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Time with angels
Day 1 - Addis AbabaDauer: 1 Tag
Begin this Ethiopian adventure in the capital of Addis Ababa. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you arrive early perhaps take a tour of this bustling city, dotted with Italian architecture, interesting churches and friendly inhabitants. This relatively new city, established by the Emperor Menelik II in 1887, is one of contrasts – the Addis Sheraton, with its ?singing fountain’, is one of the most luxurious in all of Africa, yet you only need to travel a few streets away to find yourself among busy markets, dirt roads and the odd goat or two wandering the street. The optional city tour starts at 1pm and includes the National Museum, where you’ll find the remains of ?Lucy’, and the Ethnographic Museum, set within the beautiful gardens of Haile Selassie’s former palace. In the evening you’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.Meals: DinnerThe Welcome Meeting will take place at 6 pm.If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting.The 27 September departures will begin with a Welcome Meeting at 1pm so the afternoon is free to take part in Meskel Festival. At Meskel Square the clergy of all the churches of the city gather to perform religious ceremonies involving singing and dancing. In the late afternoon bonfires and candles are lit by the bishop and crowd.Accommodation: Sheger Royal Hotel/ Woreda 03, House number 2043 100m in front of Tele Medhane Alem towards UNHCR offic, Bole/Addis AbabaAddis Ababa - Afternoon City Tour - USD50 (minimum 2)
Day 2 - Bahir DarDauer: 1 Tag
Today we will take a spectacular flight to Bahir Dar. From the air we can gaze across the extraordinary nature of the Ethiopian Plateau, repeatedly cut by immensely deep gorges. Bahir Dar is a small but fast growing town on the southern shore of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. It has long attracted religious men and the area contains numerous churches and monasteries, many of them on the thirty or so islands of Lake Tana. This afternoon, board a sightseeing boat for a cruise around the lake. Covering over 3,500 square kilometres, this is Ethiopia’s largest lake and is home to 37 islands, 20 of which house some of Ethiopia’s most venerated monasteries. Many of these monasteries are believed to date back to the 13th and 14th centuries, and feature superb ecclesiastical art. Legend has it that the Ark of Covenant was hidden here for protection during the times when Muslim forces invaded the ancient capital Axum. Your boat trip will take you to the monastery of Ura-Kidane Mehret, which dates from between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is renowned for its collection of crosses and crowns, and its incredible painted walls that offer up a virtual ’who’s who’ of Ethiopian saints. The boat returns to your hotel via the source of the ?Blue’ section of the Nile.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day 3 - Bahir DarDauer: 1 Tag
Head out to the Blue Nile Falls today. Located 32 kilometers south of Bahir Dar, the Blue Nile Falls measure over 400 metres wide and crash down 48 metres in full flood. These falls are known locally as Tis Isat (Smoking Water) and are a spectacular sight when the water’s high. New hydro-electrical plants and dams have somewhat impacted on their magnificence, but the sight is still a memorable one. You can take a longer scenic walk past the main viewpoint (1.5 kilometers) or a shorter walk to reach the foot of the falls. You will then cross the Nile River by boat to reach your vehicle. After a leisurely lunch back in Bahir Dar, perhaps visit the open air market to take a tuk-tuk up to the town viewpoint.Meals: BreakfastAccommodation: HotelIncluded activities:
Day 4Dauer: 1 Tag
Head for the regal city of Gondar by travelling north around the edge of Lake Tana this morning, a drive that’ll take approximately 4.5 hours including photo stops. Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia through the 17th and 18th centuries, and is famed for its medieval castles and churches. This afternoon or tomorrow, there’s the option to visit the city’s most significant churches and castles either as part of a tour or unaccompanied. The city’s unique Royal Enclosure is a World Heritage site and home to dramatic, Emperor-built castles unlike any other in Africa. Spend the afternoon visiting these medieval castles and stop by the famous church of Debre Berhan Selassie, one of the finest in Ethiopia with walls and ceilings covered in stunning murals of angels.Meals: Breakfast, DinnerAccommodation: HotelGondar - Church of Debre Berhan Selassie - ETB100 (The optional church & castles tour requires a minimum of 2 travellers.)Gondar - Fasil Gimb Castles Compound - ETB200 (If you take the option of visiting the Fasil Gimb Castles Compound & Church of Debre Berhan Selassie yourself, rather than as part of the organised tour, please note that local guides are required for all groups. Rates are from 400 ETB for a group of 1-2, and up to 600 ETB for a group of 12.Gondar - Church & Castles tour - USD30
