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LALIBELA & 12 Days Northern & Southern Ethiopia Tour

LALIBELA & 12 Days Northern & Southern Ethiopia Tour


LALIBELA ◐ TOUR CODE: OVET-100 ☀ DURATION: 12 DAYS ◐ TRANSPORTATION: LAND & AIR ☀ DESTINATION: BAHIRDAR, LALIBELA, GONDAR, AXUM, ARBAMINCH & OMORATE

DAY. 01: ARRIVAL OF ADDIS ABABA AND SIGHT SEEING

Up on arrival at Bole International airport you will be meet OVET Ethiopia Tours representatives and be taken to your reserved hotel. Depending up on time make sightseeing in Addis Ababa. The sightseeing includes the national museum (where you can see the Lucy fossil skeleton found), Unity Park and Entoto hills.


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DAY 02: FLY TO BAHIR DAR (LAKE TANA) AND SIGHT SEEING

Catch morning flight to fly to Bahir Dar. After short break leave out the hotel for boat trip on Lake Tana and visit two or three of its beautiful and interesting islands with their medieval period monasteries. Covering over 3500sq km, Lake Tana is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is famous as the home of the monasteries established on some 20 of its 37 islands. Most churches in the monasteries have interesting paintings and contain a collection of church treasures and beautiful old manuscripts.


DAY 03: DRIVE TO GONDAR AND VISIT THE SIGHTSEEING OF GONDAR

Heading to the legendary city of Gondar. In Gondar visit the Royal Enclosure that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the ruins of 17th century palaces of king Fasiladas, king Iyasu and queen Mentewab and different other buildings. The castles are a mixture of Ethiopian, European and probably also Indian styles. According to descriptions of 17th century travelers, the interior of the castle of king Fasiladas was extremely luxurious, decorated with gold, ivory and precious stones.

Also, visit Debre Berhan Selassie Church meaning Trinity at the Mount of Light. It has a rectangular structure and ceilings are decorated with beautiful winged angels, and its walls with impressive scenes depicting biblical events, including the life of Christ, Mary, and the saints and martyrs. There is also a painting of the church’s founder, Emperor Iyasu I.


Axum Ethiopia Tour

DAY 04: FLY TO AXUM AND SIGHTSEEING

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to fly to Axum. After check in to the hotel explores the city of Axum. Visit the interesting museum in Stelae field, the impressive Stelae Fields and also the grounds of the 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, home of the original Ark of the Covenant, Queen of Sheba ruin palace and Tomb of Kaleb and Gebre Meskel including Ezana’s Tomb.


lalibela ethiopia tour

DAY 05: FLY TO LALIBELA & VISIT ROCK HEWN CHURCHES

In the morning after breakfast fly to Lalibela and visit the first group of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are carved out of living volcanic tuff with a super architectural skill that the world has never seen, yet elsewhere. UNESCO registers these churches as world heritage. Among churches of this group, Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, a vaulted dome, and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of St. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock-hewn churches.


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DAY 06: MORE EXCURSIONS IN LALIBELA

In the morning excursion to Yemerhane Kirstos cave church outside of Lalibela through the beautiful mountainous landscape of the last region away from Lalibela. Back to the hotel for lunch and afternoon visit the second group of the rock-hewn churches; Bete Emanuel (house of Emanuel) is architecturally the finest. Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster after the masons have developed their skill to carve the church in such extraordinary perfection.


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DAY 07: FLY BACK TO ADDIS AND DRIVE TO AWASSA

In the morning after breakfast transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa. Meet the vehicle and driver then transfer to Awassa to the rift valley lakes region.


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DAY 08: VISIT FISH MARKET AND DRIVE TO ARBA MINCH VIA DORZE VILLAGE

In the morning visit local fish market at Lake Awassa then proceed driving to Arba minch with some stops to visit Dorze people on the way. Among their very interesting cultures are their houses built from bamboo way of life and cultivation of the false banana (from which theyextract their local bread, called Kotcho


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DAY 09: BOAT TRIP ON LAKE CHAMO AND DRIVE TO TURMI

In the morning after breakfast make a boat trip excursion on Lake Chamo to see some crocodiles, Hippos, and a lot of water birds. Then drive to Turmi on the way to visit Konso tribe village. Konso tribe is known for their unique social life structure and practicing agriculture terracing.


Dassanech Tribe
Dassanech Tribe`

DAY 10: EXCURSION TO OMORATE

Excursion to Omorate to visit the Dasenach tribes across the Omo river by wooden local boat then come back to Turmi in the afternoon to visit the nearby hammer tribe village, also possible to see special occasion ceremonies like wedding and ritual.


Portrait of Layta, Hamar Tribe, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

DAY 11: DRIVE TO JINKA VIA KARO VILLAGE

Early Excursion to Karo village for the visit of Karo tribes with their interesting body decorations and scarification; Then drive to Jinka.


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DAY 12: EXCURSION TO MURSI VILLAGE & THEN FLY BACK TO ADDIS

Early morning excursion to Mursi tribes village. Mursi tribes is the most famous tradition includes the lip plate worn by the women. The origin of this tradition is not known but the Mursi themselves consider it as something that makes them distinguish from the surrounding tribes.

Then Transfer to airport and fly back to Addis. Depending up on time final shopping at souvenir shop. Evening have welfare dinner at traditional restaurant with folkloric dance then transfer to airport to fly back home.


This itinerary is flexible, and will likely change in order to coordinate visits with weekly market days and other special events. We try to always coordinate with local tribes to bring guests to the iconic Bull Jumping Ceremony, as well as popular market days, where many South Omo Valley tribes attend to barter and exchange goods. This is a great opportunity to mingle with the people, many of whom travel long distances on foot to attend.


Included

Accommodation as per the program based on twin or double room

All transfer in and transfer out services

Ground transportation

Local guides and Scout If needed

All entrance fees as per the program

Internal flight tickets

Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Excluded

Any alcoholic drinks

Any videography or camera fees if needed

Any personal expenses like internet, telephone, fax

Services that are not mentioned in the included section