The Eastern Route (14 days)

The lunar landscape of the Danakil and the hidden Tigray churches


The tour starts with a visit to the beautiful Awash National Park, before the adventurous part to the Afar Region begins. This part requires careful planning and preparedness. The Danakil Depression is one of the lowest and consequently one of the hottest places on the planet. Therefore, the adventurous travellers must be adequately prepared for the constantly high temperatures that may unnerve persons with less endurance and stamina. However, this discomfort will be insignificant when compared to this experience of a lifetime. Visiting Dallol is like visiting another planet. The second part of the tour will be dedicated to the classical destinations Axum and Lalibela, but we will also explore some of the hidden und less known rock hewn churches in the Gheralta Mountains in Tigray.


Day 1: Addis Ababa (arrival)
Day 2: Addis Ababa – Awash National Park
Day 3: Awash National Park – Logiya
Day 4: Logiya – Semara – Aftera
Day 5: Aftera – Kusrewad – basecamp, Erta Ale ascent
Day 6: Volcano descent, basecamp – Hammed Ela, Lake Assale
Day 7: Dallol, sulfur springs, carvans, Hammed Ela – Mekele
Day 8: Mekele – Gheralta, incl. honey and salt processing
Day 9: Gheralta churches
Day 10: Gheralta – Axum, incl. Adwa, Debre Damo, Yeha
Day 11: Axum visit
Day 12: Flight Axum – Lalibela
Day 13: Lalibela visit
Day 14: Flight Lalibela – Addis Ababa (departure)



Tour Code Dates
E-17-10 Sun, 29/10/17 - Sat, 11/11/17
E-18-02 Sun, 04/02/18 - Sat, 17/02/18
E-18-03 Sun, 04/03/18 - Sat, 17/03/18

Participants: min. 6 - max. 12 persons.


Our services and price include:

  • all domestic flights in Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines in tourist class (extra if the international flight is not performed with ET);
  • all flight taxes on the domestic flights in Ethiopia;
  • all accommodation in double rooms with private toilet/shower in hotels or lodges; exception for the trekking and in places where no hotel or lodge is available: nights in tents for 2 persons; extra for single occupancy;
  • all transfers and travels in Ethiopia with private car;
  • full board (1 drink per meal included, alcoholic drinks excluded);
  • all entrance fees and permissions at tourist attractions, villages, museums, churches and national parks;
  • all police and military guards for the security;
  • for the camping: camping fees, guide, security rangers, cook, cooking assistant, cooking and camping equipment (it's recommended to bring your own sleeping bag);
  • all tips for meals;
  • all mandatory local guides;
  • experienced SimienEcoTours guide, fluently English & Amharic speaking (extra for a guide in another language).


Our services and price don’t include:

  • international flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • visa for Ethiopia;
  • sleeping bag;
  • alcoholic drinks;
  • tipping;
  • photo and video fees (if any);
  • all extras and personal expenditures.

Additional information

Please contact us for a more detailed tour description, price indication or any other issue.
















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