Meskel celebration in Addis with the Omo valley Tour for 2012 and 2013 ( Tour Code SGTT06 Duration 14 Days )

Meskel celebration in Addis with the Omo valley Tour for 2012 and 2013

This trip to south of Addis in to the Omo valley is a trip to experience the wilderness of human being and the nature with its wild life. The lower Omo pale ontological site is recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site. The peoples who live on the bank of Omo valley are the same in their color but different in their culture and language. Virtually free from any human habitation, scientists have discovered in the Omo valley fossils remains of mankind's earliest ancestors dating back almost 4 million years.

Meskel: 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 colourful church dress and processional cross to perform their amusing chanting for the gathered people. The bone fire will be lighted in the evening and people will chant and sing in every direction.

Ghion travel and tours has a fixed date departure tour for this colourful Meskel celebration with the southern Omo tour.

Sep 25: Arrival Addis: Upon arrival be met and welcomed by Ghion Tour and Travel and Tours representative and transfer to Hotel

Sept 26: Meskal Festival at Addis Ababa: Morning, After break fast you will have a sight seeing 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 millions years back.Afternoon after lunch you will attend the very colourful Meskel Festival (the finding of the true cross) at the Meskel square

Sep 27: Addis - Arbaminch: in the morning drive to Arbaminch on the way visit Alaba village and their unique way of home decorating style, overnight in hotel ore lodge at Arbaminch.

Sep 28: Arbaminch: In the morning drive to Chencha village, to visit the Dorze ethnic group with their unique home building style and traditional weaving. (visit their market if it is a market day), drive back to Arbaminch. After lunch in hotel, boat trip on Lake Chamo to see crocodiles (at Crocodile Market) and hippos, overnight Arbaminch.

Sep 29: Arbaminch- Jinka: Drive to Jinka on the way visit the Tsemay, Bena and the Ari ethnic groups with their untouched culture (if it is Thursday you will visit the colorful market of Key Afer), overnight in Jinka

Sep 30: Jinka- Mursi- Jinka: after breakfast drive to Mago national park and proceed to Mursi village to visit the Mursi people, whose females put lip plates on their lower lip. Drive back to Jinka for lunch, after lunch visit the Ari village or the museum in the town. Over night hotel in Jinka

Oct 1: Jinka -Turmi: After breakfast drive to Turmi-On the way visit the Tsemay ethnic group and the most Colorful market in the Omo valley- Key Afer market if it is Thursday and the Dimeka market if it is Tuesday overnight at lodge or hotel

Oct 2: Turmi - Omorate - Turmi: in the morning drive to Omorate and after crossing the Omo Rive by traditional boat visit the Dassenech ethnic group with their untouched culture. Drive back to Turmi, in the late after noon visit one of the Hammer villages in Turmi, over night lodge or hotel in Turmi.

Oct 3: Turmi - Murule - Turmi: in the morning drive to Murule to visit the Karo Ethnic group who are very well known for their body painting and their fascinating houses. Drive back to Turmi for over night, and visit market of Turmi if the day is Monday or Market of Dimeka if it is Tuesday. over night lodge or hotel in Turmi.

Oct 4: Turmi -Yabello: in the morning drive to Yabello on the way visit the Cushitic-Elbore tribe, and the Konso village who are famous for terracing and unique way of living, before arriving to Yabello you will see the Borena Oromo people, overnight at hotel in Yabello

Oct 5: Yabello - Awassa: after break fast drive to Awassa on the way you will visit 9th C Tutu Fela stele park, continue driving to Awassa trough the village of the Borena people, and also trough the breathtaking landscape and vegetation, over night hotel in Awassa

Oct 6: Awassa - Addis: After break fast drive to the beautiful fish market on the shore of Lake Awassa with many aquatic birds, and then continue driving to Addis, on the way to Addis you will visit Ziway lake which is rich in aquatic bird life and, over night in Ghion hotel.

Oct 7: City tour of Addis and Departure: Sightseeing tour that includes Trinity Cathedral-a 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 3.2 millions years back, Ethnological Museum-presents different collections to have an overview of the history, culture, tradition and religions of almost all tribal groups in Ethiopia, St. George Cathedral and Museum-a historical church with the traditional Ethiopian Orthodox Church architecture founded by Emperor Menelik-II, Mount Entoto panoramic view point at the highest pick in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, The Merkato: the biggest open air market in Africa. In the evening transfer to the air port for departure to home.

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