Ethiopia developed a culture all of its own: its language, customs and arts are all distinctive. Surprisingly, not much has changed and the culture of the people is as it was long time ago. Religion is a constant and central feature of Ethiopians society. The traditions and festivals that take place throughout the country are deeply rooted and all are the more poignant. Ethiopia also has rich tradition of secular and religions music, singing and dancing, and these together constitute an important part of Ethiopian natural life.
The main highlight of this Ethiopia tour is to visit the celebration of Timiket, Ethiopian Epiphany, in the historic town of Gonder which is one of the colorful holiday commemorates, Jesus Christ’s baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River, celebrate by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church faithfully every year, in January 19.
Gonder is one of the historic and holy towns in the country and there are 44 different churches dedicated for varies saints; and it is the best place to attend Timket festival in Ethiopia as festival is celebrated so colorfully and differently here and one can visit as many as 44 priest carrying Tabots replica of the Tablets of Law, onto which the Biblical Ten Commandments were inscribed, used in the practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The tour also includes a visit of Ethiopia Historic towns. The tour called the Ethiopia Historic Route is one of the great treasures of Ethiopia, which encompasses the history of Ethiopia from its early beginnings to modern day, a history that stretches back to the time of prehistoric man; to the 3,000 year old history of Axum; the 12th and 13th century churches of Lalibela, and the medieval castles of Gondar and the island churches and monasteries of Lake Tana … and more.
Tour code: OLETo 405
Duration: 19 Days and 18 nights
Means of Transport: All the way Surface
Day 1: January 15: Arrive at Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel
Day 2: January 16: Journey to Bahir Dar. Overnight Hotel
Day 3: January 17: Vacation in Bahir Dar. Overnight Hotel
Day 4: January 18: Head north to Gonder. Overnight Hotel
Day 5: January 19: Attend Timket Festival. Overnight Hotel
Day 6: January 20: Simien mountain park. Overnight Hotel
Day 7: January 21: Journey to Axum town. Overnight Hotel
Day 8: January 22: Vacation around Axum. Overnight Hotel
Day 9: January 23: Head towards Hawzen. Overnight Hotel
Day 10: January 24: Day drive to Mekelle. Overnight Hotel
Day 11: January 25: Depart toward Lalibela.Overnight Hotel
Day 12: January 26: Visit the rock churches. Overnight Hotel
Day 14: January 27: Excursion near Lalibela. Overnight Hotel
Day 15: January 28: Journey to Kombolcha. Overnight Hotel
Day 16: January 29: Proceed to Awash town. Overnight Hotel
Day 17: January 30: In Awash national park. Overnight Hotel
Day 18: January 31: Set back to Addis Ababa. Overnight Hotel
Day 19: February 01: Full day city tour; and evening departure.