AFRICAN HERITAGE ETHIOPIA, WITH RUNOKO RASHIDI HISTORIC NORTHERN ROUTE BY ROAD - MAY 1- 14, 2015 SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA OPTION/EXTENSION OMO VALLEY ADD-ON TOUR May 14-19 $3950.00 PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM $500.00 ADDITIONAL FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY $300.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 15TH TO HOLD YOUR SEAT... PAYMENT SCHEDULE AVAILABLE FINAL PAYMENTS DUE BY MARCH 12, 2015 BREAKFAST LUNCH OR DINNER INCLUDED DAILY IN ADDIS, FULL BOARD ON TOUR Day 01: Fri, May 01: Depart JFK aboard Qatar Airlines @ 11pm Day 03: Sun, May 03 Arrive Addis Ababa 0330: Arrive in Addis Ababa, Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel. Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the Mercato The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa which include: the National Museum which houses Dinknesh (Lucy), Ethnographic Museum and Mercato the largest open air market in Africa. Lunch at a local restaurant Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel (Meal: B/L) Day 04: Mon, May 04 Addis Ababa Continue your tour of Addis Ababa & environs, lunch at local restaurant . Cultural evening & lecture, live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. (Meal: B/D) Day 05: Tues, May 05 Bahir Dar In the morning, drive to Bahirdar through the Great Blue Nile Gorge with a stopover at different small towns like Dejen, Chancho and Goha Tsion. Here en-route, group will visit the ancient Debre Libanos Monaster from the 12 century and the beautiful Jemma River Gorge. Group also will be driving through the Blue Nile Gorge is a majestic and enormous river gorge and it is one of the most captivating gorges in Africa. It has a magnificent, alluring physical feature and natural beauty. Gozamin Hotel-Debremarkos. Accommodation:. Avanti Resort (Meal: B/L/D) Day 06: Wed, May 06 Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls-Bahir Dar In the morning, we will make boat cruise over Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country. The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures. The monasteries that we are going to visit include Kibran Gebriel, Ura Kidane Mihret and Azua Mariam. After having lunch at the hotel, we will drive 35 KM to visit the majestic Blue Nile Falls. 30 KM after it exits Lake Tana, the Blue Nile plunges over a 45m-high face to form one of the most spectacular waterfall in Africa. Walking to the fall through the beautiful river gorge on the ancient bridge from the 17th century, and meeting the local people at the small villages on the way to the fall is also a great experience. Accommodation:. Avanti Resort (Meal: B/L/D) Day 07: Thur May 07 Bahir Dar - Gondar and sightseeing After breakfast, drive to Gondar through the beautiful countryside scenery to arrive at Gondar around lunchtime. After check in to Goha Hotel and having lunch there, we will start city tour of Gondar. Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasiledas around 1635 is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches-in particular, Debre Birhan Selassie represents a masterpiece of unique Ethiopian School of traditional art. Today you will visit the Royal Enclosure, a walled compound having 6 different castles built from 17th century by different kings who ruled in different times, the pool of King Fasilidas which still serves as a baptismal pool during Ethiopian Epiphany and we will also visit the famous Deberberhan Sillassie adorned with brilliant frescos from inside. Accommodation:. Goha/Land Mark /Taye Hotel (Meal: B/L/D) Day 08: May 08 Gondar - Axum via Siemen Mountains National Park Morning after breakfast drive to Axum through the beautiful sceneries of Simien Mountains, Limalimo, Tekeze River Gorge. While driving from Simien Mountains to Axum, you will have a brief stop at different parts of the park for the best view. You will have picnic lunch under the shade of the tree past the Tekeze River Gorge whilst enjoying the beautiful Simien Mountains scenery from distance. The Tekeze river is 608 kilometers long, one of Ethiopia;s main rivers. The canyon, which it has created, is the deepest in Africa and one of the deepest in the world, at some points having a depth of over 2000 meters. Accommodation: Sabian Hotel (Meal: B/L/D) Day 09: May 09 Axum sightseeing After breakfast, we will start to visit the ancient city of Axum. This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization, and by the first century Axum was a major trading center for exotic goods from Egypt, Rome, Nubia, Greece, Syria, and India. The