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Ethiopian Easter Festival 9 days 08.-16.Apr 2017

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  • Trip Type Cultural
  • Tour Code GHET-FF4
  • Small Group fixed departure
  • 9 days, 08.-16. Apr 2017
  • Join us on this trip of discover as we witness an ancient way celebrating Easter and explore the world of the ancient Ethiopians. Step back in time and celebrate Easter the way it has been performed centuries and centuries back.

Join us on this trip of discover as we witness an ancient way celebrating Easter and explore the world of the ancient Ethiopians. Step back in time and celebrate Easter the way it has been performed centuries and centuries back. You will be amazed to witness how ancient historical traditions and unique African culture have been preserved in an incredible manner.

This tour takes you deep in to the land which used to be one of the greatest kingdoms of the world. In this fascinating land the past comes alive in the form of strange and beautiful monuments and ruins, built long centuries ago. Moreover, it is a past which began as the cradle of mankind. Marvel at the spectacular 2,000-year-old stele at Axum, the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela built more than 800 years ago, the castles of Gondar, the island monasteries of Lake Tana, the magnificent Simien Mountains, the less visited rock-hewn churches of Tigray, the Great Blue Nile Falls and last but not least the friendly and charming people.

Trip highlights:

  • Celebration of Ethiopian Easter
  • Experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christian doctrines and Traditions
  • Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Be amazed by a visit to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, “the living wonders of the world” 
  • Enjoy the magnificent nature and endemic wild life of Simien Mountains
  • Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
  • Take cruise on Lake Tana to visit the ancient Island monasteries
  • Site the source of the mighty river, the Blue Nile  &  Blue Nile falls
  • Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
  • Meet your ancestor LUCY at the National Museum in Addis Ababa
  • Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour guides who have lead many tours to the Historic Route of Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as with very good knowledge of nature & wildlife.

Our Drivers

Our drivers are well trained and well travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.

Transportation

On this cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia you will be traveling by coaster bus for the most part. We have an excellent condition, well maintained busses suitable for the road condition you will be traveling to. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.

Accommodation:

On this trip you will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Addis Ababa and on the rest of the trip to the Historic Route, you will be staying in the best available tourist standard hotels, lodges and resorts which are selected and inspected by our team.

Itinerary:

Day 01, 08. Apr: Arrive Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa (ADD), Ethiopia. Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to your Hotel (4*). There will be a short drive to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we will arrange a city tour.
O/N: Jupiter Hotel-Addis Ababa.

Day 02, 09. Apr: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar (B-D)

In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 03, 10. Apr: Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar (B-D)

In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana.
After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls.
O/N: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel-Bahirdar.

Day 04, 11. Apr: Bahir Dar-Gondar (B-D)

After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime.
After lunch tour of the ancient city of Gondar.
O/N: Goha Hotel.

Day 05, 12. Apr: Excursion Simien Mountains National Park (B-D)

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Simien mountains National park. The rest of the day, trek to explore the surrounding of Sankaber, part of the Simien Mountains National Park.
O/N: Goha Hotel - Gondar

Day 06, 13. Apr: Gondar – Lalibela (B-D)

After breakfast start driving through the spectacular landscape to Lalibela. En route we will stop at Awramba. This community has been founded by Zumra Nuru in 1972 with the aim to live together peacefully, working collaboratively, sympathetically and cheerfully. They treat each other as brothers and sisters. Gender equality and care for the elderly is also a major subject.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 07, 14. Apr, Good Friday at Lalibela (B-D)

After having an early breakfast, we will drive to the site where we find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis. In the afternoon, witness the Good Friday ceremony at Bete Mariam rock-hewn church. This is a special day for Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and it is celebrated with a great devotion and in a very ancient way.

On this day, the faithful who has been fasting the whole day without any water or food, dressed in their dazzling white cloths, folk to St. Mary’s church to attend the prayers and performance of the priest and deacons. It really creates a special feeling to witness the devotion of the faithful and the special practices made on this day remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Every performance of the priest and the deacons as well as the devotion of the people takes you centuries back.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 08, 15. Apr Lalibela (B-D)

In the morning you will continue your journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvellous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches. The rock-hewn churches that you will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. In the afternoon, you will visit one of the most colourful annual Easter Market at Lalibela. In the evening, you will witness one of the most important ceremonies of Easter in one of the biggest rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Bete MedhaniAlem.

In the evening all the rock-hewn churches will be filled with people who have been fasting for 55 days. None of them have eaten anything at least for a day and half without any water and food. They are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there will be prayers and candle light ceremonies accompanied by chanting and dancing of the priest until 3:00 in the morning. It’s only after the ceremony is over that everybody goes home to break the fasting with the special Easter meal and the feast which has begun at the church continues all day long and the weeks to come.
Accommodation: Mount View Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 09, 16. Apr Ethiopian Easter Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B-D)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure an optional city tour can be arranged.

In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary special Easter farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks. Flight schedule permitting). There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person sharing double: 2.212,-- USD
single Suppl.: 602,-- USD

 

Rate includes:

  • roundtrip as per program
  • all necessary transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
  • all meals as stated in the program
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking, qualified national tour guide
  • farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)

Not included:

  • visa fees
  • tips
  • meals not stated in the program
  • all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)

 

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