Ethiopia

Ethiopia

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Come Explore Ethiopia with us from Sept 16th - 29th, 2018

DURATION: 14 Days/ 13 Nights September 16-29, 2018

STARTING POINT: Addis Ababa

ENDING POINT: Addis Ababa

MAX GROUP: 17 Guests

TOUR GUIDES: Malcolm, Loretta and Scott + Our Local Guide

TOUR PRICE: $3,950.00

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Add $390 if you would like your own room. If not you will be paired with a same sex roommate for the tour.

TIPPING KITTY: $75 USD (collected on the first day of the tour)

 

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What to Expect


Arrival (Day 1)

Sunday Sept 16, 2018

  • Arrive at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. A BMI Tour representative will meet you and take you to your hotel. 
  • Checkin to your hotel and have some time to relax after your journey.

  • 3:00 Visit the National Museum, home of the 3 million year old skeleton “Lucy.” .

  • In the evening, Enjoy a welcoming dinner. Traditional style Ethiopian Dinner with an authentic cultural show! 


Day 2

Monday Sept 17, 2018

Fly to Lalibela

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Early 8:00am flight to Lalibela
  • Visit the famous cross shape church , St, George.
  • Return and checkin to hotel.
  • Have lunch at the Benn Abeba restaurant with a great view of the valley.
  • In the afternoon, proceed our visit to the 2d group of churches that are inter connected by under ground tunnel. 
  • Special candlelit opening ceremony for the group
  • Spend the afternoon exploring this cluster of Rock Hewn Churches

Day 3

Tuesday Sept 18, 2018

Lalibela

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela.

  • Enjoy a special chanting ceremony at the church conducted by the head priests

  • The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands.

  • After our picnic lunch, continue our tour to Arbaitu Ensessat where the monks and nuns produce handy crafts and waiving products.

  • Bilbala Giyorgis with it`s Holy honey. Walk in to the village with the kids. As time allows, visit Bilbala Chirkos 


Day 4

Wednesday Sept 19, 2018

Lalibela

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning visit the first cluster of churches. 
  • We explore St.Mary's church and dig deeper into the energy of Mary.
  • Afternoon, free time to explore any of the clusters and the town.

Day 5

Thursday Sept 20, 2018

Lalibela

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning, drive to mount Asheton Mariam monastery with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town
  • We arrive by walking a path cut into the side of a mountain and entering through a small crevasse in the rocks to the church which is set high on the mountain top. A breathtaking hike with amazing views!
  •  Return to Lalibela for lunch at the Seven olives hotel.
  • Late afternoon, observe Injera baking, that is a staple food of Ethiopians with an Authentic Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
  • Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee. 

Day 6

Friday Sept 21, 2018

Lalibela

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Excursion to Genet Mariam ( with the happiest priest we have ever encountered)
  • We are welcomed with an amazing Chanting ceremony conducted by the head priests.
  •  On return, visit Neakuteleb cave church with its holy water falling from the ceiling.
  • Lunch
  • Late afternoon we drive back at the hotel.

Day 7

Saturday Sept 22, 2018

Fly to Gondar/ Simien Mountains

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • !0:00am Flight too Gondar
  • Take a spectacular drive to Sankabar, the gateway to the Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Take an easy hike (2 - 3 hours) to take in the spectacular scenery and spot wildlife such as the endemic Gelada Baboons. 
  •  Hotel in a modern Eco Lodge

 

  


Day 8

Sunday Sept 23, 2018

Simien Mountains

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Full day exploration in the National Park. Take a short drive to Chenek the best part of the Simien Mountains for its magnificent view and for a chince to spot endemic animals like Walia Ibex and others.
  • En-route, visit the Jimbar waterfalls.
  • Picnic lunch
  • Hotel in modern Eco Lodge 

Day 9

Monday Sept 24, 2018

Fly to Axum

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Fly to Axum on Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2000 years.
  • Visit the new and impressive Archeological Museum. Visit other tombs and archeological sites
  • .Visit the Tsion church where the Ark of the covenant is believed to be kept. 
  • Lunch
  • Hotel in Axum

Day 10

Tuesday Sept 25, 2018

Drive to Gheralta

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to the Gheralta Lodge passing the Adwa battlefield, site of Emperor Menelik II's 1895 victory over the invading Italians.
  • Visit the 2,500 year old ruins of Yeha, a ancient moon temple dating back to the ancient capital of D'mt. The oldest standing structure in Ethiopia!
  • Continue past Adigrat and visit Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos, two of the Tigray region's oldest and finest rock churches. 
  • Lunch 
  • Hotel at Gheralta Lodge. An amazing lodge that blends in with the community and landscapes of this area.

  


Day 11

Wednesday Sept 26, 2018

Gheralta

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Excursion to Abune Yemata, a hike to the mountain which ends in a cliff climb to reach the monastery. 
  • Continue your tour to Abraha Atsbeha church. This is tigray`s finest rock-hewn church.
  • Late afternoon, observe Meskel ceremony celebration aounrd your lodge. Celebrating the finding of part of the cross Jesus was crucified on in Ethiopia.
  • Hotel Gheralta Lodge

Day 12

Thursday Sept 27, 2018

Gheralta

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Early morning, witness the meskel celebration.
  • Excursion to Maryam Apaseiti ( Adam and Eve church).
  • En-route stop at Giorgis Makudi church.
  • Lunch
  • Return to lodge for the night. 

  


Day 13

Friday Sept 28, 2018

Fly to Addis Ababa.

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Drive to Mekele through visiting Tigray`s remote churches like, Teklehaymont , Medhanealem Adi Kesho, and Wokro Cherkos.
  • Fly back to Addis by the late afternoon flight.
  • In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.
  • Hotel in Addis Ababa

Departure Day (Day 14)

Saturday Sept 29, 2018

Departure Day

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Transfer to airport for departure
  • Option for an additional hotel night booked upon request (not included in package price) 
  • End of Tour