Christmas in Ethiopia--8 days 7 nights

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December 31: Flight to Bahir Dar from Addis Ababa (Dinner only)
Take the evening flight to Bahir Dar, our staff will welcome you at Bahir Dar Airport

January 1: Travel by boat on Lake Tana (B-L)

Explore the island monasteries. In the afternoon we will go to the Blue Nile Falls. 

January 2: Travel to the Simien Mts.via Gondar (B-D)
Drive  to Gondar around 4 hours from Bahir Dar. Visit the castles at Fasilides’ Royal Complex and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity).  Proceed to Simien Mountains after Gondar visit.                                

January 3: Simien (B-L) Mountains                                 

Here you’ll enjoy the views over the escarpment and get up close to large colonies of Gelada Baboons.

January 4: Simien Mountains (B-D)
We spend the whole day exploring deeper into the Simien mountains. Enjoy the stunning
landscapes and rich wildlife.

January 5: Flight to Lalibela  (B-L)
Drive  to Gondar in the early morning for the flight to Lalibela. After lunch,  you are ready to discover Lalibela, the home of the largest monolithic  church in the
world. The town has 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century.

January 6: Lalibela (B-D)
Lalibela Christmas(Genna)ceremony Thousands of faithful pilgrims come from the world over for this annual tradition.

January 7: Fly back to Addis Ababa (B-D)
Enjoy  the morning Christmas mass before your flight back to Addis. Arrive in Addis in the afternoon. Relax and enjoy leisure time at your hotel or enjoy an
optional tour of Addis before your flight home.

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Historical Northern Route--8 days 7 nights

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Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa--Your guide will welcome you at Bole International Airport and drop you at your 4-star hotel. Join us for a city tour of Addis Ababa to include the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Merkato, Africa's largest outdoor market, and Trinity Cathedral, the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Day 2: Fly Addis to Bahir Dar (B-D) 

We take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient island monasteries.  

Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar to Gondar (B-L )

Our morning begins with a trip to the source of the Nile at the Blue Nile Falls. Followed by a drive to Gondar after lunch.

Day 4: Gondar (B-D)

Visit the remote ruins of Kuskuam, built  in the 1700’s.  After lunch, tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century.  Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for it's ceiling of angels.  

Day 5: Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon and spot wildlife such as the endemic Gelada baboon.  

Day 6: Drive back to Gonder for Lalibela flight  (B-D)

Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This group of eleven monolithic churches were carved directly into the stone mountainside at least 800 years ago. 

Day 7: Lalibela (B-L)

Select your activity: Take a morning hike with mules to the 13th century rock-hewn monastery of Mount Asheton or drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. End the day with a visit to remaining rock hewn churches.

Day 8: Fly to Addis Ababa (B-D)

Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton of "Lucy."  Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon.  Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.  Transfer to airport for late night departure. 

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Whirlwind Omo Valley--7 days 6 nights

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Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa--We pick you up from Bole International Airport, assist with your hotel check-in then take you for a tour of the city. Shop in Merkato the largest open air market in Africa.

Day 2: Drive Addis Ababa to Arbaminch (B-D)

Most of the day will be spent driving South. We will stop by Tiya Stelae field a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Drive Arbaminch to Jinka (B-L)

Take a boat trip to see crocodiles,hippos and bird life on Lake Chamo. We drive to Jinka in the afternoon.

Day 4: Drive Jinka to Turmi via Mursi (B-L)

Spend the day with Mursi tribal peoples. Drive to Turmi where you overnight at a lodge.

Day 5: Drive Turmi to Karo to Turmi (B-D)

Visit Karo tribesmen as well as Hamer peoples of the Omo Valley. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 6: Drive Turmi to Konso (B-D)

Drive to Omorate to meet Dassenech peoples. Drive to Konso to interact with Erbore tribes people. Overnight in a lodge.

Day 7: Drive Konso to Arbaminch fly to Addis Ababa (B-D)

Enjoy our last village visit to meet the Konso people. Drive to Arbaminch Airport for a return flight to Addis. Enjoy a farewell buffet dinner and cultural entertainment before flying home.

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Simien Mountains Trek--5 days 4 nights

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Day 1:  Arrive into Gondar airport-- (Dinner only) 

You will be met by our representative, who will drive you immediately to Debark. Debark is the gateway to the Simien Mountains, so here we get all the necessary permits to trek and camp in the Simien Mountains National Park over the next 6 days. Our first campsite and stop is at Sanka Ber. We immediately start our trekking with a 3 to 4 hour trek to our campsite. On the way we see troops of Gelada Monkeys, the only fully herbivore monkeys on earth and enjoy beautiful views over the escarpment. We trek up hills and through ravines to our destination. We have a full camp setup and our group will include not only other trekkers but a driver, guide to explain all the fauna and flora, an armed scout to protect us from aggressive animals and a cook to make sure we are well fed throughout our expedition. 

Camp overnight in Sankaber

Day 2: Trek Sankaber to Geech (B-L-D)

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will trek for 5 to 6 hours from Sanka Ber to Geech enroute enjoying the stunning views of waterfalls and spotting endemic wildlife and birdlife. 

Camp overnight in Geech

Day 3: Hike Geech to Imetgogo back to Geech (B-L-D)

Approx. 6 hours

In the morning after breakfast, you will make 6 hours excursion to Imetgogo to enjoy one of the best views of Ras Dashen, the highest mountain in Ethiopia. In the evening you return to the Geech camp for overnight. 

Camp overnight in Geech

Day 4: Hike Geech to Chenek (B-L-D)

Approx. 7 hours

In the morning you will trek 7 hrs from Geech to Chenek to spot some of the endemic mammals, including the endangered Walia Ibex which is found only in the Simien Mountains, and rarely the Ethiopian wolf. The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid on earth.. On the way we take breaks for photographs and viewing the spectular bird life of the Simien Mountain region. 

Camp overnight in Chenek

Day 5: Head back to Gondar airport (B-L-D)

Our last day in the mountains, we take in our last views before heading back to the Gondar airport via Debark. 

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