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Christmas In Lalibela Churches 9 Days

Christmas In Lalibela Churches 9 Days

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Celebrating Christmas or Gena in Lalibela is one of the most fascinating experience for tourists, Lalibela is home of many churches, monasteries and priests, and tourists will not regret to spend Ethiopian Christmas in Lalibela with the locals along with the other north historic tourist sites within the eve of the holiday periods..

09 Days and 08 Nights
  • Destination
  • Departure
    From the hotel
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 6.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 1.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    3 Star Accommodations and above
    Airport Transfer and city tour
    Breakfast
    Domestic air ticket fare
    Personal Guide/boat trip fee
  • Not Included
    • 8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
    8 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
    All entrance fees
    All meals as stated in the program
    All necessary transfers
    camping equipment/scout
    Dinner
    English speaking, qualified national tour guide
    Farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
    Gallery Ticket
    Lunch
    Roundtrip as per program
    Transportation by Latest 4WD

Tour Plan

1

Arrive in Addis Ababa

Day 1, Jan 02: Arrive in Addis Ababa a warm welcome at the airport, and then transfer to your hotel. Morning will be free. Afternoon, start your sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa, starting your tour from the Trinity Cathedral, visit to the National Museum (archaeological and historical), which has the best collection of Ethiopian antiquities and archeological discoveries, including the famous oldest hominid “Lucy”; then drive up to Mt. Entoto, the highest part of the capital, where you will have a panoramic view over the town of Addis Ababa; a drive down to the biggest open air market in East Africa called Mercato. Overnight Hotel.
2

fly to Bahir Dar

Day 2, Jan 03: Around 05:00 hrs, drive to the airport to fly to Bahir Dar. Arrive at Bahir Dar after a 55 minutes’ flight. Drive to Hotel for check-in. drive to Tisissat (45 minutes) to get to the water fall, which is 35km away from Bahir Dar. At Tisissat, you get a chance to see the “smoke of the Nile” from the usual vantage points. Board on boat to cross Lake Tana. En route, you will visit the churches of UraKidanemihret, Mehal Zege Georgis and Aswa Marim Late in the afternoon, you will arrive in back Bahir Dar- at around 17:00 hrs- you might get a chance to see the very stunning sun-set from the boat. Overnight and dinner Hotel.
3

Fly to Gonder

Day 3, Jan 04: Morning transfer to airport to Fly to Gonder, transfer to Hotel. Start visiting the 17th century capital of Ethiopia: Gonder. Sites to visit include: the castle compound (UNESCO World Heritage Site), King Fasiledes’ Bath, the Debre Birhan Selassie (The light of Trinity) church with wonderful murals, Qusqam church and Mentwab palace. Later, drive to the Jewish village called Welaka, 6Km away from Gonder. Overnight will be at Hotel.
4

fly to Lalibella

Day 4, Jan 05: Early in the morning, drive to the airport to fly to Lalibella in the morning and then transfer from the airport to your hotel. The airport is 26 Km from the hotel– it will be a half-an-hour drive. After check-in, start visiting the rock hewn churches of Lalibella. Today tour will be the 1st group of churches (the grouping is according to their geographical location): Bete Medhane Alem, Bete Mariam and Bete Meskel. Return to your hotel for lunch, and continue touring the rest of the first group of churches after 14:00 AM. Return to your hotel. Overnight will be at Guest House/Hotel.
5

to Asheten Mariam

Day 5, Jan 06: Early in the morning make a mule excursion to Asheten Mariam church, where you will the semi-monolithic church which was hewed out by the nephew of King Lalibella, then back to Hotel for lunch afternoon feevisit the remaining churches in Lalibella by the 2nd group of the rock hewn churches of Lalibella: Bete Emanuel, Bete Rafael and Gabriel, Bete Mercury’s and Aba Libanos. Continue your tour from the stunning Bete Giorgis, which was hewed out with the Greek cross, and then walk back to your Hotel. Overnight will be at Roha or Tikul Guest Hotel.
6

Ledet (ETHIOPIAN Christmas)

Day 6, Jan 07: Ledet (ETHIOPIAN Christmas) falls on December 29th on the Ethiopian calendar (January 7th on the Gregorian calendar). It is celebrated after 43 days of fasting, known as Tsome Gehad (advent), with a spectacular procession, which begins at 6 am and lasts until 9 am. After the mass (service), people go home to break the fast with the meat of chicken or lamb or beef accompanied by Injera and the traditional drinks Tella and Tej. In Lalibella Ledet (ETHIOPIAN Christmas) celebrated very uniquely because the birth of St.Lalibela and The Birth of Jesus Christ will fall on the same day according to the Ethiopian calendar therefore today you will have a very unique day celebrating this fest with the local people. Overnight will be at Guest House/Hotel.
7

fly to Axum

Day 7, Jan 08: Morning, transfer to the airport to fly to Axum and then transfer to your hotel, which is 10 minutes drive from the airport. Sightseeing in Axum, a town steeped in more than 2500 years of history, from the palace and tomb of King Kaleb (6th C, AD). You will also visit the extraordinary Stella’s records as a world heritage site (WHS) and the tomb of king Remhay (1st to 4th C, AD). Visit the church of St Mary of Tsion (17th C, AD), in which is deposited the Arc of the Covenant. Return to your hotel for lunch. Drive out of the town to Gonder, 4 Km away, where you will walk up to see the rock-carved lion and palace from where the Stella’s were hewn- some still lie there, unfinished one too. From here we can visit the palace of the queen of Sheba, and other archaeological sites. The day’s wandering ends at the small but amazing museum. Return. Dinner and overnight will be at Hotel.
8

fly to Addis Ababa

Day 8, Jan 09: At 10:30, drive to the airport to fly to Addis Ababa, arriving at a hotel in Addis. Lunch will be Addis Ababa, and the rest of the afternoon will be freely spent at the hotel. In the evening, meet in the lobby and then drive to the traditional restaurant, where you will enjoy traditional Ethiopian music performances at your fare well dinner. Overnight Hotel.
9

Full day tour of Addis Ababa

Day 9, Jan 10: Full day tour of Addis Ababa, morning mausoleum of Menililik the II at the church of Beata Mariam, then drive to Ethnographic museum in the courtyard of Addis Ababa university, then drive back your hotel or have lunch en the route, afternoon visit the ECA Economic commission for Africa, for its wonderful painting on the reception hall. Then make some shopping. Evening transfer out to airport to fly back to Home.

Tour Location

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