Culture and Adventure Trail

From 2120 $ or 1739 € (course May 2021) $ per person, for 4 people

Level: Discovery

Difficulty:

This 15 days trip makes us discover the multiple facets of northern Ethiopia. Its bustling capital Addis Ababa contrasts with the gentle way of life of Lake Tana where we will spend 2 nights to appreciate its monasteries and discover the Blue Nile springs. Our passage in the Simien Mountains with its imposing landscapes will be the occasion to know the traditions of its inhabitants and to approach some endemic species of Ethiopia. Further north, the visit of the obelisks of Aksum and the breathtaking churches of Tigray will give us a glimpse of the history of Ethiopia. We will also experience the incomparable adventure of an expedition to the Dallol of the Danakil desert, discovering incredible landscapes and meeting the courageous people who exploit the salt there. Finally we will stop in the unavoidable city of Lalibela.

   Ethiopia 
North
  Mountains & Lakes
  Itinerant stay
  16d/15n

This trip assumes that travelers take an international flight to Addis Ababa and back. At the end of the trip, the domestic flight Lalibela - Addis Ababa is included in the Africorne Travel package.

 

DAY 1 :

Arrival in Addis Ababa - transfer to hotel

Shopping and activities according to arrival time in Addis

Evening meal in Addis at Jewel of India

Night: Abegaz Hotel Addis Ababa

 

DAY 2

Morning: Walk on the heights of Entoto- Visit of the museum and the imperial palace- Entoto Mariam Church- Haile Gebre Selassie Sports Complex

Lunch at the Taitu Hotel, the oldest hotel in the capital.

Afternoon: Visit to the National Museum (Lucy's bones) and the Red Terror Martyrs' Museum - Shiro Meda Traditional Clothing Market

Evening meal at Habesha 2000 with Ethiopian dance show

Night: Abegaz Hotel in Addis Ababa

 

DAY 3

Morning: departure in 4×4 to Debré Markos (300 Km - 6 hours)

On the way: visit of the monastery of Debre-Lebanos (100 km)

Stop at the Blue Nile Gorge (200 km)

Evening meal in Debré Markos at the Gozamen Hotel

Night: Gozamen Hotel

 

DAY 4

Morning: Departure in 4×4 to Bahir Dar (250 km - 5 hours)

Lunch on the way

Afternoon: walk in Bahir Dar and around the lake

Evening meal at Misrak Special Food

Night: in Bahir Dar at the RahNile Hotel.

 

DAY 5

Morning: Boat trip on Lake Tana to visit 4 monasteries and the mouth of the Blue Nile.

Monasteries of Ura Kidame Meret, Azuwa Maryam, Kebran Gabriel and Debre Maryam

Lunch: restaurant at Castel Kuriftu Wine House

Afternoon: Visit the Blue Nile Falls

Evening meal at the Desset Resort

Night: RahNile Hotel in Bahir Dar

 

DAY 6

Morning: Departure to Gorgora (170 km - 3 hours)

visit the village of Awra Amba on the way

Lunch in Gorgora at the "Tim and Kim Village" lodge on the shores of Lake Tana.

Afternoon : ornithological excursion - Canoeing on the lake

Evening meal in Gorgora at the lodge

Night:  Tim and Kim Village Lodge

 

DAY 7

Morning: Departure to Debark (160 km - 3 hours)

Visit the palaces and churches of the Royal Enclosure in Gondar before departure to Debark

Lunch in Gondar at Four Sisters Restaurant

Afternoon end of the journey to Debark

Evening meal in Debark at the Sona Hotel

Night at the Sona Hotel

 

DAY 8 

Morning: Excursion to the Simien Mountains

Visit of the village of Argin: trek, ingera cooking and coffee ceremony

Lunch at Simien Lodge (the highest in Africa)

Afternoon : excursion to mountain villages and Jinbar Falls

Evening meal at the Sona Hotel in Debark

Night: at the Sona Hotel

 

DAY 9

Morning: Departure to Aksoum (250 km - 5h30)

lunch on the way

Afternoon : Visit of the old quarter in Aksoum

Late afternoon: relaxation at the RemhaiHotel swimming pool

Aperitif while admiring the sunset on the terrace of the Yeha Hotel

Evening meal at Antika Cultural Restaurant with traditional dance shows

Night at the RemhaiHotel in Aksoum

 

DAY 10 

Morning : Departure for Hawzen (130 km - 3h15)

Visit of the North stelae field in Aksum before leaving for Hawzen

Basket Market

Lunch in Aksoum at the Empire Restaurant & Bar

Afternoon: journey in 4×4

Evening meal in Hawzen at Gheralta Lodge

Night at Gheralta Lodge

 

DAY 11 

Morning: Visit 3 churches in Tigray - access to some of them requires good physical condition and not to be prone to vertigo

OR visit to the village of Cheila for a meeting with the local population

Lunch in Hawzen

AAfternoon: Departure for Mekélé (103 km - 2 hours)

Evening meal in Mekélé at Karibu Restaurant

Night : Yordanos Hotel de Mekélé

 

Days 12 and 13: Expedition to the Dallol of the Danakil Desert 

Departure - the morning of day 12

Return trip in 4×4

Discovering the indescribable colours and landscapes of the Dallol volcano

Night of the 12th bivouac in Hamed Ela

Return to Mekélé at the end of day 13

Evening meal at the Black Rose

Night of the 13th at the Yordanos Hotel in Mekélé

 

DAY 14 

Morning: Departure to Lalibela (317 km - 7 hours)

On the way, lunch

Evening meal in Lalibela at the Seven Olives Hotel

Night in Lalibela, at the Lal Hotel equipped with a swimming pool and a spa/sauna

 

DAY 15: Visit to the Monolithic Churches of Lalibela

Lunch at the Ben Abeba restaurant and its superb view

Evening meal at Unique Restaurant

Night : at the Lal Hotel de Lalibela

 

DAY 16 : Transfer to Lalibela airport for the domestic flight to Addis Ababa.

Arrival at Addis airport where you will have the connection for your international flight home.

Note: unpredictable events can lead us to modify the program (ex: flooded wadi on the way).

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