North and South Tours
 
 
 
 
 
Program: Historical and cultural tour
Tour Code: PET005
Duration: - 14 nights /15 days
Transport: Air and Surface

Day 01, sightseeing of Addis Ababa
Arrival at Bole international airport. City tour of Addis Ababa including the panoramic view point Entoto Mountain and the old palace of Menelik II, the holy trinity cathedral, where the final resting place of emperor Haile slassie and his wife Empress Menen and the famous National Museum (home of Lucy, hominid skeleton dating back 3.2 million years). Overnight in Addis Ababa.
Day 02:- fly to Bahir Dar
In the morning boat trip on Lake Tana explore the hidden monasteries on the shores and islands of Lake Tana. In the afternoon drive to Blue Nile water falls for an easy walk and enjoy looking the water fall locally known by the name Tis Isat. Overnight Bahir dar

Day 03:- Drive Bahir dar – Gonder
In the morning, drive 180 kms north to Gonder. In the afternoon explore the sites of Gondar including the impressive castle of emperor Fassilades and his successors, Fassilades’s pool in which is still used for Timket (Epiphany) celebration, Debre Birhan Selassie Church, the most famous church for its biblical paintings. Overnight in Gondar.

Day 04:- Gonder – Semien mountains national park
In the morning drive to the magnificent nature in semien mountains national park for a day trip. Hiking through the escarpments of the park with its spectacular views.The rugged terrain includes deep valleys and high plateau is home to many endemic animal spices including Gelada baboons. After enjoying a remarkable views and nature in the park drive back to Gonder via the felasha village (Jewsh village) Overnight Gonder.
Day 05:- Fly Gonder – Lalibela
In the morning take a flight to Lalibela, one of the most famous Ethiopian historical sites. In the morning proceed exploring the north western cluster rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Bete -Medhane Alme , Bete Maryam, Bete Meskel, Bete Dnaghel, Bete Mikael & Bet Golgotha.
In the afternoon after lunch continue visiting the south eastern cluster of the churches Bete Gabriel – Rufael , Bete Merkorios , Bete Amanual, and Bete Abba Libanos . Finally, visit the most iconic church from the churches of Lalibela, Bete Giyorigis (St. George).The purely monolithic church with a cruciform shape is dedicated to St. George the patron, saint of Ethiopia. Overnight in Lalibela
Day 06:- Fly Lalibela - Axum
City tour in Axum, Axum is a city known for its tall, carved obelisks, relics of the ancient kingdom of Axum. The city tour includes the stelae park, centuries -old St. Mary of zion believed to have housed the biblical Ark of the covenant (according to local Ethiopian tradition only priests and deacons are allowed to enter to the chapel where the Ark is kept) , king Bazen’s tomb and the queen of sheba’s palace . Overnight in Axum
Day 07:- Fly Axum – Addis Ababa
In the Moring after breakfast flight to Addis, proceed to visit the ethnographic museum. The museum gives a great highlight about the culture, nature and history of the country then continue visiting Merkato, the market said to be Africa’s largest market of its kind.
Overnight Addis Ababa
Day 08:- Drive Addis Ababa – Arba Minch
After breakfast drive south 480 kms from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch through butajira, on the way visit some traditional village houses typically from the countryside. Arba minch is located on a slop overlooking the lakes of Abaya and chamo. Overnight Arbaminch .
Day 09:- Arba - Minch
In the morning drive and ascend to the Gughe Mountains to visit the Dorze village, home of the Dorze people who are known for their tall beehive like houses woven from bamboo tree and covered by banana leaves. Visit the people’s daily activities, they are well known by their fine cotton weaving.
In the afternoon boat cruise on lake chamo to see the biggest crocodiles with huge concentration easily spot at the place locally called ‘Azo Gebya’ and herds of Hippos as well as many species of birds . Overnight Arba mich
Day 10: - Arba Minch: - Turmi via Konso
Drive towards the Omo valley via Konso. Visit Konso tribe inhabited on mountainous and hills area. The konso tribe is well known by their hard working from their ancient custom. They protect their environment from soil erosion by making remarkable terraces as they are living on the mountainous areas and prized to register UNESCO world heritage for their preservation on nature and culture. Visit their village with typical architecture and the special place called “New York city “a landscape formed due to soil erosion.
Proceed driving to Turmi on the way visit t Market at key Afer (if the day is Thursday) which offers to see different tribes coming together to the market (tribes include the Ari, Benna and Tsemay) then continue drive to Turmi to the Hamer village. Hamer, the extraordinary beauty where the women wear an elegant leather skirts embroidered with shells, they assume many bracelets and stain their skin and beautify their hair by special prepared from clay colored dark red. Overnight in Turmi
Day 11: - Jinka via Omorate (Dassanech):-
In the morning drive to Omorate 72 kms and cross the Omo River by local wooden boat to visit the Dassanech tribe (also known as the Geleb tribe) afterwards, drive back via Turmi to Jinka.
Overnight in Jinka

Day 12: - Jinka – Mursi
Day excursion to visit the mursi village via Mago national park. The Mursi are one of the most interesting ethnic groups in the south omo valley. They live in very small huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra- cotta (insert clay disk plate) on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. .the men are famous for their hair style. Drive back to Jinka and have a break for lunch. In the afternoon visit the research center and museum in Jinka. The Museum helps you to have the general knowledge on the tribes inhabiting in the south omo valley.
Overnight in Jinka
Day 13:- Jinka – Arba minch

In the morning visit the Ari village, the most populous tribe from the south omo tribes. They exercise agriculture and famous at blacksmith, potter made of clay and preparing local alcohol called “Areke “then continue driving to Arba minch via konso .
Overnight in Arba Minch
Day 14:- Arba minch – Hawasa
In the morning drive to the beautiful city Hawasa , many people called “ the lake of love “ people come to hawasa from different corners of the country to spend their honeymoon since long years. After transfer to hotel, In the Afternoon during the beautiful sunset boat trip on the lake Hawasa to see variety of birds and herds of Hippos.
Overnight in Hawasa

Day 15:- Hawasa – Addis Ababa
In the morning after breakfast enjoy visit the local Fish Market on the beach of Lake Hawasa and drive back to Addis Ababa.
In the evening transfer to airport for departure, back home.