Ethiopian Religious Festival Tour and Trekking

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Ethiopian Religious Festival Tour and Trekking

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Length of trip:

17 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 0 to $ 2000

Best travel dates to go:

January


Detailed Description of this trip:

Ethiopia is truly a land of contrast and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Both religious and secular festivals in Ethiopia are occasions for great rejoicing feasting and dancing often accompanied by colorful pageantry. The Gregorian or European calendar dates, because of leap year, do not always coincide precisely with the Ethiopian, therefore visitors should confirm the exact dates of different celebrations. Timket is the greatest festival of the year, falling on 19 January just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. A three day affair, beginning on the eve of Timket with dramatic and colorful processions. The following morning, the great day of Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated. You will visit wild water falls, Gorgeous gorges, colorful markets, National Parks, green jungle and Scenery, traditions and customs, Wild animals, Birds, Monastery, ruined Bridges, Gorgeous gorges, Birds, Ancient History, ruined palaces, monuments, churches, stele, castles, mural paintings, Lakes and falls and much more.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Lalibela

    Arrival and drive to Desse.
    Private Car Service

    In the morning have breakfast and head to Desse.

    Sightseeing

    En route have a visit to the Italian made Tunnel and the mouth of the Rift Valley system at a place called “Tarmaber”.

    Hotel

    Overnight Lalibela Hotel.

  • Day 2 - Lalibela

    Drive to Lalibela and attend the Ethiopian Christmas festival in Lalibela.
    Private Car Service

    Drive from Desse to Lalibela.

    Sightseeing

    En route visit the Hayq Lake and also the island monastery of Stephen.

    Sightseeing

    On this day attend the colorful eve festival of Ethiopian Christmas with chanting and singing of priests.

    Hotel

    Overnight Jerusalem Guest House.

  • Day 3 - Lalibela

    Visit the Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
    Sightseeing

    Early in the morning after breakfast attend the church ceremony and celebration of Ethiopian Christmas and head exploring the UNESCO registered world wonders of the rock-hewn churches (1st group) only.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch head for a visit of the remaining churches.

    Hotel

    Overnight Jerusalem Guest house.

  • Day 4 - Lalibela

    Visit the surrounding Rock-hewn churches.
    Mountain Climbing

    After breakfast trek up to Mount Asheten to visit the monastery of Asheten Mariam and also admire the scenery of the surrounding and back to hotel. After lunch head to the cave church of Nakutola’ab.

    Hotel

    Overnight Hotel.

  • Day 5 - Ethiopia

    Drive to Mekelle.
    Private Car Service

    Head to Mekelle via the Sekota road.

    On the way visit the least visited but famous world-renowned Cave church of Yimrahane Kirstos.

    Hotel

    Overnight Axum Hotel.

  • Day 6 - Ethiopia

    Visit the rock-churches of Tigray.
    Sightseeing

    After break fast visit the near by famous rock churches of Petros and Paulos, Medhane Alem Adi Kasho.

    Hotel

    Back to Mekelle for overnight stay. Overnight Axum Hotel

  • Day 7 - Axum

    Drive to Axum.
    Private Car Service

    Drive Mekelle- Axum.

    Sightseeing

    On the way visit the Yeha Temple, Debre Damo monastery, Abreha-Atsbeha rock church, Negash Mosque.

    Hotel

    Overnight Remhay Hotel.

  • Day 8 - Axum

    Visit the archeological sites and St. Mary of Zion church.
    Sightseeing

    In the morning have a visit to Axum’s St. Mary of Zion church, Stele of Axum and the tomb there and the Bath of Queen Sheba.

    Sightseeing

    After lunch head to the Palace of Sheba, the Tomb of King Kaleb and his son (6th century), stone inscription of king Ezana.

    Hotel

    Overnight Remhay Hotel.

  • Day 9 - On Foot

    Drive to Semien Mountain National Park.
    Private Car Service

    In the morning have break fast and drive to Semien Mountain National Park.

    National Parks

    Drive to Sankaber via the scenic beauty of the Semien mountains and also the Tekeze gorge where one can see incense trees. This is the site that is termed as the most wild and spectacular of all Ethiopian landscapes-The Roof of Africa.

    Camping

    Observe the magnificent scenery, birds and game like an endemic Gelada Baboon. O/N Camping.

  • Day 10 - On Foot

    Semien Mountain National Park. O/N Camping.
    Adventure

    Start trekking from Sankaber to Geech which is the most scenic road.

    Camping

    O/N Camping.

  • Day 11 - On Foot

    Semien Mountain National Park. O/n Camping.
    Adventure

    Continue trekking to Chenek, another scenic spot where you have the chance to spot the other endemic wild animal, Walia Ibex.

    Camping

    O/N Camping.

  • Day 12 - On Foot

    Semien Mountain National Park. O/n Camping.
    Mountain Climbing

    Continue trekking to Ambiquo, another scenic spot where you have the chance to admire the chains of mountains.

    Camping

    O/N Camping.

  • Day 13 - On Foot

    Semien Mountain National Park. O/n Camping.
    Adventure

    Continue trekking back to Chenek, another scenic spot where you have the chance to admire the chains of mountains.

    Camping

    O/N Camping.

  • Day 14 - Gondar

    Drive from Semien Mountain National Park to Gondar.
    Private Car Service

    Drive from Semien Mountain National Park - Gondar.

    Sightseeing

    Along the road before getting to Gondar, visit the Felasha, Ethiopian Jew village and their hand made artifacts and attend the eve Epiphany celebration at the bathing pool of Gondar.

    Hotel

    Overnight Goha Hotel.

  • Day 15 - Gondar

    Attend the colorful religious celebration of epiphany festival and also visit the Castles of Gondar.
    Sightseeing

    Attend the colorful religious celebration of epiphany festival and also visit the 17th century castles of Gondar together with the bathing castle of King Fasilades. Have a visit to the colorfully decorated church of Debre-Brehan Selassie.

    Hotel

    Overnight Goha Hotel.

  • Day 16 - Ethiopia

    Drive to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue-Nile falls.
    Private Car Service

    Drive to Bahir Dar.

    Small Ship or Yacht Cruise

    Make boat cruise on Lake Tana to explore the ancient medieval monasteries of Ura Kidanemheret.

    Sightseeing

    In the afternoon take lunch and proceed to the Blue-Nile falls.

    Hotel

    O/n Tana Hotel.

  • Day 17 - Addis Ababa

    Drive back to Addis Ababa and departure.
    Private Car Service

    In the morning start driving back to Addis Ababa.

    En route visit the 13th century historical monastery of Debre-Libanos.

    Shopping

    Up on arrival be taken to do shopping.

    Performing Arts

    In the evening have traditional traditionally Dinner and show.

    Be transferred to airport for departure.

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