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DANAKIL DEPRESSION AND AFAR PEOPLE

1: ITINERARY
01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON hotel. (If the arrival is 1 day before, pls inform us. And add the overnight cost on the quotation)

02. SUN. Drive to Kombolcha. Being Sunday admire on route the very colorful Afar and Oromo people market at Senbete village. Lunch on the way; dinner and ON hotel.

03. MON. Drive to admire the very colorful Monday’s Afar and Oromo people market at Bati village. Is the most colorful market of northern Ethiopia and is amazing to see all these camel caravans at ones; and the interaction among the residents and Afar people. Proceed then to Semera, where we take the permits for the Danakil. Drive further a few hours to reach lake Afrera. Proceed then to the hot springs.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping (if too windy or full at the hot springs, camp at a hotel in town or use one of the local open air hotels)

04. Proceed admiring some Afar people villages, camels, the Afar people way of life and more. Cross also very nice different views, including rocky mountains as dunes, green areas and more. Reach for the afternoon Dodom, at the bottom of the active ErTale volcano. Here we organize the camels for the materials and trek from around 1700 hrs till around 2100 hrs to ErTale volcano. Then enjoy amazing views, admiring the volcano at its splendor, and the lava at the volcano rim: is spectacular!
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in local huts on the volcano rim.

05. Early morning have a last glance of the volcano and then walk back to Dodom. Proceed your drive then to an Afar people village (Emegubi village) for some very interesting experiences, admiring their culture and way of life, how they extract the local wine from the palm trees and more. Reach Ahmedale late afternoon.
Lunch on the way; dinner and ON camping at AhmedAle.

06. Full day to visit the Dalol natural wonder, spectacular colors of nature, and the Afar men extracting salt.
Have your lunch on route; back to AhmedAle for dinner and ON camping

07. Drive to Hawsen or Mekele. In ones from 120 mts below sea level we go to the Ethiopian highlands above 2,000 meters. Here in the Tigray region are found more than 110 different churches, with different architectural and ornamental designs.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Gheralta lodge at Hawsen or hotel in Mekele
08. Full day dedicated for the visit of the Tigray churches.

Visit Micael Imba, Debre Selam Atsbi and Micael Barka churches.
Or Abreha Atsbeha, Degum Selassie and TecleHaimanot Hawsen.
Lunch on the way. Dinner at a traditional restaurant in town. ON hotel in Mekele

09. SUN. Fly back Addis. Afternoon free in Addis.
Lunch free in Addis. Dinner with folkloristic dances in a traditional restaurant.
After dinner transfer to the airport for departure (or if the flight is next day, have an overnight in Addis Ababa. The next day you’ll be picked up from your hotel 3 hrs before your flight and transferred at the airport. So on your quotation add one overnight in Addis Ababa)

We also suggest an extension to Djibouti for the Danakil depression, the Abe and Easal lakes and the beaches at Tadjoura. Or also the Omo valley or Surma people or the people of north-west or the Historic route, or to the parks of Tanzania or Kenya or the beaches of Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)

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PEOPLE OF THE NORTH WEST

1: ITINERARY
01. FRI. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON hotel.

02. SAT. Leave your hotel at 0700 am & drive north, admiring spectacular views and crossing the Blue Nile river gorge. Continue to Kossober to visit the Gojam and Agew people Saturday’s market. Then proceed to Chagni and Mandura to Zengena lake.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping near to Zengena lake

03. SUN. Drive to Dahans Baguna village to admire a Gumze & Agew people market. Then proceed to a traditional Agew people village. Reach then the Blue Nile.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping at Shinashia, next to a Agew people village.

04. Visit the palace of Dej Asmach Jemal, built during Emperor Menelik reign.
Reach Janga where you can admire the Blue Nile, before entering in Sudan, called here “Sirba Abay” (189 kms, 4 hrs). Proceed then to Sherkole, where you can admire the Berta people, traditional gold miners. Proceed then to Asosa town.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel at Asosa

05. TUE. Drive to Fametsere, where under a volcanic mountain (which they call the gold mountain and have many traditional believes) the Berta people extract gold.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel at Asosa

06. Drive to Bambasi & Ye’amsera villages of the Mao and Komo people. The Mao & Komo are semi-nomadic people with scarification all over their body & different traditions. The Mao men have scarification in the face & chest, while female on the belly. The Komo on the front & face, while female on the belly.
Proceed to the Ganzo people village. The Ganzo are the 81st tribe, just registered few years ago. Are totally 150 members. Have scarification over their body, mainly the men in the face & chest; while female in the belly, arms & back. They hunt (warthog, alligators, monkeys, etc) and in the evening they dine and dance in the village
On our return to Asosa visit also a mosque, built in 1952, where in July (Arabian calendar on Mirage 27) there is a famous pilgrimage.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON camping or local hotel at Asosa

