Ethiopian Christmas Festival Tour- A cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you take this trip to the Historic Route of Ethiopia to witness one of the most colorful and ancient festivals celebrated around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.
This is one of the greatest and most colorful festival on the Ethiopian calendar. At St. Lalibela, it is celebrated with greater devotion, chanting, dancing, and singing around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela which were built more than 800 years ago. The ancient city of St. Lalibela will be filled with tens of thousands of pilgrims who come from all directions of Ethiopia and from all walks of life. Most of the pilgrims reach at St. Lalibela from far off hamlets and inaccessible valleys, walking on their bare foot for days, weeks, and even for months to share the blessing on Christmas day. Even if Ethiopian Christmas is on January 7, there will be different ceremonies to be held around the rock-hewn churches starting the night of 4th January. This is an ancient Christian tradition which has remained unchanged and witnessing this event, you feel like you are transported centuries and centuries back in time. You can’t help but feel that a scene the same to these one has been enacted here in the same manner centuries over centuries.
Discover the world of the ancient Ethiopians as you visit the unmatched sites of the Historic Route of Ethiopia – Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, island monasteries of Lake Tana, the palace of queen of Sheba and the last resting place of the Ark of the Covenant the least is endless. Cruise along Lake Tana, the source of the Great Blue Nile River, trek along the spectacular Simien Mountains “the chase pieces of gods” with the Bleeding Heart Baboon.
ITINEARY - (10 Days and 9 Nights)
DATE JAN. 5 - Addis - Kombolcha
DATE JAN. 6 - Kombolcha - Lalibela
DATE JAN. 7 - Lalibela (FESTIVAL DAY)
DATE JAN. 8 - Lalibela - Mekele
DATE JAN. 9 - Mekele - Axum
DATE JAN. 10 - Axum
DATE JAN. 11 - Axum - Gondar
DATE JAN. 12 - Gondar - Bahirdar
DATE JAN. 13 - Bahirdar
DATE JAN. 14 - Bahirdar - Addis
Note: Gena Festival (Ethiopian Christmas) can only be attended from day 3 - day 5 .
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