Travels

Entoto mountains, Gondar, Lalibela, Naktuleab

15 days and 14 nights

01. SAT. Start tour in Addis Ababa. Morning free. Afternoon (14:00 pm pick up from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit Entoto mountains with views over the capital, the National museum, St George church. ON (overnight) hotel. 02. Fly to Bahir Dar. Morning admire tile Blue Nile falls. Lunch back to Bahir Dar. Afternoon boat on Lake Tana for monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam. Dinner & ON hotel in Ballir Dar.

03. Drive to Gondar. Then visit the castle’s compownd, Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with won¨derful murals, King Fasiladas bath, Empress Mentewab palace and Qusquam church. Meals & ON hotel in Gondar.

04. Fly to Lalibela; transfer and check-in hotel. Have lunch. Afternoon visit the first group of the rock-hewn churches, defined as the 8th wonder of the world. Dinner & ON hotel in Lalibela.

05. Morning visit Naktuleab cave church. Or you can choose to walk (or ride a mules) to the Asheten Mariam church, with spectacular views. Back to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit the remaining churches in town. And then take part of the coffee ceremony in the hotel (the coffee cer¨emony is an important part of Ethiopian culture). Dinner and ON hotel.

06. Fly to Axum. Visit the steles, St Mary Tsion church (where legend says the Ark of Covenant is deposited), the bath & palace of Queen of Sheba. Meals and ON in hotel.

07. Fly to Addis Ababa. Drive to Langano Rift Valley lake. Possibility of trekking, bird-watching, horse-riding & cycling. www.wenneyecolodge.colll

08. Drive through the Wolayta people & villages and admiring spectacular green hills, to Chencha, for the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses, and traditions. Visit also the very colorful Saturday market. Dinner & ON Swaynes hotel Ar¨ba Minch.

09. Drive to Turmi, admiring on the way the Konso, Derase, Tsemay & Hamer people. ON Turmi Evangadi lodge in bungalows or Camping (please specify your preference in advance) www.evangadilodge.com .

10. MON. Morning excursion to Dassanech people villages at Omorate, at bank of Omo river. Then back to Turmi for the Monday very colorful Hamer, Karo and Dassanech people market. ’Then visit the Hamer people and their villages. De¨pending on time of the year, we may also participate to their marriage ceremonies, with the bull jumping, see one of their dances: the Evangadi. ON Turmi.

II. Drive to visit the Karo people, for their very interesting decoration and scarification all over their body; and very nice views over Orno river from Kortcho village. Proceed then to the Mago National park. ON camping.

12. Enter into the Mago National park, admiring different mammals and birds on the way; and proceed to visit the Mursi people and villages. Here fior beauty women use to put round plates into their lips. Then drive to Jinka. ON in hotel or Camp.

13. Drive to Arba Minch, admiring the very colorful Thursday’s Tsemay and Erbore people market at KeyAfer vil¨ lage. If time permits visit also one Konso village. Konso people are famous for fue terracing agriculture, way of life in the villages, traditions and more. Dinner & ON Arba Minch Swaynes hotel www.swayneshotel.com.

14. Morning boat trip on Chamo lake for crocodiles, hippos and birds. Then walk to the Netch Sar National park to see spectacular views & animals as the endemic Swaynes Harte¨ beest, zebras & other. Have lunch. Then drive back to Arbam¨ inch. If time permits visit also the 40 springs. Dinner & ON Swaynes hotel.

15. SAT Drive back to Addis Ababa visiting the Guraghe people villages & very nice views. Lunch on the way; dinner at a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Departure home.