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Abyssinia - Ethiopia Empire Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 21 - 35 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: September - July
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7000 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.
The country is dotted with the remains of ancient civilizations. The historic sites of northern Ethiopia are especially worthy of note. Legends of the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant intrigue the visitor.
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: Addis Ababa arrive. Transfer to the Hilton Hotel for overnight stay. Briefing with Zawdu.

Day 2: Drive from Addis Ababa to Debre Markos for the Blue Nile Gorge, stopping off to view the Portuguese Bridge, Ethiopian-German Park and the Waterfalls. Also if desired, there is a visit to the monastery of Debre Libanos. See panoramic views of the Blue Nile Gorge. Wildlife consists of gelada baboons and some birds of prey. Stay overnight in Debre Markos at the Shebele Hotel or best available hotel.

Day 3: Drive from Debre Markos to Bahir Dar. View Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls. Stay for overnight at the Tana Hotel or best available hotel.

Day 4: Drive from Bahir Dar to the castle city of Gondar. This was once the capital of Imperial Ethiopia. Look at the Castle Compound and visit the baths of King Fasil. Stay for overnight at the Goha Hotel or best available hotel or guest house.

Day 5: Drive from Gondar to the Simien Mountains. Overnight at the Simien Lodge.

Day 6: Simien Mountains Trekking. You will be either camping or you can do day trips from the Simien Lodge.

Day 7: Simien Mountains Trekking.

Day 8: Drive from Chenek to Axum. Visit the Axumite obelisks and see the Church of Saint Mary of Zion, where supposedly the Ark of the Covenant rests. Overnight at the Yeha Hotel.

Day 9: Drive from Axum to Mekele. On the way visit some of the monasteries. Visit the Museum and Castle residence of Emperor Yohannes IV. See the globe monument to the civil war.

Day 10: Drive from Mekele to Lalibela. Overnight stay at the Lalibela Roha Hotel.

Day 11: Full day of visiting the churches and the town of Lalibela.

Day 12: Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa for transfer to the Hilton Hotel.

Day 13: Early start for drive from Addis Ababa to the Rift Valley Lakes region via Butajira to visit the Tiya Stones. Pass via Zway Town en route for Awasa City. Visit the fish Market and see views across the city ready for sunset. Overnight at the South Spring Hotel.

Day 14: Drive from Awasa to Arba Minch for Lakes Chamo and Abya. Stop to see the Dorze Weavers and their villages. Boat trip to see the giant crocodiles, hippotami. This is better than Swaynes Hotel at the present time. Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

Day 15: Drive to Arba Minch to Konso in the morning. See the Konso villages and check for any bird life available. Overnight at the Green Hotel.

Day 16: Drive from Konso to Jinka. Visit the Chief of Konso’s residence. Overnight at the Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 17: Drive from Jinka to Mursi and visit the Mago National Park. Overnight in Jinka at the Jinka Resort Hotel.

Day 18: Drive from Jinka to Turmi to see the Ari and Beni tribes. Overnight: camping.

Day 19: Drive from Omo Rate across the Omo River. We go by boat. We will visit the Dasenich Tribe. For overnight we camp again in Turmi.

Day 20: We go from Turmi to Murli – Karo. Visit the Koricho Village.

Day 21: Turmi to Yabelo to visit the Borena People. Overnight at the Yabelo Motel.

Day 22: We drive from Yabelo to the mountainous forest of Wendo Gunet with their hot water springs, on the way looking at the ancient Neolithic style stones of Tutu Tela and, or Tutu tuti. Overnight at the Wendo Gunet Hotel.

Day 23: Drive from Wendo Gunet to Bale, staying for overnight at the Wabbe Shebele Bale Goba.

Day 24: Bale trekking begins. You might be lucky to see the Red Simien Jackal or wolf. We can go for the Sanetti Plateau.

Day 25: Bale trekking.

Day 26: Bale to Langano to Sabana Lodge or Bishangari Eco Resort.

Day 27: Langano Resort. See Ostrich Park and visit lakes Abyata and Shala to see flamingos.

Day 28: Langano to Addis Ababa via Lake Zway. Overnight at Shearton Hotel.

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotel accommodation on the basis of double/ twin room sharing.
- Meal, full board everywhere except in Addis Ababa.
- All ground transportation with fuel and with all insurance and driver costs.
- Boat trips on Lakes Tana and Arba Minch and trekking activities included.
- Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers.
- All entrance fees and porterage.
- Professional driver guide and local guides.
- Cook while camping, scout in south of Ethiopia.
- All camping equipment and tents and all food while camping.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner in Addis.
- International Airfare.
- All alcoholic drinks.
- Tips.
- All what is not included in the list above.

- Payment will be in two stages both in cash and in telegraphic transfer of money in dollars or Ethiopian Birr equivalent.
- If visa card is used as payment then there will have to be a commission for charges incurred from Visa credit card services. Please check for latest updated prices.