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Program: Ethiopian Meskel (The finding of the true cross)
Duration: 09 Nights/ 10 Days
Transport: Car
Code: TTT-FS.14
Start: September 18
End: September 27

September 18: Arrival in Addis Ababa (Mid Night) and Half Day city tour.

September 19: 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.

September 20:
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

September 21: Drive to Gonder and afternoon visit the Fassiledes castle and the church of Debrebirhan Sillassie. 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 Over night Hotel.

September 22: 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

September 23: 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

September 24: Drive to Mekele en-route visiting Yeha and Deber Damo Monastry and Depend on Our time some rock hewn churches. Over night hotel

September 25: 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.

September 26: 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.

September 27: Fly Back to Addis Ababa and City tour in Addis, having Shopping in the Biggest Open air Market of Africa, called Merkato, Around 3:30 We will be able to attend the colorful ceremoney of Meskel. There are two occasions on Meskel. The first is Demera (September 26) this is the bonfire event, it takes place on the eve of Meskel. A bonfire is built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel daisy. The patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church orchestrates the lightening ceremony. After the bonfires are blessed they are lit and dancing and singing begins around them. Over Night Hotel. After the Ceremony; Evening dinner in one of the finest traditional night club with live different ethinics music and dance. Departure/Overnight Hotel.

…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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