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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Attend The Festivities Of Genna

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Debarq, Gondar, Lalibela, Mekele

Culture Tour
History Tour

Be a part of Genna, the Ethiopian Christmas to experience Ethiopian traditions and customs. Also, visit famous landmarks and monuments, including the iconic monoliths of Lalibela, and go for a hike to the Blue Nile Falls.

DAY 01

Arrive in bahir dar

  • Visit the local market with your Ethiopia tour guide and take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the monasteries of the Zege Peninsula.

  • In the afternoon, drive to Blue Nile Falls for a hike in the natural surroundings.

Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel)

DAY 02

bahir Dar - Gondar - Sanakaber

  • Explore the UNESCO Royal Enclosure, a group of castles from the 17th century.

  • In the afternoon, visit the Debre Birhan Selassie church and the Fasilide’s pool area.

Overnight at Semine lodge 

DAY 03

Sankaber- Geech - Gondar

  • From Sankaber, begin the hike along the ridge and look over the foothills 800m down.

  • From the ridge, descend into the valley to view the Jinbar River plunging into the Geech Abyss.

  • After lunch, drive to Gonder. 

Overnight at the Florida Hotel in Gonder

DAY 04

Gonder - Lalibela

  • After breakfast, drive to Lalibela via Amba Laga mountain chains. 

  • Reach in the afternoon. 

  • After dinner, attend a fantastic Christmas eve mass at church for as late as you want. 

Overnight at Harbi Hotel or Sora lodge

DAY 05

Lalibela Christmas

  • Attend the Christmas holiday festival at st George church where the main ceremony is held. 

  • Visit the 11 rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, defined as the 8th wonder. 

  • In the afternoon, take part in a coffee ceremony at a traditional house. 

Overnight at the same hotel as the previous day

DAY 06

Lalibela - mekele

  • Take the morning drive to Mekele.

  • Arrive late in the afternoon and relax at the hotel. 

Overnight at Axum hotel

DAY 07

Mekele - Gheralta -aksum

Start the excursion for the Geralta cluster of rock churches: 

  • Mariam Korkor, 

  • Daniel Korkor

  • AbuneYemata, the most spectacular of the Tigray churches. It is a bit difficult to reach by climbing. For those that are not able to do it, we'll visit so Abreha We Atsbeha.

Overnight at hotel in Axum 

DAY 08

Aksum - Addis ababa

  • Visit the steles, different archaeological sites, the bath and the palace of Queen of Sheba. 

  • See the church of St Mary of Tsion (According to a legend the Ark of Covenant is hidden here). 

  • After lunch, drive to the airport to catch your flight to Addis Ababa.

  • 1175 USD Per Adult , 800 USD Per Child
  • All entrance fees

  • Transfers

  • Boat rent at the lake

  • All ground transportation with fuel, and insurance

  • Professional English-speaking Ethiopia tour guide

  • All local guides

  • Scouts

  • Government tax

  • Domestic flights 

  • Accommodations

  • Meals

  • Your personal expenses.

  • International airfare

  • Visas, passports, personal taxes (including departure and border taxes).

  • All optional activities, telephone, unscheduled programs, alcohol drinks, and laundry.

  • All-inclusive tours with accommodation, domestic flights and meals, private or budget, are also available.

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Debarq, Gondar, Lalibela, Mekele

Culture Tour
History Tour

Contributed By

Eliyakim Bekele

starting from
USD 1175
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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