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North to East Safari Culture Tour of Ethiopia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: September - July
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3000 US Dollar (USD)

Ethiopia is a land of contrasts and varying climates. It can be incredibly green and also bare desert. You can choose your own landscape.
Our wildlife is erratic and needs restocking. Nevertheless our landscapes and our people are second to none. We have some fantastic endemic species of birds and mammals.

Day 1: You arrive in Addis Ababa. Take a city tour to find your feet. In the evening we have dinner at the Fin-Fine Restaurant. Here we brief you about the trip ahead.

Day 2: Drive from Addis Ababa to Debre markos via the Blue Nile Gorge. Stop to view the ancient Portuguese Bridge. We have a picnic lunch on the way. We stay overnight in Debre Markos for transit onwards to Bahar Dar

Day 3: Visit the Blue Nile Falls in and take a boat tour of the island monasteries. In the evening we have local food and enjoy the bars of Addis Ababa. We look at the shops, market and provincial nightlife. We stay at the central Dib Ambessa Hotel or better quality hotel if desired.

Day 4: In the morning drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder. Visit the castle sites and the Royal Baths in the afternoon. We stay overnight at the Fogera Hotel. We eat local food or we can eat international cuisine.

Day 5: Drive from Gonder to Axum via the Simien Mountain chain views at Lima-Limu. On the way to Axum we visit the Queen of Sheba Temple. We arrive evening in Axum. This is enough time to see the Obelisks. In the evening experience local Tigrayan dancing and try it for yourself. We stay overnight at the Axum Tourist Hotel.

Day 6: Visit the museum, historic sites and Church of Saint Mary Zion. Later in the morning drive from Axum to Lalibela. We stay overnight at Jerusalem Guest House.

Day 7: Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela with tourist guides. In the evening board games available. Overnight at Jerusalem Hotel.

Day 8: Drive from Lalibela to Desai sightseeing on route. We stay overnight in Desai at Ambasel Hotel.

Day 9: Drive from Desai to Addis Ababa via the Tarmaber Tunnel Pass. Stay overnight at Emad Guest Apartments in Addis Ababa or hotel of your choice.

Day 10: Rest and relax in Addis Ababa in the morning. At Midday we take a trip to the Menegesha Forest for a quick walk and breath of fresh air away from the pollution of the city. In the evening we have dinner at the Top View Restaurant followed by an African film. We take a nightcap at Ethiopia Hotel.

Day 11: Drive from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa transit via Awash Park. We arrive in the evening in Dire Dawa. We stay overnight at Kara Mara Hotel.

Day 12: Visit the Islamic city of Harar on foot with local guide. We stay overnight at the Ras Hotel in Harrar. After dusk see the Hyena Man feeding the hyenas. Visit the shops to see intricate baskets weaving and see some of the mosques.

Day 13: Return to Addis Ababa from Harrar. Evening barbecue.

Day 14: Addis Ababa site seeing and shopping in the Mercarto. Drink Honey Mead Beer and learn about the history of Addis Ababa from the Entoto Hills. Evening time we will eat dinner at Farsika Restaurant and enjoy Ethiopian dancing.

Day 15: Departure day. End of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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