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10 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Stop By Beautiful Churches And Paintings

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Lalibela, Gondar

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Stop by Beautiful Churches and Paintings

Rock hewn Churches

Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

Enjoy at the Geshen Mariam Annual Festival, one of many ceremonies of Ethiopian religious festival. You will visit the most beautiful rock-hewn churches made in the early medieval period of Ethiopian history. Through this, you will visit the spectacular painting of Gonderian and Zaguwa.

DAY 01

Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port

  • Meet and greet by your Ethiopia guide at the exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

  • Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 02

Addis Ababa City Tour

  • Early breakfast.

  • Your first visit to Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre-historic, cultural, archaeological attractions). Followed by Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments).

  • Lunch.

Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like:

  • Emperor Minelik’s Palace,

  • St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meters above sea level),

  • Merkato, the largest open market in Africa.

  • In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis, where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 03

Drive to Dessie

  • After breakfast, you will drive to Dessie (400 Km from Addis).

  • On the way, you will visit a very magnetic natural force of a cliff, known as “Gemsa Gedele” literally means ‘Bisected Cliff’.

  • Then, arrive in Dessie (late afternoon).

  • Check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there.

DAY 04

Excursion to Gishen Marima

  • Have an early breakfast.

  • Drive to Gishen Mariam (70km from Dessie) to attend the festival.

  • Lunch in the bush.

  • Late in the afternoon, drive back to Dessie.

  • You will have dinner, rest & overnight stay in a local hotel.

DAY 05

Drive to Lalibela

  • After breakfast, you will be driven to Lalibela (260 Km from Dessie).

  • Arrival in Lalibela by afternoon. Check into a hotel.

  • Then, visit the first and third group of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 06

One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches

  • Right after breakfast, an early morning drive  to historical churches around Lalibela like:

    • the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam

    • Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07

Drive to GondAr

  • Breakfast.

  • Drive to Gonder (325 Km from Gonder).

  • On the way, visit the Awrama Community.

  • Stop for lunch at Nefase Moucha.

  • Arrive in Gonder late in the afternoon. Check into a hotel and take a break.

Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08

Gondar City Tour

  • Eat your Breakfast and leave for sightseeing. 

  • Visit the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D. that is surrounded by high stone walls containing the 17th-century palaces of King Fassiladas, King Iyasu and Queen Mentewab and different other buildings.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. 

  • Depending on the time you can visit also the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex, which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Inside the palace, look out for the figures of crosses and Ethiopian characters and animals, such as St Samuel riding his lion.

  • Early in the evening, visit ‘AzmariBet’ at Traditional Music Houses.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight.

DAY 09

Drive to Bahir Dar

  • Drive to Bahir Dar (185 Km) right after breakfast. Check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will have lunch.

  • Then, drive to Lake Tana. Take a boat ride. Visit the medieval period island monasteries (beautiful mural paintings, religious books & sacred) on Lake Tana such as Kibran Gabriel (only for men), Entos.

  • On the Zegien peninsula visit Ura Kidan Mehiret, Azuwa Mariam.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 10

Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home

  • After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. Arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon.

  • Some shopping for souvenirs.

  • Finally, you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your flight schedule.

  • Transfer to Bole International Airport for a return flight back home.

  • 1200 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation.

  • All entrance fees.

  • Professional Guide and local guide when needed.

  • Taxes.

  • The ceremony replicates Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and is seen as an important renewal of faith.), the Historic Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light) has a ceiling decorated with beautiful winged Angels, and its walls with an impressive scene depicting biblical events, including; St. Mary, the Saints, martyrs and the life of Christ.

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Lalibela, Gondar

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