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Immerse yourself in the proud history and culture of Ethiopia. Touch down in vibrant Addis Ababa and traverse the Omo Valley to meet indigenous tribes in Jinka, Arba Minch, Turmi and Konso. Relax in verdant Awassa and unearth the treasures of Gondar and Axum. Be amazed by Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and fall in love with Bahir Dar and Lalibela, home to mysterious rock churches.
* Important: If your outbound flight leaves at dawn (before 04: 00) you must arrive at the airport the night before the selected departure day.
If your return flight departs early in the morning, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast.
** Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking or it will be delivered directly at the destination.
*** If the advertised hotel in Turmi is not available, it will be replaced by Paradise Lodge Turmi.
You will have the option to purchase travel insurance in the final stage of the booking.
Visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
Arrive at your US departure airport ready for a flight to Addis Ababa. Night on board.
Arrive in Addis Ababa, meet your guide and set off to the south into the Rift Valley. Stop in Tiya, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient stone megaliths believed to have been erected between the 12th and 14th centuries to mark the graves of ancient Oromo warriors. Continue to Lake Langano, making a stop at Lake Ziway to appreciate the bountiful birdlife. Arrive in Langano and enjoy some free time in this magnificent savanna environment on the banks of the lake. Overnight stay in Lake Langano.
Breakfast at the hotel and take some time to relax by the lake. Afterwards, set off for Arba Minch stopping along the way in the Gughe Mountains to visit the Dorze People, known for their fine cotton weaving and beehive-shaped houses. You may be lucky enough to visit on one of the lively market days, which are on Mondays and Thursdays in the Dorze village. Continue to Arba Minch, in the beautiful Omo Valley cultural zone, set in lush mountainous surroundings. Enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful environment. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Arba Minch.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy a scenic boat trip on the mighty Lake Chamo, home to crocodiles, hippos and wild birds. Continue southwards into the savannah, home of the tribal clans of the Omo Valley. Witness the Tsemay and Benna tribes herding cattle in search of water and stopping at Konso and Key Afer. Continue towards Turmi. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Turmi.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, set off to Omorate to meet the local Dessanech tribe. These cattle-herding communities live in dome-shaped houses made from a frame of branches, covered with animal hides, beside the Omo River. Learn about their way of life and herding techniques. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Hamar village to get to know about the local customs and traditions. The Hamar people are famed for their Bull-Jumping ceremonies. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Turmi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your journey through the cultural Omo Valley, and head to Jinka, located in the hills north of the Tama Plains and famed for its indigenous communities. Stop at the Benna Tribal Market and admire the unique mix of cultures. Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a research centre about the tribes of the Omo Valley and explore a nearby village for an insight into the local community. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Jinka.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the Mago National Park, to meet the Mursi people, the warrior tribe of the Omo Valley. The Mursi are well known for the large clay discs their women wear in their lower lip. Learn about the cultural and social life of the village and meet the locals. Afterwards, leave the savannah behind in favour of the fertile mountains of Karat-Konso. Visit a local Konso village, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Konso.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit the local Konso people, known for their unique honorific totems and their intricate agricultural terracing techniques. Afterwards, head back towards the centre of the country, passing along the route of the Great Rift Valley. Arrive at picturesque Lake Awassa, where you can spend the afternoon at your leisure, relaxing and enjoying a sundowner drink whilst watching the glorious nature in front of you. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Awassa.
Breakfast at the hotel. After enjoying a visit to Awassa Fish Market, head back to the capital of Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum, home to the 3.5 million-year-old hominid fossil, Lucy, and enjoy some free time in the city, known for its vibrant Jazz music scene and exciting culinary delights. Overnight stay in Addis Ababa.
Breakfast at the hotel. transfer to the airport for a flight to Lalibela. Arrive in iconic Lalibela and enjoy a tour of the Southeastern Cluster of rock churches including Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual and Bet Abba Libanos. The most spectacular sight is saved until last as you finally explore Bet Giyorgis, a huge monolith in the shape of a cross, constructed in honour of St. George, the patron saint of Ethiopia. It is an important pilgrimage site for Coptic Christians. Spend some time discovering this sacred site at your own pace before enjoying a traditional coffee ceremony with a local family. Overnight stay in Lalibela.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Lalibela by road, towards the beautiful lakeside city of Bahir Dar. Pass through the beautiful countryside scenery of Gojam before finally arriving at Bahir Dar, on the shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and the largest lake in Ethiopia. End the day with a beautiful sunset view from Bezait Palace. Enjoy the panoramic view across Lake Tana and the Blue Nile River. Overnight stay in Bahir Dar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the ancient monasteries, famed for their ancient manuscripts and religious paintings. Visit the monastery of Ura Kidanemihret- famed for its iconic paintings, and continue to the southern end of the heart-shaped lake to the 14th-century island monastery of Kibran Gebriel. Also discover the church of Azwa Mariam, with its iconic thatched roof. In the afternoon, transfer by road to the mighty Blue Nile Waterfalls to contemplate the power of nature The falls are known locally as 'Tissiat', which means 'Smoking Water'. Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Bahir Dar.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Addis Ababa. Transfer to the international airport for a flight back to the US. Night on board
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