Danakil Depression, Erta’ale and Tigray

Tour overview

 Tour Code:                AETT-DE 01

Duration:                   9 days 8 night

Tour Title:                  Danakil Depression, Erta’ale and Tigray

Transportation:       Surface drive and flight

Tour Itinerary

Day1.  Up on arrival at bole international airport be met by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival visit Addis Ababa including the National Museum, where 3.4 million years old hominid housed, the Trinity cathedral, Entoto Mountain to have the panoramic view of Addis Ababa .Then drive to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day2.  Take Early morning flight to Mekele and after having breakfast drive168km to Ahmedila , Enroute visit the Afar village over the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley system . Overnight camping at Ahmedila.

Day3.  Morning after breakfast drive 80 km to Lake Asele and on the way visit the thousands of camel caravan and the rock salt mining places. Afternoon drive further to Dallol Cobar Sink which is the lowest spot on earth’s surface not covered by water (-116 below sea level) and enjoy the spectacular view and small hill accompanied by colorful hot spring in several places. After visit drive back to Ahmedila for overnight camping.

Day4.  Resume early 3hours drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale. Take early dinner around 17:00 and trek and reach up to Ert Ale at about 20:00. Here you will 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. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain.

Day5.  Early morning you will rise with the sun and it is time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater (200m deep and 350m across) is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65m wide and about 100m deep. Afternoon drive back to Mekele for overnight stay in Hotel.

Day6.  On this day after having breakfast drive 105 km to Hawezen (the central place for the rock hewn churches of Tigray) on the way visit the semi- monolithic and oldest churches of Wekro Cherkos and Abrha Astibah. Overnight in hotel.

Day7.  Morning after breakfast drive215 km to the ancient city of Axum on the way visit the 6th Debra Damo monastery (which is 50m high cliffs and only access by climbing or being hoisted on 15m plaited leather rope which is hanging down from the top of the cliff and also visit the 5th C. temple of Yeha which was once a center for the Da’amat kingdom (the first kingdom in Ethiopia even before Christianity). overnight in hotel.

Day8.  Morning after breakfast full day visit the imposing stele of Axum, the palace and the bath of queen of Sheba, St. Mary of Zion Cathedral (in which the Ark of the Covenant is preserved),the archeological museum and the ruins of the royal palace. Overnight hotel

Day9.  Since this is last day of your tour take short flight back to Addis Ababa. After having your lunch ,you will have a half day city tour of Addis and Shopping time .In the evening you be invited a dinner and folkloric dance in one of the best traditional restaurant before your departure .

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