around the different islands. Bahir Dar is just 30 km from the spectacular Tis Issat Falls. Here the Blue Nile creates "Smoking Water" an awe-inspiring sight as it plunges into the gorge below. From Bahar Dar you can also explore some of the ancient island monasteries that have been built around Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country.  The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.These include: Dek Stephanos with its priceless collections of icons, the remains of several medieval emperors, Kebran Gabriel and Ura Kidane Mehret with its famous frescoes. The colourful local market at Bahar Dar is alo very interesting for visitors. 

Gondar: The Camelot of Africa

Gondar was the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia and is notable for its medieval castles and churches. The City's unique imperial compound contains a number of castles built between 1632 and 1855 by the various emperors who reigned during this period. These dramatic castles, unlike others in Africa, display richness in architecture that reveals the Axumite traditions as well as the influence of Arabia. On a second day, visitors could take in the very fine and recently restored medieval church of Debre Sina Mariam at Gorgora, at the northern end of Lake Tana, or vistas of the Simien Mountains.

Harar: The Living Museum

The fortified historic town of Harar is located in the eastern part of the country on a plateau with deep gorges surrounded by deserts and savannah. The walls surrounding this sacred Muslim city were built between the 13th and 16th centuries. Harar Jugol, said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam, numbers 82 mosques, three of which date from the 10th century, and 102 shrines, but the townhouses with their exceptional interior design constitute the most spectacular part of Harar's cultural heritage. The impact of African and Islamic traditions on the development of the town's building types and urban layout make for its particular character and uniqueness.

The city is also noted for its superb handicrafts that include woven textiles, basketware, silverware and handsomely bound books. Harar has been a place of pilgrimage from all over the world for many years.

We are the cultural tour specilists in Ethiopia. Our cultural tour to the Historic Route are crafted by our experainced tour operators and lead by our cultural expert tour guides. For any of the above attractions, Grand Holidays Ethiopia can organize a tour program by air and/or road travel. Let's us know your interst and the time you have, we can tailor make a program which suits your interest, time & budget. 

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours is a locally owened and operated tour company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As you plan your long-awaited holiday to Ethiopia, we highly understand one of the first and very important decision you will make  is choosing your tour company. Some companies may seem to appear ‘cheaper’  in price,  at first glance. But, when you look closer and deeper, you will understand why traveling to Ethiopia with Grand Holidays Ethiopia Travel will guarantee the most reliable and memorable travel experience. We appreciate the trust you put on us when it comes to chooesing your tour operartor for your holiday in Ethiopia.

In recognition to our quality service, National Geographic has given Grand Holidays Ethiopia a 95/100 client satisfaction rating and a 89.5 in Quality of Service. We have been also awarded by the Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism for our contribution in the tourism in Ethiopia.

We are the specialists in customized itineraries, group tours, family holidays, independent vacations, escorted tours, adventure holidays, cultural tours, logistics arrangement for filming and so much more throughout the land of many wonders, Ethiopia!

Our tour packages and itineraries have been developed over many years to reflect the most favored requests of our independent travelers. These can of course be fully customized to your individual needs and particular interests.

Registration and license

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours is registered and licensed by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry under license number: 199/98 . We are also a recognized by the Ethiopian Tourism Minister and a proud member of Ethiopian Tour Operators Association under membership code: ETOA/028/06.

Grand Holidays Staffs

Our staffs are one of our Key assets. Our office staffs regardless of their positions have been tour leaders and have directed tours for many years. Grand Holidays’ management team, have many years’ experience between them working in the tourism field at different posts. Our tour leaders are carefully selected and all of them are passionate to lead tours, qualified, experienced, young, and energetic.

Transportation and equipment

Equipment are of the highest standard. We have range of brand new , tourist standard with a comprehensive insurance coverage which, which includes comfortable 4X4s, deluxe different size buses, mini buses and small automobiles. Vehicles and camping equipment are made to fit the weather you are planning to travel in.

Trip notes

For every trip on this site, you can request detailed additional information. On this site, you can find different background information such as geography, history, climate, and customs together with an extensive descriptive itinerary and other technical details including visas and vaccinations can be found from our site on the tip and travel fact. Services are to the standard of your utmost satisfaction. Grand Holidays believes quality is job #1.

We provide the following tour package and services in Ethiopia

  • Cultural Tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia
  • Omo Valley Tribal Exploration
  • Mountain trekking adventure in the Simien Bale Mountains
  • DallolEratale Lava lake Desert Expeditions
  • Pilgrimage and religious festival tours
  • Personal interest tours
  • Logistic arrangements for filming and aerial photography
  • Charter flight arrangements in Ethiopia
  • Safari
  • Bird watching in Ethiopia
  • Potographic tours
  • Hotel and ticket reservations
  • Group incentive tours
  • We organize conference and summits
  • Car hire in Ethiopia and so much more….

Rates:

Rates are competitive and are provided up on request except for the fixed departure tours. The outlined sample itineraries are always open for further amendments following your special inquiry, International and domestic flight arrival and departure time. It matters not if you are 9 or 90, a family or a group of friends, or a person traveling alone- our team of professionals and experienced tour operators, guides and drivers are committed to make your holidays in Ethiopia GRAND.

Grand Holidays Ethiopia, the environment and responsible tourism

As we take more tourists to the different sites and attractions, we recognize our obligations to operate our tours in responsible sustainable fashion. We view this not only as environmental issues but as an environmental, cultural, and social one as well. Above all, we are committed to the well being of the communities, which are our hosts, the cultural and natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide more rewarding and interesting experience to our clients.

The following points are the key points in our philosophy

We encourage our own staffs to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies in to practice. We provide our clients with advise and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural, and religious beliefs of local communities.

We support and encourage our clients to support local organizations that gives service to the community like, clinics, schools, orphanages e.t.c We endeavor to ensure our practices help in the environmental conservation of the area we visit.

If you would like to see the list of our tour packages please click here. If you have any question, just send us an e-mail, fax, or call us our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help you plan a trip of a life time in this magical land, Ethiopia.

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Photography Expedition to the Tribes of the Omo Valley

This is a small group photographic expedition to the remote Tribes of the Omo Valley to witness some of the last remaining authentic tribes in the African continent. .

This photographic expeditions will take you on the East Side of the Omo River. On this photo trip you will visit the Konso, Hamer, Karo and Nyangatom tribes. You will spend couple of days visiting their villages and intermingling with the different tribes, learning their life style, attending ceremonies and rituals taking photos. There will be enough time with good light at different days to photograph their day today activities when they do their body & face paintings, herd their cattle, do farming and more.

Being isolated from the fast moving world because of their remote locations, for thousands of years, the Omo Valley is truly a heaven for anthropologists and for photographers looking for a unique photographing opportunity to a region less known and photographed seldom.

Tour guide
This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly who have lead many photography tour to the Omo Valley. They know each and every village really well and they will guide you on the best time and place to be. They have an immense knowledge of the tribes you will be visiting, their culture and how to deal with them

Our Drivers
Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the challenging Omo Valley area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation
On this Photographic Expedition to the Omo Valley, we will be using comfortable 4x4s to the most part.
- Domestic flight: there will be one leg commercial domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arbaminch.

Accommodation:
On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and best available lodges in Turmi. In Dus, we will be having a comfortable mobile camp with canvas tent which will be waiting for us ready before we arrive. We will also have our cooks ready for this part of the trip. There will be electric power to charge our batteries as well as proper mobile shower and toilet in the mobile tented camp.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your local tour leader and transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel.
Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato". The rest of the day, relax in your comfortable hotel and get ready for the unique adventure awaiting.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch (B-L-D)

We will have a nice breakfast in the morning and get ready for pre-tour briefing. This morning, we will share different useful information before we go ahead with the photo trip to the Omo Valley, one of the most remote places on the planet.

After the pre-tour briefing, we will meet our driver for the transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for our flight to Arbaminch. A 40-minute flight takes us to the Great Rift Valley.
Upon arrival at Arbaminch Airport, you will meet with your drivers and start driving north to mountain village of Chencha located on the South Western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley running north south all the way to Mozambique. This is the home of the Dorze people. The Dorze people, once famous warriors in the region, they are now renowned cotton weavers whose tall beehive shaped and bamboo woven dwellings are among the most distinctive structures to be seen anywhere in Africa.
Our visit to this village and the unique cultural experience is a nice way to get slowly to the authentic tribal experience wait for us deep in the Omo Valley. As the sun goes down, we will drive back to Arbaminch enjoying the beautiful view with the sunset and drive through hundreds and hundreds of cattle herds here and there as they come back from day long grazing in the field.

Overnight - Paradise Lodge-Arbaminch

Day 3-5 From Arbaminch to Turmi (B-L-D)

After breakfast, we will continue driving further south west to the Omo Valley. Driving from Arbaminch to Turmi, noting prepares you for the exciting experience awaiting you as we will be driving through many tribal villages and small towns including the Tsemay and Konso.

Our last destination for today is the Turmi, home to the beautiful Nomadic Hamer Tribe living on the side of Keske River. The Hamer, display an elaborate and diverse selection of body decorations. They are also identifiable for their high cheekbones, elaborate custom of beads, cowries and leather, and thick copper necklaces. The Hamer women are striking; wearing beautiful colorful beaded skins, ornate necklaces, and metal bangles around their wrist and ankles. We hope to arrive at the lodge for late lunch and be in time to visit Hamer village with good light for photography.

For the next three nights, we will be based here at Turmi Village the center of the Hamer Tribes and other tribes living in the surrounding area. This will give us a great chance to attend different rituals including, Evangadi and Bull Jumping Ceremonies in some of the off-road tribal villages. From our base here, will help us great deal to create a wonderful photographic opportunity for the next three nights. This allows us to be flexible and capitalize on all the photographic opportunities in the area. During our stay in Turmi, we will visit the Arbore and Desanech tribes.

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Arbore women are well known for their long headdresses. The girls shave their heads to indicate virginity, and only start growing hair after marriage. The Desanech are a semi-nomadic tribe living on the shore of Omo. Their clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. They are known for their very unique and ornate hair buns. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Overnight: Buska Lodge

Day 6-9 Karo-Dus  (B-L-D)

This morning, we will have a chance for one final shooting with the Hamer before we continue our drive to the Kara Tribe residing on the shore of the Omo River. The Kara are the masters in body & face painting which they practice on daily bases. Before their rituals and dances they carefully paint their faces and body as well as the faces of their friends using different color soil, mineral, plan pigments, flowers, white chalks and black charcoal. Men are mostly well decorated with red clay hair buns, prepared for days to be ready for the event.

For the next couple of days, you will have the chance to mingle with Kara and spend quality time with them, learning about their daily activities including attending different rituals, follow them as they herd their cattle, do farming.
Our mobile tent will be set up along the shore of Omo River as we will make Dus our village for the next three days. This will help us to get very close to the Karo Tribes.

Overnight: Mobile Camping-

Day 9 Dus-Konso (B-L-D)

Today we leave this exceptional region towards Konso. The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing (UNESCO- World Heritage Site) and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers. The villages are protected with huge stone walls.

Day 10 Konso-Langano (B-L-D)

After breakfast we drive north to the beautiful lake Langano. On the way we will stop at different villages. Later in the afternoon you can relax on the beach (bilharzia free) and enjoy the birds at the lake.

Day 11 Langano–Addis Ababa (B-L-D)

The morning is free for leisure. After lunch we drive back to Addis Ababa. Depending on the flight schedule a farewell dinner with local specialties and cultural dances can be organized. Transfer to Airport - end of tour.

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner

Rates are per person in USD

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Rate per person: 3,898.00
Single suppl.: 498.00 

Group size: 4-8

Extra night in Addis
Double: 110.00
single: 90.00

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Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • transport 4 x 4 with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in good hotels and lodges (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • 3 nights camping (bring your own light sleeping bag)
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
  • taxes
  • PHOTO-FEES

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • domestic flights

Tour duration:

The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.

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This cultural tour focuses on the ancient history & culture as well as the people and nature on the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia. Among other things, on this tour, you will visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites as we follow the footsteps of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

As you travel by road on the Classic Historic Route of Ethiopia, you will be able to explore more of the countries less visited beautiful nature, culture and history as all these unfolds in front of you each and every mile you drive. As you start driving from Addis Ababa, you will be passing through many villages and small towns. On this route, you will stop at Jemma River Gorge and you will be driving through the magnificent Blue Nile River Gorge, Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon.

You can book this tour on any date as an individual journey!

Trip highlights:

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. 
  • Visit the ruins of the Queen of Sheba 
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gonder 
  • Visit the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, “the Roof of Africa” 
  • Discover the ancient Island monasteries of Lake Tana 
  • Visit the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile & Blue Nile falls 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital 
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum
  • Visit different less visited sites and meet with the local people 
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


Accommodation:

Depending on the category you booked on this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 or 3 star hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in good hotels or in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Planned Hotels:

In case of these hotels are not available we will provide accomodation of similar quality and standard!

