Combined Tours

Our comprehensive tours are a great way to experience Ethiopia. These tours will let you witness the incredible cultural and natural variety that Ethiopia offers.  You will wander among rock-hewn churches and visit one of the holiest cities in Islam. You'll hike through beautiful mountain scenery and see camel caravans near the lowest point on earth. You'll go to the heart of ancient African Empire that embraced Christianity before Rome and also meet Mursi tribesmen, living the same nomadic lifestyle of 1,000 years ago.  This incredible diversity is why we say that Ethiopia offers the best of Africa all in one country.  

 

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Tour Code: AT 031
Program: Historic route with Trekking in Simien Mt.
Duration:  12 Days & 11 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & Flight

Day 01 Addis Ababa.

Tour the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Visit the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets.  Overnight Hotel.

Day 02 Addis Ababa- Bahar Dar.

Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the Marketplace in Bahar Dar.  Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and visit ancient island monasteries. Overnight Hotel

Day 03  Bahar Dar - Gondar.

Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its 17th century castles.  Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art. Overnight Hotel

Day 04  Gondar - Sankabar (3,250m).

Drive to Sankabar the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight Lodge.

Day 05  Sankabar - Geech (3,600m)

Trek to Geech campsite approximately 7 hours. Overnight Camping.

Day 06  Geech - Imet Gogo - Chenek (3,620m).

Trek to Chenek campsite via Imet Gogo approximately 7 hours. Overnight Camping.

Day 07  Chenek (3,620m). 

Day trek from Chenek. Overnight Camping.

Day 08  Chenek - Axum.  

Take a spectacular drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire and a world heritage site. Overnight Hotel.

Day 09  Axum.  

Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.  Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum.  Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. Overnight Hotel

Day 10 Axum - Lalibela.

Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines.  Tour the "first group" of the amazing rock-hewn churchesand the iconic church of St. George. Overnight Hotel

Day 11 Lalibela.  

Ride mules or walk to Asheton Monastery.  In the afternoon tour the 2nd group of four churches. Overnight Hotel.

Day 12  Lalibela - Addis Ababa.

Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton "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.

Tour Code: AT 032
Program: Historic route and Omo Valley.
Duration:  16 Days & 15 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & Flight

Day 01  Addis Ababa.

Tour the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history.  Visit the Mercato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets. Overnight Hotel 

Day 02 Addis Ababa - Bahar Dar.

Fly to Bahar Dar on Ethiopian Airlines. Visit the Marketplace in Bahar Dar.  Take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile,and visit some of the ancient island monasteries. Overnight Hotel

Day 03  Bahar Dar - Gondar.

Drive through the countryside to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, with its 17th century castles.  Visit the church of Debre Birhan Selassie, famous for its religious art. Overnight Hotel

Day 04  Gondar - Sankabar - Gondar.

Excursion to the beautiful Simien Mountains. Overnight Hotel.

Day 05  Gondar - Lalibela.

Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines.  Tour the "first group" of the amazing rock-hewn churchesand the iconic church of St. George Overnight Hotel

Day 06  Lalibela.

Ride mules or walk to Asheton Monastery.  In the afternoon tour the 2nd group of four churches. Overnight Hotel. . 

Day 07  Lalibela - Axum.

Fly to Axum on Ethiopian Airlines. Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.  Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum.  Visit other tombs and archeological sites as time permits. Overnight Hotel

Day 08  Axum - Addis Ababa.

Fly to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Visit either the Ethnographic Museumor the National Museum, home of the 3.18 million year old skeleton "Lucy."  Optional souvenir shopping in the afternoon. Overnight Hotel

Day 09 Addis Ababa - Arba Minch.

Drive to Arba Minch, one of the main towns in Southern Ethiopia.  On the way, visit a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains.  The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses.  If the base becomes infested with termites, the entire house can be lifted and moved to another location.  Also stop by Melka Kunture, a stone-age archeological site; Adadi Mariam, a 12th century rock-hewn church; and Tiya with its mysterious stelae, thought to be grave markers, dating from the 12th century. Overnight Hotel

Day 10  Arba Minch.

Drive through the scenic Nechisar or "white grass" park which sits astride the Rift Valley Lakes Chamo and Abaya.  Although Nechisar is under some ecological stress due to the activity of local nomadic tribes, it is still a beautiful park off the beaten path for many tourists.  Zebras, gazelles, and rare endemic birds are spotted here.  Take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; hippopotami are also abundant. Overnight Hotel

Day 11  Arba Minch - Jinka.

Drive to Jinka via Konso, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces on their farms and their neat and well-planned villages.  Continue to Jinka visiting various peoples such as the Gamo and Derashe.  Stop at Key Afar's weekly market (if on a Thursday) and wander among the various tribes such as the Benna and Ari that have gathered to barter their goods. Overnight Hotel

Day 12  Jinka - Mago National Park - Jinka.

Drive to the remote Mago National Park and visit the Mursi, perhaps one of the famous of the Lower Omo tribes.  A nomadic tribe, the Mursi women are known for slitting their lower lips and inserting large clay plates.   The savannas of Mago Park are also home to a variety of mammals such as elephants, giraffes, hartebeests and leopards.  Return to Jinka. Overnight Hotel

Day 13  Jinka - Turmi.

Drive to Turmi, home of the Hamer people, stopping at the Dimeku Market (Saturday only) to see the various tribes such as the Hamer, the Ari, and the Benna.  The Banna are known for decorating their bodies with clay. Overnight Hotel

Day 14  Turmi.

Visit the Hamer people, well known for the scarring of their bodies, using clay to shape their hairstyles, and the unique practice of "bull-jumping" which every young man must accomplish prior to marriage. Overnight Hotel

Day 15  Turmi – Arba Minch.

Drive to Arba Minche via Konso, recently designated a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site.  A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces on their farms and their neat and well-planned villages. Late Afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Chamo and view some of the largest crocodiles in the world sunning on the banks of the lake; hippopotami are also abundant. Overnight Hotel

Day 16  Arba Minch - Addis Ababa.

Drive to Addis Ababa.  Drive to Addis Ababa through the rift valley lakes of Langano and Zeway.  Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.

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When to Visit:

For most of the country, the rains are more frequent in June, July, and August.  The rainy season in South Omo is in April and May and we do not offer tours there during this time. The Afar region is best visited from October to May.