Day01. Sunday. Arrival in Addis Ababa. Transfer to the chosen hotel. Have a free orning.
Afternoon (1400 hrs from the hotel) tour of the capital: visit the National museum where Lucy remains are found, St George church and the Mercato, biggest open air market in Africa. Meals free. ON (overnight) hotel.
Day02. Fly to Bahirdar.
Check in at hotel. Then drive to visit the Blue Nile falls (it takes about 1 hour drive and then 20 minute walk, each way). Admire these spectacular falls and amazing views. Afternoon make a boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as Ura Kidane Mehret and Asua Mariam. Dinner & ON hotel in Bahirdar.
Day03. Morning drive to Gondar.
It takes about 2 hrs driving, visit on the way very nice landscapes. Afternoon visit the castles compound including king Fasiladas and other castles, King Fasiladas bath and the Debre Birhan Sellasie church (light of Trinity) with wonderful murals. Dinner & ON hotel in Gondar.
Day04. Fly to Lalibela.
Visit the rock-hewn churches, defined as the 8th wonder in the world. Dinner & ON hotel
Day05. Morning visit the remaining churches in Lalibela. Afternoon take part of the coffee ceremony (the coffee ceremony in an important part of Ethiopian culture). Dinner & ON hotel
Day06. Friday. Fly to Addis Ababa.
Have day use room till 18 hrs. Dinner invited in a traditional restaurant with folkloric dances. Overnight hotel.
Day07. Saturday. Fly to Arbaminch.
Ones arrived, check-in and lunch at Emerald Resort Arbaminch. Emerald Resort is a beautiful Resort with a spectacular view over the Rift Valley lakes of Chamo and Abaya which are divided by a mountain called in Amharic “Yezghier dildi” which means “Bridge of Heaven” and the Netch Sar National park, in Amharic meaning “white grass”.
Afternoon drive to Chencha mountain to visit the Dorze people, with their unique culture, houses and traditions. The Dorze are famous for their elephant truck shaped houses, their cultivation of the false banana (from which root they extract their traditional bread called Kotcho), the weaving works, cultivation of sorghum and more. If time permits visit also their Saturday’s market.
Meals & ON Emerald Resort Arbaminch
Day08. Arbaminch. Morning visit Chamo lake, with the biggest crocodiles in Africa (reaching 6 meters length), lot of hippos, birds and more. Afternoon (if road condition permits) visit Netch Sar National park, sanctuary of endemic Swaynes Hartbeest and home of numerous zebras and other animals.
Day09. Morning drive about 2 hrs from Arbaminch south to the Omo valley and visit a Konso people village, famous for being the first in Africa to start the terracing agriculture. Visit their culture, lifestyle, way of counting the age of the village, the community works and much more. Note well that this is a UNESCO heritage site! Have spectacular view over the hills too. Afternoon proceed to Turmi, the famous colorful Hamer people town.
Have lunch in Konso; dinner & ON Emerald lodge Turmi
Day10. Monday. Morning walk with the Hamer people to the colorful Turmi’s village weekly market. This is the Monday’s market of Hamer, Dassanech, Karo and Tsemay people. Enjoy this vibrant market, meet different people and see how they merchandise.
Afternoon visit a Hamer villages and understand their way of life and culture. With luck we’ll try to participate to ceremonies as the bull jumping and the Evangadi dances. The Hamer are known for their unique custom of “bull jumping” which initiates a boy into manhood. First, female relatives dance and invite whipping from men who have recently been initiated; this shows their support of the initiate, and their scars give them a right to demand his help in time of need. The boy must jump back and forth twice across the backs of a row of bulls or castrated steers, and is ridiculed if he fails.
Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi
Day11. Morning drive to Omorate, at bank of the Omo river, to visit the Dassanech people. Are very colorful villages and interesting culture. We are at border with Kenya.
Afternoon relax and make walks around Turmi for the Hamer people and villages.
Have meals & ON Emerald lodge Turmi
Day12. Very early morning drive to Jinka town (about 2 hrs driving); then enter into the Mago National park, cross it to proceed to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Here for beauty women use to put round plates into their lips and men different scarifications all over their body. Their villages and way of life is very unique. Have a lunch box before or after the Mursi village visit; dinner & ON in a hotel in Jinka.
Day13. Thursday. Drive to visit one Ari people village with very interesting traditions.
Then proceed to KeyAfer village to visit the weekly market of the Tsemay & Erbore people. After the market’s visit, proceed to Arbaminch Have lunch on the way; dinner & overnight Emerald Resort Arbaminch
Day14.Saturday.Morning relax at the Emerald Resort, enjoying the swimming pool, gym, spa, indoor and outdoor games and more. Then transfer airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. Afternoon then time for souvenir shops, shopping and relax. Dinner in a traditional restaurant with folkloristic dances. Then transfer to the airport for departure