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Meskel Festival With the Historic Route of Ethiopia — 13 Days

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  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • Tour Code GHET-F01
  • Private Journey
  • 17.-29.Sep 18
  • The Meskel Festival with the Historic Route of Ethiopia this is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in Ethiopia for more than 1600 years. Meskel always have been celebrated in a beautiful weather at the end of the rain season, with a lot of dancing, feasting and lighting a massive bonfire to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ has been crucified.

On this tour, we explore the main sites of Ethiopia's ancient culture including the steles of Axum, the temple of Yeha, the Palace of the Queen of Sheba, the amazing rock-hewn churches of Lalibela as well as experience one of Ethiopia's most colorful festivals. Join us on this journey of discovery and get to know one of Africa's most fascinating ancient civilizations. 

Trip Highlights

  • Celebrate Meskel "The Finding Of the true cross" with the bonfire and its processions. 
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Be amazed by the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of "the living wonders of the world".
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of the Simien Mountains.
  • Travel back in time to explore the ancient city of Axum, the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar.
  • Take a cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient island monasteries.
  • See the source of the mighty Blue Nile River and Blue Nile Falls.
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa.
  • Meet your ancestor Lucy at the National Museum in Addis Ababa.
  • Try the varied Ethiopian food.
  • Attend an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driven to Kaleb Hotel (4*). If you arrive in the morning, we can arrange an optional city tour.

Day 2: Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and GohaTsion.

Day 3: Lake Tana, Nile Falls

In the morning we will make a boatcruise and visit some island monasteries from the 13th and 14th century. After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.

Day 4: Bahir Dar, Gondar

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime. After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gonder.

Day 5: Gondar, Simien Mountains National Park, Axum

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Snakaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.

Day 6: Simien Mountains National Park-Axum

After breakfast start driving to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge.

Day 7: Axum

After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum which include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4thcentury Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.

Day 8: Axum, Mekele

In the morning, drive to Mekele, through the stunning and historical mountains of Adwa en-route visiting the Pre-Christian temple of Yeha and Wikro Cherkos.

Day 9: Mekele, Lalibela

After breakfast, start driving north to Lalibela through Sekota en-route you will visit YimrhaneKirstos and different villages of the Agwe tribal people.

Day 10: Meskel Eve at Lalibela

In the morning, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: BeteMedhaniAlem, Bete Mariam, BeteMeskel, BeteDenagil.

Day 11: Meskel Festival at Lalibela

In the morning, we will witness one of the most colorful festivals held in Ethiopia, the Meskel Festival at Lalibela.
The rest of the day, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: BeteGebriel, BeteMercorios, BeteAmanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.

Day 12: Lalibela, Kombolcha

In the morning drive to Kombolchaon top of the amazing YejuWadlaDelanta land-bridge, a high land plateau which adjoins the Wello and Gondar regions and the beautiful Lasta Mountains. You will also be driving through the towns of Weldia and Dessie.

Day 13: Kombolcha, Addis Ababa, Departure

In the morning, drive to Addis Ababa throughKemise, Ataye, Shewarobit and Debresina. At Kemiise we will have the chance to see multi-tribal local market.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.

 

Upcoming Dates

September 17–29, 2018

 

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