|Great Rift Valley|
|Great Rift Valley|
Assemble at Changi Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. Relax and enjoy the inflight service on board Ethiopian Airlines.
SIN/ADD ET639 0215/0605
On arrival in Addis Ababa, transfer for breakfast before we begin city tour with a drive up north to Mount Entoto, the highest peak overlooking the magnificent city. Descending down to Addis, proceed to Ethnographic museum, which displays a very large collection of Ethiopian crafts and items of historical interest. Next, visit to the last emperor, Haile Selassie’s room. He was imprisoned in 1974 by revolutionaries, and died the following year under mysterious circumstances. After lunch, check in to hotel for rest.
ADD/LLI ET120 1040/1140
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Lalibela, also known as “Africa’s Petra”. It is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the home of the most famous churches and the scene of so many major religious ceremonies. Visit the magnificent rock hewn Churches of Lalibela which is called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is a well-known site of a chain of rock carved churches built with astonishing architectural designs and interior decorations, which were hewn out of solid rocks between 800-1200AD and are still active worship places. These Churches include BeteMedhaneAlem, Bete Mariam, BeteMaskal, BeteDanaghel, Bete Golgotha, Bete Mikael &BeteGiorgis. Also, visit the rest of the rock-hewn Chruches – BeteAmanuel, BeteMarkorios, Bete Aba Libanos and Bete Gabriel-Rufael. Afterwards, excursion to the NakutoLe’Abe monastery, King NakutoLe’Abe abdicated his throne in 1270AD and went to a cave to lead a hermit’s life. This cave has ever since became a monastery and has dramatic settings.In the evening, visit the Abyssinia Coffee House and enjoy their traditional coffee ceremonies. World’s favorite beverage which originated in Ethiopia about 1000 years ago.
LLI/ADD ET121 1210/1310
After breakfast, once again take a domestic flight to Addis Ababa then forward south to Great Rift Valley. Great Rift Valley is a system of down faulted through starting from the Jordan-Dead sea Rift, the Red sea and the Gulf of Aden, and continues southwards through East African Rift up to Mozambique. This feature of the earth’s crust extends approximately 6000km in a generally north-south direction. In Ethiopia there are seven spectacular lakes along this route. We will drive to Langano via Butajira. On the way you will visit Adadi Mariam, this cave church dating back to the Lalibela era is one of the holiest places in the region. This area has spectacular scenery, surrounded by beautiful hills. En-route you will also see Tiya – peculiarly engraved stelae that are believed to have been erected between the 12th & 14th centuries and termed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. After lunch, visit the beautiful Ziway Lake, one of the largest of the upper Rift Valley lakes with an area of 400 sq km, its shore are lined with reeds and water lilies, sheltering & home of abundant wild life and variety of birds such as flamingo.
This morning, drive towards Yirgalem, passing through a number of coffee and various fruit cultivating towns with splendid greenery. Proceed to the African style lodge (each hut consists of 2 bedrooms sharing 1 bathroom), nestled between coffee fields and lush vegetation in Yirgalem. It is a nature retreat of astounding beauty and tranquility. The forest is home to diverse and prolific flora harboring over 100 species of birds and mammals like jackals and hyena. Begin with activities including hiking, visiting to Yirgalem native villages etc.
This morning, drive to Arba Minch. Arba Minch is a city and separate woreda in southern Ethiopia; the first common name for this city is called Ganta Garo which is located in the GamoGofa Zone of the Southern Nations. It is the largest town in GamoGofa Zone and the second town in SNNPR next to Awassa. Arba Minch received its name for the abundant local springs which produce a groundwater forest. Besides the forty springs, crossing the town is a river kulfo, affectionately referred to as “Cock River”, which is used by the local people for washing cloths and farming which is located at the base of the western side of the Great Rift Valley.
This morning you will visit a Dorze Village in the Guge Mountains. The Dorze are known for their tall, beehive-shaped bamboo houses. Then, drive to Konso, recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A highland people, the Konso are known for the ancient and intricate terraces that encircle their well-planned villages. Late in the afternoon, you will drive to the town of Jinka, one of the larger outposts in the area. Despite its location on the main road, the town of Jinka seems to exist in virtual isolation from the rest of Ethiopia. High, cool, and green, Jinka sits at the edge of the highland plateau, standing guard over the vast Omo Valley to its west.
This morning you will drive to Mago to visit Mursi. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle.
BCO/ADD ET170 1310/1420
This day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. Upon arrival, you will have free time to explore the city on your own.
ADD/SIN ET638 2320/1450
After breakfast, morning is free at leisure. After lunch, visit to the National museum to see one of its most famous residents – Lucy, a proto-human skull discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and believed to be 3.5 million years old. Next, drive through the largest Mercator market for some last minute shopping. In the evening, we will attend a folklore dinner and taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic group of Ethiopia. After dinner, proceed to airport for your return flight back to Singapore.
Arrive in Singapore at night with fond memories of Ethiopia.
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|Time Difference||Ethiopia is 5 hours behind Singapore.|
|Passport||Travellers must hold an international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure from each country is required.|
|VISAS||For Singapore & Malaysia passport holders, VISA is required for entry to Ethiopia. However, for other nationalities, kindly check with our office or the embassies directly.|
|Travel Insurance||Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.|
|Itinerary subject to changes||Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances|