2018 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy)
2 travelers: $5,094
This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 travelers. Other rates available on request.
- The flight fare for the sector Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar – Surface – Gonder – Axum – Lalibela – Arba Minch for clients using ET for their International Flight would be 270 USD per person.
- The flight fare for the sector Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar – Surface – Gonder – Axum – Lalibela – Arba Minch for clients NOT using ET for their International Flight would be 668 USD per person.
Please note that the airfare is going to change if Ethiopian airlines or Abyssinia Flights are going to have a change in their fair.
- 1Night at Jupiter International Hotel
- 1 Night at Abay Minch Lodge
- 2 Nights at Taya Belay Hotel
- 1 Night at Sabean International Hotel
- 2 Nights at Mountain View Hotel
- 3 Nights at Swaynes Lodge
- 1 Night at Jinka Resort
- 2 Nights at Turmi Lodge
- Day use at Jupiter International Hotel
- Vehicle for North
- Vehicle for South
- Entrance fee
- Local guide fee
- Vehicles Entrance
- ½ day boat on Lake Chamo
- Boat Crossing
- ½ day city tour
- Canoe on Omo
- English guide for 14 days
- Water Farewell dinner
- Domestic Ticket for Escort Guide
- Transfer in and out
Price Does Not Include:
- Domestic flights (for clients)
- Lunch and dinner in Addis, except for farewell dinner
- Alcoholic drinks and drinks outside mealtime
- Video camera and photographic fees
- Porters fees
- Tips and any other expenses of a personal nature
Day 1 (Sunday):
Arrival in Addis Ababa. Meet and assist at the airport‚ and transfer to ‚ hotel Jupiter. After a short break you will begin a city tour of Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world. The visit includes Entoto Hills, a place from which King Menelik, founder of Addis Ababa, descended to the plains. In Entoto, which provides a wonderful panoramic view of the city, there are two churches built by Menelik, who was crowned in one of them. Near this site is the former palace of Menelik, still intact and open to visitors. Inside you can see some real clothes, war artifacts, furniture and old books. The city tour also includes the National Museum, one of the most important museums in sub-Saharan Africa. Here is the skeleton of Selam, found in December 2000 in Dikika, Afar region in northern Ethiopia. Like Lucy, Selam is an apheresis Australopithecus. However, there is an important difference between the two, because‚ Selam lived more than 150,000 years before Lucy! Finally, in the afternoon it is scheduled a visit to the market, the largest open market in East Africa. Here you can find items as diverse as spices and jewels. There is nothing that cannot be found in this vibrant and vast market. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at Jupiter International Hotel.
Day 2 (Monday):
Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar (Flight) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Bahir Dar, one of the most attractive cities in Ethiopia. Bahir Dar, with its wide avenues outlined by rows of palm trees, is located on the southern shore of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia. Bahir Dar is also the best base to visit some of the monasteries built on islands in Lake Tana between the twelfth and eighteenth centuries, as well as the sources of the Blue Nile River. After accommodating yourselves at the hotel, departure for Tissisat‚ Blue Nile Falls, about 30 kilometers from the city. A 20-minute walk takes you to the‚ 45 meters high Falls, which displays its most spectacular view during and after the rainy season (June to January). Here, the Blue Nile, which contributes 85% of the flow of the Nile River begins its long journey to the Mediterranean. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Bahir Dar as well as a visit to Woito, known for the production of boats made of Tankwa reeds. Continue your tour with the visit of the ancient palace of Emperor Haile Selassie in Bezawit. Overnight at Abay Minch Lodge
Day 3 (Tuesday):
Bahir Dar – Gorgora – Gondar (8 hours including picnic and views) The day starts with a boat ride on Lake Tana, where you will visit and‚ some ancient monasteries and churches such as Ura Kidane Mariam Mehret and Azewa, which were built in the late thirteenth and fourteenth century, respectively. Their walls are covered with sixteenth century‚ impressive murals. We also visit the church of Dek Stefanos, which houses a priceless collection of icons and the remains of several medieval emperors. Continue to‚ Kibran Gabriel church (closed for women) and finally to Narga Selassie church. After having an outdoor lunch on the boat drive to the city of Gorgora, where we visit the church Debreseina Mariam. Proceed to Gondar. Overnight at Taya Belay‚ Hotel.
Day 4 (Wednesday):
Gondar‚ Full day sightseeing of Gondar. The emperor Fasiladas founded Gondar as his imperial seat in 1636 and, until the nineteenth century, the city was the capital and the main commercial center of the region. The tour includes the royal enclosure, or Gibbi Fasil and six castles built by various emperors who ruled Gondar. Almost‚ 2 kms. away from the city center there are the baths of King Fasilidas where, during the Timkat (Epiphany in Ethiopia), a nearby river is diverted to fill an area the size of a small pool. Faithful and pilgrims plunge into the cold water in a re-enactment of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River. Then visit the church of Debre Berhane Selassie, the only church that escaped the Mahdist invasion of 1880. The walls and ceiling of this church are completely covered with murals depicting the faces of angels. Finally, visit the ruined palace of Queen Mentowab, and‚ Qusquam Mariam. Overnight at Taya Belay Hotel.
