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six nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, transfers and scheduled flights as per itinerary, sightseeing with an English speaking guide.
Ethiopia is a land of wonder and enchantment, of remote and wild places and home to cultured, welcoming and friendly people who are descended from some of the world’s oldest civilisations. Explore this legendary land, home of the fabled Queen of Sheba and the custodian of the Holy Ark of the Covenant, which is full of extraordinary experiences.
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Discover the ancient and religious history of Ethiopia, including the rock hewn cave churches of Lalibela.
Visit the Church of St Mary of Zion which is believed to be the resting place of the famous Ark of the Covenant.
Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country with 37 islands, and the source of the Blue Nile.
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On arrival into Addis Ababa, transfer to your hotel where the rest of your day will be at leisure.
Board your flight to Bahir Dar and visit Lake Tana. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and the largest lake in the country with 37 islands. Visit the Ethiopian Orthodox Church monasteries, dotted throughout the islands, which date back over 500 years. Continue to Weyto Village, known for the skillful production of traditional papyrus reed boats. (B)(L)(D)
Today you will drive to Gondar and enjoy a day of sightseeing. From 1665 to 1864 Gondar served as the capital of the Ethiopian Empire. Visit the Royal Enclosure, with its Portuguese architecture combined with Indian influences, the Bath of Emperor Fasiladas and the church of Debre Birhan Sillassie, famous for its wall and ceiling frescoes. (B)(L)(D)
Fly to the ancient city of Axum and enjoy a visit to one of Ethiopia’s most intriguing sites. The Axumite Kingdom grew to be a great trading power in the first century and thrived for over one thousand years. Discover the Archaeological Museum of Axum, Stele Park, the church of St. Mary of Zion, believed to be the last resting place of the original Ark of the Covenant (which is not open to view), the palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel, and the ruined palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba. (B)(L)(D)
Board your flight to Lalibela and visit the rock hewn churches of King Lalibela. These eleven monolithic cave churches were carved out of rock in the 12th century in the mountainous heart of Ethiopia as a “New Jerusalem” after Muslim conquests halted pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Lalibela was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. These churches have been in continual use since their construction. The most unique include Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Mokael, Bet Danaghel and Bet Golgotha. (B)(L)(D)
Enjoy a mule ride through breathtaking scenery to Asheton Mariam situated on a high mountain overlooking Lalibela. This afternoon explore Bet Giyorgis, the most elegant of Lalibela’s churches, located in an isolated part of the village on a sloping rock terrave. This is said to be one of the most finely executed and best preserved of the churches. (B)(L)(D)
Fly back to Addis Ababa where your journey ends. (B)
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