Historic Route by
Car with Christmas celebration in Lalibela for 2012 ( Tour Code SGTT02 Duration
14 Days )
This northern historic route trip will show you the ancient
civilization of Ethiopia dating back to 3000years in Axum to the
medieval civilization of the Gondarian castles. Among the 7 world
heritage sites in Ethiopia, which registered by UNESCO, 4 are worth
to be visited in this route. The Lalibela Rock churches (the 8th
wonder of the world), the 17th century Gonderian castles (Camelot of
Africa), single standing stele of Axum and the Semien Mountains
National Park are acknowledged by UNESCO as a world heritage.
Ethiopia is also stand at the first step in Africa for its 8 World
Christmas celebration in Lalibela
Lalibela is known as the eighth wonder of the world a must visit
sight in Ethiopia!!! charismas is Celebrated by all Christian
Ethiopians in all parts of Ethiopia but Lalibela is the perfect
place to celebrate Christmas in Ethiopia it is wonderful to see
those beautifully dressed priests and deacons chanting at the edge
of the rock hewn churches and the whole procession is on of the
incredible event that world has to see
Ghion Travel and Tour offers a special fixed time departure Tour for
this colourful celebration of Christ mass with the historic rout for
2012 guaranteeing you to offer best hotels and best service even in
these busy days!
Dec 28: Arrive at Bole
International Air Port (Addis Ababa) where you will be welcomed by
Ghion Travel and Tours representative and transferred to Hilton
Hotel. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel
Dec 29: Leave Addis Ababa and
drive north passing by Mt.Entoto through the Sululta plain, visiting
the monastery of Debre Libanos and the so-called Portuguese Bridge.
Then, proceed to the spectacular scenery of the Blue Nile Gorge,
where you stop for your picnic lunch and proceed to Bahar Dar.
Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.
Dec 30: After an early
breakfast, drive to the mighty Blue Nile falls, commonly known as
"Tiss Isat". Upon return, make a sightseeing tour of Bahar Dar.
After lunch, you will have boat excursion on Lake Tana, to visit the
ancient monasteries on the lake. Overnight stay will be in your
Dec 31: In the morning drive to
Gondar over the rolling countryside and scenic landscapes. Gondar is
a town, which was the capital of Ethiopia in the 17th century. It is
the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors
constructed in the European middle age architectural style, Debre
Berehan Silassie church with its ancient mural paintings, Emperor
Fasil's pool, which is still use for the Timket (the Ethiopian
Epiphany) festival held every January 19. Overnight Goha Hotel.
Jan 1: Day excursion of semein
mountains national park. Appreciate Breath taking scenery of the
mountain. One of Ethiopian Endemic mammal Gelada baboon and
different plant species are worth to be visited.overnight hotel in
Jan 2: After an early breakfast
drive north of Gondar through the chains of the Simien Mountains and
the Tekeze River Valley to the ancient town of Axum. Overnight stay
will be in your Hotel.
Jan 3: Have a full day city tour
in Axum town. Here you will visit stale tombs, which is considered
to be probably the oldest monolithic stand in the world, the church
compound of St. Mary of Zion, which is the seat of the true Moose's
Ark of the covenant, the Queen of Sheba's palace, King Kaleb's and
Gebremeskel's palace and tombs, and Archeological Museum. Overnight
stay will be in your Hotel.
Jan 4: Leave Axum and drive to
the 5th century BC sites of Yeha and Debre Damo monastery and
proceed to Mekele. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.
Jan 5: After breakfast, leave
Mekele and drive through Ambalage chains of mountains, and proceed
to the 12th century legendary town of Lalibella. Overnight stay will
be in your Hotel.
Jan 6: Visit of the monolithic
rock-hew churches in Lalibella town, dating back to the 12th century
and which is considered to be the 8th wonders of the world and have
optional excursion to visit some of the rock hewn churches around
Lalibella town built prior to the churches in the town. In addition
to the architecture of the churches, here you will admire the
panoramic view of the town with the surrounding beautiful sceneries.
Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.
Jan 7: Early in the morning
attend the very colorful Chrismas procession performed by
beautifully dressed priests and deacons chanting at the edge of the
rock hewn churches and the whole procession is one of the incredible
event that world has to see Afternoon Visit some of the churches
Jan 8: Depart Lalibella town to
Kombolcha. Visit Hike Istifanos monastery. Overnight stay will be in
Jan 9: Depart Kombolcha to Addis
Ababa. Here you are cloth to the land occupied by the Afar
shepherds, a semi-nomadic people who live mainly in the deserts of
Denakil depression. You will encounter them on the road with their
caravans of camels. Also in Senbete village, on Sunday, there is an
interesting market where the Afar, Oromo and Amhara people
congregate for marketing. Overnight stay will be in your Hotel.
Jan 10: Sightseeing tour that
includes Trinity Cathedral-a beautiful church with a baroque style
of European Architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa,
National Museum-the home of the famous complete hominid fossil
remain of Lucy dated 3.5 millions years back, Ethnological
Museum-presents different collections to have an overview of the
history, culture, tradition and religions of almost all tribal
groups in Ethiopia, St. George Cathedral and Museum-a historical
church with the traditional Ethiopian Orthodox Church architecture
founded by Emperor Menelik-II, Mount Entoto panoramic view point at
the highest pick in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, which was
the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik-II, the founder of
Addis Ababa. The Merkato:-which is the largest open-air market in
Africa. Evening welfare dinner party with national music and
dancing, and transfer to Bole International Airport for your flight
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