Tue. Dec 26
Depart Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New
Jersey. Meals on flight.
Wed. Dec 27
Arrive in the capital city of Addis Ababa (evening)
be met at the airport. Hotel check-in.
Thu. Dec 28
City tour of Addis Ababa. Visit the National Museum to see
remains of Dinknesh (Lucy), dating 3.5 million years;
Trinity Cathedral, known for its notable paintings, murals,
beautiful stained glass windows and tombs of prominent
figures including Emperor Haile Selassie & his wife, Empress
Menen Asfaw; visit the Ethnological Museum; Mount Entoto to
see stupendous view of the city and visit Mercato, the
largest open-air marketplace in Africa.
FLIGHT TO BAHIR DAR.
Fri. Dec 29
Bahir Dar is located on the shores of Lake Tana. In the
afternoon, take a boat ride over Lake Tana to visit the
ancient island Monastery of Ura Kidane Mihret containing
frescos and elaborately painted walls depicting Biblical
narratives and history. See the tankwas which
resemble the papyrus boats carved on the temples of Egypt.
Sat. Dec 30
Early breakfast at the hotel. SCENIC DRIVE TO GONDAR.
Hotel check-in. Visit the magnificent castles of African
monarch, King Fasiladas. See the King’s palaces, residences,
and baths used for the annual Timket or Epiphany
celebration. Visit the Church of Debre Birhan Selassie
(Light of the Trinity) to see African frescos/murals and
Ethiopian religious icons; Visit the African Agaw, Beta
Israel–Falasha people–descendants of Solomon and Queen
Makeda (Queen of Sheba).
Sun. Dec 31
FLIGHT TO LALIBELA.
Hotel check in. Visit Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn
churches, referred to by many as "Eighth Wonder of the
World.” We will walk to the village through the complex
bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the
monastery where the monks and nuns live. Evening traditional
Mon. Jan 1
Continue Lalibela sites. Visit second group of rock-hewn
churches and surrounding sacred monasteries where holy water
flows. Afternoon shopping and leisure time. Optional
excursion not included in the package price: Trek 12,000 ft above
sea level up to Asheten Mountain by mule & by foot to visit
the Asheten Mariam Monastery. It requires physical fitness and
mental readiness to complete the climb.
Tue. Jan 2
FLIGHT TO AXUM,
transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit to the tallest standing
tekenu (obelisk) hewn from a single piece of granite.
See the granite stone tombs of the ancient Axumite Kings and
the palace remains of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba. See the
16th century Cathedral of Mary Sion (St. Mary of Zion) that
houses the Ark of the Covenant. See the Adwa Hills where
Ethiopia handily defeated Italy at the Battle of Adwa in 1896.
Wed. Jan 3
Journey to the Tigray region to visit the mystical Yeha
Temple of the Moon. It was built more than 2,500 years
ago and is believed to be the oldest surviving structure in
Thu. Jan 4
FLIGHT TO ADDIS ABABA.
Visit palace of Emperor Menelik II & Empress Taitu atop Entoto Mountain. Ethiopia won the Battle of Adwa against
Italy under Menelik II’s reign. Enjoy a Culture
Night party in traditional Ethiopian style.
Fri. Jan 5
Explore AWASH VALLEY sites.
Drive to Melka Kunture in the Upper Awash Valley: Turkel
Museum & open air museum featuring archeological sites.
Visit UNESCO Tiya archeological sites with 32 stela &
symbols of Ethiopian culture.
Sat. Jan 6
Free day. Last minute shopping and leisure.
Witness an inspiring Coptic Christmas Eve service at Trinity
Sun. Jan 7
Morning departure from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and arrive in
Newark, NJ (Liberty International Airport) in the evening
with the memory of the sun and warmth of Ethiopia.