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History and Tribal Cultures Tour of Ethiopia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 - 45 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 25 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: September - July
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4000 US Dollar (USD)

Ethiopia is indeed a country of great contrasts. This becomes apparent when observing its geological formations, its geographical composition, its flora, fauna, ancient civilizations and people.

The scenery is diversely beautiful. Simplified, the landscapes could be divided into highlands, lowlands, undulating plains, valleys and desert areas. In reality such a division is not so clear-cut. Mountain ranges plunge to valley floors. Rivers, lakes, waterfalls abound. Forests give way to savanna. Grasslands merge into deserts. You can almost choose your own scenery! The hilly rugged settings of northern Ethiopia contrast sharply with green tablelands at the centre and the lush wooded forests of Illubabor in the western part.

Itinerary:
Day 1: We drive straight to the Blue Nile Gorge stopping off to look at the ancient Portuguese Bridge and Ethio-German Park waterfalls. We drive though dramatic dropping and rising scenery as we travel through the highlands of Ethiopia. Stay overnight at Debre Markos for transit purposes at the best available hotel The Shebel.

Day 2: Drive to the Blue Nile Falls City of Bahir Dar for Lake Tana, its church monasteries on islands, also we see the Blue Nile Water Falls. We stay in basic hotel accommodation or better hotel according to your wishes and cost of the holiday.

Day 3: We stay the whole day in Bahir Dar doing the (Blue Nile Falls can be left out because it has been spoiled by hydroelectric dam in our view), Lake Tana monasteries by boat. We will see of the ancient relics and manuscripts brought out by locals priests and nuns. We finally enjoy the evening at the Tana Hotel overlooking Lake Tana for sunset drinks and dinner.

Day 4: We drive to Gonar from Bahir Dar. Transit day.

Day 5: We stay in historic capital of Ethiopia until the 19th century Gondar: We view the ancient castle city of Ethiopia to see the castles ruins and royal baths of Emperor Fasiladas from the 17 century. We view the Angels Church of Debre Brehan Selassie.

Day 6: We fly from Gondar to Lalibela on an Ethiopian Airlines internal flight.

Day 7: We spend the whole day visiting Lalibela's ancient 11th century rock hewn churches with local Lalibela Guides.

Day 8: We drive from Lalibela to the old Italianate Town of Kombulcha in transit. It is not a touristy town, but it has a pleasant provincial feel to it and it gives you some idea of Italy's brief occupation of Ethiopia.

Day 9: We drive from Kombulcha to Addis Ababa for overnight in the captial, ready for our journey south the next day. The scenery is quite picturesque returning this way with vally drops and a dramatic rise up and down as we return to the Ethiopian Highlands.

Day 10: We drive to the south of Ethiopia for the city of Arba Minch. It is a long day's drive. So be prepared for this long trip.

Day 11: We drive from Arba Minch to Jinka via to see the different tribes of Ethiopia. We can see the Banna, Mursi, Tsemay or Karo Peoples and also visit Konso with its special agricultural scenery. The Konso people have a king who usually shows you around. When we visit the Mursi we go through the Mago Park with savannah lands.

Day 12: Tribal visits. Jinka to Turmi.

Day 13: Turmi - Omo Rate. Turmi Drive return tranist drive.

Day 14: Turmi to Arba Minch for return to Addis Ababa ready.

Day 15: Addis Ababa for international departure.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Notes:
- This is an all inclusive tour and the price will become cheaper if you travel in a group.
- Prices due to inflation in Ethiopia may be out of date. Please check for updated tours and updated prices directly with supplier.