Ethiopia: The Land of Solomon
Participate in a colourful Timkat procession and discover legendary locations like Gondar and Lalibela on this amazing journey to Ethiopia. As well as enjoying the Timkat festivities you'll also spend time trekking in the beautiful Simien Mountains and discovering the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.
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|Day 1||Arrive Addis Ababa and make your way to our rendezvous point at the Hilton Hotel.|
|Day 2||Our transfer takes us to Addis Ababa for the flight to Bahir Dar. On arrival into we will be met and transferred to our hotel.
Later, we take a boat to the islands to visit 14th-century monasteries and enjoy a picnic lunch.
|Day 3||Today we journey to Gondar stopping at the stunning Blue Niles Falls. Our short hike at the falls is followed by a picnic lunch en route and picturesque Amhara Villages before arriving at the country's ancient capital.|
|Day 4||Morning tour of Gondar with visits to include the Royal Enclosure and Debre Birhan Selassie church which is beautifully decorated with elaborate mural and ceiling paintings. Afternoon at leisure to watch the preparations for tomorrow’s Timkat celebration when the covenants are taken from each church and carried on the heads of priests down to the pool where baptism takes place the following morning.|
|Day 5||A full day to enjoy observing one of the many unique religious festivals with priests dressed in colourful robes and the magical setting of Fasilidas’s Bathing pool.|
|Day 6||Drive to the Simien Mountains, through very beautiful countryside, entering the National Park with its towering spires, volcanic pinnacles, huge gorges, vast rock formations and rich and varied fauna. Reach the lodge in the afternoon with time to relax and enjoy our surroundings.|
|Day 7||Opportunity to relax at the lodge or take a gentle day hike in these extraordinary surroundings with spectacular views and wildlife spotting including monkeys and birds.|
|Day 8||Full day’s scenic drive to Axum, through the mountains, with plenty of stops for views. Axum is the most ancient capital of Ethiopia and birthplace of the Queen of Sheba.|
|Day 9||Visit the remains of the bath and palace of the Queen of Sheba, tomb of the kings and the Cathedral of Tison Maryam, reputedly the location of the Ark of the Covenant, brought here by Menelik, son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Local custom means women aren’t allowed in, but similar treasures can be seen at the neighbouring museum. Time to explore craft shops with manuscripts, silver crosses and cotton shawls.|
|Day 10||Short flight to the holy city of Lalibela, famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches.|
|Day 11||Visit the 13th-century rock-hewn churches and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this favourite destination for pilgrims and travellers.|
|Day 12||A short flight back to Addis for a rest in the hotel or some last minute shopping opportunities and a special evening meal to round off our trip before a late transfer to the airport.|
|Day 13||Departure with your own personal flight arrangements.|