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Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

Capital: Addis Ababa
Capital and largest city: Addis Ababa; 9°1′N 38°45′E / 9.017°N 38.750°E
Regional languages: Afar; Amharic; Harari; Oromo; Somali; Tigrinya
Currency: Ethiopian birr
Official language: Amharic

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Day 1: ADDIS ABABA
Arrive at Bole international airport and meet and assist by ET-holidays representative. Depending on your arrival time, you will have Addis Ababa city tour. Addis Ababa sightseeing
will include Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of Addis Ababa ,National museum: home for
the oldest and famous hominid fossil ‘Lucy’, Trinity cathedral church, Ethnographic museum the then palace of Emperor Hailesellase known as little Ethiopia and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa. Along the way you will visit significant historical monument of Addis Ababa
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: ADDIS MEKELE – HAWZEN
Which include the rock churches of Michael Barka, Michael Imba, and Debre Selam Michael.This day you will visit Michael Imba and Debre Slam Michael.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: GERELTA ROCK CHURCHES
After early breakfast drive to Gheralta cluster of churches . This day you will visit the most extra ordinary Churches of Abune Yemata and Mariam Korkor. Gheralta is home of a quarter of the rock churches, some of them are famous for their stone workmanship, ancient paintings and manuscripts, and others known for their magnificent view and difficult ascent.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Lodge

DAY 4: HAWZEN – BEREHALE – AHMED ELA
After breakfast drive to Hamed Ela via a small town of Berhale the place where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. Here we process Entrance permit and take our escorting police man from Berhalie ; the gate of Afar region. En route you will see long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Camping

DAY 5: AHMEDELA – DALLOL/DENAKIL – AHMEDELA
After early breakfast excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) where lakes of acid form colorful sulfur formation in the hottest and deepest part of Danakil depression. You will also see the traditional Salt extraction by the locals where they take out the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels for long caravan and visit the different landscape formed by volcanic activity, Lake Assal, camel caravans, Acidic ponds, etc.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Camping

DAY 6: AHMEDELA – DODEM – ERTALE
After an early breakfast drive to Dodem passing through several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land. Dodom is about 17km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3hrs trekking to the top. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale (3 hours) the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Camping

DAY 7: ERTALE – DODEM – MEKELE
Early in the morning descend from Erta Ale around 6 am to Dodem where the cars are parked. After breakfast drive to Mekelle via Afdiera Salt Lake, visit the salt lake and the saline hot spring then drive back to Mekele.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight: Hotel

DAY 8: FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA
Morning fly to Mekelle, afternoon you will have leisure time and shopping. Late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurant then drive to the airport for your flight back home.
Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Package Includes

  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation, with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 Nights camping, with breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Addis Ababa city tour
  • Gerealta rock churches
  • Excursion to Dallol and Erta Ale
  • All International and domestic flights on Ethiopian airlines

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on double
  • Camping at the camping places
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Cooking stuff and camping equipment
  • Cook at the camping places
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfer in and out service.
  • Path finder
  • Police man
  • Ground transportation by Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Bottles of water

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