07. Drive to Dembibdollo and proceed to Gambela. Here at bank of Baro river leave the Nuer and Anuak people.Visit their villages.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Gambela

08. Day dedicated for the Nuer and Anuak people.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Gambela

09. Drive to Wonchi lake, for very nice views.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel in Ambo town

10. SUN. Morning make walks or horse-riding down to the lake, boat excursion and have walks with spectacular views. Then drive back to Addis to reach late afternoon.
Lunch on the way. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances.
After dinner transfer to the airport for departure (or if the flight is next day, have an overnight in Addis Ababa. The next day you’ll be picked up from your hotel 3 hrs before your flight and transferred at the airport. So on your quotation add one overnight in Addis Ababa)

We also suggest extension to other tours in Ethiopia as the Historic route or Omo valley or Surma people, or to the parks in Tanzania or Kenya or the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or Djibouti or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)

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HISTORY AND CULTURE

1: ITINERARY
01. FRI. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa.
Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Bahirdar, 2 hrs before the flight time (meet your driver at your hotel). Ones in Bahirdar drive to the hotel for check-in. After the check-in, drive approximately 1 hour to reach the Blue Nile falls. Admire these spectacular falls. Then late morning drive back to Bahirdar.
Afternoon make a boat excursion on lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam.
Breakfast can be at the airport or in Bahirdar. Lunch at your hotel in Bahirdar. Have dinner in a restaurant in town or at your hotel. ON hotel in Bahirdar

03. Leave the hotel at 0800 am to drive to Gondar. It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes, lake Tana and Amhara people villages.
Drive then to your hotel for check-in and lunch.
Afternoon visit the castles, the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Empress Mentewab palace.
Have lunch at your hotel. Dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel in Gondar.

04. Drive 2 hrs before flight schedule to the airport. Fly to Lalibela. Transfer hotel.
Afternoon visit the rock-hewn churches, defined as the 8th wonder in the world.
Have your meals & ON hotel

05. Morning drive to visit Naktuleab cave church. Or you can choose to walk (or with mules) to the Asheten Mariam church, with spectacular views too.
Afternoon visit the remaining churches in town. And then take part of the coffee ceremony (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture).
Have your meals in town or at your hotel. ON (overnight) hotel

06. Drive 2 hrs before flight schedule to the airport. Fly to Axum. Transfer hotel.
Afternoon visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba, and more.
Have your meals & ON (overnight) hotel

07. THU. Drive 2 hrs before flight schedule to the airport. Fly to Addis. Meet your vehicle/s. Drive then to the Rift Valley lake of Langano. Here you have possibility walking in the nearby Munessa forest, bird-watching (this is inhabitant of 400 species of birds), spot mammals and monkeys as the culubus monkey (in Amharic guresa), have the possibility to explore the area by horse-riding, and can have a relaxing swimming in the only bilharzias free lake.
Lunch on the way. Dinner and ON Wenney eco-lodge. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/wenney/

08. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive through the Wolayta people & villages and admiring spectacular green hills. Proceed to Chencha mountain, for the Dorze people, with their unique culture, particular houses and traditions.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Swaynes hotel Arbaminch. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/swaynes/

09. SAT. Leave around 0700 am & drive to Turmi, admiring on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay & Hamer people + very attractive views. On the way visit the Saturday’s very colorful Hamer, Karo and Tsemay people market at Dimeka village. Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Turmi at the Evangadi lodge (in bungalows or camping. Pls pass us your choice) http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/evangadi/

10. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to the Nyangatom people crossing the Omo river with small boats at Kangate. Walk to the villages. Then back to Kangate, meet the vehicles and drive about 1 hr to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Late afternoon drive back to Turmi, to visit the Hamer people and their villages + culture
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

11. MON. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & make a morning excursion to visit the Dassanech people villages at Omorate, at bank of Omo river.
Then back to Turmi to visit the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market.
After the market visit the Hamer people and their villages. With luck we’ll try also to participate to their marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping; and Evangadi dances.
Have meals & ON Turmi at the Evangadi lodge

12. Proceed through the Ari & Benna people and villages, to Jinka. Reach on time to visit the very interesting museum.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.

13. Enter into the Mago National park and admiring different mammals and birds on the way, drive to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Men different scarifications all over their body.
Afternoon drive back to Jinka town.
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON hotel in Jinka.

