| Ethiopia Religious
Celebration Tour; Meskal Festival
Ethiopia Historic Route tour is also designed in such a way to coincides with the colorful Festivals of Meskal. You will enjoy vibrant religious festival celebrations in Ethiopia
|AAT 1114||8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS||BAHIR DAR, LAKE TANA GONDAR,
LALIBELA & AXUM
Trip Dates: 26 September - 3 October:
The trip begins and ends in Addis Ababa.
Guaranteed Departure with 2 participants minimum
This trip begins with a rendezvous at the airport in Addis Ababa on Day 1. Please arrange your flight schedule so you will arrive on the correct day. But on your special request we can arrange other transfer for those arriving earlier.
Day 1: 26 September: Arrive Addis Ababa, afternoon attend the Meskel Festival
On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met by our representatives and transferred to Ghion Hotel. After lunch in the afternoon attend the Meskel Festival at Measkel square –the colorful festival of the Orthodox Christens, celebrated to commemorate the finding of the true cross. Overnight Ghion Hotel,
Day 2: 27 September: Fly Bahir Dar. Morning, Blue Nile Fall afternoon Boat trip:
After breakfast fly to Bahar Dar. After check into the Hotel and refreshment, we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. We will visit two of the most accessible and representative of the monasteries, still serving their original function, Ura Kidane Mehret, and Azwa Maryam. In the afternoon we pay a visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire’. Overnight Papyrus Hotel
Day 3: 28 September: Drive Gondar Tour of Gondar:
We experience typically in an Ethiopian African landscape as we drive from Bahir Dar to Gondar- 180 kms over wide grazing land, hilly mountains with numerous farmlands. The rest of the day visit attractions in Gondar. The attractions that we visit in Gondar includes: Castles of Gondar- are included in the World Heritage List, the royal Fasiledes Bath and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its unique murals. Overnight Goha Hotel
Day 4: 29 September: Excrsion to Simien Mountains
After early breakfast we drive from Gondar to Debark town where the head quarter of Simien Mountain National Park is found and we proceed to Sankaber, the first campsite of the National Park to see the extraordinary scenery. We walk around Sankaber enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer. Afternoon we drive back to Gondar. Overnight Goha hotel.
Day 5: 30 September: Fly Axum:
After breakfast fly to Axum. The ancient city of Aksum is found close to Ethiopia's northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Aksum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia.After check in to Remehay hotel, sightseeing tour of Axum that includes: St. Mary church where the original Arc of the covenant housed in, Archeological Museum, Stelaes, tombs, and palace. Overnight Remehay Hotel
Day 6:1 October: Fly Lalibela:
We take a short flight to Lalibela then drive 23kms to the town where all the 11 monolithic Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela are situated. Today we visit the first group of six churches lie in rock cradles one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika'el, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem. Bet Medhane Alem, the largest one, is built like a Greek Temple and its stone floor is so polished by the countless numbers of visitors that it reflects shafts of light from apertures in the walls high above. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overnight Paradise hotel
Day 7: 2 October: In Lalibela:
After breakfast a mule ride to the 13thc rock hewn monastery of Asheten Mariam. The church is situated on atop a mountain at an altitude of 3150 metres. This will take about 4 hours. We return back to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit of the other groups of Rock churches of Lalibela Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa'el. Bet Emanuel's elaborate exterior is much praised by art historians. Overnight Paradise hotel
Day 8: 3 October: Fly to Addis Ababa then departure
After breakfast you will check in to the Airport for your flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day visit historical sites in Addis Ababa. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then after transfer to the airport for flight back home.