17 Days Northern Ethiopia and Omo Valley

Ethiopia is old country, its culture and traditions date back 3000 years. The country is repository of priceless cultural and religious relics. It is the land of extremes, a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest (Semien Mountains) and lowest places (Dallol depression) in African continent found here.

The great rift valley of Ethiopia, which is part of the great rift system hosts many beautiful lakes and rich bird and wild life. Archaeological finding unearth the old human hominid (Lucy) that dates back 3.4 million years, accordingly coffee in one of the gifts Ethiopia offered to the world

Ethiopian culture is unique and complex mosaic reflecting diverse nature of more than 80 ethnic groups and many traditions that add up to make up Ethiopian culture which is expressed in language, food, music ,costume ,etc. In Ethiopian culture respect and hospitality forms the cornerstone.

The following combined tour programs will showcase all Ethiopian corners and help you discover this vast nation. WUB ETHIOPIA TOURS is excited to be your trip accompany and assist you to execute these tour programs.

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Tour Code: WET-701

Tour Title: Northern Ethiopia and Omo Valley

Duration: 17days 16nights

Transportation: Surface and flight

Day1 Arrival in Addis Ababa and City tour

Arrival to Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel and depending on your arrival time make Addis Ababa city tour that includes; National museum, Trinity Church and Merkato. Overnight in Hotel

Day2 Fly to Lalibela

Fly to Lalibela, famous for its remarkable 11- rock churches hand carved by King Lalibela in late 12th and early 13th century AD and visit the three groups of rock hewn churches. Overnight Hotel.

Day3 Fly to Gondar

Fly to Gondar and Visit the 17th & 18th century magnificent castles. Overnight Hotel

Day4 Drive to Bahirdar

In the morning, drive about 180kms to Bahirdar. In the afternoon, drive to the city of Tis-Isat to visit the BLUE NILE falls. Overnight Hotel.

Day5 Boat trip on Lake Tana Monasteries

In the morning, make a boat trip on the biggest high land lake of TANA to visit the famous antique monasteries like: Ura Kidanemihiret, Azwa Mariam & Kibran Gabriel. Overnight Hotel

Day6 Fly to Addis Ababa

Morning, fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel

Day7 Drive to Arbaminch

Morning, drive about 455kms to Arbaminch, on the way visit the monolithic stelae site of Tiya and the 12th century rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam. Overnight Hotel

Day8 Excursion around Arbaminch

In the morning, drive about 30kms to Guge Mountain, to visit the Dorze tribe and their magnificent beehive shaped hut, false banana cultivations and weaving culture. In the afternoon, make a boat trip on Lake Chamo to see hippos, large size crocodiles and birds. Overnight Lodge

Day9 Drive to Jinka

Drive to Jinka on the way visit Konso people. The Konso are famous for their agricultural terracing and village traditions. Overnight Hotel

Day10Excursion to Mursi Village

Make an Excursion to visit the Mursi people and their villages. Mursi women insert round clay plates in their lips for beauty purpose, whereas, Men practice scarification based on the number of enemies or wild animals they have killed in battle. Overnight Hotel

Day11 Drive to Turmi

Morning, drive to Turmi through Key Afer Dimeka. On the way observe the Darashe, Tsemay and Hamer people, famous for their hairstyles and unique cultures and traditions as well as body ornaments. If the day is Tuesday visit market at Dimeka. Overnight Lodge

Day12 Excursion to Omorate

Morning, excursion to Omorate on the banks of the Omo River to visit the Dassenech villages. If it is Monday, return to Turmi to visit the Hamer market, Karo and Dassenech people. Late in the afternoon visit of the Hamer tribe, their villages and ceremonies. On this day, if possible you will observe a Hamer marriage ceremony with its unique celebrations such as the “bull-jumping”. Overnight Lodge

Day13 Day trip to Karo

Morning, excursion to Murelle by crossing into the Karo region to visit the village of Kortcho with its beautiful view across the Omo River. The Karo men are famous for their extravagant hairstyles and for their various ornaments and body paintings. Overnight Lodge

Day14 Drive to Yabello

Morning, drive to YABELLO through the villages of ERBORE tribe, famous for their body decorations & heavy beads; then proceed to the city of Yabello through the admirable Borena tribal villages. Overnight Hotel

Day15 Drive to Yirgalem

Early in the morning, drive to one of the BORENA villages to visit the singing-well then, drive to YIRGALEM. Overnight AREGASH Lodge

Day16 Drive to Langano

After breakfast, drive to Langano to swim & sunbath around Lake Langano beach. Overnight lodge

Day17 Drive back to Addis and Departure

Morning after breakfast, drive back to the capital city ADDIS ABABA, enjoy last minute shopping, evening farewell dinner and departure.

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