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23 Days Tour to Omo Valley, Bale Mountain, Awash, Harar & Historic route

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Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa and City Tour
On arrival Addis Ababa GLT representative will meet you at Bole international Airport and transfer to the hotels after short break, you will visit the diplomatic capital of Africa, headquarters of the Africa union starting from Holy Trinity Cathedral(The church is constructed in 1955 for the 25 years anniversary of Emperor Haileselassie and painted richly with remarkable biblical and other saint’s story), National museum (home of Lucy hominid skeleton dating back to 3.2 million years) .In the afternoon after lunch you will visit Ethnological museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie then proceed to Mountain Entoto for panoramic view of Addis Ababa. Overnight Nexus hotel or similar

Day 2: Drive to Arbaminch
Morning, depart from Addis Ababa for a full day’s drive to Arba Minch on the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest , Tiya (Ancient stele field and UNESCO world heritage site), AdadiMariyam (rock hewn church similar to those in Lalibela or MelkaKunture (pre historic tool making site. Overnight Emerald resort (www.emeraldresortandlodge.com)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Arba Minch- Turmi
After breakfast, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi. On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe. Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe. At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. Overnight Emerald lodge(www.emeraldresortandlodge.com)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4:Turmi- Omorate- Turmi
In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe with a wooden boat crossing the Omo River and enter a Dassenech village. Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony that will be visited. Overnight Emerald Lodge(www.emeraldresortandlodge.com)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Turmi- Mursi-Jinka
Morning depart for Jinka, and then proceed driving through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe. The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. Overnight Jinka resort or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Jinka – Konso-Arbaminch
After breakfast depart from Jinka to Arbaminch via Konso&Key Afar. Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods. This is another very popular market in the region. After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays). The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing. Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues. Afterwards drive to Arbaminch. Overnight Emerald resort (www.emeraldresortandlodge.com)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Arba Minch
In the morning after breakfast, proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving. You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos. Overnight Emerald resort (www.emeraldresortandlodge.com)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Arba Minch –Bale Mountain
Morning, depart from Arbaminhc for a full day’s drive to Bale Mountain national park. Overnight Wabishebelle hotel or similar

Day 9: Sanetti Plateau -Harenna Forest-Goba
Drive to Senetti Plateau, the second highest altitude in Ethiopia and here; if you are lucky, you will see Ethiopian Wolf which is endemic to Ethiopia make a trekking to Tulu Dimitu and then drive to Harenna forest,this is in the southern end of the park and holds a unique variety of vegetation. The Harenna Escarpment towers 2000m above the edge of the forest and provides stunning vies, you can see vast number of bird life and African wild life.Overnight WabiShebele hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Bale-Sodre
In the morning Dinsho, short easy trek to explore the area with high concentrations of the Bale MountainsNayal, Menelik’s Bushbuck, other mammals andendemic birds. Afterwards drive to Sodere, there is a large naturally heated swimming pool and a number of smaller pools throughout the grounds of the resort. Monkeys and baboons are common in the resort, and visitors can see crocodiles basking along the banks of the Awash River. The forests, which fringe the river, are also good for birds. Overnight Sodere resort hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Sodre-Harar
Morning Pick up from the hotel and drive to Harar, it’s about 400km.At night; visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas just outside the walls of the city. You can even try feeding the hyenas with your mouth. Overnight Ras hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Exploring the walled city of Harar
Full day is dedicated to explore the 16th century welled city of Harer, the fourth most important city in the Islamic world. Visit the home of Arthur Rimbuad, Hareri museum and its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines and unique Hareri people and house. Also, have a full day wandering around the city of Harar. Overnight Ras hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Harar –Awash National Park
Early Morning drive to Awash National Park and explore Awash National Park. Game drives and walks are available to encounter the wildlife and enjoy the scenery. You are likely to see beisaoryx, kudu, defassa waterbuck, Soemmering’s gazelle, warthog and baboon. The park is also a great place for birdwatchers. Overnight Awash Falls Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Awash to Kombolcha
Morning drive to Kombolcha en route if it is a market day you will have a good experience for Bati Color full market where you are going to find the Oromo,Amhara and Afar people after that continue to Kombolcha. Overnight Yogofe View hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 15: Kombolcha-Lalibela
Early morning, drivie to Lalibela, Here you will pass through several small villages, After that proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination, Lalibela. Overnight Panoramic hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 16: Lalibela‘’the 8th Wonders of the World’’
Fullday to discoverthe treasures of Lalibela; Your first visit will be to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela, The first group of Lalibela Churches includes: BeteMedhanialem, Bete Mariam, BeteMeskel, BeteDenagl and Bete Golgotha Michal, the second group of Lalibela Churches that includes: BeteGebral, BeteMerquros, BeteEmanule, Betelehiam, Bete Aba Libanos and the spectacular cross-shaped St. George Church. Overnight Panoramic hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast
Day 17: Lalibela–Gondar
In the morning, proceed driving to Gondar via Woreta, passing through Amhara state. You will have stunning views of the Guna Mountains as you travel through this dramatic landscape. Overnight Taye Belay hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 18: Excursion trip to Simein Mountain
After breakfast departure early to join the Simien National Park, one of the most spectacular mountain massifs of Africa, beautiful walk between Sankaber (3250 m) and the great waterfall of Jinbar. The path progresses along the immense escarpment, first in a slight climb before starting a descent down to the waterfall. Along the way, a magnificent view of the valley below and the surrounding peaks. Among the animal species endemic to these high plateaus, we can easily observe some colonies of geladas baboons … After a last journey by the track. Drive back to Gondar. Overnight Taye Belay hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 19: Gondar –Bahir Dar
Morning explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, RasGimb Palace Museum and the DebreBirhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. After visit drive to Bahirdar, with very nice views and Amhara people villages.Overnight Abayminch Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 20: Bahir Dar
Morning after breakfast take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake. Visit the Zege Peninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and UraKidaneMehret. In the afternoon drive out to the Blue Nill falls for a short hike in the area. Finish the day with the sunset over the lake. Overnight Abayiminch lodge or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 21: Bahir Dar-Debre Markos
Morning visit Mount Bezawit where the palace of Emperor Haile Selassie is gracefully situated. This hilltop is the best viewing point for the town, the lake and the river,after that drive about 250kms to Debre Markos. Overnight Abema hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 22: Debre Markos- Addis Ababa
After breakfast drive to Addis Ababa via Dejen which is the famous Teff growing region in the country. Teff is staple food of Ethiopians. En route you will enjoy the fabulous Blue Nile Gorge and visit the 13th century monasteries of Debrr Libanos and the 17th century Portuguese bridge. After visit continue to Addis Ababa. Overnight Nexus hotel or similar

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 23: Addis Ababa/Departure
Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport flight back home

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