Easter Holiday
Tour Code HLETT 001


Attractions: History, Religion, & Scenery
Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, Flights & Boat ride

Hossaena -Palm Sunday
It is celebrated before a week of Easter. It commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ with the disciples into Jerusalem. People welcomed Jesus by spreading palm branches. Axum, is the best place in Ethiopia to witness this celebration.

Siklet- Good Friday and Fasika- Easter
Easter week in Ethiopia follows a similar pattern as in other countries, although the celebrations almost always fall on a different set of dates. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and devout believers spend it performing sigdet, which means to bow down in worship of God. The Saturday evening before Fasika celebrates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and a day of Fasika itself is culmination of Lent – a 55 –day fast from dairy and meat.

The dates of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter celebrations are not fixed as the celebration date depends on the 55 days fasting time. The reckoning of Easter is based upon the system of Ammonius. The dates of Easter and the feast which depends upon it are determined by the Fasting of Nineveh which precedes the Easter Lent and in turn the date of the fast of Nineveh has been found according to the given principles, the date of Easter and the dates of the movable feast can easily be calculated.


9 days tour to celebrate Hossaena in Axum and Good Friday celebration with eve of Easter celebration in Labella

Day 1:ARRIVAL- On this day you will be met by your professional guide, half day city tour to the National & Ethnological museums.  Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: ADDIS ABABA-AXUM- fly to Axum and upon arrival start your visit of the city of Axum, the ancient capital of the mythical kingdom of Aksum. Visit the steles, the tomb of King Kaleb, stone of Ezana, the monastery of St. Pantaleon, thrones of stone, the cathedral, the archaeological museum. After your visit, you will witness the interesting ceremony of Eve of Hosanna held out side the church which we recommend clients to see. Overnight in a hotel

Day 3: AXUM-GONDAR- fly to Gondar and visit King Fasil castle compound, baths,the church of DebreBirhan and Queskuam churches. Overnight in a hotel

Day 4: GONDAR– BAHIR DAR- drive about 180 km to the city of Bahir Dar, head to the Blue Nile Falls for a visit.
Overnight in a hotel

Day 5: BAHIR DAR- Morning visit of the Island Monasteries on Lake Tana.  And in the afternoon visit market place if the day falls on a market day or visit the city of Bahir Dar. Overnight in a hotel

Day 6: BAHIR DAR – LALIBELA- Early drive will take you to the city of Lalibela, along the way admire the local Amhara village and their farm land. Up on arrival transfer to your hotel and refresh. Overnight in a hotel

Day 7: LALIBELA- In the morning visit of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. In the afternoon, witness the Good Friday ceremony at Bete Mariam rock-hewn church. This is a special day for Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and it is celebrated with a great devotion and in a very ancient way. On this day, the faithful who has been fasting the whole day with out any water or food, dressed in their dazzling white cloths, folk to St. Mary’s church to attend the prayers and performance of the priest and deacons.   It really creates a special feeling to witness the devotion of the faithful and the special practices made on this day remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Every performance of the priest and the deacons as well as the devotion of the people takes you centuries back. Overnight in a hotel

Day 8: Lalibela - In the morning, you will visit the church of Asheton Mariam and after lunch, you will visit one of the most colorful annual Easter Market at Lalibela. On this day people from the surrounding countryside and town, walk for days to buy/barter different goods the open-air market. Here group will have the chance to bargain for different handicrafts and traditional Ethiopian Cloths. In the evening, you will witness one of the most important ceremonies in one of the biggest rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, BeteMedhanialem, as well  all the churches of the town will be filled with people who have been fasting for 55 days. None of them have eaten any thing at least for a day and half and are without any water and food. They are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there will be prayers and candle light ceremonies accompanied by chanting and dancing of the priest until 3:00 in the morning. It’s only after the ceremony is over  every body goes home to break the fasting with the special Easter meal and the feast which has begun at the church continues all day long and the and weeks to come. Overnight in a hotel

Day 9: LALIBELA – ADDIS ABABA- evening dinner at one of the traditional restaurant and experience Ethiopian dances, test the dishes. Departure

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  Epiphany Holiday
Tour Code 002


Attractions: History, Religion, & Scenery
Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, Flights & Boat ride

Day 1 (January 15): Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

Day 2 (January 16): Addis Ababa City Tour
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments.

Day 3 (January 17): Fly to Bahirdar and Visit Lake Tana Island Monasteries & Blue Nile Falls
Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahirdar.

Day 4 (January 18): Drive to Gondar and Visit the Fassiladas Castles
You will be driven to Gondar (185 Km) right after breakfast. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.
Late in the afternoon, you will attend the Timket eve ceremony called, Ketera (to mean to make a dam in some places where there is no enough river water for the celebration of Timket). During Ketera, the priests take out the Tabots- replicas of the original Ark of the Covenant, from each church and bless the water of the pool where the next day' celebration will take place. Overnight hotel.

Day 5 (January 19): attend the Timketfestival
Early morning after breakfast you will attend the festival at Fassilades Bath. The celebration starts early in the morning, with the pre-sun rise rituals including the Kidan (Morning Prayer) and the Kidasie (the mass). In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 6 (January 20): Flight to Axum & City Tour in Axum
Early morning, a short flight will take you to Axum where you will check into a hotel. After a short break, you will visit to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the Famous St. Mary of Zion Church, Ruins of Ancient Palaces (built until 4th Century A.D Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 7 (January 21): Flight to Lalibela
short flight will take you to Lalibela. Upon arrival, you will be met by our staff, drive to a hotel where you will check and rest for few minutes. Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8 (January 22): One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches
Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), YimerhaneKirsotos, NakuteLeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Mountain View hotel.

Day 9 (January 23): Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home
Afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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Meskel Festival
Tour code 003

Transportation: Flight and Surface
 
Day 1, September 21, Arrive Addis Abeba, meet our guide at bole international air port, after an excellent welcoming ceremony; you will be transferred to your reserved hotel.
Day 2, September 22, morning flight to Bahir Dar, on arrival drive to the  reserved hotel for your quick check in , then am visit Blue Nile falls , afternoon make boat trip on lake Tana . Overnight best hotel on your choice.

Day 3, September 23, Morning drive 180 km to Bahir Dar, after lunch visit the castle compound, Fasildes bath, the church of DebreBrehanSilasse .Overnight best hotel, on your choice.

Day 4, September 24, morning take a short flight to Lalibela , afternoon visit the first group of rock hewn church . Overnight best hotel, on your choice.

Day 5, September 25, morning Mule trek to the semi monolithic Asheten Mariam church, pm visit the remaining church of the second group. Overnight best hotel, on your choice.

Day 6, September 26, morning takes short flight to Axum, pm visit all the attraction in side Axum. Overnight best hotel, on your choice.   

Day 7, September 27, take the morning flight to Addis. On arrival after check in your hotel, you will have city tour and special celebration of Meskel in Addis Abeba. Same day, fly back home.
 
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  Christmas celebration
Tour code 004


Program: Ethiopian Christmas Festival  Celebration at St. Lalibela
Duration: 13 Days and 12 nights
Transport: Surface and Air
Activities: Ethiopian Christmas Festival, ancient history, people, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, archeology and so  much more

Ethiopian Christmas Festival Tour- A cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia
Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you take this trip to the Historic Route of Ethiopia to witness one of the most colorful and ancient festivals celebrated around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

This is one of the greatest and  mostcolourful festival  on the Ethiopian calendar. At St. Lalibela, it is celebrated with greater devotion, chanting, dancing, and singing around the rock-hewn churches ofLalibela which were built more than 800

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