14. THU. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Arbaminch. Being Thursday admire the very colorful Tsemay and Erbore people market at KeyAfer village.
Make also a stop to visit Konso people culture and villages, famous for their terracing agriculture and traditions. Reach Arbaminch late afternoon
Have lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Arbaminch Swaynes hotel

15. Morning drive to the Netch Sar National park to see spectacular views & animals as the endemic Swaynes Hartebeest, zebras & other.
Afternoon make a boat excursion on Chamo lake to admire the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reach 6 meters of length), hippos and birds.
Meals & ON Arbaminch Swaynes hotel

16. SUN. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive back to Addis, visiting the Guraghe people villages & very nice views on the way.
Lunch on the way. Have dinner in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. After dinner transfer to the airport for departure (or if the flight is next day, have an overnight in Addis Ababa. The next day you’ll be picked up from your hotel 3 hrs before your flight and transferred at the airport. So on your quotation add one overnight in Addis Ababa)

We also suggest extension to another tour in Ethiopia as the Danakil or Surma people or the people of the north-west in Ethiopia, or to the parks in Tanzania or Kenya or the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or Djibouti or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)

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OMO VALLEY. SOUTH ETHIOPIA

1: ITINERARY
01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa.
Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to Arbaminch (500 kms). On the way visit the Guraghe and Wolayta people villages and their culture. Admiring also very nice views on the way. Reach Arbaminch late in the afternoon.
Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON at the Swaynes hotel, with spectacular views over Chamo & Abaya lakes. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/swaynes/

03. Morning drive to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique houses and traditions. Visit the false banana cultivations, from which they extract their traditional bread (the Kotcho), the weaving works and more. Afternoon make a boat excursion on Chamo lake for crocodiles, hippos, birds and a fantastic sunset.
Meals & ON Swaynes hotel.

04. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Jinka. See on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people. Make a stop for the visit of a Konso people village, which are famous for the terracing agriculture, and have particular traditions. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in a hotel in Jinka (choices are Tebekew or Resort)

05. Drive to the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds. Proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Afternoon drive to Jinka and visit the museum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel in Jinka

06. THU. Drive to Turmi. On the way admire Thursday’s KeyAfer village market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. Proceed to visit the Hamer people and villages.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/evangadi/
07. Leave your hotel around 0730 am & drive to the Nyangatom people crossing the Omo river with small boats at Kangate. Walk to the villages. Then back to Kangate, meet the vehicles and drive about 1 hr to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Late afternoon drive back to Turmi, to visit the Hamer people and their villages + culture
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge
08. SAT. Drive to Dimeka village, to admire the colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market at Dimeka village. Ones the market is done, have a full day for the Hamer people. With luck we’ll try also to participate to the Hamer people marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping. And in the evening visit the Evangadi dances
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

09. Drive to Omorate, at bank of Omo river, to visit the Dassanech people and their villages. Here also very nice decoration, ornaments and scarification make these one of the other very interesting visit of the omo valley. Afternoon back to Turmi.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge

10. Drive to the Erbore people and visit their villages and interesting culture. Then proceed to the Weyto river valley. Proceed to reach Arbaminch.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Swaynes hotel

11. Drive to the Rift Valley lake of Langano, visiting the Wolayta and Sidamo people. Late afternoon relax at Langano, with possibility walking in the nearby Munessa forest, bird-watching (this is inhabitant of 400 species of birds), spot mammals and monkeys as the culubus monkey, have the possibility to explore the area by horse-riding, and can have a relaxing swimming in the only bilharzias free lake.
Lunch on the way. Dinner and ON Wenney eco-lodge http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/wenney/

12. WED. Drive back to Addis. Afternoon free for visiting souvenir shops and other.
Lunch free. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances in Addis.
After dinner transfer airport for departure

We also suggest extensions to the Historic route or Danakil depression or the Surma area or people of the north-west in Ethiopia; or to the fantastic beaches in Zanzibar or Monbasa or Malindi or Djibouti or the parks in Tanzania or Kenya, or tours to Sudan or Southern Sudan (please see our programs)

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OMO VALLEY. SOUTH ETHIOPIA

1: ITINERARY
01. SUN. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Morning short visit of the capital: visit the Ethnographic museums and St George church. Then drive to the Rift Valley lake of Langano. Here you have possibility of trekking and short walking, bird-watching, have the possibility to explore the area by horse-riding, and can have a relaxing swimming in the only bilharzias free lake. Lunch on the way. Dinner and ON Wenney eco-lodge, secluded in a natural paradise at shore of lake Langano and Munessa forest. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/wenney/

02. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Arbaminch (500 kms). On the way visit the Wolayta people villages and their culture. And spectacular views. Proceed then to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique houses and traditions. Visit the false banana cultivations, from which they extract their traditional bread (the Kotcho), the weaving works and more. Reach Arbaminch late in the afternoon. Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON at the Swaynes hotel, with spectacular views over Chamo & Abaya lakes. http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/swaynes/

