9 Days & 8 Nights
Addis Ababa, Gondar, Amhara

These are just three words which spring do mind when thinking about Afar Danakil Depression Tours, Dallol the hottest and most inhospitable places on Earth & a surreal multi-hued field of sulphurous hot springs, Erta Ale the most active volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and a 1 km square caldera at its summit and the salt caravan trail of Berahile.

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DestinationGondar, Semien Mountains

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

Meet at Bole International airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is exploring the town of Addis Ababa including National Museum to view the 3.6 million year old remains of Lucy, whose skeletal remains were discovered in 1974, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and time permitting Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis and Mercato the open market.
Optional tour to Fistula Hospital is a remarkable place to visit, and is considered the best-run charity in the country. Overnight Caravan Hotel.


Day 2: Addis Ababa- Awash

Drive from Addis Ababa to Awash Town, which is located in the central part of the rift valley system 250 km from Addis Ababa, the best place to familiarize with the weather and meet the Kereyu people a step into a quieter, calmer and more natural world enjoy swimming the natural hot spring and game drive in the Awash national park. Overnight Genet Hotel.


Day 3: Awash –Semera

Drive to Semera, the capital city of the afar regional state, Here we will finish some paper works- permits for the visit then we continue to a small town called Logia for An overnight stay at a local hotel..


Day 4: Semera- Afdera

We drive to Afdera via Serdo. P.M visit the manual salt mining on Lake Afedera and facilitate the permit paper from the regional tourist office. Here some more people will accompany us (local guide and scout). Overnight Local hotel.


Day 5: Afdera-Erta Alle

Drive from Afdera to Dodom. At Dodum we will start walking to Erta Alle Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15kms one way. We arrive to Erta Alle around mid-night and walk to see the volcanic eruption. We will camp nearby the eruption considering the direction of the wind because of the volcanic acid which is not good for health, anytime any one can see or take a picture. To get Best pictures of the volcano will be a night shooting. Overnight camping Erta Alle.


Day 6: Erta Alle- Ahmed Alle

We walk back 15 km from Erta Alle back to Dodum and meet the vehicles and drive to AhemedAlle. Overnight Camping at AhemedAlle


Day 7: Ahmed Alle -Berhale

Drive to the Lake Asale, salty Lake and visit the salt workers and the merchant from the highland the salt market and the lake and proceed 17 km to Dalol and enjoy the spectacular view and small hill which is colourful by hot spring in several places. The hot spring out with the sulphurs, potash and salt it forms spectacular formation. Drive back to Berhaile for overnight stay, camping.

Day 8: Berhale-Mekele

Drive from Berhale to Mekele-the capital of Tigray region on the way visit the Afar village over the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley to the western highland. Overnight at Axum hotel.

Day 9: Mekele-Axum

Drive to Axum on the way visiting the tigray rock churches; Wukro Cherquos , and Yeha the Temple of moon dated back to the seven century before Christ. O/N Axum Sabean Hotel.

Day 10: Axum

Full day visit of the old town of Axum that includes the Archaeological Museum, ruins of Queen of Sheba’s Palace and Bath, the Stele or Obelisk Square, Kaleb’s Tomb, the Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of Covenant is said to be housed and other recently found archaeological sites. O/N Axum Sabean Hotel

Day 11: Axum-Lalibela

At a morning fly to Lalibela, after check in to Roha Hotel start your day tour of the remarkable rock hewn churches of Lalibela, regarded as the eighth wonder of the world by many scholars and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Overnight Roha Hotel.

Day 12: Lalibela - Gondar

Fly to Gondar and exploring the town of Gondar that includes the buildings that make up the Royal Enclosure and the baths of Fassilides , a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century and Debre Berhan Selassie Church, perhaps the country’s most famous Church famous for its religious art and especially its iconic ceiling depicting angels and end the visit with Welleka village (Ethiopian Jew Village) Overnight Goha Hotel.

Day 13: Gondar -Bahir Dar

8:00 Am. Meet at the lobby and drive to Bahir dar175km/ 120 miles takes about 4 hours with photo stops. Afternoon Drive to the Tis Isat Village and visit the Blue Nile Falls. This misty deluge produces rainbows that shimmer across the gorge as well as a small perennial rainforest of lush green vegetation, to the delight of the many monkeys and multi-coloured birds that inhabit the region.

Day 14: Gondar -Bahir Dar

In the afternoon take a boat tour on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and visit ancient island monasteries over the islands such as Ura Kidanemihret and Azoa Mariam Overnight Tana Hotel.

Day 15: Bahir Dar-Addis Ababa

Fly back to Addis Upon arrival we will have more sightseeing’s in Addis Ababa that includes Ethnographic Museum and St. George Cathedral. At evening we dine a fair well dinner at Habesha 2000 traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances then transfer to airport for your flight back to home..

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