Comfort:

  • Addis Abeba: Jupiter Bole
  • Bair Dar: Avanti Blue Nile
  • Gondar: Goha
  • Axum: Sabaen
  • Lalibela: Tukul Village

Budget:

  • Addis Ababa: Venetian or Heyday
  • Bahir Dar: Rahnile
  • Gondar: AG-Hotel
  • Axum: Consular
  • Lalibela: Harbe

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: This trip requires domestic flights From Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Gondar - Axum - Lalibela - Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Day 1:  Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver. There will be a short drive to your hotel.

The rest of the day, you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum, one of the churches of Addis Ababa, Piassa and you will enjoy the view from Mount Entoto.

Accommodation: Hotel -Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, fly to Bahirdar. At Bahirdar, you will be picked by your driver for the transfer to your hotel. After check in to hotel, In the morning, we will have boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. In the afternoon you will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Accommodation: Hotel-Bahirdar

Day 3: Bahirdar -Gondar –UNESCO World Heritage Site (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.

Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635. This UNESCO World Heritage is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and architecture of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art. This afternoon, you will visit the ancient city.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4:  Gondar-Axum-UNESCO World Heritage Site (B-D)

In the morning, transfer to the Airport for your flight to Axum. A short flight takes you to Axum. After check in to the Hotel, you will start to visit the ancient city of Axum.

This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization and the last resting place of the Holy Ark of the Covenant. This is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

The rest of the day you will explore the ancient city and its major attractions.

Accommodation: Hotel-Axum

Day 5: Axum-Lalibela -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After having an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Axum Airport for your flight to Lalibela. After check in to hotel, we will drive to the site where we will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Today, we will visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. In the evening, there will be Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.

Accommodation: Hotel -Lalibela

Day 6: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, take a mule ride, and /or walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. 

After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed.

Accommodation: Hotel -Lalibela.

Day 7: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. After check in to hotel, the rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: Merkato, the largest open air market, and the view of Addis Ababa from Entoto.  Group will also have the chance to walk around Piassa and Churchill Avenue for shopping.

In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.  At the end of the farewell dinner party, transfer to Addis Ababa airport f End of tour! 

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner

 

 

Rates are per person in USD

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Rate per person: Budget 1.194,-, Comfort 1.280,-
Single suppl.: Budget 142,-, Comfort 190,-

Group size: 2-12

Extra night in Addis
Double: Budget 70,-, Comfort 110,-
single: Budget 50,- Comfort 90,-

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Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • transport in mini- or coaster bus with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in good hotels in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • boattrip on Lake Tana
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
  • taxes

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • domestic flights

Tour Duration:

The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.

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We have range of brand new, tourist standard vehicles which are suitable for the different Ethiopian road conditions and group size. The choice of cars we have: includes different brand of comfortable 4X4s, deluxe different size buses, mini buses and small automobiles. All our cars have a comprehensive insurance coverage.

Contact us and we would be pleased to supply you with a car of your choice that could make your holiday in Ethiopia perfect.

Ethiopia’s greatly diversified ecosystem makes it one of the richest habitats in Africa for birds and mammals. With more than  860 bird specious of birds, Ethiopia possesses about 10% of  the world’s bird specious and about 40% of the African birds are found here. Among these 16 specious of birds are only found in Ethiopia, not anywhere else. That is the reason why we say, Ethiopia is a must for bird enthusiasts. 

This birding holiday  will enable you to view a significant number of Ethiopian birds. On this tour  will also have the chance  to spot some of the endemic birds and mammals as we explore some of the breathtaking sceneries including   Jemma River Gorge, Sululta plains , the Rift Valley Lakes, Wondo Guenet Forest, and the magnificent Bale Mountains where more than 10 of these endemic birds are found.  Despite this is a  bird watching tour we will have the opportunity to spot different   endemic mammals.  

Trip highlights

  • Numerous list of birds including  many endemic birds of Ethiopia
  • Many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals including:  Ethiopian Wolf,
  • Mountain Nyala & Gelada Baboon
  • Breathtaking nature &  landscapes
  • Bale Mountains & Jemma River Gorge
  • The Great Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes & Wondogenet Forest
  • A chance to explore Ethiopian culture
  • This tour will be lead by our ornithologist.

Day 1: ADDIS ABABA - DEBRE LIBNOS (B-L-D)

After arrival your tour guide will welcome you at the airport. We will have a first Ethiopian coffee and a breakfast before heading towards Debre Libanos. Flocks of Hooded Vultures and Black Kites will be wheeling overhead and we should see Dusky Turtle-dove and the endemic White-collared Pigeon. Dazzling Tacazze Sunbirds, Baglafecht Weavers and Streaky Seedeaters. After break fast this morning we will cross the Sululta Plains. These high-altitude plateau grasslands provide superb birding, despite intensive cultivation.

Resident birds we may find here include Secretary bird, White-backed Vulture, African Hobby, Erckel's Francolin, Red-chested Swallow, Cape Crow, Pectoral-patch Cisticola and African Quail finch. Suddenly, the seemingly endless plain dramatically drops off into the Blue Nile drainage system. Perched on the edge of the gorge is Debre Libanos Monastery, one of Ethiopia's most sacred Christian sites. We will concentrate our search here for Rappel’s Vulture, Verreaux's Eagle, African Hawk-eagle, Augur Buzzard (dark-morph birds are commonly seen here), Lanner Falcon, Nyanza Swift, Hemprich's Hornbill, the three endemics: Rüppell's Chat, White-winged Cliff-chat and White-billed Starling, Mocking Cliff-chat, Yellow-rumped Serin and Cinnamon-breasted Bunting. Another specialty of this area is the Lion-headed Baboon.

Overnight Ethio German Lodge

Day 2: DEBRE LIBANOS-SULULTA

Leaving early morning our objective is to look for the highly-localized endemic Harwood’s Francolin.
That we will spot it dawn by Jemma Gorge. Then the rest of the day explore for terrestrial birding and drive to Sululta town for overnight.

Yaya village resort or back Addis Jupiter Bole Hotel

Day 3: SULULTA-AWASH

This is quite birdy plain, explore morning time, looking for the Endemics; Abyssinian longclaw, Erlanger’s lark, Ethiopian Siskin wattled ibis, Blue winged geese, spot breasted plover. Then head to Awash National park, birding en route.

Overnight Awash Lodge

Day 4: AWASH

Today will be spent exploring the superb Awash National Park. We will bird around the Alleghedi reserve and Doho lodge with its hot springs, the Awash River and Kirayawa Gorge, exploring riverine forests, wetlands, thorn woodlands, savanna grasslands, rocky hills, cliffs and escarpments.

The park boasts a bird list of 460 species and we will make an effort to find, amongst many others, Egyptian Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Scissor-tailed Kite, Shikra, Arabian, Buff-crested, Hartlaub's and White-bellied Bustards, Three-banded Courser, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Small Buttonquail, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, White-browed Coucal, Plain Nightjar, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Greater Honeyguide, Wire-tailed Swallow, Red-winged Lark, Singing Bush lark, Blackstar, Red-backed Scrub-Robin, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Batis, Pale Flycatcher, Slate-colored Boubou, White-rumped Shrike, Somali Fiscal, Nile Valley and Marico Sunbirds, Grey-headed and Sulphur-breasted Bush-shrikes, Fan-tailed Raven, Red-billed Quelea and Red-rumped Waxbill.

Mammals we may see include Aardwolf, Lion, Leopard, Beisa Oryx, Aardvark, Soemmering-s Gazelle, Hamadryas Baboon, Abyssinian Hare, African Wild Cat, Black-backed Jackal, Spotted Hyena and Greater and Lesser Kudu. We will also take a night drive to look for the more elusive nocturnal species.

Overnight Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 5: AWASH-LANGANO

We will depart early and head south, towards the Great Rift Valley lakes and making our first birding stop around lake Beseka crater, then at the artificial lake Koka. Lunch and birding stop at lake Ziway where the surrounding lake teem with birds and we will look for flocks of approachable Black-winged Lovebirds, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, white faced whistling ducks, hottentot teals, great white pelican, black heron, Black-billed Barbet, Rufous-necked Wryneck, African Yellow Warbler, Rüppell’s Robin-chat, Black-headed Batis, Beautiful Sunbird and Rüppell’s Weaver.

We will also visit Koka Dam and lake Ziway. Here we will search for Pink-backed and Great White Pelicans, Intermediate Egret, African Darter, Goliath Heron, Hamerkop, Yellow-billed and Saddle-billed Storks, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Comb Duck, African Pygmy-goose, African Fish-eagle, Black Crowned Crane, African and Lesser Jacanas, Senegal Thick-knee, Spur-winged Lapwing, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers and Winding Cisticola. After lunch we proceed lake Langano to our lodge.

Overnight: Bihsangari Lodge

Day 6: LANGANO

Explore the whole day the Eco-lodge ground; for sulfur breasted bush shrike,
Northern puff back, black shrike, yellow shouldered shrike, common red start, slender tailed night jar, Senegal thick knees, Abyssinian ground trush etc.

Overnight, at Lake Langano

Day 7: LANGANO-BALE

In the morning we head towards the world-famous Bale Mountains National Park. At the park headquarters in Dinsho we will search for Chestnut-napped Francolin, Ground scraper Thrush (endemic race simensis), Abyssinian Ground-thrush, Abyssinian Catbird and the endemic White-backed Black-tit. We also hope to see a variety of mammals including Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bushbuck and Desert Warthog.

Overnight Goba Shebele hotel.

Day 8: BALE (SENETTIE PLATEAU) HARENNA FOREST

We will drive up the Bale Mountain massif onto the Senetti Plateau, which lies between 3800m and 4377m above sea level. As we ascend, we will enter a Tid, or Juniper forest zone, and here we will search for African Goshawk, Rufous-chested Sparrow hawk, African Hill Babbler, the very-localized Abyssinian Woodpecker, Cinnamon Bracken-warbler, Montane White-eye and Yellow-bellied Waxbill. Once we reach this unique plateau we will be driving on Africa’s highest road, passing close to the summit of Ethiopia’s second highest mountain. This habitat is termed 'Afro-alpine moorland' and is characterized by Jibrra, or Giant Lobelias, which tower over the rich tussock grasslands. This site is an Important Bird Area of immense significance, supporting seven globally-threatened species and nearly all of Ethiopia’s highland biome species.

If we are very fortunate we will see a pair of endangered Wattled Cranes striding through the moist grassland, or spot a Cape Eagle-owl sunning on a rocky perch. We will also search for Black Stork, Wattled Ibis, Lammergeyer, Chestnut-naped and Moorland Francolins, the endemic Rouget's Rail, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Thekla Lark, Red-throated Pipit, Red-breasted Wheatear and Moorland Chat. The grasslands are estimated to support an amazing biomass of 4000kg of rodents per hectare.

This obviously attracts raptors, and we should see Steppe and Golden Eagles and Pallid Harriers courting over this green sea. They share this abundant food source with the plateau's most celebrated resident, the Ethiopian, or Simien, Wolf, the world's rarest canid. Finally, we will reach the escarpment of this elevated plateau and stare down through the clouds at the vast Harenna Forest below. This is the largest intact forest block in Ethiopia and the largest protected Afro-alpine forest on the continent. It still supports populations of Lion and the only surviving forest-dwelling African Wild Dogs. Here, we will search for the uncommon Mountain Buzzard, Rameron Pigeon, Lemon and Tambourine Doves, African Emerald Cuckoo, Narina Trogon, Brown Woodland-warbler (a subspecies endemic to this National Park), Abyssinian Crimson-wing, the virtually-endemic African Citril and Cape Canary. In the afternoon, we will return across the Senetti Plateau to Goba.

Overnight Goba Shebele hotel.

Day 9: BALE-AWASSA

Today we descend 1500m to enjoy some dry warmth central rift valley.
Dropping dawn from Bale Mountains, here we will be exploring for the aquatic species along Lake Awassa.

Overnight United Africa hotel.

Day 10: AWASA-ADDIS ABABA

This morning we scan the ground of United Africa hotel, for spotted creeper, both red throated and Eurasian wryneck, African pigmy goose, white backed duck, blue headed coucal and we take a short drive to a fish market on the shore of Lake Awassa and spitting many waders. Then drive Addis on the way birding and get back Addis in the old defrosting up at the Jupiter hotel then in the evening transfer to the airport.

 

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Day 1: Pick up from the hotel

Pick up from the hotel is at 8:00 a.mthen head south to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, passing through the twon of DebreZeit, and by the lakes of Koka, Zeway, Langano, Abiata and Shalla.

Surrounded by mountains, Lake Awassa is one of Ethiopia’s most beautiful lakes in the Rift Valley and is home to enormous population of aquatic birds. Along the shore of this lake we can also see hippos, Colobus, Velvet monkeys and baboons

In the afternoon, you can have a boat trip among the fishermen and enjoy the afternoon watching birds including the lovely African Fish Eagle, malachite kingfisher and many other aquatic birds.


Day 2: Awassa-Langano-Addis Ababa

In the morning, visit the fish market, where the fishermen sells their cathes to the people and feed the birds with the left over. You will have the chance to closely witness this daily activity of the fishermen and the local people. You will also closely see a variety of species of birds which are used to human company.

After breakfast, we will drive back to Addis Ababa with a stop for lunch along the shore of the lake.

Day 1: Pick up from the hotel

Pick up from the hotel is at 8:00 a.mthen head south to the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley, passing through the twon of DebreZeit, and by the lakes of Koka, Zeway, Langano, Abiata and Shalla.

Surrounded by mountains, Lake Awassa is one of Ethiopia’s most beautiful lakes in the Rift Valley and is home to enormous population of aquatic birds. Along the shore of this lake we can also see hippos, Colobus, Velvet monkeys and baboons.

In the afternoon, you can have a boat trip among the fishermen and enjoy the afternoon watching birds including the lovely African Fish Eagle, malachite kingfisher and many other aquatic birds.

Day 2: Awassa-Langano-Addis Ababa

In the morning, visit the fish market, where the fishermen sells their cathes to the people and feed the birds with the left over. You will have the chance to closely witness this daily activity of the fishermen and the local people. You will also closely see a variety of species of birds which are used to human company.

After breakfast, we will drive back to Addis Ababa with a stop for lunch along the shore of the lake.

Day 01: Addis Ababa-Nazret-Awash National park

Drive to Awash National Park through Debrezeit, Mojo and Nazret. Late afternoon, game drive in the Awash National Park. In the park you will visit the spectacular Awash Fall and spot different game animals including: Oryx, Swine’s hartebeest, bushbucks, olive baboons, and crocodiles near the Awash River fall and different specious of endemic birds.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Awash National Park-DebreZeit Crater lakes-Addis Ababa

In the morning, drive back to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the crator lakes of DebreZeit which includes Hora, Kuriftu and Bisheftu Lake to arrive Addis Ababa late in the afternoon.

 

Day 01: Addis Ababa-Suba Forest-Weliso

In the morning, drive to Suba and walk in the beautiful natural forest full of beautiful birds and some mammals. While taking a walk in the forest you will see: indigenous trees which are older than 400 year including juniper and podocarpus.

You will also see endemic birds like: Abyssinian cat bird, banded barbet, golden backed wood pecker, black headed forest Oriole and wattled ibis and some endemicanimals Menelik’s bushbuck. In the afternoon, drive to Weliso and spend the rest of the day around Weliso in the beautiful lodge.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Weliso-Wonchi Crater Lake-Addis Ababa

In the morning, drive to Wonchi crater lake en-route enjoying the magnificent countryside scenery . In about 27 K.M distance we will be driving up for about 1000 mt difference in altitude.

At Wonchi, you will have a walk and/or horse ride to the view point where you will see one of the most beautiful crater lake and drive back to Addis Ababa through Ambo to arrive Addis late afternoon.

O/N: hotel.

 

In the morning, we start driving north on the Dessie Road. Our first stop on this route will be the shitorical city of DebreBerhan, which is located 130 km from Addis Ababa. The great Emperor ZeraYaqob (1434 - 1468) made his imperial capital here, after seeing a "heavenly light" (almost certainly Halley’s comet) , which he took as a divine sign. Later rulers abandoned the town, but it once again became an important center under the Shoan kings, notably King Sahle Selassie (1813 - 1847).

Then we continue driving to Ankober. Ankber traces its history to the 12th century, reaching its climax in the 19th century with the coronation of MinilikII as King of Ethiopia. It served as capital of Showan rulers until the founding of Addis Ababa as a capital in 1886. Here you will visit the ruins of Minilik palace, an ancient Christian Monastery and you will also enjoy a spectacular view of the Great Ethiopian Rift Valley across.

After visiting Ankober, we will drive back to Addis Ababa with a stopover at DebreBirhan to arrive Addis Ababa late in the afternoon.

 

Blue Nile Gorge, often called Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon is found 213 K.M north of Addis Ababa. This majestic and enormous gorge, is known for its magnificent physical feature and alluring natural beauty. After visiting the gorge, you will drive back to Addis en-route visiting DebreLibanos Monastery. Debrelibanos is an important monastic center for Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. The monastery was founded by the renowned 13th century mystic, St Teklehaimanot.

Before driving back to Addis, we will stop at the Jemma River Gorge. The Jemma River is one of the tributaries of the Nile, and there is a drop of nearly 1000 metros to the valley below. We will walk downhill to the 17th century Portuguese Bridge.

Here we can expect to see plenty of birdlife including the Banded Barbet, the Black headed forest oriole, the White billed starling, the Red Billed starling, the White winged cliff chat, the White backed black tit, white cheeked Turaco and Hemprich's hornbill. We will also see one of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, the Gelada or bleeding heart baboon. Leaving the Gorge we drive back to Addis Ababa to arrive Addis late in the afternoon.

Full day city tour of Addis Ababa which include the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Merkato, Ba’ata Mariam Church, St. George Cathedral and the view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto.

You will start your city tour of Addis Ababa with the National Museum of Ethiopia. This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis.

The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.

We continue our tour of Addis Ababa with visit to the Ethnographic Museum which is found inside the compound of the Addis Ababa University. This museum is very different to the National Museum, but equally absorbing, this museum exhibit, a varied array of artifacts and daily objects related to most ethnic groups living in Ethiopia. After lunch, city tour of Addis Ababa continues with the visit to Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, where almost every possible commodity is on sale.

Our visit continues with St. George Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral in Addis Ababa. Finally, we will drive uphill to Entoto, which once was Emperor Minilik II’s permanent camp. Driving the hill there is an considerable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which cover the area. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. After spending some time around the hill, we will drive back to the hotel. End of tour!

 

Melka Konture pre-historic site is situated on the southern face of the Awash River Gorge opposite Melka Awash. It’s regarded to be one of the most important Stone Age sites in Ethiopia. This site is best known for the numerous Stone-Age artifacts that have been unearthed along the river including a variety of clevers, hand-axes, and other tools made from basalt and other hard rocks. The site has also proved to be an important source of fossils of extinct mammals.

This rock hewn-church was built in the 12 century AD as those of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. In fact local tradition ascribes it to King Lalibela who is said to have had it built on his visit to Mount Zuqwala in 1106. Driving further south you will find Tiya, where you will see the northernmost example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stelae which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia.

These stelae are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 - 30 and buried in fetal positions. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stelea field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m.

 

Half day city tour of Addis Ababa which include the National Museum, the, Merkato, St. George Cathedral and the view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto.

You will start your city tour of Addis Ababa with the National Museum of Ethiopia. This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘thou art wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis.

The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization.

City tour of Addis Ababa continues with the visit to Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, where almost every possible commodity is on sale. Our visit continues with St. George Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral in Addis Ababa. Finally, we will drive uphill to Entoto, which once was Emperor Minilik II’s permanent camp. Driving the hill there is an considerable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which covers the area.From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. After spending some time around the hill, we will drive back to the hotel. End of tour!

This 11 days cultural tour program takes you on a cultural & nature tour to the Historic Route of  Ethiopia with the Simien Mountains National Park. This will enable you to discover Ethiopia’s ancient history and undiluted culture while enjoying the magnificent landscape and spot some wildlife. On this tour you will also have the chance to interact with the local people and learn from their culture and life style.

Trip highlights

  • Take a rrelaxing trek in the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park with troops of Gelada Baboons
  • Discover endemic wildlife in the Simien Mountains
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Explore the ancient city of Axum, the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gonder
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Birhan Selassie church.
 
Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek around the park
O/N: lodge.

Day 06: Sankaber-Chenek-Simien Mountains

Today, you will make relaxing trek in the most dramatic sceneries of the park including Ginbar River Falls and Wolkafit mountain chain.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Axum-Yeha

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Axum-Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.
O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Lalibela-Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: Merkato, Entoto and Piassa. In the evening, there will be traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left mark on the land, the people and their monuments. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past, which began as the cradle of mankind.

These tour takes you in to the highlights of the Historic Route of Ethiopia. As you travel by air,  with more time to explore the different sites.  

Trip highlights:

  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Visit the ancient city of Axum, the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Wonder the magnificent  rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
  • Explore the fairytale castles of Gonder
  • Take a boat cruise to visit the Island Monasteries of Lake Tana
  • Discover the source of the mighty River,  Blue Nile and Blue Nile Falls
  • Taste varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
  • City tour of Addis Ababa, the African Capital
  • Meet with your ancestor, LUCY  at the National Museum.
  • Mingle with the local people and many more

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour of Addis Ababa can be arranged.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Axum 

In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. The rest of the day, tour of the ancient city of Axum.
Your today’s visit in Axum include: the Stele field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th centaury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Axum-Yeha-Debre Damo

After breakfast, you will have an excursion to to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Axum-Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer to Axum Airport for the flight to Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

Day 05: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.
O/N: hotel.

Day 06: Lalibela-Gondar 

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will start your tour of Gondar.
Your tour include: The Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and the famous Deberberhan Sillassie church.
O/N: Hotel

Day 07: Excursion to Simien Mountains/Gondar

Full day excursion to the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: hotel.


Day 08: Gondar-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar and an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries.
Day 09: Blue Nile Falls- Bahirdar
After breakfast, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, walk around the town and visit the colorful local market.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Bahirdar-Addis Ababa-Departure

In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Addis. Optional city tour depending on your departure time.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party. There will not be better way of ending a trip. (flight schedule permitting) At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back . End of tour!

 

Discover the land what used to be one the greatest kingdoms of the world as you travel to the Historic Route of Ethiopia, Simien Mountains & Tigray Rock-Hewn Churches. This cultural tour combines some of the most ancient history and culture of Ethiopia and its people to the most breathtaking sceneries of the Simien Mountains and Gerhlta area. On this tour you will also have the chance to view some endemic wildlife in the Simien Mountains.

Trip highlights

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wilife of Simien Mountains
  • Be carried away by the magnificent scnery of Simien & Tigram Mountains
  • Explore the less visited Tigray Rock-hewn Churches
  • Travel back in time to explore the  ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. 
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gonder
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capita
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Birhan Selassie church.

Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek around the park
O/N: lodge.

Day 06: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Axum-Yeha

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.
O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountainous of Adwa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Hauzien

Today, you will explore the Tigray rock-hewn churches and the beautiful surrounding mountains of the area.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
O/N: hotel.
 
Day 11: Mekele-Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
 
Day 12: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

In the morning, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD. In the afternoon, continue visiting the rock-hewn churches in the second group.
O/N: hotel.
 
Day 13: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery.
 
Day 14: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato the largest open air market in Africa.
In the evening, traditional dinner with live cultural dance show of the different tribes. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

 

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of who have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Trip highlights

  • Meet plenty ethnic groups
  • Experience the natural beauty of the country
  • Stunning savannah plains
  • Witness elaborately terraced hillsides
  • Enjoy the ample culture
  • Elaborate hairstyles and personal adornment
  • Colorful different African Markets
  • Vast coffee fields 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the transfer to hotel. Afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

In the morning, will have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area.
O/N: hotel.

Day 05: Turmi-Omorate

In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat.
In the afternoon, we will visit to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
O/N: hotel.

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

After breakfast, we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park.
O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Jinka-Yabello

After breakfast, we will start driving to Yabello through Konso with brief stops at different sites and villages.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Yabello-Yirgalem

After breakfast, we will visit the “Singing Well”, a remarkable feature of the Borena Culture and drive to Yirgachefe.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Yirgalem-Awassa-Langano

After breakfast, drive to Langano through Awassa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Langano-Addis Ababa

After spending part of the morning relaxing around the beautiful lake, we will continue driving to Addis Ababa with brief stops at different towns like Mojo and Debrezeit.
O/N: hotel.

Day 12: City Tour of Addis Ababa

Today you will have a full day city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: The Ethnological Museum, the national museum and Merkato.
In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

 

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of who have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Trip highlights

  • Meet plenty ethnic groups
  • Experience the natural beauty of the country
  • Stunning savannah plains
  • Witness elaborately terraced hillsides
  • Enjoy the ample culture 
  • Elaborate hairstyles and personal adornment
  • Colorful different African Markets 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

In the morning, drive to Arbaminch through the Great Ethiopia Rift Valley.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

In the morning, game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi

After an early breakfast, drive to Jinka en-route visiting different tribes and their villages.
O/N: camping or lodge.

Day 05: Turmi-Omorate

In the cool morning, drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
O/N: camping or lodge.

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

In the morning, drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. The Mursi, undoubtedly the most celebrated residents of South Omo are distinctive group of pastoralists.
Overnight: Jinka Resort Hotel-Jinka.

Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Arbaminch-Chencha-Langano

After breakfast, drive north to Langano en-route visiting different villages and some of the most beautiful Rift Valley Lakes.
O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Langano-Addis Ababa-Departure

After spending part of the morning time to relax around the lake we will continue driving to Addis Ababa with brief stops at different towns like Mojo and Debrezeit. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa.

In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of who have retained their own unique customs and traditions.

Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

Trip highlights

  • Spectacular stretch of the Great Rift Valley
  • Stunning savannah plains
  • Meet Inhabitants of the lower Omo
  • Experience the unique tradition
  • Witness elaborately terraced hillsides
  • Enjoy the ample culture
  • Elaborate hairstyles and personal adornment
  • Enjoy the colorful Markets 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital 
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.
O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through the Great Rift Valley to Arbaminch en route visiting the Rift valley Lakes of Ziway, Abiata and Shalla.
O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Arbaminch-Nechsar National Park-Lake Chamo

In the morning, will have a game drive around the Nechsar National Park. In the afternoon, we will have a boat cruise over Lake Chamo to see some of the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus.
O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Arbaminch -Turmi

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso and the undulating landscape of Konso area.
O/N: hotel.

Day 05: Turmi-Omorate

In the cool morning, we will drive to Omorate to visit the Desanech (Geleb) tribal village after crossing the Omo River by boat.
In the afternoon, we will visit to Hamer Village. At the same village we will enjoy the seasonal cultural activities including the famous Evangadi (Hamer Dancing).
O/N: hotel.

Day 06: Turmi-Keyafer-Jinka

After breakfast, we will drive to Jinka through Keyafer. At Keyefer will visit the colorful weekly Keyafer Market.
O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka to Mursi Village. After our visit to the Mursi Village, we will have our picnic lunch in the Mago National Park and continue driving back to Jinak through the park.
O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Jinka-Arbaminch

In the morning, we will start driving back to Arbaminch with brief stops to visit different villages including Erbore and Tsemay.
O/N: hotel.

Day 09:Arbaminch-Tia-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa through Butajira en-route, here you will visit different tribal villages and typical housing styles of the Gurage and the Oromo.
In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). After farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Willkommen auf der fantastischen "Historischen Route" Äthiopiens! Die großartigen Kulturen und Landschaften sind Ausdruck einer außergewöhnlichen Vergangenheit. Diese hat Spuren im Land, bei den Menschen und ihren Monumenten hinterlassen.

Äthiopien ist alt; alt jenseits der Vorstellungskraft – bis zur Entstehung der Menschheit. Es ist auch das Land der Königin von Saba, ein Ort legendärer Regenten, fabelhafter Königreiche und altertümlicher Geschichte. Die historische Route umfasst einige der bemerkenswertesten Sehenswürdigkeiten, unter denen vier von der UNESCO als Weltkulturerbe anerkannt wurden.

Staunen Sie über die 2000 Jahre alten Stelen von Axum, die berühmten Felsenkirchen von Lalibela aus dem 12.Jahrhundert, die Schlösser von Gondar, die Inselklöster im Tana See, den Blauen Nil-Fall und nicht zuletzt über die überwältigenden Semien Berge.

Die freundliche Bevölkerung trägt dazu bei, Rundreisen in Äthiopien zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis zu machen!

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive Addis Ababa (ADD) welcome to Ethiopia! The rest of the day, city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the view from Mount Entoto, the National and Ethnographic Museums, Trinity Church, the Mercato.

O/N: hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Jimma

After breakfast, head south west to Jimma en-route visiting the undulating landscapes and the coffee growing area of Ethiopia and the Gurage Villages.

O/N: hotel-Jimma.

Day 03: Jimma-Mizan

In the morning, drive to Mizan en-route visiting different tribal villages like the Yem and Keficho tribal villages.

O/N: hotel-Mizan.

Day 04: Mizan-Kibish

After breakfast, drive to Kibish en-route enjoying the stunning view which unfolds in front of us every minute of our drive. While driving from Mizan to Kibish, you will visit different tribal villages including the Diz and Minit.

O/N: camping-Kibish

Day 05: Kibish-Surma

Full day in Kibish to visit the Surma Tribe and their villages. The Surma are found on the west bank of the Omo. Like their cousins on the other bank of the Omo River, they do body painting and the women wear lip plates.

O/N: Camping-Kibish.

Day 06: Kibish-Omo National Park

Drive to Omo National Park and after noon game drive in the national park. Today you will have an opportunity to see unspoiled wilderness of the Omo National Park.

O/N: Camping-Omo.

Day 07: Full Day in the Omo National Park

Full day explore the Omo National park. Today we can expect to see some of Africa’s big mammals including Buffalo, Elephants and so on.

O/N: Camping-Omo.

Day 08:Omo-Kibish

In the morning, drive to Kibish en-route enjoing the stunning view of Kibish area and visiting different tribal villages. If possible, we will witness their seasonal rituals, dance and Donga stick fighting.

Day 09: Kibish-Mizan

In the morning drive back to Mizan en-route visiting different coffee farms and different tribal villages.

Day 10: Mizan-Jimma

Drive from Mizan to Jimma and the rest of the day city tour of Jimma including the palace of Aba Jifar and Jimma market.

Day 11: Jimma-Addis Ababa

After breakfast, drive to Addis Ababa en-route visiting the beautiful Wonchi Crater Lake and Suba Forest.

In the evening, there will be a complimentary Ethiopian traditional dinner with folkloric tribal dances. After the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

Activities: mountain trekking, ancient history, people, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, archeology and so much more

This trek offers a unique and unrivalled combination of history, culture and spectacular scenery. Winding its way from the Abune Yosef Mountains, across the Wedebye, Degosach plain and passing through beautiful afro alpine forest, small remote villages and farm lands and ancient cave churches which dates back to the 6th century and 12 century.

The itinerary includes: the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Abune Yosef Mountain, third highest pick in Ethiopia and some less known cave churches, which takes in beautiful mountain and farm scenery as we follow Lasta Mountains Ranges.

This trip is just a perfect introduction to Ethiopia’s incredible diversity of less known and less visited ancient civilization, culture and nature. Here, the incomparable scenery of the Abune Yosef Mountain contrasts with some of the most beautiful scenery of the Low Lands of Bilbala and Wag Yimra. This trip is truly to the Off the beaten track!
Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. Afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa which include the national museum, ethnographic museum and Merkato.

O/N: hotel

Day 02: Addis Abab-Lalibela (2500m)

In the morning, fly to Lalibela. The rest of the day, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from 1200 AD.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Lalibela –Merebarbu (3500m)

In the morning visit the second group of rock-hewn churches. In the afternoon, trek to Merebarbu enroute visitng Asheten Mariam monastery church from the 13th century.

O/N: camping at Merebarbu.

Day 04: Merebarbu-Wedebye (3700m)

Start the 4 hours trekking from Merebarbu to Wedebye (3600 to 3800).

O/N: Camping at Wedebye .

Day 05: Wedebye-Abune Yosef (3900m)

Continue the trek for ~4 hours to Abune Yosef (4130). En route enjoying the stunning view covered by afro alpine types of vegetations you will have the chance to spot endemic mammals like Gelada Baboon and Simen Fox.

O/N: Camping at Abune Yosef.

Day 06: Abune Yosef-Degosach-Yimrhane Kirstos

From Abune Yosef, the third highest pick in the Ethiopia, we will trek on the plateaus of Degosach en route visiting different villages. At Yimrhane Kirstos, you will visit the 12th Century built up cave church which is very famous for its unique style of architecture, construction and interior decorations.

O/N: camping at Yimrha.

Day 07: Yimrha-Arbatu Ensesa-Lalibela

In the morning, walk down hill to visit Arbatu Ensesa, a rock-hewn church from the 4th century AD. At the same point, meet your driver for the drive to Lalibela en-route visiting Bilbala Cherkos.

O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

Fly back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa and preparation for the flight back home. End of tour.

 
 

There are picks which rise more than 4000 meters and Mount Tullu Deemtu with an altitude of 4,377 meters above sea level, is the 2nd highest peak in Ethiopia. The Bale Mountains secluded in their high mountains remain to be unspoiled and exceptionally beautiful.

It gives a wonderful trekking opportunity for those who seek a unique trekking experience in the isolated mountains of Ethiopia. Trekking in the Bale Mountains gives the trekker the chance to interact with the local community and witness their culture and way of life.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at the Addis Ababa and be met and welcomed by Grand Holidays Ethiopia representative and transferred to your hotel.

O/N: hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis-Ethiopian Rift Valley - Dinsho

After breakfast drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley and the spectacular mountain scenery and the Muslim-Oromo culture to Dinsho - the headquarters of Bale Mountain National park. The rest of the day walk around the National Park to see the endemic mammals and birds.

O/N: Lodge or Camping.

Day 03:Dinsho - Geysay Valley - Dinsho

Trek to Geysay Valley through the dramatic highland scenery enroot spotting to various species of afro alpine vegetation which covers a vast area from one mountain to the other. En this route you will also spot some endemic birds and mammals.

O/N: Lodge or Camping.

Day 04: Dinsho –Sentie Platue-Goba

Drive from Disnho to Senetie Platue, one of the highest pick the national park. The rest of the day trek around Senetie to discover the endemic African Wolf, Red Jackal.

Later in the afternoon, drive to Goba for an overnight stay.

O/N: hotel-Bale Goba.

Day 05: Goba-Wendogenet

In the morning, drive to Wondogent. The rest of the day have a relaxing trek in the mountain covered by natural forest.

O/N: hotel-Wendogenet.

Day 06:Wendogenet-Addis Ababa

After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day, city tour of Addis Ababa. End of tour.

 

This trek takes you in the largest Afro Alpine habitant in the whole of Africa. Bale Mountains National Park covers the largest Afro alpine habitat in the whole of Africa. It is an area of high altitude plateau that is fragmented by numerous remarkable volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams that run down in the deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands. It is haven for various endemic mammals including the African Wolf, Mountain Nyala, and many endemic birds.

There are picks which rise more than 4000 meters and Mount Tullu Deemtu with an altitude of 4,377 meters above sea level, is the 2nd highest peak in Ethiopia. The Bale Mountains secluded in their high mountains remain to be unspoiled and exceptionally beautiful.

It gives a wonderful mountain trekking opportunity for those who seek a unique trekking experience in the isolated mountains of Ethiopia. Trekking in the Bale Mountains gives the trekker the chance to interact with the local community and witness their culture and way of life.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at the Addis Ababa and be welcomed by Grand Holidays Ethiopia representative and transferred to your hotel.

O/N: hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis-Ethiopian Rift Valley – Dinsho

After breakfast drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley en-route enjoying the beautiful Rift Valley Lakes and the spectacular mountain scenery.

The rest of the day, walk around the Juniper forest around the park headquarter and explore the area where high concentration of the Bale Mountains Nayal, Minilik Bush Buck and other mammals are found.

O/N: Camping at Dinsho.

Day 03: Dinsho - Geysay Valley – Dinsho (3250m)

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs

Trek to Geysay Valley, to the northerly extension of the park. Here, while trekking in the indigenous forest, it’s possible to spot the endemic Minilik Bush Buck and Mountain Nyala and other mammals including the endemic Ethiopian Wolf.

O/N: Camping at Dinsho.

Day 04: Dinsho – Weib Valleys-Fincha ábera

Trekking time: ~6 hrs

Trek and pass through the lovely Weib Valley and the finally reach at the beautiful waterfall of Finch’abera.

O/N: Camping

Day 05: Fincha ábera-Merero-Wasmea

Trekking time: 8 hrs

Trek beneath the peaks of Merero; see and taste the strange mineral springs before making the steep ascent out of the head of the valley onto the Sanette Plateau.

O/N: Camping

Day 06: Wasama Valley - Batu - Garba Guracha Lake

Trekking time: 9 hrs

Climb Batu (4203 m), and then trek on across the arms of the Batu horseshoe, to camp beside lovely Garba Guracha Lake-set beneath towering cliffs in the head of the Tegona Valley.

O/N: Camping at Garba Guracha.

Day 07: Garba Guracha-Konthe – Goba

Trekking time: 3 hrs

Trek across the Plateau enjoying the stunning highland scenery full of small lakes and the reach at the pick of Konthe (4100m) . Meet veichles at Konthe and drive to Goba.

O/N: Wabe Shebele Hotel

Day 08: Goba-Wendogenet

In the morning, drive to Wondogent. The rest of the day have a relaxing trek in the mountain covered by natural forest.

O/N: hotel-Wendogenet.

Day 09: Wendogenet-Addis Ababa

After breakfast drive back to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day, city tour of Addis Ababa. End of tour.

