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Festival oriented 15 day

Festival oriented 15 day

Wondering the most colorful festival of Ethiopian Christmas in Lalibela and Ethiopian Epiphany in Gonder, the dramatic landscape of Semien mountain National Park, the lowest place of Danakil depression and the ancient rock churches of Tigray!

Day Date     Overnight place /Accommodation Description
Day 1 January 5 Addis Abeba / Golden Tulip National museum and merkato
Day 2 January 6 Lalibela / sora Lodge Attending the eve program of Christmass and  pilgrim’s round the church of lalibela
Da 3 January 7 Lalibela/ sora lodge Attending the ceremony, Pm drive to yimerhane kirstos
Day 4 January 8 Lalibela/ sora lodge Exploring the rock hewn church of lalibela
Day 5 January 9 Mekelle / Planet hotel Drive to Mekelle via sekota
Day 6 January 10 Erta’Ale / camping Walk to the rim of Erta’Ale
Day 7 January 11 Hamed’Ela/ camping Sunset at lake Assel
Day 8 January 12 Gheralta/ geraltha Lodge Visit wukro Cherkos
Day 9 January 13 Gheralta/ geraltha Lodge Visit Abune yemata Guh and Matiam korkur Church
Day 10 January 14 Axum/ Sabean hotel Visit the old city of Axum
Day 11 January 15 Semien mountains NP/ Semien Lodge Semein Mountains national park, late afternoon spend with Gilada Baboons
Day 12 January 16 Semien mountains NP/ Semien Lodge Full day exploring the semain mountains
Day 13 January 17 Gonder/ Goha Hotel Attending the eve program of Ephipany and visit the castle
Day 14 January 18

 

Gonder Goha Hotel In the morning attaending the baptism program then drive for breakfast, midday attending the full ceremony of Ephipany , late afternoon visit the debre birhan silassie church
Day 15 January 19 Fly back to Addis Abeba Leisure afternoon or shopping!

Day 1
Day 1-05 Jan: Arrival in Addis Ababa and City Tour

Our staff will welcome you from Bole International Airport. After breakfast, you will head to Holy Trinity Cathedral, National Museum, and Ethnography Museum.

You will have a lunch at a well-known restaurant, Lucy Gazebo, nearby the National Museum of Ethiopia where Lucy is seen. Then, we will drive up to Entoto Mountains for a panoramic view towards Addis Ababa, and finally, you will experience the shopping at Merkato open air market.

Overnight stay at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Day 2
Day 2-06 JAN: Flight Lalibela-Eve Celebration

The Addis Ababa team will drop you off at Bole International Aiport domestic terminal for your flight to Lalibela early in the morning. Our team in Lalibela will then welcome you at Lalibela aIrport. The town is the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites.

After a lunch in Lalibela, you leave for the eve celebration in the rock hewn churches. The main ceremonial activities of the holiday center around local Ethiopian Orthodox churches (though Protestants and Catholics also celebrate), which hold late-night services on Christmas Eve lasting well past midnight. Traditional liturgical singing marks these services, as does chanting performed by priests and deacons wearing colorful robes with gold and silver accents. Many people travel by foot from church to church, taking in various services until the light of dawn announces the arrival of Christmas morning.

Overnight stay at Sora Lodge, Lalibela

Day 3
Day 3-07 JAN: Ethiopian Christmas Celebration

This is one of the greatest and most colorful festivals on the Ethiopian calendar. At St. Lalibela churches, it is celebrated with greater devotion, chanting, dancing, and singing around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. All around pilgrims chant. Just before 7am, in the day’s first light, a procession of many priests, including the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, progressed to the cliff-top. They stand in their white turbans, holding colored shawls, shaking sistrums (a sort of musical rattle), swaying in unison and chanting to the sounds of slow drums and horns. And the congregation burst out ululating and clapping for joy.

Afternoon, you leave Lalibela for a 42km drive to Yimrhane Kirstos for another ancient rock hewn church known as Yimrhane Kirstos. Afternoon, drive back to Lalibela for lunch and you will proceed visiting the remaining groups of church.

Day 4
Day 4-08 JAN: Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela

After breakfast, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches - Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women, and in the afternoon, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanuel, and Bet Abba Libanos.

Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.

Overnight stay at Sora Lodge, Lalibela

Day 5
Day 5-09 Jan: Drive to Mekele via Sekota

Your drive to Mekele departs Lalibela after a hearty breakfast at your lodge. The journey takes you through the majestic landscapes of Sekota, the caital of Wag Himra Zone of Amhara Region.

Overnight stay at Planet Hotel, Mekele

Day 6
Day 6-10 Jan: Walk to the rim of Erta’Ale

Placed 100m and more below sea level, the Danakil Depression is about the hottest and most inhospitable place on earth. Afternoon, you will drive to Erta Ale. After dinner at Erta Ale, you will walk out for a breathtaking volcano lavas and captures.

Overnight stay at camp, Erta Ale

Day 7
Day 7-11 Jan: Drive to Dallol-Sunset at Lake Assale

The drive to the desert departs in the morning after a breakfast at your lodge. The lake is a former bay of the Red Sea, which from time to time got connected and disconnected and as it became disconnected the salts accumulated to layers of several hundreds of meters deep.

Overnight stay at camp, Hamed Ela

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