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Small Group Ethiopian Festival Tours

Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians as you take these festival tours on the Historic Route of Ethiopia. With more than 80 different ethnic groups living together with traditions as old as humanity itself, Ethiopia is a melting pot of cultures. In this fascinating country, you will be amazed to witness how ancient historical traditions have been preserved in a remarkable manner for thousands of years. And, indeed, the ceremonies and rituals of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church open a window on the authentic world of the Old Testament. Like nowhere else, in this country you will find yourself so dramatically transported back in time to participate freely in the sacred rituals of an ancient faith.

Below you will find small group departure festival tours carefully crafted around some of the most important and colorful festivals in the Ethiopian calendar. On these tours, you will also visit the unmatched sites of Ethiopia’s Historic Route among which four of the sites are listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you take these trips to the Historic Route of Ethiopia to witness some of the most colorful and ancient Christian festivals.

Ethiopian Christmas on the Historic Route of Ethiopia — 9 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural
  • GHET-FF5
  • Small Group Fixed Departure
  • 9 Days, Dec. 31, 2018–Jan. 8, 2019
  • This tour gives you the chance to celebrate Christmas a second time. Witness an Orthodox Christmas celebration and explore the ancient history and culture of the Historic Route of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Timket Festival Tour — 9 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural
  • GHET-FF4
  • Small Group Fixed Departure
  • 9 Days, Jan 13–21, 2019
  • On this tour, you will see one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in Ethiopia — Timket — along with the highlights of Ethiopia. Commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ, this extremely colorful 3-day festival is celebrated around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Ethiopian Easter Festival — 9 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural
  • GHET-FF4
  • Small Group Fixed Departure
  • 9 Days, April 21–29, 2019
  • Join us on this trip of discovery as we witness the ancient ways of celebrating Easter and explore the world of the ancient Ethiopians.

Meskel Festival and Historic Route Tour — 9 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural
  • GHET-FF1
  • Small Group Fixed Departure
  • 9 Days, Sept. 21–29, 2019
  • Enjoy the green landscape after the rainy season. Witness an ancient Ethiopian bonfire festival commemorating the finding of the True Cross combined with an exploration into the ancient history and culture of the country while visiting three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival Tour to the Historic Route — 9 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural
  • GHET-FF2
  • Small Group Fixed Departure
  • 9 Days, Jan 22–30, 2019
  • This cultural tour takes you on Ethiopia’s Historic North and includes the Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival, one of the most colorful festivals celebrated at Lalibela. This festival is less famous, but equally as absorbing as the Timket Festival, and it is celebrated colorfully around one of the most famous rock-hewn churches, St. George, just 1 week after Timket.

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