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Tour to Historic Route and Dankil Depression for 10 nights/ 11 days

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Tour to Historic Route and Dankil Depression for 10 nights/ 11 days

According to the written documents the history of Ethiopia remains for over 2500 years and all located in the northern part of the country. Here are the major old permanent capitals of the country chronologically. Axum is located in Tigrai Region at 1024km distant from Addis Ababa and the cradle of Ethiopian ancient civilization and hub for Christianity belief since 342 AD. It is an exotic tourist destination which offers a harmony of ancient history, antiquities, sacred places, natural endowment, convenient weather and perfect infrastructure with tourist standard hotel. Unlike many other states of the era, Axum was elaborately advanced in minting coins, masonry, pottery, metallurgy, taming animals, cultivating cereals, architecture, mathematics etc. Lalibela is the second permanent capital of the country and a medieval settlement in the Lasta area of Wollo. It is the host of eleven remarkable rock-hewn monolithic churches and believed to have been built by King Lalibela in the late 12th century. Each building is architecturally unique, and most of them are decorated with fascinating rock paintings. Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilidas around the year 1636. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the realm. It was the great commercial center, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north east. It is also comprises several medieval castles with the contemporary design and decoration of churches. Bahir Dar is a clean and well-maintained city and endowed with Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia, located in a depression of the northwest plateau, 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level. It forms the main reservoir for the Blue Nile (Abbay) River, which drains its southern extremity near Bahir Dar. The lake's surface covers 1,418 square miles (3,673 square km), with a surrounding drainage of 4,500 square miles (11,650 square km); its maximum depth is 45 feet (14 meters). The islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana are most conveniently approached by boat from Bahir Dar on the southern side of the lake, though boats can often also be obtained at Gorgora on the northern shore. The Blue falls is a waterfall on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia and its meaning is "great smoke". It is situated on the upper course of the river, about 38 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high, consisting of four streams that originally varied from a trickle in the dry season to over 400 meters wide in the rainy season. Danakil Depressions It is located in the Afar region of the country which is situated in the north eastern part of the country. Geologically one of the most active spots on the Planet Earth, it is a vast expanse of deserts, lava and below sea level salt plains and lakes, active and extinct volcanoes along a south/north chain. The hottest average temperature on earth with an extremely salty lake (Lake Afrera) at 120 meters under, the sea level kept alive by many thermal springs feeding it. It is also the land of Australopithecus Afarensis (Lucy from Hadar, in Afar) which has three million years old ancestor and having all the characteristics of Homo Spines. This area is endowed with natural attraction sites majorly Erta Ale, Afrera etc. Erta Ale is located in the remote area of Afar Depression. It is a natural volcano. And a person can see the volcano lake from the volcano rim only 20m away, which be able to experience the whole staff physically. Usually, when visitors need to visit the volcano the preferable route is Mekele-Berhale-Dodum-Erta Ale, of course it is possible through Awash-Afdera-Erta Ale. Thus, Arta Ale is the most active volcano in Africa and it is commonly visited by a number of tourists from all over the world. The lava lake is remained for more than 125 years and since 1967 the eruption continues without stop. Dallol is located in the Afar region near to the Eritrean border. It is the hottest spot in the world in terms of average temperature. It is also the lowest place in Africa, reaches -116m above sea level and the temperature ranges greater than 500.

DAY 1

Short City Tour in Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole International Airport and after transfer in to hotel depending on arrival time, arrange a city tour of Addis Ababa. It can include one or two sites. The most known sites are National museum of Ethiopia which is the host of the eldest skeleton ‘Lucy’; Ethnographic museum that set aside to the diversified ethnical, cultural, traditional and religious heritage of the country; Holy Trinity Cathedral is constructed in 1955 and boasts wonderful architectural feature and painting; Entoto, which is situated in the northern tip of the city to see the museum and the palace of Emperor Menelik II, and “Merkato”, the largest open air market in Africa. Read more