 

This trek leads through landscapes covered by deep gorges, jagged plugs and striking rock towers. On route we climb some of Africa's highest peaks: Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), Bwahit (4430m). This park is a haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, and many bird specious. The Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This trip is just a perfect combination of Ethiopia’s incredible diversity of histrory and ancient civilization , culture and nature. On this trekking adventure, you will also have the chance to interact with the local host community and witness the life style and culture of the people living isolated in the mountains with a unique and ancient farming style.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. transfer to the hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.

Overnight: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.

Overnight: Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Overnight: Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime. After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gonder.

Overnight: Hotel.

Day 05:Gondar-Simien Mountains

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Snakaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: camping in Sankaber.

Day 06: Sankaber – Geech (3,550m)

Trek for 5 to 6 hours from Sanka Ber to Geech enroot enjoying the stunning view.

O/N: camping.

Day 07: Geech – Imetegogo – Chenek (3600m)

7-9 hours Trek with the most beautiful viewpoints and the Intaye (4000 m)

O/N camping in Chenek.

Day 08: Chenek - Gondar

In the morning Trekking around Chenek, proceed to Gondar by vehicle.

O/N: hotel

Day 09: Gondar - Lalibela

Flight from Gondar to Laliebela, visit the most important rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

O/N hotel

Day 10: Lalibela-Addis Abeba - Departure

In the morning transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Abeba. Depending on your departure we can arrange an optional city tour in Addis Abeba.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks and . (flight schedule permitting) At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 
 

This trek leads through landscapes covered by deep gorges, jagged plugs and striking rock towers. On route we climb some of Africa's highest peaks: Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), Bwahit (4430m). This park is a haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, and many bird specious. The Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This trip is just a perfect combination of Ethiopia’s incredible diversity of less known and less visited ancient civilization, culture and nature. On this trekking adventure, you will also have the chance to interact with the local host community and witness the life style and culture of the people living isolated in the mountains with a unique and ancient farming style.
Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. transfer to the hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa – Gondar- Sanka Ber (3,200m)

Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive 136 km north to Sanka Ber.

O/N: camping.

Day 03: Sankaber – Geech (3,550m)

Trek for 5 to 6 hours from Sanka Ber to Geech enroot enjoying the stunning view.

O/N: camping.

Day 04: Geech - Imetgogo (3,986m) – Geech

Make ~6 hours excursion to Imetgogo to enjoy one of the best views of in the Simien Mountains National Park.

O/N: camping.

Day 05: Geech - Chenek (3,600m)

Trek ~ 7 hrs from Geech to Chenek to spot some of the endemic mammals including Walia Ibex.

O/N: camping.

Day 06: Chenek – Ambiqo

Trek 6 – 8 hrs from Chenek to Ambiqo climbing Buhit Mountain the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges.

O/N: camping.

Day 07: Ambiqo – Ras Dashen (4,620m) - Ambiqo

Trek 7 – 9 hrs from Ambiqo climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in Ethiopia (4620 m) and return to Ambiqo.

O/N: camping.

Day 08: Ambiqo – Cheneck

Trek 6 – 8 hrs back to cheneck. En route you may see some Simien Fox or the Ethiopian Wolf.

O/N: camping

Day 09:Chenek- Gondar

Drive back to Gondar, and the rest of the day sightseeing tour of Gondar.

O/N: hotel.

Day 10:Gondar-Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly back to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure optional city tour. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with live traditional music show (flight schedule permittin). At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back . End of tour!

 

This festival tour provides a traveler with a practical image of the 3000 years historical mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia including the steles of Axum, the temple of Yeha, Palace of Queen of Sheba, the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and many more. Join us on this journey of discovery as we witness an ancient African culture and civilization.

Trip highlights

  • Celebration of Meskel “The Finding Of the true cross”
  • Bonfire and its processions 
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD),Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to KalebHotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. In you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.
O/N: Hotel

Day 02: Addis Ababa - Bahir Dar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and GohaTsion.
O/N: Hotel

Day 03: Lake Tana- Nile Falls

In the morning we will make a boatcruise and visit some island monasteries from the 13th and 14th century. After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: Hotel

Day 04: Bahir Dar - Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime. After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gonder.
O/N: Hotel

Day 05: Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Snakaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: Hotel

Day 06: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.

Day 07: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum which include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4thcentury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.

Day 08: Axum-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele, through the stunning and historical mountains of Adwa en-route visiting the Pre-Christian temple of Yeha and Wikro Cherkos.

Day 09: Mekele-Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit YimrhaneKirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
O/N: Hotel

Day 10: Meskel Eve at Lalibela

In the morning, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: BeteMedhaniAlem, Bete Mariam, BeteMeskel, BeteDenagil.
O/N: Hotel

Day 11: Meskel Festival at Lalibela

In the morning, we will witness one of the most colorful festivals held in Ethiopia, the Meskel Festival at Lalibela.
The rest of the day, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: BeteGebriel, BeteMercorios, BeteAmanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.
O/N: Hotel

Day 12: Lalibela-Kombolcha

In the morning drive to Kombolchaon top of the amazing YejuWadlaDelanta land-bridge, a high land plateau which adjoins the Wello and Gondar regions and the beautiful Lasta Mountains. You will also be driving through the towns of Weldia and Dessie.
O/N: Hotel

Day 13: Kombolcha-Addis Ababa-Departure

In the morning, drive to Addis Ababa throughKemise, Ataye, Shewarobit and Debresina. At Kemiise we will have the chance to see multi-tribal local market.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

On this tour you will also visit the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia which include– Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant the least is endless. Cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chase pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon. Last, but not least the friendly and charming people of Ethiopia!

Trip highlights

  • Celebration of Sebaratmu (St. George) Festival
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: January 15, 2014: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arraive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour in Addis.
Overnight: Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: January 16: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stop over at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
Overnight: Hotel-Bahirdar

Day 03: January 17: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

After breakfast, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
Overnight: Tana Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04: January 18: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start tour of Gondar which include: the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and we will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.
Overnight: Hotel-Gondar.

Day 05: January 19: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Simien Mountains National park. En-route we will be visiting the “Felasha” or the Black Jewish village.
Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day, trek around the park to explore the stunnining view and wildlife of the park including Sankaber.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Buit Ras.

Day 06: January 22: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
Overnight: Hotel-Axum.

Day 07: January 23: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. Your visit in Axum include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
Overnight: Hotel-Axum.

Day 08: January 24: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountains of Adwa.
Overnight: Lodge-Hauzien.

Day 09: January 25: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
Overnight: Hotel-Mekele.

Day 10: January 26: Mekele-Lalibela-Sebaratmu Giorgis Eve at Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
Late in the afternoon, we will drive to Bete Giorgis to attend the eve of Sebaratmu. Here the priest and deacons will be chanting with their drums and sistras to celebrate the eve of St. Gorge.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 11: January 27: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela-Sebratmu Festival at Lalibela

After breakfast, we will drive to the tha Taboat Maderia, where the replica of the ark of the covenant, Tabot has been rested overnight. After staying overnight, the Ark will be accompined to Bete Giorgis with a lot of feasting, singing and dancing all the way. When the Tabot reaches the church, there will be dancing by the priest along the cliff edge of the church while the faithful continue to dance forming different groups.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 12: January 28: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, Mule ride to the top of Asheten Marima to visit the monastery church from the 12th century.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 13: January 29: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

On this trip of discovery you will visit the matchless sites of Ethiopia’s Historic Route among which four of the sites are listed under UNESCO’s world Heritage list including: Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant the least is endless. Cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chase pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon and more.

Trip highlights

  • Celebration of Timket “Ethiopian Epiphany”
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Mountains
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Discover  old walled city and the fourth holiest city of Islam
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: January 09, 2014: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour in Addis.
Overnight: Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: January 10: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stop over at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
Overnight: Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03: January 11: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

After breakfast, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
Overnight: Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04: January 12: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start tour of Gondar which include: the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and we will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.
Ovwenight: Hotel-Gondar.

Day 05: January 13: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Simien Mountains National park. En-route we will be visiting the “Felasha” or the Black Jewish village.
Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day, trek around the park to explore the stunnining view and wildlife of the park including Sankaber.
Overnight: Simien Lodge-Sankaber.

Day 06:January 14: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
Overnight: Hotel-Axum.

Day 07: January 15: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. Your visit in Axum include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
Overnight: Hotel-Axum.

Day 08: January 16: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountains of Adwa.
Overnight: Lodge-Hauzien.

Day 09: January 17: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
Overnight: Axum Hotel-Mekele.

Day 10: January 18: Mekele-Lalibela-Timket Eve at Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
In the afternoon, we will attend the Timket eve ceremony called, Ketera. During Ketera, the priests take out the Tabots- replicas of the original Ark of the Covenant, from each church and bless the water of the pool where the next day' celebration will take place.
In the evening, we will return to the ‘Taboat Maderia’ to attend the night celebrations.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 11: January 19: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela-Timket Festival at Lalibela

Early in the morning, we will again walk to the ‘Taboat Maderia’ to witness the early morning baptism ceremony. The water which symbolizes the Jordan River is blessed by the priest and the patriarch then dip a golden cross and extinguish a burning consecrated candle in the alter. Then he sprinkles water on the assembled congregation in commemoration of Christ's baptism.
Following the baptism, the Tabots start their way back to their respective rock-churches, while feasting, singing and dancing continue all the way to the churches.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 12: January 20: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam-2nd day of Timket

In the morning, attend the second day of Timket around the first group of rock-hewn churches.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 13: January 21: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks(flight schedule permitting) At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

 

This tour takes you deep in to the land which used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the less visited rock-hewn churches of Tigray, the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people.

Trip highlights

  • Celebration of Fasika  “Ethiopian Easter”
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Mountains
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Discover  old walled city and the fourth holiest city of Islam
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Kaleb Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour can be arranged.
Accommodation: Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
The Blue Nile Gorge is a majestic and enormous river gorge and it is one of the most captivating gorges in Africa. It has a magnificent, alluring physical feature and natural beauty.
Accommodation: Hotel-Bahirdar

Day 03: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana..
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
Accommodation: Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
The rest of the day, you will have city tour of Gonder. Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, and visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie church.
Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. En-route we will be visiting the “Felasha” or the Black Jewish village. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Snakaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
Accommodation: Simien Lodge-Buit Ras.

Day 06: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast, start driving further north to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
Past the Tekeze River Gorge, whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance, you will have your picnic lunch under the shade of a tree and continue driving to Axum.
Accommodation: Hotel-Axum.

Day 07: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. Our visit in Axum include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th centaury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
Accommodation: Hotel-Axum.

Day 08: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, we will drive to Hauzien en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-Atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and more.
Accommodation: Lodge-Hauzien

Day 09: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
Accommodation: Hotel-Mekele.

Day 10: Mekele-Lalibela

After breakfast, head to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.
Accommodation: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 11: Good Friday at Lalibela

After having an early breakfast, we will drive to the site where we find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis. In the afternoon, witness the Good Friday ceremony at Bete Mariam rock-hewn church. This is a special day for Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and it is celebrated with a great devotion and in a very ancient way. On this day, the faithful who has been fasting the whole day without any water or food, dressed in their dazzling white cloths, folk to St. Mary’s church to attend the prayers and performance of the priest and deacons. It really creates a special feeling to witness the devotion of the faithful and the special practices made on this day remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Every performance of the priest and the deacons as well as the devotion of the people takes you centuries back.
Accommodation: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 12: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam – Ethiopian Easter Eve at Lalibela

In the morning you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that you will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.
In the afternoon, you will visit one of the most colorful annual Easter Market at Lalibela. In the evening, you will witness one of the most important ceremonies of Easter in one of the biggest rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Bete Medhanialem. In the evening all the rock-hewn churches will be filled with people who have been fasting for 55 days. None of them have eaten anything at least for a day and half without any water and food. They are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there will be prayers and candle light ceremonies accompanied by chanting and dancing of the priest until 3:00 in the morning. It’s only after the ceremony is over that everybody goes home to break the fasting with the special Easter meal and the feast which has begun at the church continues all day long and the weeks to come.
Accommodation: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 13:Ethiopian  Easter Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure an optional city tour can be arranged.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary special Easter farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. Flight schedule permitting). There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

This is one of the greatest and most colorful festivals on the Ethiopian calendar. At St. Lalibela, it is celebrated with greater devotion, chanting, dancing, and singing around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which were built more than 800 years ago. The ancient city of St. Lalibela will be filled with tens of thousands of pilgrims who come from all directions of Ethiopia and from all walks of life.

Most of the pilgrims reach at St. Lalibela from far off hamlets and inaccessible valleys, walking on their bare foot for days, weeks, and even for months to share the blessing on Christmas day. Even if Ethiopian Christmas is on January 7, there will be different ceremonies to be held around the rock-hewn churches starting the night of 4th January. This is an ancient Christian tradition which has remained unchanged and witnessing this event, you feel like you are transported centuries and centuries back in time. You can’t help but feel that a scene the same to these one has been enacted here in the same manner centuries over centuries.

Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians as you visit the unmatched sites of the Historic Route of Ethiopia – Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant the least is endless. Cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chase pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon.

