Immerse yourself into the local culture, traditions and daily lives of the people of Ethiopia on this 11-day heritage tour.
Upon arrival, you will be met by company representatives and transferred to your hotel. We will begin a complete sightseeing tour of the city with a visit to the National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy, dating 3.2 million years. We will also see Mount Entoto, Trinity Cathedral, the Ethnographic Museum and Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa.
In the morning, we fly to Bahir Dar to venture to the mighty Blue Nile Falls, commonly known as Tis Isat. After hiking through the cataracts, we drive back to Bahir Dar. After lunch, enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana. We will also visit the Ura-Kidanemihret monastery.
After breakfast, we drive to Gondar, the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors. We will explore the iconic Church of Debre Bireh Selassie and Bath of King Fasiledes, which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany.
The next day will see us drive to Simien Mountains National Park. Aside from the magnificent scenery of mountains, we may also see the Gelada Baboon, Ethiopian Wolf and Walia Ibex. We will return to Gondar for overnight.
In the morning, we fly to the ancient town of Axum. See the archeological and historical attractions such as the Archeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, The Tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba. We also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant.
We leave Axum in the morning to fly to the legendary town of Lalibela. Today, we explore the 12th century rock-hewn churches, including ones in caves.
After breakfast, we fly back to Addis Ababa for a day of leisure time.
The next morning will start with a drive to Arbaminch. Along the way, we stop at Tiya Stele site, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Melka Kunture archeological site.
Day nine will feature a visit to the Dorze tribe who are well-known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. We will return to have a boat ride on Lake Chamo in the afternoon. Keep an eye out for hippos and crocodiles.
After breakfast, we leave Arbaminch to drive to Jinka via Woyto. On the way, we visit the Ari tribe who keep large number of livestock and produce a large number of honey. We also visit the Bena tribe who mainly depends on agriculture even though their diet is supplemented by hunting. Meet the Tsemay tribe as well.
We bring the tour to a close with a drive to the Mursi village through Mago National Park. The Mursi tribe people are the Nilo Saharan language speaker and famous for their women having a bottom lip plate and their men mastering their stick fighting, donga. We drive to Turmi for the last overnight stay.