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You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Addis.
Fly Addis - Bahir Dar
You will be transferred for your flight to Bahir Dar. Be met upon arrival and transferred to your Hotel. Later, you will take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the 14th century Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret which is the most famous of the Zege peninsula monasteries with a very beautiful painted maqdas and priceless collection of crosses as well as crowns. In the afternoon you will drive to the village of Tis Isat to see the Blue Nile Falls (Please be informed that due to the newly constructed electric dam in the vicinity, the water level of the falls could be very minimal). Overnight in Bahir Dar.
Fly Bahir Dar - Gondar
After early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Gondar. Gondar is the town founded in 1636 by the great Emperor Fassiladas. Set in a landscape of the incomparable beauty, it was the royal capital of Ethiopia. Visit the castles and churches built by Emperor Fassiladas and his descendants. Later, proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie Church (termed by UNESCO as one of the World's heritages) with its walls and sailings decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval history. Overnight in Gondar.
Fly Gondar - Axum
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Axum. Once the center of a great empire, and the seat of learning for the ancient Ge'ez language and literature, Axum is the prime historical site in the north of Ethiopia. Take a city tour that include the Stelae park, St. Mary's Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the 'Ark of covenant', the coronation yard, Tomb of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel, Ezana's Inscriptions, Queen of Sheba's Bath, Queen of Sheba's palace ruins and Axum Museum. Overnight in Axum.
Fly Axum - Lalibela
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. Lalibela is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the most famous churches and the scene of so many major religious ceremonies. Also known, as 'Africa Petra', Lalibela and its rock hewn churches are arguably Ethiopian's top most attraction. Visit rock hewn churches. Overnight in Lalibela.
Fly Lalibela - Addis - Langano
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. Be met upon arrival and drive to Langano you will drive back to Addis via Debre Birhan. En route visit Lake Ziway the largest of the upper Rift Valley lakes with an area of 400 sq. km. Its shores are lined with reeds and water lilies, sheltering a variety of water birds. Proceed towards the Lake Langano. The lake is a place to enjoy water activities. Though its mineral content gives it a brown color, the water is actually clean and pleasant for swimming. Overnight in Langano.
Langano - Chencha - Arba Minch
Morning, drive to the town of Arba Minch sightseeing en route. Overnight in Arba Minch.
Arba Minch - Konso - Jinka
Leaving Arba Minch, drive southwards to Jinka. En route visit one of the Konso villages. The Konso people live in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be one of hard working groups in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county's best coffee. They have an articulate tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased. You will experience interesting cultural encounters meeting with different tribes along the way. These tribes include the Ari, Benna and Tsemay. Overnight in Jinka.
Jinka - Mago - Jinka
Take a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle. Drive back to Jinka. Overngiht in Jinka.
Jinka - Turmi
Leaving Jinka, you will drive via Key Afer to Turmi where the Hamer people, one of the beautiful and dignified people in the Omo basin, live. The women wear elegant leather skirts festooned with tiny pearls. Elaborate hairstyles are another form of personal adornment with the Hamer. Overnight in Turmi.
Turmi - Yabello
Depart Turmi and proceed to Yabello visiting en route the Arobre tribes and Borena pastoralists who own innumerable cattle. Overnight in Yabello.
Yabello - Yirgalem
Leaving Yabello, drive to Yirgalem passing through a number of coffee and various fruit cultivating towns with splendid greenery everywhere. Proceed towards the Aregash Lodge. This loge is a natural retreat of astounding beauty and tranquillity. The Bamboo thatched Tukuls contemplate the traditional Sidama villages nearby. The nearby forest is home for diverse mammals and birds. The coffee plantation and the nightly visit of hyenas are further attractions to be found in the surrounding area. Overnight in Yirgalem.
Yirgalem - Addis
After breakfast, drive to the town of Awassa. En route visit the fish market around Lake Awassa. Around the lake you could encounter birds like: hamerkop, marabou stork, sacred ibis, yellow billed stork and Egyptian geese and continue to the nearby Lakes Abiyatta and Shala. Lake Abiyata is shallow, with myriads of water birds, predominantly flamingos, while Lake Shala sits at the bottom of a 250m (820tf) deep creator, where flamingos breed. The two lakes are a haven for a large number of resident and migratory bird species making it perfect place for bird watching.
Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.
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