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Historical Tour of Ethiopia & Meskel Festival – 8 Days

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Duration

8

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Historical Tour of Ethiopia & Meskel Festival

Join us on an Ethiopian Historical Tour, which will feature the 2019 Meskel Festival. Explore Ethiopia’s intriguing history by seeing historic towns, scenic hinterlands, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the rock-hewn cathedrals of Lalibela. The primary Meskel festival includes the lighting of a massive bonfire, known as the Demera, in Addis Abeba’s Meskel Square.

This narrative is based on a revelation by the mother of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor, which revealed the exact position of the True Cross. The ancient holiday, which goes back 1,600 years, is commemorated with massive nightly bonfires attended by big, orderly but boisterous torch-carrying hordes of people followed by ornately robed priests bearing silver Coptic crosses.

The flowering of the cross-shaped Meskel daisies also marks the end of the 3-month long rainy season and the return of the sun. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed!

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lake Tana
  • City tour of Addis
  • Lalibela
  • Yemrehanna Kristos
  • Nakuto Leab

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival and fly to Bahir Dar
Day 1:  Arrival and fly to Bahir Dar

Hotel: Kuriftu Resort and Spa
Meal: Dinner

Day 2: BAHIR DAR
Day 2: BAHIR DAR

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Kuriftu Resort and Spa

Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar - Gondar
Day 3: Drive Bahir Dar - Gondar

After breakfast, you'll drive 180 kilometers to Gonder. This day is devoted to sightseeing in Gonder, which includes the 16th-century Royal Enclosure, known as the "African Camelot," Fasil spa, where the Timkat (Epiphany) festival is colorfully celebrated, and one of the historic churches Debre Birhan Selassie.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Goha Hotel

Day 4: Fly Gondar - Lalibela
Day 4: Fly Gondar - Lalibela

After breakfast, fly to Lalibela. Continue to the first group of rock-hewn churches, which number six and portray earthly Jerusalem, after lunch. Visit the final five churches in the second set, which portray heavenly Jerusalem. Finally, the third collection of churches is explored, which includes St. George, the cross-shaped centerpiece of the Lalibela chapels.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Mountain View

Day 5: Excursion to Nakuto Leab and Yemrehanna Kristos
Day 5: Excursion to Nakuto Leab and Yemrehanna Kristos

After breakfast, you will go to the Nakuto Le'ab Monastery, where King Nakuto abdicated his throne and went to live as a hermit in a cave in 1270 AD. This beautiful cave has been converted into a monastery. You will proceed on an excursion to Yemerehane Kirstos in the afternoon, which is located on a mountain ridge near the peak of Abuna Yosef. This exquisite church is an Axumit wood and stone architecture masterpiece that has been restored for its internal splendor. The walls are split vertically by recessions and projections.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Mountain View Hotel

Day 6: Fly Lalibela - Addis, visit eve of Meskel
Day 6: Fly Lalibela - Addis, visit eve of Meskel

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Hilton Hotel

Day 7
Day 7

Visit the Demera to apply ash on the forehead and enjoy the festival in neighborhood eateries.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Hotel: Hilton Hotel

Day 8: Addis Ababa
Day 8: Addis Ababa

City tour of Addis Ababa and farewell

Meal(s) Included: Dinner

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel accommodation on a double/ twin room occupancy on bed and breakfast basis
  • Dinner as stated in the sketched program
  • All private airport transfer and ground transportation as per the program
  • City tour of Addis
  • Drinking water throughout the trip
  • An English speaking professional escort guide
  • Boat cruise on Lake Tana
  • All entrances and 15% tax fee.
  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Early check-in and day-use room
  • Photographic and video fees
  • Porter fee
  • Gratuities, Alcoholic beverages, and other personal related expenses

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Phone

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