Day 5 - GondarDauer: 1 Tag
Today you’ll have free time to explore the quiet streets of Gondar for yourself. Take a stroll to the markets, or otherwise perch up at the hotel by the pool. You’ll be heading into the mountains tomorrow so there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little bit of luxury while you have it. In the afternoon enjoy a cooking class in a private house in Gondar. Head to the market to gain fresh ingredients, then learn how to make traditional Ethiopian cuisine, such a wot, the national dish, and injera, the staple bread of Ethiopians.Meals: breakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day 6 - Simien Mountains National ParkDauer: 1 Tag
Depart Gondar early in the morning and head towards Debark and the Simien Mountain National Park. The remainder of the day is free to explore the spectacular mountain scenery including Ethiopia’s highest point – Ras Dejen (4550 metres). This area is home to much of Ethiopia’s wildlife, including the Gelada baboon, which are only found in Ethiopia and have a shaggy coat with a red patch on their chest, hence being known as the ’bleeding heart baboon’. Once you pass the entrance to the park you’ll hike and drive up to Sankaber Camp before heading back to Debark for the evening.Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinnerAccommodation: Basic HotelSpecial information: There will be a support vehicle for the hike to day, so you can hike as little or as much as you would like.
Day 7 - AksumDauer: 1 Tag
Strap in for a long travel day up the winding road to Aksum. Though the journey will take approximately eight hours, you’ll cross the lowlands of the Simien Mountains and the Tekeze River gorge and the views will be absolutely spectacular. Along the way stop at one of the farming villages to visit a farming family and learn of their traditional farming techniques. Aksum was once the capital of the Kingdom of Aksum, Africa’s oldest empire, which exsisted from around AD100 to AD900. It was at the centre of a trading route that stretched from Egypt all the way to India and grew to be one of the most powerful kingdoms in the ancient world.Meals: breakfastTravel time: approx. 8 hoursAccommodation: HotelPlease note: The 13 Jan 2020 departure will arrive in Aksum for the start of Timket Festival. The festival is a three day festival that commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ. Today the priests remove the ?Tabots’ from each church and march to the nearest water source, where a communal baptism takes place tomorrow.
Day 8 - AksumDauer: 1 Tag
Today is a free day with the option to tour the incredible historical sites of Aksum. Visit the stele fields, several tombs, the ruins of the Queen of Sheba’s palace and an archaeological museum. The field is home to over 100 stele – the largest one measuring 33 metres and weighing an incredible 517 tones. Stele (or monoliths) are carved from a single piece of granite, and are often elaborately decorated to resemble a multi-story house complete with windows, doors, locks and structural beams. Their scale reflects how important Axum once was, and they were probably transported by elephants from a nearby quarry. The mausoleums in this area include the tomb of the false door and also the tombs of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel, while the archaeological museum houses fascinating displays. An unimposing building with a green picket fence is the St Mary of Zion Church, the first built in sub-Saharan Africa. This holds the crowns of various former Ethiopian emperors and is even said to house the most fabled biblical relic in history – the Ark of the Covenant. The afternoon is free for you to keep exploring – you might like to see some of the handcraft shops or take a walk out of Aksum for an hour or so to see Gobodera, the quarry place for the stele and rock lioness relief.Meals: breakfastAccommodation: HotelPlease note: The 13 April 2019 departure aligns with the festivities before Palm Sunday. Today we will witness a demonstration of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.