Trip highlights

  • Celebration of Gena “Ethiopian Christmas”
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world”
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Mountains
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Discover  old walled city and the fourth holiest city of Islam
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

ITINERARY:

Day 01: December 28: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour can be arranged.
Overnight: Hotel Addis Ababa

Day 02: December 29: Addis Ababa- Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stop over at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
Overnight Hotel  Bahir Dar

Day 03: December 30: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

After breakfast, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
Overnight: Hotel Bahir Dar

Day 04: December 31: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start tour of Gondar which include: the Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and we will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside.
Overnight Hotel Bahir Dar

Day 05: January 1: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Simien Mountains National park. En-route we will be visiting the “Felasha” or the Black Jewish village.
Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day, trek around the park to explore the stunnining view and wildlife of the park including Sankaber.
Overnight: Simien Lodge

Day 06: January 2: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.
Overnight: Hotel Axum

Day 07: January 3: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. Your visit in Axum include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
Overnight: Hotel Axum

Day 08: January 4: Axum-Hauzien

In the morning, drive to Hauzien, the center of some of the most ancient rock-hewn churches, through the stunning and historical mountains of Adwa.
Overnight: Lodge Hauzien

Day 09: January 5: Hauzien-Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele en-route visit some of the most ancient Tigray rock-hewn churches including: Wikro Cherkos, Abrha We-atsbeha, Dugum Selassie and so on.
Overnight: Hotel Mekelle

Day 10: January 6: Mekele-Lalibela-Celebration at Bete Emanuel

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit Yimrhane Kirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people. In the evening, we will drive to Bete Emanuel to attend the special celebration of Emanuel with chanting and dancing by the priests and deacons. The ceremony will be accompined by a capacity crowd of piligrims who came to witness this event from far of hamlets and inaccessible valleys on their bare foot walking for weeks and even months.
Overnight: Hotel Lalibela

Day 11: January 7: Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela-Ethiopian Christmas Eve

In the morning, we will drive to the sites where we will find the concentration of some of the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela from 1200 AD. At night, we will attend the Christmas Eve ceremony to be held at Bete Mariam church. This evening again, you will attend the Ethiopian Christmas Eve Ceremony with the pilgrims. The dancing by the deacons and the priests continue throughout the night and around while the pilgrims clap and ululate to the drum beat. At mid night, there will be a candle light ceremony to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Overnight: Hotel Lalibela

Day 12: January 8: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam-Ethiopian Christmas

In the morning, we will once more drive to Bete Mariam to witness the final ceremony of Ethiopian Christmas. On this day, as it has been going on centuries over centuries the priest will be lined up with their drums on the cliff edge of Bete Mariam, called Mame Garia and some more on the bottom representing the shepherds and the angels announcing the birth of Jesus. You can’t help, but witness a scene the same to this one has been going here on this day centuries over centuries in the same mannerr.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Hotel Lalibela

Day 13: January 9: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour of Addis Abeba.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks.(flight schedule permitting) At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

 

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On this expedition, you will have a lava trek to visit one of few most permanent lava lakes on the planet, Erta Ale. You will also have the chance to witness an ancient tradition of extracting salt from the salt fields and transporting the salt bars with endless lines of camel caravan for days from the depression to the highland towns. This adventure tour is truly a trip of a life time!

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD),Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Jupiter Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning we can arrange an optional city tour.

O/N: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Awash National Park (B-L-D)

After breakfast, start driving south of Addis Ababa to AwashNational Park through the Great Rift Valley.In the afternoon, game drive around Awash Park and drive to Blien.

O/N: Buffet de La gare Awash.

Day 03: Awash-Semera (B-L-D)

In the morning, drive to Semera town which is the center of the Afar regional state. While driving from Awash to Afar you will visit different Afar villages.

We will pick up our permission and local guide at Semera.

O/N: Ertale Hotel - Semera..

Day 04: Semera-Lake Afdera( 103 meters below sea level) (B-L-D)

Today we will drive North East to Afrdera and the landscape keep on changing dramatically as we continue driving North Easta and so does the climat.

We will set our camp around Lake Afrera and will explore the salt extraction area and enjoy the stunning view of the desert with the sun set.

O/N: Camping at Lake Afdera

Day 05: Afdera - Dodom (Kurseywad)-Ertale (B-L-D)

After enjoying the lovely sunrise on Lake Afrera while having breakfast, we will drive to Kursuawd then to Ertale.

Once we get at the base of the creator, we will take rest and pack for the trek to the Lava Lake on the Lava Fields. At nigh, nothing prepares you for the amazing view that awaits down the creator where the fire comes out gushing the surface. It is simply spectacular!

O/N: Camping at Ertale..

Day 06: Ertale-Dodom - HamedEla (B-L-D)

Early morning, we will trek back down to the Kursuad camp site, before it starts to be too hot. Up on arrival at the camp, we will have breakfast and get ready for the drive downhill and on the sand and salt fields

In the evening, we will walk for a few minute following the camel caravan carrying salt bars from the depression to the highland.

O/N: Camping atHamedEla..

Day 07: HamedEla - Dallol-HamedEla (B-L-D)

Full day exploration of the Dallol area, including the salt extraction area and the sulfer field, and other mineral fields. After visiting the springs, drive back to campsite at HamedEla.

O/N: Camping atHamedEla..

Day 08: HamedEla– Berahile – Hawzien (B-L-D)

Today we will leave the Danakil depression, drive 48 km south west to reach Berahile.While driving from Berhale to Hauzien, you will see the landscape changing gradually from a desert and salt field to rocky mountain chains.

On this route, you will have the chance to visit some of the rock-hewn churches of Tigray.

O/N: Gheralta Lodge-Hawzien.

Day 09: Hawzien- Mekele (B-L-D)

In the morning, walk around the lodge enjoy the stunning view with the morning sun and spot different species of beautiful birds. You can also visit a Tigre Village near the lodge.

Later on we will also visit some more of the rock hewn churches from the Teka Tesfai cluster in this area.

O/N: Axum Hotel-Mekele..

Day 10: Mekele-Kombolcha (B-L-D)

In the morning, we start driving from Mekele to Kombolcha. On the way you will still see some camel caravans and we will also stop at different places for short visit.

Sunny side hotel in Kombolcha

Day 11: Kombolcha - Addis Ababa - Departure (B)

In the morning, drive to Addis Ababa, from Kombolcha, through Kemise, Ataye, Shewarobit and Debresina. At Kemise we will have the chance to see multi-tribal local market.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party (flight schedule permitting). There will not be a better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 
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Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left mark on the land, the people and their monuments. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind.

Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians/Africans as you visit the unmatched sites of the Historic Route of Ethiopia North & East – Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant the least is endless. Cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, the walled city of Harar, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chase pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon and so much more.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa which include the national museum, ethnographic museum and Merkato.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Axum

Fly to Axum, the rest of the day vist the ancient city of Axum.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Axum-Yeha

After breakfast, drive out of town to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha. In the afternoon, walk around to explore the ancient city of Axun and interact with the local people.

O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Axum-Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches.

O/N: Hotel

Day 05: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela

In the morning, mule ride, and walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches in the town.

O/N: lodge.

Day 06: Lalibela-Gondar

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. The rest of the day tour of the Imperial compound and Debrebirhan Selassie church.

O/N: hotel.

Day 07: Excursion to Simien Mountains-Gondar

Full day excursion to the amazing Simien Mountains National Park.

O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Gondar-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera and Gojam to arrive at Bahirdar around lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will have a boat cruise over Lake Tana.

O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Blue Nile Falls- Bahirdar

After breakfast, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. The rest of the day at leisure.

O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Bahirdar-Addis Ababa

In the morning, walk around the city. Afternno, fly back to Addis Ababa.

O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Addis Ababa-Diredawa-Harar

In the morning fly to Diredawa and continue driving to Harar. The rest of the day visit the ancient city.

Day 12: Harar

In the morning visit the colorful open air African markets, and walk around the ancient city. After lunch, visit the Hadere Villages.

O/N: hotel.

Day 13: Harar-Addis Ababa

After breakfast drive to Diredawa for the flight to Addis Ababa. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with live traditional music show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back . End of tour!

 

This tours takes you to one of the most magnificent cultures and landscapes on Ethiopia's Historic Route.  In this fascinating part of Africa, the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. 

Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people. This is truly a trip of a life time!

Itinerary:

Day 01:Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02:Addis Ababa-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03:Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar

In the morning, visit the ancient island monasteries of Lake Tana. In the afternoon, visit the Blue Nile Falls.

O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Bahir Dar-Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery. In the afternoon visit the castle compound from the 17th century and Debre Birhan Selassie church.

Day 05: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek around the park

O/N: lodge.

Day 06: Sankaber-Chenek-Simien Mountains

Today, you will make relaxing trek in the most dramatic sceneries of the park including Ginbar River Falls and Wolkafit mountain chain.

O/N: lodge.

Day 07:Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.

O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Axum-Yeha

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

O/N: hotel.

Day 09: Axum-Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

O/N: hotel.

Day 11: Lalibela-Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: Merkato, Entoto and Piassa. In the evening, there will be traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

Welcome to the beauty of Ethiopia’s Historic Route! The magnificent cultures and landscapes are indicative of an extraordinary past. It has left mark on the land, the people and their monuments. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago in what used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind.

These tour provides a practical image of the 3000 yeas historical mysteries and living historical facts and monuments of Ethiopia, including the steles of Axum, the temple of Yeha, Palace of Queen of Sheba, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana source of the Blue Nile, the Great Blue Nile Falls, Simien Mountains, last but not least the charming and friendly people of Ethiopia. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind and it truly is a trip of a life time!

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and transfer to hotel. If you arrive in the morning an optional city tour of Addis Ababa can be arranged.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Axum

In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. The rest of the day, tour of the ancient city of Axum.

Your today’s visit in Axum include: the Stele field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th centaury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Axum-Yeha-Debre Damo

After breakfast, you will have an excursion to to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Axum-Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer to Axum Airport for the flight to Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

Day 05: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

O/N: hotel.

Day 06: Lalibela-Gondar

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Gondar. In the afternoon, you will start your tour of Gondar.

Your tour include: The Royal Enclosure, the pool of King Fasilidas, and the famous Deberberhan Sillassie church.

O/N: Hotel

Day 07: Excursion to Simien Mountains/Gondar

Full day excursion to the Simien Mountains National Park.

O/N: hotel.

Day 08: Gondar-Bahirdar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar and an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries.

Day 09: Blue Nile Falls- Bahirdar

After breakfast, drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, walk around the town and visit the colorful local market.

O/N: hotel.

Day 10: Bahirdar-Addis Ababa-Departure

In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Addis. Optional city tour depending on your departure time.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party. There will not be better way of ending a trip. (flight schedule permitting) At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back . End of tour!

 

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For more than 14 years we have developed the reputation and won the trust of many international film production and  television companies around  the world. We have the highest standard and adequate logistics necessary for television filming in Ethiopia, documentary, Photography expeditions, photo safari and ariel photography throughout Ethiopia.

We have proved to be very reputable working with the following international companies: BBC Television, Art Line Films, National Geographic, World Race Productions INC (for the Amazing Race in Ethiopia) and so much more.
We look after the finest details of logistics, transportation, accommodation, location scouting, and co-ordination, so that your crew can concentrate on their skills.

What is there to film in Ethiopia?
Film production in  Ethiopia is like no other. Ethiopia provides an exciting and rare chance for film makers/photographers to document undiluted exotic ethnic traditions by centuries, colorful festivals, ancient African civilizations, amazing nature & exciting wildlife different from the usual African wildlife safari. Because of all these unique mixes of attractions & uncommon photography opportunities, traveling to Ethiopia is like traveling to multiple countries on one trip.

- Photograph the amazing rock-hewn churches of St. Labella  from 1200 AD, which are referred by many as the living wonders of the world. Document some of the most colorful religious festivals on the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia.

- In remote villages of the Omo Valley, you are privileged to meet and photograph exotic and diverse tribal culture. Visit & document colorful  tribal markets, attend rituals & ceremonies.
   

- Follow with your camera, the most endangered and the last surviving wolf of Africa and its beautiful puppies in the Bale Mountains.

- Document the last grazing primates on spectacular roof of Africa, Simien Mountains.

-Go on a photography expedition & adventure  to the bubbling lava lakes of Ertale and show your camera the surreal landscapes of Denakil Depression and much more.

Whatever filming you want to do in Ethiopia, Djibouti  & Kenya: Be it  feature films, television series, documentary, web-series, advertising films, adventure sports, fashion-shots  or so; you name it, we will arrange all logistics for you seamlessly.  When it comes to location scouting an and making research before the filming, we have an unequalled knowledge of the best spots, and the best time to be there as well.

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Country topographic profile

With an area of 1, 112, 000 square kilometers, Ethiopia is as large as France and Spain combined.