Addis Abeba 1 Night
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DAY 2

Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana

After breakfast fly to Bahir dar, is a clean and well-maintained city and endowed with Lake Tana. Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia, located in a depression of the northwest plateau 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) above sea level. It forms the main reservoir for the Blue Nile (Abbay) River, which drains its southern extremity near Bahir Dar. The lake's surface covers 1,418 square miles (3,673 square km), with a surrounding drainage of 4,500 square miles (11,650 square km); its maximum depth is 45 feet (14 meters). The islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana are most conveniently approached by boat from Bahir Dar on the southern side of the lake, though boats can often also be obtained at Gorgora on the northern shore. After check in to the hotel set out a boat trip to Zege Peninsula on Lake Tana (It is the largest lake in Ethiopia and covers an area of 250 sq km). At which it is preserved the 15th and 16th century beautiful island monasteries with their valuable treasures comprising biblical wall paintings, crowns of different Ethiopian Kings, ancient illuminated parchment, superb crosses etc. Moreover, an enjoyable fresh air, indigenous trees and coffee forest are the distinctive gift of the peninsula. Trip back to Bahir Dar and after lunch drive to the magnificent Blue Nile Falls; is a waterfall on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia and its meaning is "great smoke". It is situated on the upper course of the river, about 38 km downstream from the town of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana. The falls are estimated to be between 37 and 45 meters high, consisting of four streams that originally varied from a trickle in the dry season to over 400 meters wide in the rainy season. Read more

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DAY 3

Gonder City Tour

In the morning drive to Gondar via Gorgora plane and small villages.After check in to hotel, city tour of Gondar was founded by Emperor Fasilidas around the year 1636. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the realm. It was the great commercial center, trading with the rich lands south of the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red Sea port of Massawa to the north east. It is also comprises several medieval castles with the contemporary design and decoration of churches, which includes the Royal Enclosure with its magnificent castles dated back to the 17th and 18th century (world heritage site), the bath of king Fasiledes, and the remarkable church of Debrebrihan Selassie with its breathtaking 17th century wall and ceiling paintings. Read more

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DAY 4

Lalibela Churchs

In the morning, fly to Lalibela, host of the 12th century rock hewn churches which is supposed to believe one of the 8th wonder of the world and is registered in the UNESCO world heritage site album in 1978. After check in to hotel and lunch, visit the first group of churches which are six in number and two of them are monolithic (completely separated from the main rock and standing freely) and then visit the 2nd group of churches, which are also known as heavenly Jerusalem and holds four churches. At the end, visit the most beautiful and icon of Lalibela complex churches, Bete Giorgis which is chiseled out for the honor of the patron saint George. Read more

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DAY 5

City tour of Axum

After breakfast fly to Axum, full day city tour of the ancient holy state Axum (World Heritage Site) which is located in Tigrai Region at 1024km distant from Addis Ababa and the cradle of Ethiopian ancient civilization and hub for Christianity belief since 342 AD. It is an exotic tourist destination which offers a harmony of ancient history, antiquities, sacred places, natural endowment, convenient weather and perfect infrastructure with tourist standard hotel. Unlike many other states of the era, Axum was elaborately advanced in minting coins, masonry, pottery, metallurgy, taming animals, cultivating cereals, architecture, mathematics etc. Visit the famous stele park with its huge monolithic obelisks, the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba, the tomb of King Kaleb and his son, and the church of St. Mary of Zion which is believed to house the Original Ark of the Covenant. Read more

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DAY 6

On the way to mekelle

After breakfast drive to Mekele on the way visit rock Churches of Abreha Atsbeha; said to be built by King Ezana and Saizan (two brothers kings of Ethiopia) in 4th century. It is semi monolithic church and it is ornamented in different indigenous church paintings of Ethiopia.

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DAY 7

on the way to Hamedela

In the next morning, depart Mekelle to go to Hamedela, which is about 160km totally from Mekelle. Initially drive 100km from Mekelle to Berhale, here is a stop to take lunch (lunch box) and two polices and one road guide will take. And then continue to drive to Hamedela which is about 60km far from Berhale. It is the base camp for Dallol. Read more

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DAY 8

Sightseeing of Dallol

Drive to Dallol by crossing the largest depression and is located in the Afar region near to the Eritrean border. It is the hottest spot in the world in terms of average temperature. It is also the lowest place in Africa, reaches -116m above sea level and the temperature ranges greater than 50 degree Celsius for the sightseeing of the black salt mountain (Lake Asaele), colorful sulfuric hot spring water, salt mountains, acid cave, traditionally salt excavating wide area of salt composition and the original camel caravan live (bars of salt being loaded on to camels for the long journey (approximately 1500-2000 camels weekly). Read more

