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Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival Tour- 9 days cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia 22.-30.Jan 2018

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  • Trip Type Cultural
  • Tour Code GHET-FF2
  • Small Group fixed departure
  • 9 days 22.-30.Jan 2018
  • This cultural tour takes you on the Ethiopia‚Äôs Historic North with Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival, one of the most colourful festivals celebrated at St. Lalibela. This festival is less famous, but equally absorbing as Timket Festival and it is celebrated colourfully around one of the most famous rock-hewn church, St. George with just one week after Timket.

Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival a cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia

This cultural tour takes you on the Ethiopia’s Historic North with Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival, one of the most colourful festivals celebrated at St. Lalibela. This festival is less famous, but equally absorbing as Timket Festival and it is celebrated colourfully around one of the most famous rock-hewn church, St. George just one week after Timket.

On this tour you will also visit the classic Historic Route of Ethiopia which include– the rock-hewn churches of St. Lalibela, Castles of Gondar, the Island Monasteries of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and the Blue Nile Falls.

Trip highlights:

  • Witness an anceint Christian Festival around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela 
  • 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 a 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


Accommodation:

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

Tour guide

This tour will be lead by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tourguides who have lead many tours in Ethiopia  and who know well about the history, culture, as well as 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 tour you will be traveling in a modern mini bus or coaster bus. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.

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

 

Itinerary:

Day 01, 22. Jan: 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, 23. Jan: 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, 24.Jan: 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, 25.Jan: 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, 26.Jan: 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, 27.Jan: Gondar – Lalibela - Sebaratmu Giorgis Eve at 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. Late in the afternoon, we will drive to Bete Giorgis to attend the eve of Sebaratmu. Here the priest and deacons will be chanting with their drums and sistras to celebrate the eve of St. Gorge.
O/N: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 07: 28.Jan: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam (B-D)

In the morning, Mule ride to the top of Asheten Mariam to visit the monastery church from the 12th century.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvellous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Emanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Tukul Village or Harbe Hotel - Lalibela.

Day 08: January 28: Lalibela-Asheten Mariam

In the morning, Mule ride to the top of Asheten Marima to visit the monastery church from the 12th century.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous history with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Merkorios Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos. At the end of the tour, there will be a special Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house.
Overnight: Hotel-Lalibela.

Day 09, January 29: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure time optional city tour.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!

Rate per person in double room: 1.990,- USD

Single Room supplement: 338,- 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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