03. Leave your hotel around 0700 am & drive to Jinka. See on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay, Ari and Benna people. Make a stop for the visit of a Konso people village, which are famous for the terracing agriculture, and have particular traditions. Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in a hotel in Jinka (choices are Tebekew or Resort)

04. Drive to the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds. Proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Afternoon then drive to Jinka and visit the museum.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON in hotel in Jinka

05. THU. Drive to KeyAfer village to visit the very colorful market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. Then proceed to Turmi, to visit the Hamer people and their villages Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge http://www.greenlandtoursandhotels.com/evangadi/

06. Drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body. From Kortcho village you’ll enjoy also a spectacular view over the Omo river. Proceed then back to Turmi, and with luck we try to find a ceremony of the Hammer people marriage with the bull jumping or the Evangadi dances. Otherwise we’ll take time to visit a traditional village & culture.

Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Turmi Evangadi lodge
07. SAT. Drive to Dimeka village to see Saturday’s very colorful market of Hamer, Karo & Tsemay people. Then proceed to the Weyto river valley. Afternoon proceed your drive, crossing the Derase and Konso people, to reach Arbaminch. If you reach on time you can make a boat excursion on lake Chamo, to admire the longest crocodiles in Africa, reaching about 6 meters of length, and lot of hippos and birds.
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON Swaynes hotel

08. SUN. Drive back to Addis, visiting on the way the Wolayta and Guraghe people, with a stop to some villages; and admiring very nice views.
Lunch on the way. Dinner traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances in Addis.
After dinner transfer airport for departure.

(or can overnight in Addis Ababa & next day extend to another part of Ethiopia or to Tanzania or Kenya or Sudan or Djibouti)

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HISTORIC ROUTE. NORTH ETHIOPIA

HISTORIC ROUTE
1: ITINERARY

01. SAT. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free morning. Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountain with views over the capital, the National & the Ethnographic museums, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. 
Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.

02. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Axum, 2 hrs before the flight time (meet your driver at your hotel). Ones in Axum transfer to the hotel for check-in. 
Visit the steles, St Mary of Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba, and archeological sites. 
Breakfast can be at the airport or in Axum. Lunch and dinner at the hotel in Axum (Yeha or Remhay or Consolar)

03. Leave your hotel at 08am to drive to Hawsen. On the way make very interesting visits, as Yeha pre-Christian temple, DebreDamo monastery (where to reach the monastery men have to climb 16 meters by ropes) and Wikro Cherkos church.
Lunch on the way. Dinner & ON Gheralta lodge (if not available, proceed to Mekele and ON at the Axum or other hotel)

04. Day for the visit of the very interesting Tigray region churches, with also spectacular views. Visit Micael Imba, Debre Selam Atsbi and Micael Barka churches. (otherwise can also be Abreha Atsbeha, Degum Selassie and TecleHaimanot Hawsen)
Lunch on the way. Dinner at a traditional restaurant in town. ON hotel in Mekele

05. Leave your hotel at 07am to drive to Lalibela, crossing sites as Ambalagi, Alamata, Dild & the Tekeze river, with very nice views and admiring the Tigray, Azebo/ Raya, Afar (with luck around Woldya) & Wollo people on the way. 
Spot also the endemic Gelada Baboons around Dild. 
Lunch on the way; dinner & ON hotel

06. Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Churches built in the 12th century; the African Jerusalem. 
And late afternoon take part of the coffee ceremony in a traditional house or the hotel. 
Meals & ON at your hotel

07. Leave your hotel at 07am to drive to Gondar, the city of castes and churches, defined the African Camelot, admiring very nice views over the Semien mountains. 
Lunch on the way; dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel in Gondar (Taye Belay or Florida International or Goha or Quara or Lammergeyer)

08. Morning visit of Gondar: the castles, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals, King Fasiladas bath and Qusquam monastery. 
Afternoon drive to Bahirdar, with views at lake Tana and Amhara people villages. Have lunch at the hotel in Gondar. Dinner and ON hotel in Bahirdar (Abayminch or Tana hotel. With supplement you can choose the Kuriftu lodge)

09. Leave your hotel at 07:30 am to drive to admire the Blue Nile falls. Then need a 15-20 mts walk. Admire these spectacular views. Drive back then to Bahirdar
Afternoon have a boat excursion on lake Tana to admire some monasteries over the lake’s islands, as Asua Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret, with also visits of an Amhara people village & coffee plantations. 
Have your lunch at the hotel. Dinner in a restaurant in town. ON hotel in Bahirdar

10. SUN. Fly to Addis Ababa & have your free afternoon. Lunch free. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer to the airport for departure

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