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Program: Epiphany at Gonder
Duration: 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Transport: Car
Code: TTT-FS.12
Start: December 15
End: January 25

January 15: Arrival in Addis Ababa (Mid Night) and Half Day city tour.

January 16: Drive to Bahir Dar en-route visit the Debre Libanos Monastery. 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. Over night Hotel.

January 17: In the morning we will visit the Tana lake Monastries, Ura Kidanemihret, Kibran Gabirel etc… afternoon afetr having lunch we will drive to see the Blue Nile fall (Depend on Our time we will visit the open air Market of Bahir Dar.) Over night Hotel

January 18: Early Morning Drive to Gonder and transfer to Hotel then start visit the Fassiledes castle. After Lunch we will attend the very colorful ceremony of Epiphany(Starting around 3:30 P.M you will attend the colouful processions of the eve of Ethiopian Epiphany. In this procession, the replicas of the original Ark (Tabots) from different churches will be removed and are carried by priests under huge, colorful umbrellas. Deacons also carry processional crosses, religious paintings and bells. On the occasion, a lot of people will sing, dance and ululate accompanying the priests all the way to the place where the Tabots are supposed to make there over nights (Pool of King Fasildes). ) Over night Hotel.

January 19: In the morning you will visit the remaining sites of Gonder like the beautiful Debere Brhan Selassie church. Today is the main day for the celebration of the Ethiopian Epiphany. So you will have a chance to see the sprinkling of the blessed holy water in remembrance of the baptism of Jesus Christ in the river Jordan in the hands of John the Baptist. The Tabots are also carried back to their original places in the same way that they are brought. Overnight Hotel.

January 20: Drive 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. Over night hotel

January 21: On the second day of stay at Axum we will be able to visit the mysterious monolithic stelea and the city’s museum. Over night hotel

January 22: Drive to Mekele en-route visiting Yeha and Deber Damo Monastry and Depend on Our time some rock hewn churches. Over night hotel

January 23: Drive to Lalibela through dramatic highland scenery. 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. Over night Hotel.

January 24:
Full day visit of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Morning the first group and Afternoon we will also be able to see the second Group of churches. over night Hotel.

January 25: Fly Back to Addis Ababa and City tour in Addis, having Shopping in the Biggest Open air Market of Africa, called Merkato, Evening dinner in one of the finest traditional night club with live different ethinics music and dance. Departure

…End of the Tour…

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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