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Day 1: Arrival to Addis Ababa-Gondar

Stop At: Fasiledes, Ethiopia
Arrive to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian and African capital. Proceed to the domestic flights terminal to fly to
Gondar at 14:40. In the late afternoon, proceed to visit Fasilides’ pool, where you will witness the
celebration of Timkat (the Ethiopian Orthodox Epiphany). The celebration starts two weeks after the
Ethiopian Christmas during Ketera, with long processions towards the pool carrying the Tabot (a copy of
the Ark of the Covenant) that each church keeps in its interior.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Gondar - Zobel Lodge

Day 2: Gondar

Stop At: Fasil Ghebbi, Gonder Ethiopia
In the morning, go back to the Fasilides Pool to witness the celebration of the Ethiopian epiphany. During
the ceremony, hundreds of people gather around the pool to be baptised as Jesus Christ did in the
Jordan river by John the Baptist. In the afternoon, finish the city tour with the visit to the Debre Birhan
Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia full of staring angels, and the Royal Enclosure.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Gondar - Zobel Lodge

Day 3: Gondar -Bahir Dar and The Blue

Stop At: Bahir Dar, Bahir Dar, Amhara Region
In the morning, drive to Bahir Dar. The four hours drive will give you a perspective on the Amhara
community. In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area. Finish your day
with a lovely dinner by lake Tana.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Bahir Dar - Delano Hotel

Day 4: Bahir Dar

Stop At: Bahir Dar, Bahir Dar, Amhara Region
Bahir Dar
In the morning, start the city tour with a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries located at the
Zege Peninsula, Kibran Gebriel (not allowed for women) and the source of the Blue Nile River. In the
afternoon, visit the Bezawit hill, where Haile Selassie I made his palace built in 1967 and watch the
impressive view over the lake Tana and the city, especially during the sunset.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Bahir Dar - Delano Hotel

Day 5: Bahir Dar - Simien Mountains National Park

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
In the morning, drive to the Simien Mountains National Park. On the way you can stop by the via
Debark, where we will obtain all the trekking permits and the required scout. Start trekking from Buytras
(Simien Lodge), to Sankaber (3-4 hours). During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first
Gelada baboons groups. Drive back to Debark for overnight.
Duration: 24 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Debark - Ras Dejen Hotel

Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park - Axum

Stop At: Aksum, Ethiopia
Full day of driving to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Frequent stops at viewpoints along the way such as the Tekeze River, one of the tributaries of
the Blue Nile River. Arrive in Axum late afternoon.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Axum - Yared Zema Hotel

Day 7: Aksum

Stop At: Axum, Axum, Tigray Region
In the morning, start the city tour in Axum with the visit of the famous obelisks (one that was recently
erected after being returned from Italy). After lunch, visit the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies
water to Axum year-round). Continue the city tour with the visit to King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of
Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of Convenant is believed
to be kept. Unfortunately only men are allowed to enter this old church and no one, except the guardian
monk, is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Axum - Yared Zema Hotel

Day 8: Axum-Mekele

Stop At: Mek'ele, Mek'ele, Tigray Region
Drive to Mekele via Adwa, the historic battlefield where the victory over the Italians took place in 1895.
On the way, visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital
of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. On the way to Mekele you can visit different rock-hewn churches.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Mekele - Parrot Guest House

Day 9: Mekele - Erta Ale

Stop At: Erta Ale, Active volicano Afar, mekele, 6611 Ethiopia
In the morning, meet the crew to star the Danakil expedition. Please note that a supporting vehicle with
cook, scout and militia is required to enter this area. Drive to Dodom for about 6 hours after passing a
landscape full of sand, rocks, solidified lava and some palm oasis. Once in Dodom, there is a trekking
route to the Erta Ale volcano that takes about 3 hours. The trekking starts around 20.00 hours to avoid
high temperatures. The camels will transport all the camping materials and some food and water to the
rim of the volcano where we will spend the night. Erta Ale is a permanent lava lake volcano with a base
diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping overnight nearby the Erta Ale volcano

Day 10: Erta Ale-Mekele

Stop At: Mek'ele, Mek'ele, Tigray Region
In the early morning, walk by the different pits of the volcano and descent back to Dodom to leave after
an early breakfast to Mekele via Eript.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Mekele - Parrot Guest House

Day 11: Mekele-lalibela

Stop At: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
Early in the morning, embark on a full day driving to Lalibela. Today you will pass through several
small tribal villages typical sandstone home such as Tigray, Agewu and Amihara people. Proceed
through rural areas of Sekota region and before reaching Lalibela, visit Yimerehane Kristos
monastery, a rock-caved church and one of the most beautiful churches for its singular architecture.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Lalibela - Maribela Hotel