- The 20 April 2019 departure aligns with the festivities before Easter Sunday.- The 24 Nov 2019 departure will wake early to observe the main religious procession of the Mariam Tsion festival. The afternoon will be free for optional activities.- On the 13 Jan 2020 departure the group will have the chance to wake early to enjoy the main celebration day of Timket. This morning there will be mass and sermons happening all over Ethiopia in preparation for the blessing of the water. Here the patriarch will bless the water and baptise the crowd with the Holy water. The day then turns into a celebration with family and friends.Optional activitiesAksum - Historical Site Tour - USD30 (The optional historical site tour requires a minimum of 2 travellers)Aksum – Stele field & Archaeological museum - ETB100Aksum - St Mary Zion church, castle church (men only) & museum - ETB200
Day 9 - MekeleDauer: 1 Tag
Leave Axum for Mekele, looking across to see the spectacular Adwa Mountains and the battlefield of Adwa, where the Ethiopians defeated the Italians in 1896. Stop to visit the Pre-Christian Pagan Temple of Yeha before breaking for lunch at Adigrat. Yeha is though to have been Ethiopia’s first capital and the temple has been dated to around the 6th century BC. After lunch, drive to Enda Teka Tesfay and walk to the rock church of Medhane Alem Adi Kesho, approximately 4 hours (or 8 hours total for the day). There are numerous magnificent rock-hewn churches in the Tigray region, but Medhane Alem Adi Kesho is one of the best in terms of architectural quality. The outside is roughly carved, but the interior ceiling is elaborately sculpted. Spend the night in nearby Mekele.Meals: breakfastAccommodation: Hotel
Day 10Dauer: 1 Tag
Start the long journey to Lalibela early in the morning on a smooth paved road and, after a couple of hours, reach the spectacular mountain range of Amba Alaje. Continue through green valleys and flat plains before turning west towards Lalibela at Woldia. The road after Woldia offers one of the most scenic routes in the country. It involves climbing on winding roads along steep hills and evergreen lush valleys up to the Delanta Plateau (3,500 metres), then contouring around the valley for a couple of hours, before arriving at Lalibela in the late afternoon. Despite the town of Lalibela being isolated in the Lasta Mountains at 2,630 metres above sea level, it is still the home of Ethiopia’s top sight, and one of the world’s greatest historical and religious sites.Meals: breakfastTravel time: approx. 11 hoursAccommodation: Hotel
Day 11Dauer: 1 Tag
Today you’ll use the morning and afternoon to visit Lalibela’s amazing churches, which look like they’ve been dropped down from the sky. Between 1137 and 1270, several astounding rock-hewn churches were constructed in Lalibela; astonishing because most are not built from carved freestanding rocks, but instead created from huge single blocks of stone unearthed by the digging of enormous pits. The Northern Group contains seven churches, a tomb, a chapel and a sunken chapel. At the centre of the group is Bet Medhane Alem, measuring 33.5 metres by 23.5 metres and said to be the largest rock-hewn church in the world. A tunnel connects three of the churches in a courtyard to the east, whilst another tunnel connects two other churches to the west of Bet Medhane Alem. However it is Bet Giyorgis (St George’s), carved in the form of a Greek cross and lying slightly apart from the main northern cluster, which is the most famous and frequently photographed. This church is exceptionally well-preserved and is probably the most visually perfect. The Eastern group of five churches includes the only hypogeous church, where only the roof remains attached to the overhead rock.Meals: breakfast, dinnerAccommodation: Hotel
Day 12 - LalilebaDauer: 1 Tag
This morning we trek to the rock church of Asheten Mariam, which sits on the 3,150-metre-high Abune Josef mountain that overlooks Lalibela. You will climb for 2.5 hours to the summit, where the church is carved out of a cleft into the cliff face. The monastery houses ancient parchments and crosses, but the real treasure is the setting and the view. Descend the mountain and return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon is free to relax or continue exporing this fascinating town. This evening you will enjoy a special dinner at Ben Ababa open air restaurant.Meals: breakfast, dinnerAccommodation: Hotel Special information: The 28 Dec 2019 departure aligns with the Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in Lalibela today.
