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GL9512, HISTORIC ROUTE 11 days with Timkat in Lalibela, JAN10-20 2021

Ethiopian Epiphany (Timiket)
Epiphany of Ethiopia is one of the fascinating festival which falls on January 19 & 20, the day before the baptism is known as “Ketera” means blocking the water by Geeze language, the holly Tabot (Ark of the covenant) is removed from each church to a central area where the ceremony takes place with the colorful umbrella and clothes, after staying the all night in tent, early assemble around the Tabot and sprinkle holly water over all Christians presents there, then get back to the church by spiritual songs & ecclesiastical dance of the priests also all the Christians. Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany)

11 days and 10 nights

January 10 2021. 01: On arrival in Addis Ababa, GLT representative will meet you at Bole international Airport. Later start visiting the city from the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed. Continue with the Ethnographic museum and the visit of St. George Cathedral. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the capital with fresh air hill top of Mount Entoto. Afternoon free and relax at your hotel. Overnight Hotel

January 11 2021. 02: Early morning fly to Bahirdar. After breakfast, make a boat excursion on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries over its islands, as UraKidaneMehret and Asua Mariam. In late afternoon drive to Blue Nile Falls, some 30-km from the town. A 20-minute walk brings us to the falls themselves, which are at their most spectacular during and after the rainy season (from about June to January). Here the Blue Nile, which contributes 85% of the main Nile flow, starts its long journey to the Mediterranean. Overnight hotel

January 12 2021. 03: After breakfast and departure to Gondar by asphalt road visiting a Amhara village on the way and very nice views. Afternoon visit to the city classified as a World Heritage site. Gondar was the capital of the kingdom of Abyssinia under the reign of Emperor Fasil (Fasiledes) who built castles, churches and medieval style bathrooms in the 17th c. For 200 years it was the imperial residence and met both the relative greatness of the early emperors as the decline of their past. In the mid-nineteenth century the emperor Teodoros burned the city in retaliation for its people could not forgive that did not have royal blood. Will never again be the capital. Visit the Church of DebreBerhan Selassie (Light of Trinity), Ethiopia’s most famous and painted ceiling with cherubs. We continue with the castles of the imperial city (FassilGhebbi), Fasil baths (Fasiledes) and Kuskuam complex. Overnight hotel

January 13 2021. 04 After breakfast departure early to join the Simien National Park, one of the most spectacular mountain massifs of Africa. Have beautiful walka between Sankaber (3250 m) and the great waterfall of Jinbar. The path progresses along the immense escarpment, first in a slight climb before starting a descent down to the waterfall. Along the way, a magnificent view of the valley below and the surrounding peaks. Among the animal species endemic to these high plateaus, we can easily observe some colonies of geladas baboons. After a last journey by the track, late afternoon in the drive back to overnight hotel in Debark or in a nice lodge in the park. For Semien lodge or Limalimo lodge, which are in the park, there is supplement price and depends on availability: so pls inform us on time if you choose these.

January 14 2021. 05: Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire, today modest town yet with great history and memory. On the road you would enjoy one of the most beautiful scenes in the country. Frequent stops to appreciate viewpoints of Limalimo, Tekeze river Gorge. Arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. Overnight hotel

January 15 2021. 06: Morning after breakfast start visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’senscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace. You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept. Men only are allowed to enter the old church. No one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept. Afternoon drive through the historical town of Adwa, to the small town of Yeha to visit the 5th century B.C imposing ruins of Yeha’s temple. It was a large pre-Christian temple consisting of a single oblong chamber. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. You will also visit the 6th century A.D church of Aba Afse –the church, sharing the same compound with the temple, is rectangular in shape. Continue driving to Wikro. Overnight Hotel

January 16 2021. 07: Full day visit of the very interesting Tigray region churches. Visit Micael Imba, Debre Selam Atsbi and Micael Barka churches or similar churches. Overnight hotel in Mekele

January 17 2021. 08: Early morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people. Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination, Lalibela. Overnight hotel

January 18 2021. 09: Lalibela Rock-hewn church and Timkat Morning discover the treasures of Lalibela. In the afternoon you will attend the Timkat ceremonies. Overnight hotel

January 19 2021. 10: Lalibela Rock-hewn church and Timkat In the morning visit the Timkat ceremonies. Afternoon visit the remaining churches in Lalibela (those not visited the day before) Overnight hotel

January 20 2021. 10: Lalibela –Addis Fly back to Addis. Day use hotel till 18 hrs in Addis Ababa. You are invited to a dinner with folkloristic dances. Then transfer to the airport