Day 12: Lalibela

Stop At: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
After breakfast, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of
churches: Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael and Bet Golgotha
(where women are not allowed to enter). Continue with the southeastern cluster of churches: Bet
Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos. Finally, you will visit the most
famous of all the churches, Bet Giyorgis, built in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia: Saint George.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Lalibela - Maribela Hotel

Day 13: lalibela

Stop At: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
In the morning, drive to Genetemaryam monastery, a beautiful monolithic church located 35 km far from
Lalibela. On the way, experience firsthand the lifestyles of the highland people. Finish your day with a
stunning sunset over the mountains of Lasta.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Lalibela - Maribela Hotel

Day 14: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Langano

Stop At: Langano, Langano, Oromiya Region
In the morning, head to the airport to fly to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival, the car will be waiting for you to
take you to Langano, one of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon chilling by the
beach.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Langano - Sabanah Beach Resort

Day 15: langano-Arba minch

Stop At: Arba Minch, Arba Minch, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Start your journey to the Omo Valley by car early in the morning towards Arba Minch. In the afternoon,
you will have time to visit the Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains, popular for their tall, beehive-shaped
bamboo houses. If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to
another location. End the day with an unforgettable sunset over the lakes Chamo and Abaya.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 16: Arba minch -Nechisar national park -Jinka

Stop At: Nechisar National Park, From Arba Minch 32km, Arba Minch Ethiopia
n the morning, visit the Nechisar National Park where you can take a boat trip on the Lake Chamo to
see crocodiles, hippopotamus and abundant bird species. After lunch, proceed to Jinka, set in the hills
above the Mago and Omo National Parks and visit some ethnic tribes such as the Gamo and Derashe.
Relax and enjoy the rest of the evening in the arid beauty of these surroundings.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Jinka - Nasa Pension

Day 17: Jinka -Mago National park-Turmi

Stop At: Turmi, Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Drive to the Mago National Park early in the morning in order to visit the most famous of Ethiopia’s
indigenous tribes: the Mursi people. This will provide you a fascinating insight into this tribe, who insert


Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Turmi - Paradise Lodge

Day 18: Turmi

Stop At: Turmi, Turmi, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Drive to the village of Kangatan by crossing the Omo River and walking through the local fields to visit
the Nyangaton tribe. Afterwards, proceed to the Karo village of Korcho and visit the Karo tribe known for
their body decorations. Drive back to Turmi and witness the bull-jumping tradition if its possible.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Turmi - Paradise Lodge

Day 19: Turmi-Konso

Stop At: Konso, Konso, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
n the morning, visit the Hamer tribe, who exhibit beaded decorations, ocre-coloured braided hair and
painted white faces. In the afternoon, proceed to Konso. The Konso highland tribe are known for the
ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages. The Konso people are known for
their wooden statues, known as wakas, erected in honor of dead heroes.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Konso - Korebta Lodge

Day 20: Konso-Awassa

Stop At: Awasa, Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region
Start the journey to Awassa. During the 6 hours drive, you will be able to pass by the most famous coffee
plantations in Ethiopia. Arrive to Awassa
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Awassa - Haile Resort

Day 21: Awassa-Addis Ababa

Stop At: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
In the morning, you can visit the fish market and the surroundings in order to witness the ancient fishing
lifestyles in a stunning area full of different bird and primates species. Drive back to Addis Ababa. Arrive
to Addis Ababa in the afternoon with time for some shopping, sightseeing or relax. In the evening, Inside
Ethiopia Tours offers you a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with life music and regional dancing
performances.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in Addis Ababa - Mado Hotel

Day 22: Departure from Addis Ababa

Pass By: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
In the morning, you can explore some of the main attractions in Addis Ababa before heading to the
airport for departure.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Departure Time
7:00 PM
Duration
22 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 20x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 20 nights
  • Domestic flights (ADD -GDQ / LLI-ADD) with Ethiopian Airlines in economic class
  • Toyota 4x4 Landcruiser (driver’s allowance and fuel expenses)
  • Accommodation at high-end and mid-range hotels
  • Full package to the Danakil Depression including supporting vehicle, scout, militia
  • All licenses and scouts required in the national parks included in the program
  • Boat trip at Lake Tana, the Nechisar National Park and Omorate
  • All applicable taxes
  • Service charge
  • Entry/Admission - Fasil Ghebbi
  • Entry/Admission - Simien Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
  • Entry/Admission - Nechisar National Park
Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for drivers, guides (at your discretion)
  • Any other personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Binyam and Amanda are owners of this fantastic Ethio-Spanish tour agency. They responded swiftly, over and over as we planned and changed our 12 day tour with them. They even arranged the FIVE domestic flights which greatly assisted our enjoyment of the great antiquities in
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Dear Ron and Ryan, Thank you very much for choosing Inside Ethiopia Tours! We are happy you liked our service. It was a pleasure meeting you and showing you our beautiful country. Best regards, Binyam and Amanda
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