Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery, hot spring& Wildlife
Duration: 14 Days &13 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, flights, horse riding& Boat ride
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you Atta Ethiopia tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.
Depending on your arrival visit/city tour in Addis Ababa. You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa.http://www.boleambassadorhotel.com/
Day 2: Fly to Bahir dar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls
Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahir dar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes.
Your first visit will be to Lake Tana on a boat ride where you will visit to the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as: Kibran Gabriel (only for men), and on the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret.
After lunch, you will drive (some 30 Km) and visit to the Blue Nile Falls then back to Bahir Dar.Overnight stay in Homeland hotel, Bahir Dar.http://www.homlandhotelbahirdar.com/
Day 3: Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Then you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.
Then, you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church(Trinity at the Mount of Light). Overnight stay in Goha hotel, Gonder.http://www.gohahotel.com/
Day 4: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park
You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder). On the way visit the Felasha (Ethiopian Jewish) village. Upon arrival in Debark finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains, with endemic mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape).
Then you will have dinner and stay the night in the camping. Overnight stay camping at Sankaber.
Day 5: Trek Sankaber to Geech
In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking to Geech through the Wazla (or Koba) River runs, making a short diversion to see one of the most impressive sights in the Simien Mountains, where the Jinbar River plummets into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech where you will do camping. You will have dinner and stay the night at camping.Overnight stay camping at Geech.
Day 6: Trek Geech to Chenek
Right after breakfast, an early morning trek will take you to the peak of Imet Gogo (3,926 meter above sea level). From here you descend into Chenek through an open, grassy valley filled with 3 and 4 meter tall Giant Lobelias. The Chenek camp site offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of Imet Gogo. You will camp at Chenek where you will have dinner and stay the night camping.Overnight stay camping at Chenek.
Day 7: Half-day trekking around Chenek & driveback to Gonder
In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking to around Chenek where you will have an opportunity to spot Walya ibex, Simien fox and different birds. Early in the afternoon you will have lunch in the bush. Then you will say goodbye to your trekking crew, and then board the vehicle to drive back to Gonder (162 Km from Chenek). Overnight stay in Goha hotel, Gonder.http://www.gohahotel.com/
Day 8: Flight to Addis Ababa
Up on arrival you will be picked up by a driver of Atta Ethiopia tours then drive to Langano (200 Km South of Addis Ababa). On the way you will make a stop on Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. and you will visit the Abijata shalla park where you can see somalian Ostriches,Gazelle and warthogs then Continue driving to Lake Langano (one of the Rift Valley Lakes and the only lake that you can swim in). Upon arrival, you will check into a resort by the lake side. In the evening you will have dinner at the lodge and stay the night there. Overnight stay in Sabana Beach Resort. http://www.sabanalangano.com/
Day 10: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Park Head Quarter
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Bale mountain(200Km from Langano)s and have lunch on the way at dodola. then to Dinsho HQ, there you will do all the requirements for the visit. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park and visit the mountain Nyala (which is endemic to Ethiopia), Bush backs and other mammals then drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho). Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Day 11: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Sanette Plateau (altitude of 4377 meter the second highest pike in Ethiopia) with Afro-alpine Moor land, beautiful wild alpine scenery). drive to the Harena forest, do some hiking see the water falls. have a lunch in a traditional village and eat green cabbage with local bread then drive back to Goba on the way try to spot Ethiopian Wolf. then back to hotel. Overnight Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Day 12:Drive to Awassa /Hawassa/
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Awassa (200km) the capital of south Region and one of the well planned and clean city in Ethiopia. up on arrival check in hotel and have lunch then you will have some walking around the city specially to the shores of Lake Hawassa for nice evening sunset and aquatic birds. Overnight Oasis International Hotel.http://www.oasisinternationalhotel.com/
Day 13: Excursion to Yirgalem(Sidama Village)
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit morning Fish market in Awassa.then drive to Yirgalem and visit the Sidama village see how sidama people make bread from False Banana and also have a coffe ceremony and walk in the coffee plantation and then Back to Awassa..Overnight Oasis International Hotel.http://www.oasisinternationalhotel.com/
Day 14: Drive back to Addis Ababa
Early in the morning Drive to Addis via Butajira and visit the Tiya Stele teh Grave marks of Gurage poeple then drive to Addis. you will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping and souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance.
Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
Price includes: –
- Transport from Bahir Dar – Simien Park – Gonder, on Day 3 – 5
- All transfer in & out,
- Well-maintained & insured 4WD vehicle Model 2011 – 2013 for Southern route from Day 9 – 14 including experienced English speaking driver
- Hotel Room including Breakfast
- Meals on full-board basis on camping days (Day 4 (Lunch & Dinner), Day 5& 6 (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and Day 7 (Breakfast & Lunch)
- All entrance fees, local guide fee, scout, and boat fees
- Bottled natural water every day,
- Service tax
Price DOES NOT include:
- Personal expenses (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
- Meals (Lunch & Dinner) except camping days
- Domestic flights (Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar// Gonder – Addis Ababa)
- Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.