Ethiopia in Depth: History, Nature, and Culture; 21 Days/20 Nights

Ethiopia in Depth: History, Nature, and Culture; 21 Days/20 Nights

The beauty of Ethiopia can only be truly and fully appreciated with a visit to its amazing landmarks and a tour of interesting and breathtaking sites. This package is created to introduce you to the history, nature, and culture of Ethiopia. Throughout the 21 days and 20 nights, you will experience the history of Ethiopia firsthand in museums, marketplaces, lakes, ancient churches, and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This package is all inclusive, everything is arranged and all you have to do is come and enjoy
 

Arrival: Bole International Airport

Adulis Journey will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time. For morning flight arrivals, you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel. For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may begin your tour the following day.  

Day 01: Addis Ababa

Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history. Tour the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, the resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)


Day 02: Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar

Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the marketplace in Bahar Dar. Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and tour ancient island monasteries.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 03: Bahar Dar - Gondar

Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian kings, beginning in the early 17th century. Having survived several wars, including air raids during World War 2, the castles are a testament to the resilience of this once mighty empire. Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 04: Gondar - Simien Mountains National Park 

Drive to Sankabar, the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park and spot wildlife such as the endemic Gelada baboon.  

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 05: Simien Mountains National Park - Axum

Take a scenic drive to Axum, the capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be frequent stops at viewpoints along the way. Arrive in Axum late in the afternoon.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 06: Axum

Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years. Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. 

 Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 07: Axum - Hawzein

Drive to the Hawzein, passing the Adwa battlefield, site of Emperor Menelik II's 1895 victory over the invading Italians. Visit the 2,500-year-old ruins of Yeha, an ancient moon temple. Continue past Adigrat and visit Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos, two of the Tigray region's oldest and finest rock churches.

* On this day, we will pass the 6th-century monastery of Debre Damos which is perched atop a remote plateau. The monastery is only accessible using a rope and the monks will help pull visitors up the 20 - 25-meter cliff. However, we only recommend this for physically fit individuals. Women are not allowed on the grounds of the monastery, therefore, it is not part of our regular tour itinerary. However, we can stop here for those on a custom or private tour.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 08: Hawzein to Mekele

Visit more of Tigray's remote and ancient rock-hewn churches; Abraha Atsbeha, dating from the 10th century; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and Medhane Alem Kesho. You can also drive to Mekele.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 09: Mekele to Lalibela

Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. 

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10: Lalibela

Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings.

 Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lalibela

For the morning you have two choices; take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town; or drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. The two options above will continue with the tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 12: Lalibela - Addis Ababa - Langano

Fly to Addis Ababa and then drive to the Rift Valley Lake Langano. Relax at the Sabana Lodge. Lake Langano is safe for swimming.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13: Lake Langano - Arba Minch

Drive to Arba Minch via Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th-century rock-hewn church; and Tiya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its mysterious stelae, thought to be grave markers, dating from the 12th century. Also, visit a Dorze village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 14: Arba Minch - Jinka

Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake. Hippopotami and birdlife are also abundant. Drive to Jinka and visit various peoples such as the Gamo and Derashe. Stop at Key Afar's weekly market (if on a Thursday) and wander among the various tribes such as the Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 15: Mago National Park Excursion

Early morning drive to the Mago National Park to visit the Mursi people. The Mursi women are known for the clay plates they insert into their lower lips. If time permits, you can visit the Omo Valley Museum in Jinka.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 16: Jinka - Turmi

Drive to Turmi to visit the Hamer people who are well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles and the unique practice of "bull-jumping" which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage. En route to Turmi, visit the Benna and Ari people.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 17: Omorate Excursion

Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dassanech people, known for their elaborate body-painting. Cross the famous Omo River by canoe and return to Turmi for the evening.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 18: Turmi - Konso

Drive to Konso, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages.

Overnight Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 19: Konso - Hawassa

Drive to the lakeside town of Hawassa. Relax and recover from your journey at one of Hawassa's fine resorts. 

Overnight Resort (B, L, D)

Day 20: Hawassa - Bale Mountains

Visit the Hawassa fish market in the morning. Drive to the Bale Mountains National Park, arriving in the afternoon. Take a leisurely afternoon hike spotting some of the park's endemic mammals and birds.

Overnight Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 21: Bale - Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa via the Arsi/Bale region, home to many of Ethiopia’s famous distance runners. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to the airport for late night departure if needed.

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