Holy Ark of the Covenant was brought here before the destruction of the Temple, and Axum is reputed to be the second Jerusalem. Our visit in Axum include: the Stele Square, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed. Accommodation: Accommodation: Sabian Hotel (Meal: B/L/D) Day. 10: May 10 Drive to Mekele Morning drive to Mekele en route visit Yeha temple and Debre damo monastery. Accommodation: Axum/Planet hotel (Meal: B/L/D) Day. 11 : May 11 Drive to Lalibela Drive to Lalibela on the way visit lake Ashenge and some local market. Accommodation: Mountain view/Maribela/Tukul village /Panoramic view (Meal: B/L/D) Day. 12: May 12 Full day visit of Lalibela Rock hewn churches In the morning after breakfast excursion to visit the first group of the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which are carved out of living volcanic tuff with super architectural skill that the world has never seen, yet elsewhere. UNESCO registers these churches as world heritage. Among churches of this group Bete Medahine Alem (house of the redeemer) is the largest with 5 aisles, 72 pillars, vaulted dome and molding decoration. Bete Mariam (house of St. Marry) is the most decorated among the rock hewn churches. Back to the hotel for lunch and after noon visit the second group of the rock-hewn churches; Bete Emanuel (house of Emanuel) is architecturally the finest. Bete Giorgis (the house of George) is the finest of all the churches in Lalibela for which reason art historians conclude that this church is carved at the end of the cluster, after the masons have developed their skill to carve the church in such extraordinary perfection. In the evening, there will be Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony for the group prepared at a local house. Those who can’t face their day with out a cup of coffee may be surprised to know that in it’s birthplace in Ethiopia’s Kaffa region-from which it gets its name- the berries were originally only eaten, never roasted and ground for a drink. Only since the 13th century, coffee has been made a hot drink. Holding a coffee ceremony is a traditional Ethiopian way of welcoming a guest and giving the guest the best hospitality. It is probably one of the most celebrated Ethiopian traditions, and a lifestyle - in which most Ethiopians can identify themselves with. Accommodation: Accommodation: Mountain view/Maribela/Tukul village /Panoramic view (Meal: B/L/D) Day 13: May 13 Lalibela- Addis Ababa-Departure After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa, transfer to Airport hotel. The rest of the day, at leisure. In the evening farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet and local drinks.. Day 14: May 14: ADDIS ABABA/DOHA/JFK 0200AM: Depart Addis via Doha, arriving JFK same day at 3p. CONTACT: Access Africa, 244 5th Avenue, # B268, New York, NY 10001 Tel: 646-308-1232, email: [email protected], accessafrica All major credit cards accepted plus 3% s/c. Payments by check made payable to Access Africa Corp You will need visas for Ethiopia. 2 pix each, passport valid for 6months Consular fee $140. Yellow Fever inoculation and Malaria prevention tablets mandatory. OMO VALLEY ADD-ON TOUR May 14-19 Day. 01, May 14: Addis to Awassa After breakfast transfer to Awassa to the rift valley lakes region. Day 02: May 15: Drive to Arbaminch via Dorze village. In the morning visit local fish market at Lake Awassa then proceed driving to Arbaminch throughChencha village to visit Dorze people. Among their very interesting cultures are their houses built from bamboo way of life and cultivation of the false banana (from which they extract their local bread, called Kotcho). Day 03: May 16: Drive to Jinka via Konso Morning after breakfast drive to Jinka on the way visit Konso tribe village. Konso tribe is known for their unique social life structure and practicing the agriculture terracing. Day. 04: May 17: Excursion to Mursi Village then drive back to Arbaminch. Early morning excursion to the Mursi tribes village which are well known Omo peoples. The most famous tradition includes the fierce stick fighting between the men and the lip plate worn by the women. The origin of this tradition is not known but the Mursi themselves consider it as something that makes them distinguish from the surrounding tribes. Then proceed driving back to Arbaminch. Day. 05: May 18: Addis Ababa In the morning after breakfast drive back to Addis and En route you can visit Tiya and Melkakunture archeological site. Day 06: May 19 Addis Ababa-Doha-New York Rate per person $1090.00
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