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Overview

Many think of Ethiopia as a country of little interests – only famine and barrenness. But, nothing can be further from the truth…

Ethiopia, the only African country not colonized by the European powers, retains much of its colorful, unique and ancient heritage. This is the land of Queen Sheba, centuries-old rock-hewn churches and some of the earliest Christian archaeological sites.

Geographically, it is where the African Rift Valley is the most dramatic & here you find the source of the Nile.. There are  many stunningly beautiful national parks. It is truly unlike any country in the world.

We are glad to offer you this special itinerary that coincide with the annual Timkat ceremonies. This is the most important festival in the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar and you will witness colourful ceremony as well as gathering of local folks. Weather wise, it is also the best time to visit this endlessly surprising country.

Signature Departures Exclusive:

  • Witness the annual Timkat festival in Addis Ababa
  • Be invited to a local village for a coffee ceremony
  • Small group size of maximum 16 people
  • All meals included with 1 glass of juice/beer/wine
  • Tipping to Guide, Driver & Porter included
  • Accompanied by Country Holidays Travel Concierge
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance included
Land Tour Price Twin Sharing S$ 7,380/-;
Single Supplement S$ 1,650/-
Airfare Economy from S$ 3,024/-;
Business from S$ 6,763/-
Deposit $$ 2,000/- per person
Closing Date 08 Oct 2018 or when tour is fully subscribed.
Early Bird Promotion First 8 clients enjoy S$ 200/- discount per person

Itinerary

  • Day 00/01 - 09/10 Jan (Wed/Thu) - Singapore / Addis Ababa / Lalibela
    Fly Singapore/Bangkok ET 1307 1845/2010 (2h 25m) 
       Bangkok/Addis Ababa ET 609 0145/0615 (8h 30m) 
      Addis Ababa/Laiibela ET 120 1030/1130 (1h) 

     

    Upon arrival, met and transfer to Maribela Hotel for 2 nights. Lalibela also known as Africa’s Petra, Lalibela and its rock-hewn churches are arguably Africa’s top attraction. It is set amongst the rugged Lasta Mountains at 2630m. This afternoon, you will visit what have become known as the 8th wonder of the world – the churches of King Lalibela (A.D. 1180 to 1220). According to legend, the 11 monolithic churches, hand cut directly from the stone of the earth required 25,000 people and 24 years to complete.

     

    Overnight: Maribela Hotel
    Meals: Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 02 - 11 Jan (Fri) - Lalibela

    This morning we have two choices:  

    A) Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery, Monastery of Ashetom Mariam and great views of the town;  

    - OR -  

    B) Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela.  The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands.  

    This afternoon, continue to visit other groups of King Lalibela churches.

     

    Overnight: Maribela Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 03 - 12 Jan (Sat) - Lalibela / Axum
    This morning you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Axum.

     

    Fly Lalibela / Axum ET 122 1040/1120 (0h 40m)

     

    Axum is another of Ethiopia’s star attraction. The little town is littered with ruins of palaces, underground tombs, stelae and inscriptions. It was once the capital of the powerful Axumite Empire (3rd to 6th centuries) as well as that of the legendary Queen Sheba. In the morning, visit the small archaeological museum, the obelisk park, Queen Sheba’s bath, Axumite palaces and tombs and the trilingual inscription of Ezana. In the afternoon, visit St Mary of Zion church, which is the oldest in Ethiopia and sub Sahara.

     

    Overnight: Yared Zema International Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 04 - 13 Jan (Sun) - Axum / Gondar / Simien Mountain

    This morning you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Gondar.

    Fly Axum / Gondar ET 123 1150/1320 (1h 30m)

     

    Upon arrival in Gondor, which has been called Africa’s Camelot with its series of castles and churches. It is Ethiopia’s capital from 1636 to 1667. Most have survived the ravage of time and constitute one of Ethiopia’s most fascinating antiquities. After lunch, we’ll visit the Debre Birhan Sellassie Church or “Trinity at the mount of Light”, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.

    Transfer to Limalimo Lodge and enjoy the sunset. Homer considers Simien to be the playground of Greek gods. The scenery is truly breathtaking. UNESCO has listed it as a world heritage site.

    Optional:
    Helicopter is flying to Danakil Depression, then to Erta Ale active volcano and fly back to Limalimo Lodge

    Overnight: Limalimo Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 05 - 14 Jan (Mon) - Simien Mountain

    In morning, we take a 1.5h walk, mostly flat or downhill, and hope to see the endemic Gelada baboons, Klipspringers, Lammergeyer vultures, and bushbuck. The scenery is truly breathtaking and there will be time for a walk around the Sankaber region of the National Park. The maximum altitude we reach is 3250m.

    After lunch, we’ll visit Simien National Park. The park is home to some extremely rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

     

    Overnight: Limalimo Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 06 - 15 Jan (Tue) - Simien Mountain / Gondar / Bahir Dar

    This morning, our exploration will cover the Royal Enclosure with the palace of Emperor Fasilidas and Kwesquam to see the castle of Empress Mentwabe. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today.

    After lunch, drive about 3 hours (180km) south to Bahir Dar. In the early evening, check into Avanti Blue Nile Hotel for 2 nights.

    Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 07 - 16 Jan (Wed) - Bahir Dar

    This morning, we will explore Lake Tana by boat. It has some 30 islands with monasteries dating from 13 to 18 centuries. Visit the monastery of Ura Jidane Mihret on the Zeghe Peninsula giving you an insight into the splendor of Ethiopia’s religious heritage. The lake cruise itself also provides the opportunity to numerous lake bird sightings and local papyrus fishing boats in action, we will also see the source of Blue Nile.

