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Program: Ethiopian Christmas at Lalibela
Duration: 08 Nights/ 09 Days
Transport: Flight
Code: TTT-FS.01
Start: January 02
End: January 09

Jan 2. Arrival in Addis Ababa and transfer. Overnight Hotel.

Jan 3. Fly to Bahir Dar (Bahir Dar, set at an altitude of 1830 m, is a comfortable base for excursion by land and water to the Blue Nile waterfalls and a number of historic lake-side churches and monasteries.), get transferred to hotel. After lunch drive 32kms out of Bahir Dar or rough road to Tisisat village to visit the Blue Nile Falls. Overnight hotel.

Jan 4. Half-day boat trip over Lake Tana to the peninsula of Zeghie to visit Ura Kidane Mehret monastery where you see the religious wall paintings, parchment books, crosses, crowns and robes of different kings and other religious artifacts. In the afternoon visit Bahir Dar market - a bustling market in which cereals, clay made utensils, leather bound baskets, local cotton fabric, fruits and vegetables etc can be seen. In the evening you will go to Bezawit Hill for a view over the Blue Nile River, Bahir Dar town and beautiful sunset. Overnight Hotel.

Jan 5. Fly to Gonder and get transferred to hotel.(This stop on the historic route, with its strategic hilltop location at an altitude of 2200 m in the Southern foothills of the Simien Mountains , is the graceful city of Gondar , site of numerous castle-like palaces, dating back from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The city was founded by Emperor Fasilidas in the 16 th century and remained the capital of Ethiopia for the next two centuries ) Then you will visit the Gonder castle compound (World Heritage Site) and the beautiful Debre Birhan Selassie church Overnight Hotel.

Jan 6. Fly to Lalibela (Lalibela, Perched at an altitude of 2630 m, among wild craggy mountains and vast rocky escarpments, Lalibela is a strikingly singular town famed for its 12 th century rock-hewn churches. No matter if you've visited other rock-hewn churches in the rest of the world; nothing will prepare you for these. ) On this day we will visit the 1st group of King Lalibela's rock hewn churches (12th century). During the night Christmas Eve celebration continues in the churches in the presence of many white-robed worshipers. If you are keen at the expense of your bed time, you may participate in one of the churches' celebration. Overnight Hotel.

Jan 7. Today is Ethiopian Christmas. Therefore, you have the chance to attend the colorful celebration, which takes place in and around the compound of Vergin Mary's church. Here, there will be breathtaking chant and dance of a multitude of Lalibela priests. In the afternoon you will visit the second group of King Lalibela's rock hewn churches (World Heritage Site). Overnight Hotel.

Jan 8. Fly to Axum (the northern Ethiopia ancient city of Axum, regarded as the cradle of Ethiopian culture and Christianity, is the country's oldest extant urban settlement. From around 200 BC to 700 AD.) and visit the historical and archaeological sites in Axum. These include the archaeological museum, main stele field, the ruined palace of King Kaleb and King Geber Meskel, stone inscriptions, subterranean tombs, the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba. Overnight Hotel.

Jan 9. Visit the remaining sites in Axum like Axum Tsion church where the original holy Ark of the Covenant is believed to be housed. Then fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel.

Jan 10. City tour in Addis Ababa, Shopping and having dinner in one of very interesting restaurant with collection of different traditional live music and dance.

…End of the Tour Departure…

Price includes:

  • All tours and transfers.
  • All Domestic flights o Accommodation o Meals, soft drink & bottled water
  • Tour Leader and o Local guide service o Entrance fees.
  • Farewell dinner (traditional restaurants With collection of live traditional music and dance).
  • Airport facilitations (meeting and greeting).
  • Local service charge and
  • Government Tax (VAT)

Price excludes:

  • Alcoholic beverages, Photo and Video camera charges if and where applicable
  • Airport tax (20 USD) to be paid up on departure
  • Other expenses of personal nature like tips, telephone calls & laundry services etc….
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa Expenses
  • International flight tickets

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