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Meskel Festival at Addis with South Omo Valley by Car ( Tour Code: SGTT 06 Duration 8 Days)

This is one of religious ceremonies not to be missed in Ethiopia .At the eve of Meskel celebration there will be a big bone fire (Demera) the will be prepared on the centre of Addis (Meskel Square).Thousands of Ethiopian Christians with their traditional dressing style will be gather at the Meskel square hundreds of priests from different church of Addis will come with very colorful church dress and processional cross to perform their amusing chanting for the gathered people to see.

Ghion travel and tours has a fixed date departure tour for this colorful Meskel celebration with the historic route. 

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights 

Sep 25: Arrival Addis Ababa

Up on arrival at Bole international air port and met by Ghion Travel and Tours representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis, which includes; Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in your hotel 

Sep 26: Addis Ababa

Morning, after breakfast you will have a sightseeing of Addis Ababa which includes Trinity Cathedral beautiful church with a baroque style of European Architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, National Museum-the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dated 3.5 million years back. In the afternoon you will attend the very colorful Meskel Festival (the finding of the true cross) at the Meskel square. Overnight in your hotel 

Sept 27: Addis-Arbaminch

In the morning drive to Arbaminch, on the way visit Tiya Stele Site (one of the world heritage site registered by UNESCO) and Melka Kunture Archeological Site. Then keep driving to Arbaminch and overnight in your hotel/lodge 

Sept 28: Arbaminch

After breakfast, drive to Chencha Village to visit the Dorze tribe who are well known for their traditional weaving and towering huts. Then, drive back to Arbaminch and in the afternoon boat ride on Lake Chamo to visit hippos and crocodiles at crocodile market on the lake. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 

Sep 29: Arbaminch-Turmi

In the morning, drive from Arbaminch to Turmi. On the way, visit Bena and Tsemay tribes and if it is Thursday, visit colorful Key Afer Market. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 

Sep 30: Turmi-Omorate- Turmi

After breakfast, drive to Omorate, visit Dasenech tribes. After visiting drive back to Turmi. In the afternoon, visit the Hammer people with their Evangadi night dancing. Overnight in your hotel/lodge 

Oct 1: Turmi-Jinka

After breakfast, drive to Jinka via Dimeka (at Dimeka there is colorful market on Saturday). On the way, visit Ari tribes. In the afternoon, visit Jinka Museum and overnight in your hotel/lodge

Oct 2: Jinka-Mursi-Jinka 

This day you will drive to the Mursi village through Mago national park to visit the Mursi tribe. The Mursi people are famous for their women putting lip plate on their lower lip and men for their stick fighting (donga). After visit drive back to Jinka and Overnight in your hotel/lodge

Oct 3: Jinka-Yabelo

After breakfast drive from Jinka to Yabelo and on the way visit the Konso people. The Konso people are the hard working people and well known for their specially land management. The Konso landscape is one of the world heritage sites in Ethiopia registered by UNESCO. Then keep driving to Yabelo and overnight in Yabelo your hotel. 

Oct 4: Yabelo- Yirgalem 

After breakfast, drive from Yabelo to Yirgalem. En route visit the Yabelo sanctuary and Tutu Fella Stele Site at around Dilla. Then keep driving to Yirgalem and overnight in your hotel/lodge. 

Oct 5: Yirgalem-Addis 
In the morning drive back to Addis. In the evening farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where the tour ends

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