• Lalibela

    Lalibela, a medieval settlement in the Lasta area of Wallo, lies at the centre of an extensive complex of rock churches. Some can be reached by one or two hours drive, others are a full day's journey

    Lalibela has 11 remarkable rock-hewn monolithic churches, believed to have been built by King Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th Century.
    Read More
  • Gondar Castles

    Gonder was the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia, and is notable for its medieval Castles and churches.

    The City's unique imperial compound contains a number of Castles built between 1632 and 1855 by the various Emperors who reigned during this period.
    Read More
  • Tribes in Omo Valley

    The Omo valley and the surrounding areas are also well known because of their most attractive National Park and various tribes that have led traditional life styles. The famous national parks such as Nech sar, Mago and Omo are found around the Omo Valley.

    The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.
    Read More
  • Blue Nile,Bahir Dar

    Bahar Dar is a small town set on the south - eastern shore of Lake Tana, where local fishermen still use papyrus boats, and just 30 km from the spectacular Tissisat Falls. Here the Blue Nile creates “Smoking Water" an awe-inspiring sight as it plunges into the gorge below.

    From Bahar Dar one must explore some of the ancient monasteries that have been built around Lake Tana, or on the many Islands.
    Read More
  • The Dallol Depression

    The Dallol Depression, also called Danakil Depression, is a desert with some areas that are more than 100 meters (328 feet) below sea level. This is special because it is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water.

    There are hot yellow sulfur fields among the sparkling white salt beds. Heat isn''t the only thing people feel in the Dallol Depression. Alarming earth tremors are frequently felt. There are also several active volcanoes
    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Historic Heritage, Ethnic & Nature & Pastoral Culture

Tour Summery

Duration: 15 nights / 16 days 
Type of Tour: Historic, Cultural & Nature 
Tour Code: ENSE - 002
Mode of Transport: Domestic Flights (North) & Surface (South)
Route: Addis Ababa – Gondar – Axum – Lalibela – Addis Ababa (end of flights, change to 4WD) – Arba Minch – Tiya - Arba Minch - Chencha - Konso - Turmi - Omorate - Dimeka - Jinka - Mago/Mursi - Jinka - KeyAfer - Konso – Yabello – Yirgalem – Addis Ababa

Detail Program

DATE ACTIVITY OVER NIGHT
Day 1

WELCOME TO ETHIOPIA!

ELMI Tour welcomes the group at Bole International Airport. Transfer to your hotel to leave the luggages (if rooms are available, check in).

A mini city tour: Mercato (the biggest open air market in East Africa), Trinity Cathedral (the magnificent baroque style architecture), Entoto Mountain (highest peak and city view at 3,200m above sea level, and more.
Dinner

Addis Ababa
Day 2

ADDIS ABABA ✈ GONDAR    

                                                    
Morning flight to Gondar - the old capital.
After hotel check in, visit the 17th century Fasil Castle’s compound, registered by UNESCO as world heritage for the presence of those castles in such immense number and their architectural significance.  Then visit Debre-Berhan Selassie Church highly decorated with mural paintings of angel portraits and other biblical history.
After lunch, visit the swimming pool of Emperor Fasil and the church of Qusquam where the crypts of King Iyoas and his grand mother Queen Mintewab are located.