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DAY 9

Eartale trekking

In the morning, drive to the so called ‘Dodum’ which is the most inhospitable spot in the globe and base camp for EartAl. The road holds two parts that the first and the largest part of the road are sandy and the rest is covered by rugged volcanic black rock. There is a lunch stop in Kusrawid, at which scouts and camels for the luggage are arranged by the chief of the village here. After lunch, continue to drive to ‘Dodum’. Up on arrival, take rest and dinner till the time arrive to trek to EartAle. Then start the trekking around 6 pm and depending on the group, the trek takes between 3-4 hours. Enjoy the night with the sole active volcano lake in the world which is accessed to visit from 20m far from the rim of the volcano lake. Take sufficient time to experience and to take photos for the acrobatic seeing of the volcanic eruption. Read more

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DAY 10

drive to semera

In the morning, trek back and meet the vehicle to drive to Semera, drive across the territory of the Afar people to Semera.

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DAY 11

City tour of Addis Abeba

In the morning fly to Addis Ababa visit the National Museum of Ethiopia which is a home for the oldest hominid Lucy and other historical, cultural artifacts. Then proceed to drive to Entoto palace, which was the residence of Emperor Menelik II while he was administrated the province of Shwa. It is located in the northern tip of Addis Ababa at a range of 3000-3200m above sea level elevation. Thus the palace and the museum of Empror Menelik II is available for tourist and at the end visit the largest open air market in Africa `Mercato`. In the evening invite the welfare dinner in one of the best traditional restaurant with folkloric dancing according the time visit souvenir shops. Drive to Addis Ababa, through Awash National Park. In the evening, enjoy with the farewell dinner in one of the best traditional restaurants of the capital which performs folkloric music and dances. End Service Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Abeba
Day 2
Location Bahir Dar
Day 3
Location Gondar
Day 4
Location Lalibela
Day 5
Location Axum
Day 6
Location Mekelle
Day 7
Location Hamedela
Hotel Camping
Day 8
Location Hamedela
Hotel Camping
Day 9
Location Eartale
Hotel Camping
Day 10
Location Semera
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Abeba
Day 2
Location Bahir Dar
Day 3
Location Gonder
Day 4
Location Lalibela
Day 5
Location Axum
Hotel Sabean Hotel
Day 6
Location Mekelle
Day 7
Location Hamedela
Hotel Camping
Day 8
Location Hamedela
Hotel Camping
Day 9
Location Eartale
Hotel Camping
Day 10
Location Semera

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double bed sharing basis in 4* hotel in Addis Ababa and best available Hotels / Lodge outside Addis Ababa.
  • Accommodation camping Only for Afar desert
  • Meals on F/B basis Only for Afar desert & for North historic & South Cultural Tour H/B Basis
  • Cooks
  • One additional jeep for cooking material & for food
  • Camel for Cargo Afar Deserts.
  • Scout, polices and Militaries
  • Per day purified bottled water for the Danakil we providing five litter the rest of tour we supply three litters water per day per person.
  • Ground transportation for Historic & Cultural by VAN only for Afar Desert by Jeep (P/Jeep Maximum 4 passengers)
  • Professional English speaking guide and local guide
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • Scout, polices and Militaries as deemed necessary.
  • Bout Trip Lake Tana; Blue Nile Fowls.
  • All Government Taxes.

Package excludes

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Incidental meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Any international flights & domestics flights
  • Commercial videos and photographs
  • Entrance for special ceremonies
  • Laundry service
  • Tips and telephone calls
  • All type of expenses which are not listed on package inclusions part

More information

  • The domestic fare for ADDIS ABABA=>BAHIRDAR, GONDAR=>LALIBELA=>AXUM, SEMERA=>DDIS ABABA is $212.00 USD per person (subject to change). This price is applicable if the clients use only Ethiopian Airlines for the international flight. Otherwise the fare for the above sectors will be USD 531.00 per person.

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