From the north and running down the center are the Abyssinian highlands, to the west of the chain the land drops to the grasslands of Sudan, to the east the deserts of the Afar and the Red Sea. South of Addis Ababa, the land is dominated by the Rift Valley Lakes. The main rivers are the Blue Nile, the Tekezze (which joins the Nile in Sudan) the Awash, the Wabe Shebelle, the Omo, and Baro and Birbir.

Population

The population is estimated at 100 million, over 50 per cent of whom are under 20 years old. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometer is 99.

Language

Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of languages spoken in the country, of which there are eightythree, with some 200 dialects. The main three languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English is also widely spoken. Amharic is the most prominent of the local languages. The name originates from the Amhara people, who live in the highlands of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian languages belong to one of four main language groups: Semitic (Such as Amharic and Tigrigna), Cushitic (such as Afar Oromo), Omotic and Nilo-Saharan. A useful phrase book will provide phonetic guides to aid pronunciation.

Government

The former military regime was overthrown in 1991. Ethiopia is now a Federal Republic made up of 14 regions, mainly based on ethnicity. (In southern Ethiopia, 5 regions have combined to form the Southern Region.) The present government was elected in 1995 for a 5-year term.

Economy

About 90 per cent of the population earn their living from the land, mainly as subsistence farmers. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and the principal exports from this sector are coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and foodstuffs for animals. There is also a thriving livestock sector, exporting cattle on the hoof and hides and skins.

Ethiopia's resources.

Ethiopia is the "water tower" of the region (the Blue Nile contributes to 85% of the main Nile flow) and plans are now in progress to better exploit the country’s water resources both to boost agricultural production and for power generation.

Mineral exploration and mining has stepped up in recent years-there are reserves of natural gas, coal, Gold, copper, tantalum, potash, zinc, iron ore, marble, precious and semi-precious stones.

The export of livestock, skins and hides (Ethiopia has the largest domestic livestock population in Africa) oilseeds, pulses and animal feed makes up the rest of Ethiopia’s foreign currency earnings, with tourism set to make an increasingly important contribution.

When to come to Ethiopia

This depends on where you are going. In most of the country, the main rainy season runs from June to the end of September, with short rains in March.

In the Omo and Mago parks however, in Southern Ethiopia, the seasons are different with the main rains from March to June, and shorter rains in November.

With the upgrading of the airports along the historic route (Axum, Lalibela, Gondar and Bahir Dar), it is now possible to visit the northern route even in the rainy season. For travellers who do not mind waiting out a downpour (usually followed by brilliant sunshine) there are certain rewards-a green countryside full of crops and flowers and the sites largely to your selves.

Time

Ethiopia is in the GMT+3 hours time zone. Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which consists of twelve months of 30 days each and a thirteenth month of five or six days.

Visa and Immigration Requirements

Visa applications may be obtained at Ethiopia's diplomatic missions overseas. However, nationals of 33 countries are now allowed to receive their tourist visas on arrival in Ethiopia at the regular charge. The list includes Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

Climate and Clothing

5 Day Forecast in Celsius for Addis Ababa

  • Because of elevation, temperature rarely exceed 25 degree C. (77 Fahrenheit) in most of the country, although in some of the lower lying areas (Awash, Omo and Mago parks) it can get considerably hotter.
  • Pack light clothes for the daytime and jacket or sweater for the evenings, and a good pair of walking shoes even if you are not going trekking-path ways around historic sites is usually uneven and stony.
  • Trekkers in the Simian and Bale Mountains will need warm clothes, waterproofs and 3-4 seasons’ sleeping bags.
  • A cultural note: Ethiopians are generally modest dressers and visitors should be sensitive about going underdressed into places of worship. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques-for getting around sites like Lalibela with its many churches airline socks are very useful.

Health and Medical

  • All visitors should be in possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if coming from an infcted area. Immunization for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid and Polio is recommended. Malaria: in many sites malaria is not a problem because of the elevation - this is true of Axum, Gondar and Lalibela for example, but it can occur in Bahir Dar at the end of the rainy season and after unseasonable rains. Chloroquine resistant strains have been identified in some areas so you should consult your doctor about the prescription.
  • Alternatively, you can keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay with repellent creams and sprays. (Climatic changes and phenomena such as el-Nino has meant the appearance of Malaria at unseasonable times, and its spread to areas previously malaria free)
  • Visitors should take a simple first aid pack, which would include: different size plasters, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream and/or tablets for insect bites, sun barrier cream (while temperatures are moderate the sun is strong) and anti-diarrhoea tablets such as Imodium for emergencies (they will not cure the problem but will control the symptoms). Generally, visitors should take out standard holiday health insurance in their home countries.

Food and Drinks

With people from so many different ethnic groups, the food and drinks of Ethiopia are varied. A typical dish is Wot, a hot spicy stew of meat or vegetables, seasoned with a blend of Berbere. It is often made with Doro (Chicken), and normally served with injera, the traditional spongy pancake made from a fermented teff flour batter. In most good restaurants, or in the local coffee house, you will find delicious dishes that reflect the customs and the ingredients of the region. In Addis Ababa, as in most of the larger cities, visitors will also find a wide range of restaurants that reflect the influences of other cuisines. All large hotels have international restaurants, but elsewhere in the city you can sample Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French, Greek and other cuisines. Ethiopia produces its own wines. Dukam and Gouder are fine reds, Axumite is sweeter and Crystals is a dry white wine. Since a few years the french company Castel is producing escellent wines in the Ziway region. Ethiopia´s famous honey wine, or Tej, is found all over the country as is Tela, a local beer and Katikala, a distilled liquor. Excellent beers are brewed in the country (Heineken, St. George, Dashen, Habesha and many more)

Accommodation

  • Addis Ababa has hotels that cater for all pockets, from the luxurious Sheraton, Hilton and Intercontinental Hotel plus a growing number of 4 star and tourist standard hotels.
  • Standards for lodges and hotels vary outside the capital and there are very good standard lodges and hotels in all routes. There are also a number of ecologies built recently even in the Omo and Mago areas where camping was unavoidable.

Transport

Roads: Traveling by road allows visitors to experience Ethiopia’s wonderful scenery. The road sector has developed. The total road network has grown by some 20,262 km to 46,812, of which 54% is now in a good and serviceable condition. Railway: There is a plan to construct a new rail-road that connects Ethiopia to the Red Sea Port of Djibouti.

Air: Ethiopian Airlines has an extensive domestic network flying to 43 airfields and an additional 21 landing strips. There are also many international airlines fly to and from Addis Ababa for the international flight services.

Money Matters

Currency Converter for all Currencies

The local currency is the Ethiopian Birr, made up of 100 cents. Visitors may import and unlimited amount of foreign currency, providing declaration of such currency (on the appropriate blue-coloured form) is made to customs on arrival. Foreign currency may only be changed at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form must be attained as this will be required by customs on departure. Visitors, however, will be able to change back any excess Ethiopian Birr to foreign currency at the airport before departure. If you do have Ethiopian Birr to cash at the airport, you must, in addition to the currency declaration form, bring with you all the receipts for exchange transaction. Credit Cards are accepted in bigger hotels. On a tour in the countryside cash is the best option. There are ATMs in every tourist destination(Visa and Mastercard)

Miscellaneous Customs.

Duty-free imports are permitted for up to:

  1. 400 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco
  2. 2 litre of alcoholic beverages
  3. 600 ml of perfumes.

Visitors may export souvenirs with a value not exceeding Birr 500, although some articles (such as animal skin and antiques) require an export permit.

Electricity: 220 volts

Souvenirs:

Many antiques cannot be exported and may be confiscated if found in airport searches. The National Museum in Addis Ababa can issue a clearance certificate.

Photography:

As a matter of courtesy, permission should be sought before photographing individuals and in many parts of the country, particularly among the Afar and among the ethnic groups living by the Omo River, people will demand a fee.

In some sites (Blue Nile falls for example) there is a charge for video photography.

 

A) Rates:

Tour prices are available on request.

B) Accommodation:

According to the preference of clients, we book rooms in hotels ranging from the luxurious, to fine first and tourist class hotels in major tourist areas, to simple rustic inns in remote areas, most with private baths.

C) Transportation:

We have a fleet of 4WD drive for tours to the countryside, coaster buses, minibuses and deluxe big buses for sightseeing tours in and around Addis Ababa.

D) Guides:

English, French, Italian and German speaking guides are available. Other than these we will provide upon request.

E) Liabilities:

  1. Grand Holidays Ethiopia acts only as agent’s of passengers in all matters relating to accommodation and transportation. However, Grand Holidays Ethiopia shall not be liable for injury, flight schedule changes, delay, loss or damage arising from any cause and in any manner whatsoever.
  2. The laws of Ethiopia govern Grand Holidays Ethiopias’ liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles, and all claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the court of Ethiopia in which the cause of action arises. Grand Holidays Ethiopias’ all vehicles are comprehensively insured.
  3. Grand Holidays Ethiopias’ reserves the right to employ subcontractors when ever necessary to carry out all or any part of the services agreed to be supplied and in any event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause (ii.) related to Grand Holidays Ethiopia s’ liability shall apply.

F) Payment:

Payment can be made through bank transfer, in cash or with credit card. Other methods of payment can be discussed in advance.

G) Cancellation:

Grand Holidays Ethiopia Tours will charge a percentage of the tour cost for a cancellation

a) up to 30 days before arrival 25 % of the tour prize 
b) from 29 to 14 days before arrival 50 % of the tour prize
c) from 13 to to the day of arrival 100% of the tour prize

H) Changes in Service Performances

In the case of considerable modifications to travel services agreed upon in the travel contract that become necessary after conclusion of contract and are not brought about by Grand Holidays Ethiopia contrary to the principles of good faith and trust are only permissible if the modifications are not substantial and do not impair the overall travel arrangement.

Possible warranty claims remain unaffected as far as the modified travel services are impaired by deficiencies.

Grand Holidays Ethiopia is obligated to inform the customer of substantial modifications to travel services immediately after learning about the reasons of the modification.

In the case of a considerable modification to a significant travel service the customer is entitled to withdraw from the contract free of charge or to demand participation in another trip of equivalent value, provided that Grand Holidays Ethiopia is capable of offering the customer such a trip without extra charges. The customer must assert these rights without delay after being informed by Grand Holidays Ethiopia of the modification to the travel service or the cancellation of the journey.

I) Force Majeure

In the event that the journey is hindered, endangered or impacted due to force majeure that was not foreseeable at the time of conclusion of contract, both Grand Holidays Ethiopia and the customer are entitled to terminate the contract.

J) Passport, Visa and Health Regulations

The customer is responsible for attaining and carrying the required travel documents and any necessary vaccinations as well as for adhering to customs and currency exchange regulations.
Any disadvantages due to non-observance of these regulations e.g. payment of withdrawal costs are at his expense.

K) Choice of Law and Place of Jurisdiction

The legal and contractual relationship between the customer and Grand Holidays Ethiopia is entirely subject to Ethiopian law.

L) Insurance

We highly recommend to buy a travel insurance policy when booking the trip!

An inexhaustible sources of wonder for travelers- a sprawling country of ancient African civilization, colorful festivals, breath taking landscapes, diverse tribal culture and amazingly friendly people.

Dating back to the very beginnings of mankind, Ethiopia is old…old, beyond imagination. It is also the land of Queen of Sheba, a place of legendary rulers, fabulous kingdoms in ancient histories. Mother Nature was in a playful mood when she created Ethiopia, the result is a land that varies greatly from one region to the next. With more than 80 languages and some 200 dialects, each ethnic group, preserves its own unique customs and traditions.

There are many reasons to visit this fascinating country, Ethiopia and the following are only some of the reasons.


Ethiopia, “the origin of mankind”

Ethiopia is the earliest known home of humankind. What are believed to be the oldest remains of a human ancestor ever found, which have been dated as being some five million years old, were discovered in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia. This recent discover beats the discovery of "Lucy", a 3.4 million, a skeleton of an older human ancestor Australopithecus Afarensis which was discovered in 1974 in the Afar region. In this discovery, anthropologists have established that the skeleton covering 40% of the human body had belonged to a twenty-years-old female that lived 3.5 million years ago. Registered by the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage, the site of the discovery is called Hadar - situated 160 kilometers northeast of Addis Ababa. The skeleton is now found in the National Museum in Addis Ababa.
Undiluted and living ancient African culture and civilization

Ethiopia has the most extensive historic sites in Sub - Saharan Africa. The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, often referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” The oldest hominid remains (Australopithecus Ramidus, a new species, 4.4 million years old) were found here.
A land of diverse tribal culture and friendly people

With more than 80 ethnic groups and some 200 dialects, each ethnic group, preserves its own unique customs and traditions. In the remote mountains and in the Great Ethiopian Rift valley, you will find unique tribes living in a life style they were living thousands of years ago.  You will also find all the major religions of the world in Ethiopia. But for all the exotic variety, the people of Ethiopia are as one and for their friendliness and hospitality.