Gondar
Day 3 GONDAR ✈ AXUM
Fly to Axum (40min).  After hotel check in, visit the swimming pool of the legendary queen of Sheba, the ruin of imperial edifices along with their tombs, the church of St. Marry of Zion where the original Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept secretly, the main stelae park where the huge monolithic stelae are found, and the archeological museum that displays artifacts unearthed archeologically.
Axum
Day 4 AXUM ✈ LALIBELA
Morning flight
to Lalibela.
After hotel check in, visit the first group of the magnificent Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela carved out of living volcanic tuff with amazing architectural skills that the world has never seen elsewhere (UNESCO Heritage). Among churches of this group, Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, vaulted dome and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of St.. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock hewn churches.
After Lunch, visit the second group of the Rock-Hewn Churches; Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster with the developed skills of the masons to carve the church in such perfection.
Lalibela
Day 5 LALIBELA
Visit Nakuto La’ab Cave Church (45km from Lalibela town) established by Emperor Nakuto La’ab, who reined after Lalibela. The Emperor is said to be pious Christian who used to roll on sword on every Friday to memorize the passion of Christ. 
Back to Lalibela town for lunch.  After lunch, continuing visiting the rock hewn church groups in Lalibela town.
Lalibela
Day 6 LALIBELA ✈ ADDIS ABABA
Fly back to Addis Ababa.
Go on a city tour to visit the rest of the Addis Ababa sites which the group could not visit on the first day.
(Optional with extra charge): fine oil massage, steam bath, hot spring
Addis Ababa
Day 7 ADDIS ABABA - TIYA - ARBA MINCH
After breakfast, go on a road trip to the South.
Today we drive to Arba Minch along the Butajira road.
On the way, visit the stelae of Tiya and the archaeological site.  Lunch stop in Welayta town - known for the finest Kutfo (raw meat dish of Ethiopia).
Arba Minch
Day 8 ARBA MINCH - CHENCHA/DORZE - KONSO
Morning drive to a village of the Dorze people (around 2700-3000m above sea level) who live in hilly mountain of Gughe (the highest peak in the region). They were once warriors and now turned to agriculturalists.  Their houses are typically beehive shaped huts, and they are famous for their weaving culture.  
Lunch back to Arba Minch.
After lunch, boat trip on Lake Chamo where crocodiles can be seen in abundance. This place is locally known as the crocodile market since several crocodiles can be seen at a time.  Also found are Hippos and different kinds of birds including storks, Egyptian goose, herons etc.
Drive to Konso(90Km)
Konso
Day 9 KONSO - TURMI
In the early morning  drive to Turmi. (160Km)
Lunch in Turmi then visitTurmi Market of Hammer people.
If we are lucky, we can catch the Bull Jumping Ceremony of the Hammer people - promotion for the young men from childhood to adulthood.  If a boy can jump on top of morethan 20 bulls (3 round trips), then he is considered as an adult man and can marry any beautiful girls in the village.
Turmi
Day 10 TURMI - OMORATE - DIMEKA - TURMI
After breakfast, drive to Omorate (75km).
Take a boat to cross the river Omo to visit the Geleb (Dassenech) people.  Geleb people are agro-pastoralists.  The unmarried girls wear leather skirts with double flaps whereas the married ones wear single flap skirts. or Karo village
Lunch in Turmi/Dimeke or box lunch.
Visit Dimeka Market of the Hammer & Karo people.
Turmi
Day 11 TURMI - JINKA - MAGO/MURSI - JINKA
In the morning drive to Jinka(120Km), After hotel check in  drive to Mago National Park, which is home to 84-recorded species of mammals and 257 species of birds.  Buffalo is the charismatic species of the park.
Then, visit the world famous Mursi people - known for the clay disc the female insert in to their lower lips as a mark of beauty.  The larger the disc is, the more beautiful the lady is considered to be. 
Jinka
Day 12 JINKA - KEYAFER - JINKA
After breakfast, drive to Keyafer (50km) to visit the colorful market of Hammer, Bana and Ari tribes.
Lunch in Keyafer.
Back to Jinka and visit the south Omo Musium
Jinka
Day 13 JINKA - KONSO
In the morning drive to Konso.(160Km) After hotel check in visit Konso. The Konso people are famous for their natural resource conservation activities such as terracing. They are also known for wood carving art. The Waga village for the woodcarvings erected as a mark of tomb. And the New york site. The Konso terracing is recognized by UNESCO as world heritage site.
Konso
Day 14 KONSO - YABELLO
In the morning drive to Yabelo.(100Km)
Today you will witness an unique and amazing tradition of Borena People to provide water for their cattle.  A group of about 20 people are lined up to draw water from the stream that is 20m deep.  It is called "singing well" as they would sing  while drawing water together. 
Yabello
Day 15 YABELO - YIRGALEM
After breakfast drive to Yirgalem.
On the way, enjoy the dense coffee forest surrounding you.  You will visit a coffee farm to learn how they produce coffee beans.  Stay overnight in Aregash Lodge situated in the middle of the forest. Walk around to spot so many bird species.
Yirgalem
Day 16 YIRGALEM - ADDIS ABABA
Spend the morning around Aregash Lodge.
After lunch, drive back to Addis Ababa (330km).
Dinner in Addis Ababa.
Airport transfer to Bole International Airport to catch your international flight back to Home!  Bon Voyage!