    In the afternoon, explore the colorful bustling local market. End the day with a sunset overlooking the lake, river and town.

    Overnight: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 08 - 17 Jan (Thu) - Bahir Dar / Addis Ababa

    Enjoy a leisure morning before you will be transferred to the airport for flight back to Addis Ababa.

    Fly Bahir Dar/Addis Ababa ET 145 1300/1400 (1h 00m)

     

    On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, Sheraton Addis Ababa, check in for 2 nights. This late afternoon, we will drive uphill to Entoto, which once was Emperor Minilik II’s permanent camp.  Enjoy the panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside with sunset. 

    Overnight: Sheraton Addis Ababa
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 09 - 18 Jan (Fri) - Addis Ababa
    This morning, enjoy a city tour of the capital, starts with National Museum which houses some of the country's historic treasures. The collection of fossils and bones of early hominids discovered in Ethiopia include the 3.5 million year old remains of 'Lucy', the oldest hominid ever found. Then we visit the church of the Holy Trinity, Ethiopia's main cathedral and home to the remains of the last emperor, Haile Selassie. 

     In the afternoon, Addis Ababa City will be surrounded by Timket holiday spirit. The Eve of Timkat called Ketera, which is the day, when the celebration of this astonishing Timkat festival officially starts.  On the afternoon, every street of Addis Ababa was adorned with the green, yellow and red Ethiopian flag. It was the day when Tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) were taken to chosen places. Others accompanied the Tabots, by walking with it all the way to the destination. The journey always adorned with priests who hold decorated sparkling umbrellas, exceptionally dressed children’s of traditional gospel singers of particular orthodox churches, traditional Ethiopian gospel songs and moves.

    Overnight: Sheraton Addis Ababa
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Day 10/11 - 19/20 Jan (Sat/Sun) - Addis Ababa / Singapore

    Today, the streets of Addis Ababa City will be packed with children, men and women walking towards Jan Meda  in the morning – where the main festival of Timkat takes place- in different kinds of neighborhoods, to attend the event, pray and blessed by the holy water, wearing the Ethiopian traditional clothe called Netela. On this day, all the Tabots are then paraded back to the churches, with the same kind of vibrant process. 

    In the afternoon, visit the Ethnological Museum, set within Haile Selassie’s former palace, showing the full sweep of Ethiopia's cultural and social history across two floors. Then visit Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa, where almost every possible commodity is on sale.

    After our farewell dinner, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

    Overnight: N/A /
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

     

    Fly  20 Jan Addis Ababa / Singapore ET 638 0010/1450+1 (9h 40m)


    Arrive Singapore on 21 Jan (Mon)

     

 

 

Hotel

Lalibela

maribela hotel

Maribela Hotel 

Hotel Maribela is located in the heart of Lalibela mountains. spacious and modern rooms all with breath taking views of the Ethiopian Highlands. Maribela Hotel was built in a very appealing design, inspired by the famous rock churches of Lalibela. The tasteful interior decoration gives every guest the very best in Lalibela hospitality. 

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Axum

yared zema hotel

Yared Zema Hotel

Yared Zema International Hotel is located in Āksum, 1.2 km from St Mary's Hospital. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Every room has a flat-screen TV. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. 

 

Simien

Limalimo Lodge

Limalimo Lodge

Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Limalimo Lodge will be a beautiful place to stay for visitors to Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park. Guests will experience simple luxury and elegant design in a stunning setting.

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Bahar Dar

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Blue Nile Resort Hotels

Blue Nile Resort Hotel is conveniently located 8KM from Bahir Dar Airport. The Hotel has a total of 135 rooms, all with modern amenities, more specifically. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi access, Air-conditioning unit, bathroom, mini bar, safe box, desk and 32' flat screen televsion with 25 paid and free to air channels.

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Addi Ababa

Sheraton-Addis

Sheraton Addis

Sheraton Addis is located in the center of Addis Ababa and in the vicinity of the National Museum, United Nations Conference Center, the UNECA headquarters, the Merkato and Bole International Airport (7km). The hotel is a sanctuary of Ethiopian grandeur, where a landscape of vibrant greens and colorful wildflowers meets the African sky. Experience an exceptional level of personal service.

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Price

HotelsLand Tour Price Per Person
Twin ShareSingle Supplement

Lalibela: Maribela Hotel (Standard Room)
Axum: Yared Zema Hotel (Standard Room)
Simien: Limalimo Lodge (Standard Room)
Bahir Dar: Avanti Blue Nile Hotel (Standard Room)
Addis Ababa: Sheraton Addis (Classic Room)

S$ 7,380/-

S$ 1,650/-

 

OptionalSupplement Per Person

Helicopter ride on 13 Jan
(4 persons per helicopter) 


Axum / Danakil Depression
// Erta Ale Active Volcano / Limalimo     

S$ 10,310/-

 

* Above prices are based on minimum 8 people traveling together.

 

AirlineAirfare Per Person

 

Ethiopian Airline (ET)

Singapore/Addis Ababa/ Singapore
Addis Ababa /Lalibela // Lalibela/Axum
//Axum/Gondar//Bahir Dar/Addis Ababa    

Economy Class:
S$ 2,599 + tax S$ 425 = S$ 3,024/-

 
Business Class: (Domestic Economy only)
S$ 6,338 + tax S$ 425 = S$ 6,763/-

*Airfare and Taxes are calculated as of 30 May 2018  and subject to change and availability. Should you wish to explore alternative flying routes, do consult our tavel specialists.

 

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