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Rift Valley Lakes, Eastern and Historic Route Tour by Surface
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Day 01: Addis Ababa - city tour
Arrive Addis Ababa, be met at the air port and transfer to your hotel, lunch in your hotel and afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa, which includes National Museum (represents the national history of Ethiopia). The Menelik’s Mausoleum, “Merkato”, one of the biggest open air markets in Africa etc. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 02: Addis Ababa – Lake Langano
After breakfast, you depart South wards from Addis Ababa to Langano on the way you pass by the volcanic lakes Debre Zeit, the artificial Lake of Koka and the Lake Zeway, which are also ideal for bird watching and photographing. Lake Langano is a popular resort for swimming .Dinner and overnight in hotel at Langano.
Day 03: Lake Langano - Nazareth
After breakfast, drive to Nazareth, a fast growing town with diversified ethnic groups of Oromo, Amharas, and Afars etc. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Nazareth.
Day 04: Nazareth - Awash
Drive to Awash National Park, 225kms to the east of Addis, the National Park is bordered to the South by the Awash River. Late in the afternoon, game drive and visit the Awash River falls. Overnight at Awash in hotel.
Day 05: Awash - Harar
After breakfast, drive to Harar, which is a center of religion from early days of the Islamic expansion until 1887, when the authority of the central government was restored by Emperor Menelik II. With its 99 Mosques, Harar is considered to be Islamic forth most Holy city. In the evening a visit to a Hyena Man who feeds those wild hyenas from his mouth. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Harar.
Day 06: Harar - Dire Dawa
After breakfast you will have sight seeing tour of Harer, which includes house of the French Poet, Rimbaud as his city of exile from French intolerance and the colorful markets of Harar, the Jugul Ginb with its 5 gates. Drive back to Dire-Dawa for overnight in hotel at Dire Dawa.
Day 07: Dire Dawa - Addis Ababa
Fly back to Addis Ababa. Afternoon leisure time or shopping and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 08: Addis Ababa - Gondar
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Gondar. Arrive Gondar and transfer to the hotel. Lunch and in the afternoon city tour of the 17th century town of Gondar with its castle compound. The town of Gondar was Ethiopian capital after 1632 for about hundred & fifty years. You will visit also one of the beautiful churches “Debre Birhan-Sellassie” very known for its mural painting as well as drive for a short visit of the village of the former Ethiopian Jews. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Gondar.
Day 09: Gondar - Semien Mountains National Park
Early morning breakfast and departure of Simien Mountains. On the way to Sankaber you can see the remarkable natural beauty of part of the Simien Mountains. Picnic lunch on the way. Drive back to Gondar and over night in hotel at Gondar.
Day 10: Gondar - Lalibella
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lalibella. Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. After lunch, visit to the first part of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella, all carved out (inside and outside) of a solid rock and are architecturally unique among the wonders of the world. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Lalibella.
Day 11: Lalibella
Morning breakfast and mule ride excursion to the so-called “Asheten Mariam” monastery found on the top of a plateau near by the village. In the afternoon, visit the 2nd part of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibella. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Lalibella.
Day 12: Lalibella - Axum
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and be transfer to the airport for your flight to Axum. Your flight time to reach Axum will be 45 minutes. Axum is the first Ethiopian capital where Christianity was introduced to Ethiopia during 4th century. The obelisks of Axum some of them still standing, believed to have been erected during 1st century. These monuments are carved out of a single granite stone, and have got a weight of up to 500 tones. The St. Mary Church of “Mariam Tsion” where the Ark of the Convenient of Mosses have been rested, the graves and palaces of the kings of the Axumite king “Ezana” of 4th century etc. are some of the attractions to be seen within Axum. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Axum.
Day 13: Axum - Bahir Dar
After breakfast, transfer to the Airport for flight to Bahir Dar. After being 55 minutes on the air, land at Bahir Dar and transfer to hotel. Lunch in your hotel and in the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the ancient monasteries Ura-Kidane Mihret, Kibran-Gabriel and Entos-Iyesus. Late afternoon enjoy watching common birds like pelicans, cormorants, African darters, etc…and boats used by the local inhabitants made of papyrus reeds for transportation and for fishing. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Bahr Dar.
Day 14: Bahir Dar
After breakfast, drive to the gigantic Blue Nile Falls 35 kms from Bahir Dar , locally known as TISS-ISSAT “water that smokes” after 20 minutes pleasant walk you get to the waterfalls. At the end back to Bahir Dar. Dinner and over night in hotel at Bahr Dar.
Day 15: Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa
Morning transfer to the airport for flight back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, more sight seeing tour of Addis and shopping. Dinner and overnight in hotel at Addis Ababa.
Day 16: Departure
Leisure time, shopping and in the evening departure
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