10 Days Ethiopia Siganture

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  • Ethiopia Signature
  • 10 Days
  • 0 Review
  • Unlimited
  • Unlimited
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Speaking tour guide
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10 Days Ethiopia Siganture

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa On arrival at Bole International airport meet by our colleague and transfer to Saro Maria International Hotel for an overnight.   This day you will have full day city tour in Addis Ababa. In the Amharic language, Addis Ababa means “new flower” founded during the time of Emperor Ménélik II in 1887 preferred by his wife for its natural spa/hot spring. Addis is the capital of modern Ethiopia and has a population of more than five million. With the presence of the Organization of African Unity, is Africa’s diplomatic capital. You will visit the Trinity Cathedral church which was established in 1930s and considered as Mausoleum of Emperor Haile Selassie and Ethiopian Patriots, St. George Cathedral, built after the victory of Adwa, on its Museum it displays 20 century church and secular treasures. Continue on to the National Museum, where cultural and archaeological relics, including “Lucy” the 3.2 million-year-old hominid, are displayed. You also drive through the Mercato, the largest open-air market.   Day 2: Morning fly to Lalibella. Lalibella (second Jerusalem)- declared as World Heritage site by UNESCO, the stone hewn churches are again quite marvelous you will spend this day stepping back in time and exploring the remarkable churches described as "the creations of angels" in and around Lalibella. King Lalibella organized the construction of a series 11 rock hewn churches those are grouped into East and West cluster and are carved out of the pink granite rock. Each church (Bet) has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the Glory of God.   The medieval rock hewn churches of Lalibella all carved out (inside and outside) of a solid rock and are architecturally unique ranked among the wonders of the world. Before noon, after check in to your hotel you start visiting the 1st group of the rock hewn churches, which includes Bête Medhane Alem, Bête Mariyam, Bête Denagil, Bête Meskel and Bête Golgotha and back to the hotel, have your lunch and take short break then in the afternoon continue visiting the 2nd groups of the rock hewn churches which includes Bête Amanuel, Bête Gabriel, Bête Merqorios, Bête Libanos and the beautiful church of Bête Giorgis. Have Dinner and an overnight in hotel at Lalibella.   Day 3: Morning fly to Gondar Morning after breakfast fly to Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia (the Camelot of Africa) - and visit the Church of Debre Birhan Selassie (famous for ceiling panting of Gondarian style with many faces of angels), Royal enclosure of King Fasilidas, Fasilidas’ Baths. Gondar was the home of the Falasha, the “Black Jews" of Ethiopia, most of whom left for Israel in 1991 you can visit the former villages (Woleka) of them with ruin houses. Back to Gondar and have an overnight in Hotel, Gondar.   Day 4. Drive to Bahr Dar (Blue Nile Falls) In the morning drive to Bahir Dar, an attractive town with tree-lined avenues and the deep blue lake in the background.   After having lunch in your hotel you leave for Blue Nile Falls (Tis-Issat falls), on your way to Bahir Dar, it followed by a 30 minute walk from the road to the falls. Here, the Blue Nile starts its journey to the Mediterranean. These amazing waterfalls are 400 meters wide and more than 45 meters in height. Have dinner and an overnight in Hotel, Bahir Dar.   Day 5. Full day at Bahir Dar Morning after breakfasts have a guided boat trip on Lake Tana. It will take you to the great water system that gives the Blue Nile its tremendous power. This boat trip also provides the opportunity to view magnificently preserved island monasteries of Thirteenth century including the visit of ancient churches and treasuries of Kibran Gabriel, Ura Kidane Mehret at Zeghie Peninsula and Azua Mariyam. In late afternoon fly out from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa. Have dinner and an overnight in Hotel, Addis Ababa.   Day 6: Fly to Arbaminch After breakfast drive to the airport for the flight to Arbaminch. Meet 4x4WD’s vehicles and then drive to Jinka a zonal political center of south Omo en route visit the Tsemay tribe. The long beaded skirts of the Tsemay have a stick incorporated in the back to denote a married woman and the men have elaborately plaited hairstyles decorated with feathers and colorful beads. The versatile calabash can be used as a hat or as a container for butter! 'tej', local honey made, is particularly good here. Continue you drive to Jinka, often called the gateway to the Omo Valley. Around midafternoon visit the Jinka Ethnographic Museum and Research Center. Have an overnight in Eco-Omo Lodge, Jinka.   Day 7: Mursi Village You start out on the toughest part of our trip. You enter the Mago National Park on roads that are bad at the best of times and impassable after bad rains. Mago is dominated by dense Acacia woodland with areas of open savannah and riparian forest and is reportedly the home to over 100 mammal species including Lion, Cheetah and Leopard. However, your main quest is to see the pastoralist Mursi tribe and you are fairly unlikely to see much wildlife. The nomadic nature of the Mursi means that they may well not be staying where they are expected to and we may have to drive further to encounter them! Generally happy to be photographed for a little money they are a tall and physically impressive tribe and they may well be happy to sell you a clay lip plate which all helps when they go to the market and fancy a bottle or two of 'tej'. It is a difficult balance trying to meet rather than simply people-watch local tribes on this trip. The Mursi are a particularly singular tribe and it is perhaps impossible to establish any rapport with them as a result of this. Whilst tourism brings noticeable benefits to the tribes (especially financial), any relationship is strictly on their terms. Late afternoon continue driving to Turmi, the town of the Hammer people; en route visit different villages of Benna tribe. Have dinner and an overnight in Buska Lodge, Turmi.   Day 8: Karo Murulle  Morning you will enjoy a slow drive through different villages of Hammer tribe and visit their dwellings’ - Hammers are particularly photogenic and the women usually wear heavy silver colored necklaces and leg bracelets, leather skins decorated with cowries and, like the Bena, braid and color their hair with red ochre. The men are more simply dressed though some have the most elaborate hairstyles; clay painted buns covering the rear half of their scalp and decorated with feathers. Then continue to Koricho - Murulle, a district center of Karo tribe, perhaps best known for their elaborate body painting. The paint is made from mixing pale soil with water. The village is in a spectacular spot on the bend of the Omo River where you may find ladies with a long pointed stud through their lower lip and a headdress of maize. Late afternoon drive to Konso. Have an overnight in Kanta Lodge, Konso.   Day 9: Arbaminch In the morning you visit Konso village and the local headman's palace. The Konso are mixed agriculturalists, whose most important crop is sorghum and they are known for their beautifully constructed stone and stick villages. Each family compound has several thatched stone huts enclosed by Moringa trees and several communities within the village share a 'mora' - a house where communal decisions are made.   Before going to Arbaminch en route you will make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see the biggest African crocodiles and hippopotamus as well as beautiful aquatic birds including the lovely Kingfisher and Fish Eagle.   After lunch, you will continue driving towards Arbaminch on the way explore Gamo Gofa area; enjoy with a large farms of Banana and Mango and the Chencha village, the home of the Dorze people, the renowned weavers having unique bamboo woven houses having 8 to 12 meters height. Have an overnight in Paradise Lodge, Arbaminch.   Day 10: Addis Ababa This day morning you will drive back to Addis Ababa via Butajira town. En route visit the Archaeological site of Tiya and the open air museum of stone tool archaeological site of Melka Kuntrie. On the way you will see the villages of Hadiya, Welayta, Siltie, Guraghe and Oromo. Then and then continue driving to Addis Ababa.   In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at 2000 Habesha traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.   Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.

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