Meskel Celebration With The
Historic Route By Air
Meskel(the foundation of true cross) celebration with the historic route by Air ( Tour Code SGTT05 Duration 11 Days )
This is one of religious ceremonies not to be missed in Ethiopia .At the eve of Meskel celebration there iwill be a big bone fire (Demera) the will be prepared on the centre of Addis (Meskel scuar).Thousendes of Ethiopian Christians with thir traditional dressing style will be gather at the meskel square hundreds of priests from different church of Addis will come with very colourful church dress and processional cross to perform their amusing chanting for the gathered people
Ghion travel and tours has a fixed date departure tour for this colrful Meskel celebration with the historic rout
Sept 25: ADDIS ABABA: Arrive at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Be met and welcomed by Ghion travel and Tours representative and transferred in to Ghion Hotel.
Sept.26: Meskal Festival at Addis Ababa: Morning, After break fast you will have a sight seeing of Addis Ababa which includes Trinity Cathedral 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.Afternoon after lunch you will attend the very colourful Meskel Festival (the finding of the true cross) at the Meskel square.
Sept.27: Transfer to air port and fly to Bahir dar, after check in to the hotel and lunch, boat trip on lake Tana and visit the ancient monasteries of Ura-kidanmihret and Kibran Gabreal (please note that kibran is not allowed for females), over night in Tana hotel.
Sept 28: After break fast drive 30 km to the majestic Blue Nile falls commonly called -Tis Isat meaning water that smokes. Drive back to the city in the afternoon and visit Bahir dar market and Weyto village, where papyrus boat is locally produced. Overnight at Tana hotel.
Sept 29: BAHAR DAR-GONDAR: 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.
Sept 30: GONDAR- AXUM: transfer to the airport and fly to Axum. Axum is famous for its more than 2000 year old Axumite long standing steles measuring some of them up to 33m high, the bath and palace of Queen of Sheba, King Kaleb’s and other kings tombs, archaeological museum which is widely rated as Ethiopia’s best, the church of St. Mary of Tsion, where the original Ark of covenant is housed. Legend has it that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon of Israel, King Menelik I brought the original Ark from Israel to Axum. Overnight in the Yeha Hotel.
Oct 1: Axum-Yeha- Axum after break fast drive to Yeha to visit old temple built before the birth of Christ, and the surrounding area. In the afternoon drive back to Axum and over night at Yeha hotel in Axum.
Oct 2: AXUM-LALIBELA: Transfer to Airport and fly to Lalibella, famous for its rock hewn churches dating back 800 years, and transferred to the Hotel. The brilliant feats of engineering and architecture of rock hewn churches of Lalibella referred to as the “Eighth wonder of the world”. There are 11 rock -hewn churches in the Town of Lalibella which 3 of them are Monolithic (free standing completely detached from the ground), 7 of them are semi-monolithic and 1 church is cave church. And there are more cave, monolithic, semi-monolithic churches in the district of Lasta region. Overnight at Roha hotel.
Oct 3: LALIBELA. In the morning half-day excursion by mule to Asheton Mariam to visit the Church that lie on the top of the mountain. The Church itself is similar in style to other rock churches, but the panoramic view of the surroundings is spectacular from the mountaintop. Return to the hotel for lunch. Afternoon spent visiting more of the rock churches in Lalibella town. Overnight at Roha hotel.
Oct 4: LALIBELA-ADDIS ABABA: Transfer to the Airport and fly back to Addis and transferred to the hotel. The remaining time will be at leisure or more sightseeing tour of the town. Overnight at Ghion hotel
Oct 5: Departure Depending on your flight time you will have shopping and sight seeing of Addis which includes 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 back home.