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8 Nights / 9 Days

CLASSICAL ROUTE BY AIR + SEMIEN MOUNTAINS NP

Addis Ababa- Gondar- Siemen Mountain - Lalibela

Price From $700
Overview

Afar is home to a colorful culture and amazing forts. The 7 Days long Afar Tour Package from Delhi will take you to some of the iconic cities like afar, ertale, Keren, ertale & somali. Tastefully crafted itinerary helps you explore afar – the ‘Pink City’, ertale – a sacred town, Keren – the ‘Blue City’, ertale – Afar’s only hill station and somali – ‘City of Lakes’. From history to royalty and divinity, your holiday experience couldn’t get better. The ornate carvings, quiet lakes and holy temples are waiting for your presence, so go ahead and pack your bags.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what can be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we can tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable Ethiopia tour.



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Itinerary Details
Day 1:(FRI) ADDIS ABABA

Flight to Addis and arrival. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Addis that includes the National Museum, Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa) and Entoto Mountain for the panoramic view of the city.

Day 2:(SAT) ADDIS ABABA – BAHIR DAR

Fly from Addis to Bahir Dar, after check in to your hotel make an admirable boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret; and in the afternoon drive 32 km to visit the remarkable Blue Nile Falls.

Day 3:(SUN)BAHIR DAR – GONDAR

Morning drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar and visit of the 17th century castles of Gondar, Open Air bath of Emperor Fasiledes and the famous church of Debre Birhan Silassie (Light of Trinity) with its wonderful murals.

Day 4:(MON) GONDAR – SIEMIEN MOUNTAINS

Drive from Gondar to the Simien Mountains National Park up to Sankaber (the first campsite of the park) to see the extraordinary scenery of the mountains. Walk around Sankaber enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird - Lammergeyer.

Day 5:(TUE)SIEMIEN MOUNTAINS – GONDAR

Drive from Debark to Gondar with stops at different sites for excellent sceneries; enjoy the rest of the day in Gondar.

Day 6:(WED) GONDAR – LALIBELA

Fly from Gondar to Lalibela and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the first cluster of the 12th and 13th century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which are considered by many as the 8th Wonder of the World. This takes approximately 3 hours and is likely to be one of the most mind- blowing sights you ever see.

DAY 7:(THU) LALIBELA

Wake up early for a mule ride or walking up to the monastery of Asheten Mariam. This is fantastic fun, taking you high up onto an escarpment above the town where you will not only see this amazing rock-hewn church but also one of the best views in Ethiopia. After lunch, visit the second and third clusters of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Day 8:(FRI) LALIBELA – AXUM

Flight from Lalibela to Axum and transfer to your hotel. After freshening up, we will go for a tour of the sights, starting with the palace and tomb of King Caleb (6th C, AD), the extraordinary stelae field (World Heritage Site) and tomb of King Ramhai (1st to 5th C, AD), followed by a trip to the church of St Mary of Tsion, (17th C, AD) in which the Ark of Covenant is deposited. Continue to visit the palace of the Queen of Sheba (date unknown, some say 7th C, AD, others 10th C, BC) and end the day wandering around the small but excellent museum.

Day 9:(SAT) AXUM – ADDIS ABABA – DEP.

Fly from Axum to Addis and have the rest of the day at Leisure. In the evening, you will be invited to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.


EXTENSION 2.1 - RIFT VALLEY LAKES (2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS)

Day 9:(SAT)ADDIS ABABA – AWASSA

Drive from Addis to Awassa visiting the Rift Valley lake of Bishoftu at Debre Zeit and Lake Ziway to admire the different species of birds. After check in to your hotel enjoy walking along the shores of Lake Awassa to enjoy more of the aquatic birds and the natural beauty of the area on top of the unforgettable sunset at the end of the day.

Day 10:(SUN)AWASSA – LANGANO

Drive from Awassa to Lake Langano visiting the Abijata – Shalla Lakes National park for an interesting bird watching experience. In Langano enjoy swimming in the lake and leisure time the rest of the day.

Day 11:(MON)LANGANO – ADDIS – DEPARTURE

After taking some time in the attractive area of Langano, drive back to Addis. In the evening, you will be invited to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

EXTENSION 2.2 - AWASH NP AND HARAR (3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS)

Day 9:(SAT)ADDIS ABABA – AWASH

Drive from Addis to Awash National Park visiting the Rift Valley Lake of Bishoftu at Debre Zeit. After check in to your hotel drive in the park for some game viewing and also to visit the famous Awash River Falls.

Day 10:(SUN)AWASH – HARAR

Drive from Awash to Harar through the scenic Hararghe Mountains looking at the coffee and chat plantations left and right of the road. In the evening go to one of the gates of the Harar wall to see the Hyena Man feeding his hyena friends.

Day 11:(MON)HARAR – DIRE DAWA

Full day visit of Harar which includes the colorful Islam Market, the National and Harari Museums, the house of Ras Mekonen (father of Haile Silassie), a typical Harari house, the 16th century wall of Harar and the house of the renowned poet Arthur Rimbaud. Around the end of the day, drive from Harar to Dire Dawa for overnight.

Day 12:(TUE)DIRE DAWA – ADDIS – DEPARTURE

Drive or fly from Dire Dawa to Addis. In the evening, you will be invited to a traditional restaurant for an Ethiopian dinner with folkloric dances and coffee ceremony. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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