18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS FOR ADVENCHER + HISTORICAL SITES - CULTURE TOUR CODE:ETG/COMBINATION/001 1 City tour of Addis Morning visit the Grand market, Archaeological and Ethnological Museums. Afternoon drive up to Mt. Entoto to have a panoramic view over the city and drive down to visit Trinity Cathedral and Beata church. 2 Bahir Dar An early, flight to Bahirdar. It takes 1hour and 30min. Then transfer to your hotel. After briefly settling in your hotel direct drive 32kms South East of Bahirdar and walk up some distance and then proceed to visit the thundering “Tiss-Issat” fall which means Smoking Water in Amharic. Drive back to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon, a four hour boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit UraKidaneMihret on ZegaPeninsual: the most beautiful church in the Tana region, set within bleak stone walls. The monastery was founded in the 14th century by a saint called Betre Maryam. Kibran Gabriel: it is founded in the 13th century by a hermit called AbunaYohannis. Dinner at your hotel. After dinner go to Cultural Night Club (Maskinko Bet) and overnight in Bahirdar. Dinner at your hotel. After dinner going to Cultural Night Club (Maskinko Bet) and overnight in Bahirdar. 3 Bahir Dar – Gonder After breakfast, drive to Gondar. The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture. After briefly settling in your hotel, 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 Timketcelebrations and the DebreBirhan Selassie church, with its most famous ceiling painting in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gonder. 4 Gonder - Simen Mountains(sky of Africa) – Gonder Depart early in the morning from Gondar for a drive to Debark. We will stop along the way to handle park fees, etc. Nearing Sankober, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. After 2hrs trekking back to Gonder. Overnight in Gonder. 5 Gonder - Lalibela (flight) The same morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet MedhaneAlem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha. After lunch, 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, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – St.George. Overnight in your hotel. 6 Lalibela - Axum (flight) Today will be a full day visit of the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy), the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), 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 the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Overnight in your hotel. 7 Axum – Mekele After breakfast drive some 20 kms. to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. Afterwards, Visit the DebreDamo monastery. Must climb up a 15-mt on a rope to enter. Overnight in Mekele hotel. 8 Mekele - HamedIla Drive from Mekele to HamedIla via Berehale, where you will pick up police scouts, road guides and permits for the Afar region. From Berehale, proceed driving to HamedIla. We will see the camel caravans along the way, carrying salt from the salt lake to Mekele for sale. Overnight camping in HamedIla. 9 HamedIla - Erta Ale From HamedIla, continue to Erta Ale via Kusawad. The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. You will camp in the village of El Dom, where it will be an early-to-bed night. 10 Erta Ale - HamedIla After breakfast, drive to HamedIla and take a day trip to Dallol which at 116m below sea level is the lowest point on earth. Here the landscape is beautiful, due to the many shades of red and yellow from the hot water, acids and minerals spurting up from the ground. You will also visit Lake Asale, which is the salt lake where the Afar nomads extract salt. You will witness (and even try) their laborious task of removing salt from the ground as hundreds of camels relax before the long trek back to Mekele. At the end of the day we return to HamedIla for overnight camping. 11 Afdera - Mekele - Addis (flight) Direct drive to Mekele Then back to Addis by plane. Dinner will be in restaurant with a night view of Addis. 12 Addis - Harar ( via DereDawa) - flight Morning flight from Addis to DereDawa then transportation car waits you in DereDawa Air Port. Drive to Harar half day dedicated to exploring the walled city of Harar. With its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses. At night you will visit the Hyena Men who feed the hyenas every night just outside the walls of the city. You can even have a try at feeding the hyenas – with your mouth! Overnight in Harar at Hotel. 13 Harar - Addis ( flight) Morning drive to DereDawa Air Port then flight back to Addis. Half day city tour in Addis (Modern Addis Ababa city tour includes visit of the Trinity Cathedral(built 1941), Addis Ababa University Campus and Ethnological Museum in the same compound. Dinner will be in famous Ethiopia Cultural restaurant with cultural live music. Overnight in Hotel. 14 Addis - Arbaminch Flight to Arbaminch - and it is your free day 15 Arbaminch - Jinka In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market” and the hippos. Afterwards, drive to Jinka via Key Afer. Lunch in en route. Dinner and overnight in Jinka. 16 Jinka- Mursi - Turmi In the morning, drive to Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursis are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates. In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes. After lunch drive to Turmi via Dimeka and Key Afar. At night you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi. Overnight in Turmi. 17 Turmi – Arbaminch After breakfast, proceed driving to Arba Minch. On the way, stop in Erbore in the Weyto Valley, to visit the Erbore tribe (market day is Friday). Overnight in Hotel. 18 Arbaminch – Addis Early in the morning, drive from Arbaminch to Addis via Hosaena. On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest: Tiya ancient stellae field a UNESCO World Heritage site Adadi Maryam – rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela MelkaKunture – pre-historic tool-making site After the visit, continue back to Addis. Dinner will be in traditional restaurant with cultural live music. Overnight in hotel or depart to your country End of Tour.