Historic Route with Christmas
Celebration in Lalibela By Air
Historic Route with Christmas Celebration in Lalibela By Air ( Tour Code SGTT01 Duration 10 Days ) ( Tour Code GTT07)
This northern historic route trip explores Ethiopia’s ancient civilization, dating back to 3000 years in Axum, and its 7 UNESCO-registered world heritage sites, including Lalibela Rock hewn churches, 17th-century Gonderian castles, Axum’s single-standing stele, and Semien Mountains National Park.
Christmas Celebration in Lalibela
Lalibela, Ethiopia’s eighth wonder, is a must-visit destination for Christian Ethiopians celebrating Christmas. The vibrant event features beautifully dressed priests and deacons chanting at rock-hewn churches, and Ghion Travel and Tour offers a special fixed-time departure tour for the 2012 historic route, ensuring the best hotels and service.
Arrive at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport on December 31. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and taken to your hotel by a Ghion Travel & Tours agent.
On January 1st, you’ll take a flight to Bahar Dar, a contemporary city on Lake Tana, the Blue Nile River’s source. Visit historic monasteries that have frescoes, ceilings, and artwork from the Old Testament, such Ura Kidane Meheret and Kibran Gebriel. After arriving back in Bahar Dar, spend the night there.
Visit the Blue Nile Falls at Bahirdar, also known as “Tis Isat,” on January 2. It is located 35 kilometers downstream of Lake Tana. Visit the city of Bahirdar, including the container market, and explore the colorful reverine forest.
Jan. 3: Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia in the 17th century, with stunning vistas and open countryside. Visit the Timket festival, the Debre Berehan Silassie church, and the old mansions used to construct castles. Sleep at a hotel for the night.
Jan. 4: Set off on a full-day excursion to the Simen Mountains national park, which features stunning mountain scenery, the Gelada baboon, and a variety of plant species.
Jan. 5, move to Gondar, then fly to Axum, the former capital of Ethiopia. The original Ark of Covenant is kept at a location known for its more than 2000-year-old Axumite steles, Queen of Sheba’s bath, King Caleb’s tombs, Ethiopia’s best archaeological museum, and St. Mary of Tsion church. Afternoon at the hotel.
Transfer to Lalibella Airport on January 6 in order to take a flight to see the renowned 800-year-old rock-hewn cathedrals, also referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” After checking into a hotel, you may tour the Lasta region’s cave, monolithic, and semi-monolithic churches.
On January 7, Lalibela conducts a festive Christmas parade with priests and deacons who are exquisitely attired. This is followed by overnight stays at several churches.
Jan. 8: Take a half-day mulesafari to Asheton Mariam to see a magnificent rock church, then go back to Lalibella town for lunch and more rock church exploration.
On January 9, head back to Addis for a day of sightseeing, a trip to The Merkato, and a farewell supper at a typical Ethiopian restaurant with folk dancing.