Historical and Southern

Combination of Historic Route and Omo Valley by Air/Surface

Ethiopia has old, fascinating history, and is home to many diverse colorful cultures. In the northern part of this tour you will experience ancient monasteries, Castles, rock-hewn churches, Steles and Ethiopia’s magnificent natural beauty.
The second route is a cultural and tribal tour for visiting the people in the Southern Omo Valley. This adventure takes you on a cultural high, exploring some of the most remote areas of Ethiopia where some of the most colorful and beautiful tribes of the world live. The Mursi, with their decorative lip plates, the Hamer in their amazing hair decorations, the Ari, the Bena and several other tribes are covered on this trip.

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa Sightseeing

Up on arrival at Bole international airport and met by the company representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, you will have a city tour of Addis. It includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar then explorer Blue Nile falls and Lake Tana monasteries

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to Bahirdar. After check-in to hotel journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile fall commonly known as "Tis Isat" (water that smokes). After hiking the cataracts drive back to Bahirdar.
After lunch, boat excursion on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world's Old Testament is still practiced. Visit Ura-Kidanemihret monastery which are rich in icon painting. Overnight in bahrdar.

Day 3: Drive to Gondar then sightseeing

Morning, drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as" the Camelot of Africa", the iconic church of DebreBirehanselassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in Gondar.

Day 4: visit the magnificent Simien Mountains

After breakfast, drive to Simien Mountains National Park which is the most marvelous of all Abyssinian landscapes. Simien Mountain National Park constitutes many summits above 4000masl and culminates at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopian and it is the home of the endemics Gelada Baboon, Ethiopian wolf and Walya ibex. After visiting drive back to Gondar. Overnight in Gondar.

Day 5: Fly to Axum

After breakfast, transfer in to airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum. After check-in to hotel visit the archaeological and historical attractions in Axum; which include, The Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, The Tombs of King Kaleb and King GebreMeskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the Covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in Axum.

Day 6: -Fly to Lalibela then explore the rockhewen churches

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to the legendary and the framed of Ascetic Mountain town of Lalibela. After check-in to hotel, on this day explore the 12th c. Rock-Hewn Churches; Lalibela is famous for its rock hewn churches and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the World. There are many rock churches in Lalibela, some hidden in enormous caves. Overnight in Lalibela.

Day 7: Fly back to Addis Ababa

This day you will have leisure time. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Overnight Addis Ababa.

Day 8: Drive to Arbaminch via rift valley lakes and villages

Morning, drive to Arbaminch. En route, visit Tiya Stele site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and MelkaKunture archeological site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch Overnight in Arbaminch

Day 9: Visit to dorze village and Lake Chamo boat trip

Morning, drive to chencha village to visit the Dorze tribe who are well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. Then, drive back to Arbaminch and in the afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit hippos and crocodiles at crocodile market on the lake. Overnight in Arbaminch

Day 10: Drive to Jinka through konsoanskey Afer

After breakfast drives to Jinka via Woyto and on the way visit the Ari (who keep large number of livestock and produce large number of honey), Bena (mainly depend on agriculture though their diet is supplemented by hunting) and Tsemay tribes. If it is Thursday visit the colorful Key Afer market. Then keep driving to Jinka and Overnight in Jinka

Day 11: Visit to Mursi Tribal then drive to Turmi

Morning, drive to the Mursi village through Mago National Park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are the Nilo Saharan language speaker and famous for their women putting lip plate, made of clay and up to 15cm in diameter, on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). After visit drive back to Jinka and afternoon drives to Turmi. Overnight in Turmi

Day 12: Excursion to Murulle Karo People

After breakfast drive to karicho to visit the Karo tribe. They paint their bodies and faces with white chalk to prepare for a ceremony. The chalk is mixed with yellow rock, red iron ore and charcoal to make its color. Face masks are worn at times and they have clay hair buns with feathers in them.) Overnight in Turmi

Day13: Drive to Arba Minch via Arbore Tribe

In the morning, drive from Turmi to Arbaminch and on the way visit the Erbore tribe, they have ancestral and cultural links to the Konso people and perform many ritual dances while singing The women of the tribe cover their heads with a black cloth and are known to wear very colorful necklaces and earrings. Young children will wear a shell type hat that protects their heads from the sun. Then Keep drive to Konso. After check in to Hotel, visit Konso tribe and their Landscapes. The Konso people are the hard working people and well known for their specially land management, one of Africa's most fascinating cultures. The Konso landscape is one of the world heritage sites in Ethiopia registered by UNESCO. Overnight in Arbaminch

Day 14: Drive back to Addis then Depature

In the morning drive back to Addis Ababa with many stops for bird watching. On the way, visit Lake Ziway, the Ethiopian Bird Spectacle, the great Pelicans are the main stars of this astonishing natural live show, which takes place at one of the freshwater Rift Valley lakes of Ethiopia. After visiting, keep drive to Addis. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.