Timket Festival with the famous historical route
Join our small group tour and celebrate the spectacular Timket Festival and then travel the famed 'Historical Route'.
Timket, the Ethiopian Epiphany is one of the two biggest events on the Ethiopian social calendar. Annually it starts with the preparations or Ketera on 18 January and the festivities continue until 20 January. Because their magnitude is most impressive in Addis Ababa, we choose to take our guests there to partake in the celebrations: we'll arrange special passes for you so that you are in prime position.
You'll then be taken along the famed Historical Route to see Lake Tana and its island monasteries; Gondar with its castles, the Simien Mountains for unsurpassed scenery; Lalibela for its remarkable rock-hewn churches and Axum for its stelae field.
This is a small group tour with a maximum of 10 participants allowing you to explore Ethiopia with other like minded individuals at excellent value. Please note, spaces are limited and this tour does sell out.
Timket Festival - Gondar Castles - Simien Mountains - Lailbela rock churches - Axum
Find out more about the Timket Festival and Historical Route - spaces are limited for our Small Group Tour so talk to us today!
Day 1: 17 January 2021: Fly to Ethiopia
Check in for the overnight Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa.
Day 2: The ceremonies begin
On arrival in Addis Ababa in the early morning, purchase your Ethiopia visas (US$50 cash) and meet your English-speaking guide and your driver who will welcome you and transfer you to the Golden Tulip Hotel where you will stay two nights with breakfast included.
After check- in you will be able to relax for the rest of the morning.
After lunch, your professional English-speaking Ethiopian tour-leader/guide and your driver will collect you from the hotel for an afternoon city highlights tour. Stops include the Museum where the bones of ‘Lucy’ are exhibited (very interesting and like some of the country’s other museums, exhibits are impressively well maintained and presented); Trinity Cathedral and Mt Entoto Park. This is a really pleasant introduction to the capital and to central Ethiopian culture and history. You will also be given a briefing on the tour and your tour leader will be pleased to field any questions.
Day 3:: Timket - the Ethiopian Epiphany - ceremony attendance
After a leisurely breakfast your tour leader and driver will collect you from the hotel to take you to the spectacular Timkat celebrations.
Special passes will have been arranged for you, so that you have optimal positioning for enjoying the events. Overnight in Golden Tulip with breakfast included
Day 4: Flight to Bahir Dar
Take a short flight to Bahir Dar,. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Avanti Blue Nile Resort & Spa. Stay for one night in a superior lake view room with all meals included. You will be taken on a boat trip to the Zeghie Peninsula and to see some of the round, grass-roofed island monasteries for which this area is famed.
Day 5: Via the Blue Nile Falls to Gondar
Depart after breakfast on the scenic two-and-a half-hour journey with a stop along the way to see the Blue Nile Falls, to Gondar, where you stay at Goha Hotel with all meals included. Visit Awuramba Community Village.
Day 6: Into the mountain wonderland of Simien Mountains National Park
Set off on the 2-hour drive to Simien Mountains National Park for a two night stay. Today you visit the area around Chequanit and also, around the lodge where the iconic Gelada monkeys are common. Overnight in Africa’s highest-lying hotel, the Simien Lodge, all meals included
Day 7: Simien Mountains National Park
Drive deep into the park, up to high-lying Chennek, where you can enjoy sightseeing and seeking among other wildlife, critically endangered Walia ibex.
Day 8: Back down to Gondar
Drive back to Gondar for an overnight stay at Goha Hotel. While in town, you will be taken to see the the Imperial Compound with its enchanting 17th Century castles and the Fasilidas’ Bath and Debre Birhan Selassie
Day 9: Fly to Lalibela
Take the quick Ethiopian flight to Lalibela, where you stay 2 nights in Maribela Hotel.
Even from the air, the churches, carved into the rugged mountainsides, create a breathtaking spectacle. Here you will have the chance to see the first cluster of its rock-hewn churches, regarded as one of the wonders of the world.
After being transferred to your hotel and checking in, your guide will take you to visit the first group of rock-hewn churches that make Lalibela a World Heritage Site.
Lunch at one of the town’s best restaurants. From here you can easily observe raptors such as Lammergeier, soaring in the thermals. Stay for 2 nights in the Maribela Hotel, all meals included.
Day 10: Breathtaking Lalibela
In the morning, make the 40 km journey to see the beautiful cave church of Yemrehane Kristos. After lunch, visit the second cluster of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches.
Day 11: Flight to Axum
Fly to Axum in northern Ethiopia, arriving mid morning.
Axum is the cornerstone of Ethiopian Christianity and your guide and driver will take you to see the remarkable obelisks, the Axum Museum and Mariamtsion Church. Within this there is a chapel that is believed, by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, to house the Ark of the Covenant, the original tablets of Moses.
From around 200 BC to 700 AD this town was the seat of the Axumite Empire, which extended to Arabia, and traded with India and China. It had its own alphabet, and was one of the four great powers of the ancient world.
Stay 1 night in at the Sabean Hotel with all meals included
Day 12: Return to Addis Ababa
After breakfast, fly back to the capital. On arrival into Addis Ababa you will be transferred to the Nexus Hotel where you will overnight, breakfast and dinner included. Afternoon visit of the Merkato and other city highlights.
You have a farewell dinner with a performance of traditional music and dance from the different regions of Ethiopia at the very good Habasha-2000 restaurant.
Overnight at Nexus Hotel (or, if flying out later in the evening, you have use of a day/evening room)
Day 13: Departure
You will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the airport for your Ethiopian Airlines flight home.
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Ethiopia Holidays, Africa
Price: £3685 Save £441 now only £3244
Price per person sharing in twin or double room accommodation includes return international Ethiopian Airlines flights, domestic Ethiopian Airlines flights, airport taxes, airport facilitation, all transfers and transportation, services of professional English-speaking Ethiopian tour leader/guide throughout; excursions and activities as outlined; all permits and entry fees; accommodation with meals as indicated.
Single room supplement: £588
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