Day 5 (Thursday):
Flight to Axum and city tour Breakfast and visit the city of Axum. Between 200 BC and 700 AD, Axum was the capital of an empire that stretched across the Red Sea to the Arabian Peninsula, conducted trade with India and China, had its own alphabet and built large engineering projects, including dams. The historians have defined the Axumite empire as the largest and the most powerful empire of the fourth century. Its riches are still evident as you gaze upon the magnificent obelisks, the graves of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba. The 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion was probably built upon an earlier 4th century church; considered to be the holiest church in Ethiopia, its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. The churches and monasteries of Axum are richly endowed with icons as well as some of the historical crowns of ancient emperors. Overnight at Sabean Hotel.
Day 6 (Friday):
Axum – Lalibela (Flight) Breakfast and transfer to airport for your flight to Lalibela. Between late twelfth and early thirteenth century, King Lalibela, the Zaghwe Dynasty, ordered the building of a series of rock-cut churches and name the place after “New Jerusalem.” Today, Lalibela is‚ recognized as one of the greatest wonders of the world. In the village that bears the name of the emperor, there are 11 churches, while many others carved stone churches are in the vicinity. All are in use today. After checking in at the hotel, you will visit the first group of churches; Bet Golgotha Mikael Bet, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Medhane Alem Denagel and Beth. You will also visit three empty graves, symbolically dug, for the biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Lunch at hotel. In afternoon, visit‚ Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the churches of Lalibela. The rest of the day to explore the city on your own. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel.
Day 7 (Saturday):
Lalibela Morning visit to the cave church of Christos Yemrehene, built by the same emperor before the reign of King Lalibela. The church is built inside a cave, with‚ alternating stone and wood stairs. Return back to Lalibela to visit the second group of churches, located south of the Jordan River, such as the churches of Bete Emanuel, Mercury Bete Abba Libanos and Bete Gabriel-Rufa’e Bet. Overnight at Mountain View Hotel.
Day 8 (Sunday):
Lalibela – Arba Minch, via Addis Ababa After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Arba Minch vie Addis Ababa. The vehicles is waiting for you at the air streap of Arba Minch. Transfer to your hotel for accommodation. Overnight at at‚ Swaynes‚ Lodge.
Day 9 (Monday):
Arba Minch – Chencha – Lake Chamo – Arba Minch‚ After breakfast, visit the village of Chencha, home of the Dorze tribe, recognized as experts in cotton weaving. Their huts with high beehive ceilings are one of the most distinctive traditional structures of Africa. The main occupations in the region are farming and weaving. The fabric “shama” produced in Chencha area, is recognized as one of the best in Ethiopia. After lunch, boat trip on Lake Chamo, during which you can observe a large number of hippos and crocodiles from close range. Overnight at Swaynes Lodge
Day 10: (Tuesday):
Arba Minch – Konso – Dimeka – Turmi After breakfast you leave for Konso to enjoy the morning‚ with‚ members of this tribe. The Konsos are known for their intricate farming terraces carved on the hills of the surrounding mountains, fine fabrics and carved wooden totems decorating their graves. You will pass some‚ time walking around the farming terraces and exploring several villages. Traditionally, these villages are settlements on top of hills and are surrounded by stone walls going‚ up to 2 meters high. Tuesday is Market day in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is attended by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo. Departure for Turmi, a village in the middle of the territory of the Hamer tribe. Overnight at Turmi Lodge
Day 11 (Wednesday):
Turmi – Karo – Omorate – Turmi After breakfast departure towards Muruelle, where you will visit Korcho Duss and Karo tribe villages. The inhabitants of Karo are considered masters in the art of body painting, which thrives especially during celebrations and dances. Return to Turmi. After lunch departure for Omorate, where we cross the Omo River by canoe to visit the Dasenech villages belonging to the Galeb tribe. Overnight at Turmi Lodge
Day 12 (Thursay):
Turmi – Hammer village – Key – Jinka Morning departure for Jinka. En route visit the beautiful ethnic market at Key. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with members of different tribes of the region. After the visit to the market, you will continue your drive to Jinka, a town located in the hills north of Tama Plains in South Ethiopia. Overnight at Jinka Resort.
Day 13 (Friday):
Jinka – Mago NP – Mursi – Arba Minch
Early morning departure for the Mago National Park. Meet Mursi tribe, one of the most fascinating tribes in Africa characterized by the‚ fact that they still continue to wear their traditional dress and accessories, that the Mursi women are famous for their unique headdresses and that they wear clay or wooden plates in their lower lips and‚ colorful body decoration and ornaments. After your visit continue driving to Arba Minch for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Swaynes Lodge.
Day 14 (Saturday):
Arba Minch – Hosanna – Melka Kunture – Addis Ababa
Drive to Hosanna and Melka Kunture a Stone Age archeological site to visit the rock-cut church of‚ Adadi Mariam and the rock stele in Tiya, (world heritage), with its mysterious paths, which are considered grave markers dating from the archaeological excavations of the 12th century allowed the recovery of prehistoric heritage and related scientific information. More than 80 archaeological layers have been identified during 50 years of archaeological research out of which 30 of them have been extensively excavated in areas ranging from 50 m2 to 250 m2. . Return to Addis Ababa. Enjoy day use of a room at Jupiter International Hotel until your farewell dinner and homeward departure.