Unique Calendar

  • In 1582 when the rest of the Christian world adopted the Gregorian calendar, Ethiopia stayed with the Julian calendar.
  • With the passage of time, seven and a half years have somehow dissolved in the intervening centuries.

Unique languages and writing
Ethiopia is the only African country with its own Alphabet Letters and numbers that traces its origin back to a very ancient time. It has an alphabet which consists of 33 letters each with 7 characters.

Religions
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is the oldest Christian church in Africa and officially the third oldest in the world. Christianity became the state religion in the Axumite
Empire in 330 AD., even before Rome.

Muslim refugees were given asylum in Ethiopia, established communities and were free to worship before Islam triumphed
in its birthplace Arabia.

3000 years of Independence
Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa with 3000 years of independence.

Origin of Coffee
The story of coffee has its beginnings in Ethiopia, the original home of the coffee plant, coffee Arabica, which still grows wild in the forest of the Ethiopian Western Highlands including Kaffa. Those who can’t face their day without a cup of coffee may be surprised to know that in its birthplace in Ethiopia’s Kaffa region-from which it gets its name- the berries were originally only eaten, never roasted and ground for a drink. Only since the 13th century, coffee has been made a hot drink. Holding a coffee ceremony is a traditional Ethiopian way of welcoming a guest and giving the guest the best hospitality. It is probably one of the most celebrated Ethiopian traditions, and a lifestyle - in which most Ethiopians can identify themselves with.

Top to bottom
In elevation, it ranges from 120 meters below sea level in harsh salt flats of the Danakil depression, to the 4624-meter peak of Ras Dashen in the Simien Mountains.

Ethiopia, well known to the ancient writers
Ethiopia was well known to the ancient writers. It is mentioned in the Bible more than 38 times by both Old Testament and New Testament writers. So, in accordance with the Biblical traditions of the ancient Israel, Ethiopia is described as the land of "CUSH" which was located by the "RIVER NILE" (Gen. 2: 13). The Septuagint (The Greek Translation) also describes it after the name of "ETHIOPIA" which has the same location.
Apart from the Biblical traditions, many historians knew Ethiopia and described its geographical location, referring towards the south of Egypt, which was populated by both Hamitic and Semitic stocks of people. According to the ancient Egyptian tradition, it was known as the "LAND OF PUNT" located at the end of the World, and they said "Land of Ghost."

Homer (Greek poet of the 8th century B.C.) knew of this historical land and its people, when he said "ETHIOPIA, THE LAND OF SUN BURNED FACE." He described inhabitants again, as "THE BLAMELESS RACE."

Herodotus (Greek historian, 485-25 B.C.) praised the nation of Ethiopia as " THE MOST JUST MEN".
The legal Source of Ethiopia starts the introduction of Judaism to Ethiopia is recorded in the KEBRE NEGEST (The Glory of the Kings). This book reflects heavily its focal point upon two historical events:

A. The birth of Menelik, Son of Solomon, King of Israel and the Queen Sheba of Ethiopia. (970-33 B.C.)
B. The Ark of the Covenant which was brought to Axum from Jerusalem by the Levites. (946-B.C.?)
Apart from the Kebre Negest, there are vast reliable written sources which describe that Ethiopia had good relationship with the Nation of Israel. According to Biblical Sources, the relationship began in the time of Moses, which continues perpetually throughout the time of the New Testament era. (Numbers 12:1; I Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chron. 9:1-12; Mt. 12:42; Acts 8:27-39).

These sources start that next to the nation of Israel only Ethiopia knew, and confessed the Almighty God (The God of Abraham) and worshiped Him regularly. For example, the psalmist said: ETHIOPIA SHALL SOON STRETCH OUT HER HANDS UNTO GOD'S. (Ps. 67:31 68).
This witness affirms the earnest prayer of Ethiopia, which was based on her impeccable faith in the Almighty God. Even among the people of Israel, the Ethiopians seem to be more dear to the Almighty God than they. For example, Amos, the Prophet, bears witness of this truth, when he says: "ARE YOU NOT LIKE THE ETHIOPIANS TO ME, O PEOPLE OF ISRAEL?" (AM. 9:7).


Ethiopia, then called Abyssinia, has beckoned explorers, writers and adventure seekers for thousands of years. It's as exotic and exciting as it sounds, after all this is the land where all begun. Now, it's your turn to experience this truly magical land!

Program: Cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia (Axum and Lalibela)

Tour ID: GHET-035

Duration: 5 Days

Transport: Air

Activities: Ancient history, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, and so much more

This is a journey to Ethiopia’s past and present. This cultural tour takes you to the two ancient cities of Ethiopia on Ethiopia’s Historic North. Both are listed under UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites.

Axum is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization, and by the first century Axum was a major trading center for exotic goods from Egypt, Rome, Nubia, Greece, Syria, and India. The Holy Ark of the Covenant was brought here before the destruction of the Temple, and Axum is reputed to be the second Jerusalem.

The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela are world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world” These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God.

If you just have only a couple of days and would like to combine ancient African Civilization with the unique cultural experience, this tour is for you!

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Axum

Fly to Axum and full day explore the ancient city of Axum. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Axum-Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

O/N: hotel.

Day 05: Lalibela-Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: Merkato, Entoto and Piassa. In the evening, there will be traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

O/N: hotel.

 

This cultural tour takes you to one of the world's most incredible man-made creations, commonly referred by many as the “living wonders of the world” These remarkable edifices were carved out of solid rock, in a region where the rugged landscape still protects the churches from mass tourism. The 11 man-made churches are found in the town of Lalibela and they are a lasting monument to man's faith in God.

If you just have only a couple of days and you have to chosoe one, this UNESCO's World Heritage Site is truly a must see.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa.

O/N: hotel.

Day 02: Addis Ababa-Lalibela

In the morning, fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from the 1200 AD.

O/N: hotel.

Day 03: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning excursion to Yimrehane Christos. In the afternoon, visit the second group of rock-hewn churches.

O/N: hotel.

Day 04: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure

In the morning, fly to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: Merkato, Entoto and Piassa. In the evening, there will be traditional dinner and live cultural dance show. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

 

 

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This cultural tour focuses on the ancient history & culture as well as the people and nature on the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia. Among other things, on this tour, you will visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites as we follow the footsteps of the legendary Queen of Sheba.

As you travel by road on the Classic Historic Route of Ethiopia, you will be able to explore more of the countries less visited beautiful nature, culture and history as all these unfolds in front of you each and every mile you drive. As you start driving from Addis Ababa, you will be passing through many villages and small towns. On this route, you will stop at Jemma River Gorge and you will be driving through the magnificent Blue Nile River Gorge, Ethiopia’s own Grand Canyon.

Trip highlights:

  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Explore the ancient city of Axum the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. 
  • Visit the ruins of the Queen of Sheba 
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gonder 
  • Visit the breathtaking Simien Mountains National Park, “the Roof of Africa” 
  • Discover the ancient Island monasteries of Lake Tana 
  • Visit the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile & Blue Nile falls 
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital 
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum
  • Visit different less visited sites and meet with the local people 
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony


Accommodation:

Depending on the category you booked on this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 or 3 star hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in good hotels or in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Planned Hotels:

In case of these hotels are not available we will provide accomodation of similar quality and standard!

Comfort:

  • Addis Abeba: Jupiter Bole
  • Bair Dar: Avanti Blue Nile
  • Gondar: Goha
  • Axum: Sabaen
  • Lalibela: Tukul Village

Budget:

  • Addis Ababa: Venetian or Heyday
  • Bahir Dar: Rahnile
  • Gondar: AG-Hotel
  • Axum: Consular
  • Lalibela: Harbe

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Axum to Lalibela and then to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for to Jupiter Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. The rest of the day, you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum, one of the churches in Addis Ababa, Piassa, Merkato and you will enjoy the view from Mount Entoto. If you arrive later, the city tour will we on the last day.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stop over at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.The Blue Nile Gorge is a majestic and enormous river gorge which has a magnificent, alluring physical feature and natural beauty. It is referred by many as “the Grand Canyon of Ethiopia” It’s one of the most captivating gorges in Africa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition.After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4: Bahir Dar-Gondar- UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery of Fogera to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635. This UNESCO World Heritage is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and architecture of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art. This afternoon, you will visit the ancient city.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5: Gondar-Simien Mountains National Park- UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. Driving from Gondar up to Simien Mountains National Park, nothing prepares you for the spectacular scenery that awaits at the top of the massif. The rest of the day we will have a little trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park among troops of endemic Gelada Baboons

Accommodation: Simien Lodge-Buyit Ras. (Meals: B/L/D)

Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum- UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge. While driving from Simien Mountains to Axum, you will have a brief stop at different parts of the park for the best view. You will have picnic lunch under the shade of the tree past the Tekeze River Gorge whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance. 

Past the Tekeze River Gorge whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance, you will have picnic lunch under the shade of a tree and continue driving to Axum.
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Axum-Yeha (B-)D)

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization and last resting place of the Holy Ark of the Covenant.This morning we will visit the ancient city and explore the ancient Steles, the ruins of the palace of Queen of Sheba and its major attractions. In the afternoon, an excursion to the pre-Christian temple of Yeha.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8: Axum-Lalibela -UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (B-D)

After having an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Axum Airport for your flight to Lalibela. After check in to hotel, we will drive to the site where we will find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.

Today, we will visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. In the evening, there will be Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9: Asheten Mariam-Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning, take a mule ride, and /or walk to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level.After having lunch and rest at the hotel, you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 10: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. (City tour if not on first day)
Flight schedule permitting there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner party, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner

 

 

Rates are per person in USD

Confirmed - This tour is guaranteed to operate
Available - This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!
Rate per person: Budget 1.772,-, Comfort 1.990,-
Single suppl.: Budget 236,-, Comfort 392,-

Group size: 2-12

Extra night in Addis
Double: Budget 70,-, Comfort 110,-
single: Budget 50,- Comfort 90,-

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Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • transport in mini- or coaster bus with AC
  • all necessary transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • boattrip on Lake Tana
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
  • taxes

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • domestic flights


Tour Durations

The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.

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Isolated for millennia from the rest of the world, the beautiful Omo Valley is home to an exciting mix of many small and distinctive tribal groups. Amongst others, we find the Karo, the Mursi and the Hamer-all of whom have retained their own unique customs and traditions. Lifestyles are as varied as the tribes themselves. Lacking any material, culture and artifacts common to other cultures, these tribes find unique ways in which to express their artistic impulses. Both the Surma and the Karo, for example, are experts at body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other's faces, chests, arms, and legs. These designs are created purely for fun and aesthetic effect, each artist vying to outdo his fellows.

In this captivating region, you are privileged to witness age-old customs and rituals, learning of the symbolisms that remain an integral part of everyday life, it’s absolutely a unique wilderness.

 

You can book this tour on any date as an individual journey! 

 

Trip highlights:

Accommodation:

Depending on the category you booked on this trip you will be staying in either in a 4 or 3 star hotel Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the in good hotels or in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team regularly.

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Axum to Lalibela and then to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Day 1:  Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole (ADD), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Jupiter Hotel (4 Star).

Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft.) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato".

A half day city tour is included in the rate. You visit the National Museum (Lucy), one of the churches in Addis, the Merkato and enjoy the view from the Entoto Mountain.

 

Overnight: Hotel Jupiter Bole

 

Day 2: Addis Ababa-Arbaminch-Tia Stele (UNESCO World Heritage Site) (B-D)

 

In the morning, start driving south of Addis Ababa through though Butajira en While driving further south you will stop at Tiya, where you will see the southern-most example of a peculiar type of engraved, standing stele which stretch across parts of southern Ethiopia. These steles are believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries and are almost certainly grave markers. Recent excavations at Tiya have revealed the remains of young people of both sexes, aged between 18 - 30 and buried in fetal positions.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stele field at Tiya today comprises more than 45 stones of up to 2m.

After lunch, we will continue driving to Arbaminch on the way visiting the different small villages Welyita at Sodo and Alaba at Tembaro.

 

Overnight: Paradise Lodge

 

Day 3: Arbaminch-Jinka (B-Picnic Lunch-D)

 

After an early breakfast, we will drive to Jinka en-route visiting different cultural people and their villages which include the Konso, Tsemai, and Ari.

The Konso are famous for their old and unique terracing and unusual engraved wooden statues of Konso grave markers.  Between Konso and Jinka, will also have brief stops to visit the different cultural people and their villages like: Tsemay around Weito River, the Benna at Keyafer and the Ari at Kako Village.

 

Overnight: Omo Eco-Jinka. (Meal: B/L/D)

                                               

Day 4: Jinka-Mago-Mursi-Jinka (B-Picnic Lunch-D)

 

After having an early breakfast, we will drive from Jinka