Day 13Dauer: 1 Tag
This trip comes to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave at any time.Meals: breakfastSpecial information: On the 15 Sep 2019 departure today will be Meskel Festival in Addis Ababa. Please keep this in mind when arranging flights and any post tour arrangements in Addis Ababa. In the early afternoon at Meskel Square (Addis Ababa) the clergy of all the churches of the city gather to perform religious ceremonies involving singing and dancing. In the late afternoon bonfires and candles are lit by the bishop and crowd.
Einzelzimmerzuschlag: 369 €
Langstreckenflug an/ab Frankfurt – Addis Ababa und zurück z.B. mit Ethiopian Airlines, KLM oder Air France ab 899 €
Rail & Fly innerhalb Deutschlands (2. Klasse): Bei Flugbuchung über YOLO inkludiert
Flughafentransfers im Zielland: Hintransfer vom Flughafen Addis Abeba zum Starthotel 55 € pro Auto (bis zu 2 Personen), Rücktransfer vom letzten Rundreisehotel zum Flughafen Lalibela 75 € pro Auto (bis zu 2 Personen)
Vor- bzw. Anschlussübernachtung im Tourhotel Preise pro Nacht und Person (exkl. Frühstück): Vorübernachtung 55 € im DZ , 90 € im EZ ; Anschlussübernachtung 48 € im DZ, 76 € im EZ
Bitte beachten: Bei Vor- und Anschlussübernachtung ist ein halbes Doppelzimmer nicht buchbar
Day 1 Sheger Royal Hotel (http://shegerroyalhotel.com/)
Day 2 Homeland Hotel (https://homlandhotelbahirdar.com/)
Day 3 Homeland Hotel
Day 4 Goha Hotel (http://gohahotel.com/)
Day 5 Goha Hotel
Day 6 Sona Hotel
Day 7 Yared Zema Hotel (http://yaredzemainternationalhotelaxum.com/)
Day 8 Yared Zema Hotel
Day 9 Zemarias Hotel (http://www.zemariashotel.com/)
Day 10 Roha Hotel (http://www.rohahotel.com/)
Day 11 Roha Hotel
Day 12 Roha Hotel
Day 13 -
In Lalibela and Simien Mountains National Park we include day hikes to experience the beauty of the regions on foot.
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
There will be some long drives on days 7 & 10.
Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. To see what you’re missing out on check out our Best of Ethiopia trip.
Refer to special information within the itinerary to see if your chosen date is aligned with any festivals
A intermediate level of fitness is required to be able to enjoy this trip to the fullest. There are included hikes at Simien Mountains National Park and Lalibela that go above 2800m.
We recommend XXXXX per week for meals not included during the trip.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time and costs.
- Abenteuerreise mit maximal 12 Teilnehmern
- Jede Reise findet statt
- Englisch sprechender, einheimischer Guide in internationaler Reisegruppe
- Unterkunft: 11 x Hotel, 1 x Guesthouse
- Transport: Reiseminibus, Boot, Inlandsflug
- Mahlzeiten: 12 x Frühstück, 1 x Mittagessen, 5 x Abendessen
- Aktivitäten laut Programm
- Nationalparkgebühren und Eintrittsgelder
- 100 m² Regenwald 4 you (Jedem Gast schenken wir im Regenwald von Ecuador ein Grundstück, das Jahr für Jahr den CO2-Ausstoß seiner Reise kompensiert. Eingetragen auf seinen Namen und auf ewig seins.)
- Highlights: Suche nach der Quelle des Blauen Nils, Trekking in den Bergen des Simien-Nationalparks, genieße das Stadtleben von Aksum, erkunde die einzigartigen Kirchen von Lalibela
- Rail&Fly inkludiert bei allen Buchungen mit Flug
- Abenteuer & Erlebnis
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