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   ETHIOPIA - Itinerary

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(based on Double Occupancy)

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Day 1

    Depart from Newark, New Jersey (Liberty International Airport) en route to Addis Ababa (Meals on flight).  


Day 2


Arrive in the capital city of Addis Ababa (evening) and be met at the airport. Hotel check in.






Panoramic view of Mount Entoto


Day 3


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. Hotel check-in. (B/D)


Trinity Church, Addis Ababa


Day 4


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. (B/D)



Day 5




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). (B/D)



Timket Bath House




Gondar Castle Complex


Day 6




Mountain trek by mule to Asheton Monastery






FLIGHT TO LALIBELA. Hotel check in. Visit Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches,

referred to by many as “the living wonders 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 coffee ceremony. (B/D)



Coffee Ceremony


Day 7


Continue Lalibela sites. Visit second group of rock-hewn churches and surrounding sacred monasteries where holy water flows. Afternoon, Shopping and leisure time (Optional & 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 needs physical fitness and psychological readiness to climb up the hill so we will decide who to take). (B/D)



Climbing to Mt. Asheten




St George's Rock-cut Church



Overlooking Lalibela Landscape


Day 8



Tekenu (obelisk)


Early morning 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 defeated Italy at the Battle of Adwa in 1896. (B/D)




Day 9


Journey to the Tigray region to visit the mystical Yeha Temple of the Moon. It was built more than 2500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest surviving structure in Ethiopia. (B/D)







Temple of the Moon in Yeha


Day 10



Ethiopian Dancers


FLIGHT TO ADDIS ABABA. Hotel check-in. Visit palace of Emperor Menelik II & Empress Taitu a top Entoto Mountain. Ethiopia won the Battle of Adwa against Italy under Menelik II’s reign.


Enjoy a Culture Night party in traditional Ethiopian style



Day 11



Christmas Service at Trinity Cathedral


Free day. Last minute shopping and leisure.


Witness an inspiring Coptic Christmas Eve service at Trinity Cathedral.  Ethiopia follows its own ancient calendar and celebrates Christmas in January.  The phenomenal chants are reminiscent of the traditional African-American styled "Dr.Watts" hymns.  (B/D)



Day 12

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. (B/D)



Day 13


Morning departure from Addis Ababa. Arrive in Newark, New Jersey (Liberty International Airport) in the evening  with the memory of the sun and warmth of Ethiopia, East Africa indelibly etched on the slate of your memory. Meals on flight. (B)


Ethiopian Sunset

B=Breakfast   D=Dinner



A travel visa is mandatory for entry into Egypt Ethiopia.  For US passport holders, Ethiopia’s visa is approx. $50.                

Dr. Crawford’s Tour Includes:


Round trip International air fare Newark / Addis Ababa / Newark


Modern and comfortable hotel accommodations

based on  twin-bedded rooms with bath


Day 3 - Dinner


2 meals daily throughout (starting day 3 of the tour)


All transfers with assistance and portage


Sightseeing as per itinerary including entrance fees


Domestic air: Addis//Bahir Dar/Lalibela/Axum


All service charges and hotel taxes


English-speaking guides




Photo credits: Clinton & Reba Crawford

(except Yeha Temple)


Not Included IN TOUR COST:
Airport exit taxes
Travel visas
Personal expenses
Camera fees

Excess baggage fees

Beverages with meals

Alcoholic Drinks/Beverages


Optional tours/excursions

We will do our best to match tour members with roommates, but we cannot promise a share. Tour members must pay the single rate if no roommate is available or if roommate cancels.


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