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Maz Ethiopia Tour THE NORTH AND EASTERN ETHIOPIA JOURNEY Transportation: flight and surface Duration: 08 nights / 09 days Itinerary Day 1 – arrive in Addis Ababa You will be met at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, and transferred to the Jupiter Hotel from where the expedition will start in the morning. If your flight arrives in Addis Ababa during the morning or afternoon, there may be time to take in some of the city sights before dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Soramaba Hotel (-,-, D) Addis Ababa The name of the city, in Amharic, means "new flower". Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, it is located at 2,500 m (8202 ft) above sea level in one of the highest parts of the Entoto Mountain chain (3,000 m/9842 ft above sea level). Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the "Mercato". Day2 – fly to Bahir Dar (the flight takes 55 minutes) After you checked in the hotel, you will drive some 30 km to the Blue Nile Falls. The drive for most part is on well paved gravel road. The width of the fall varies with the season, and the needs of the nearby Tis Abay hydro-electric scheme, but the drop is over 45m (148 ft) and very dramatic if you hike to the base for a closer look - as we will. A little downstream, we will cross the Blue Nile by boat and return to our transport and Bahir Dar. In the afternoon, there are 37 islands on Lake Tana and 30 of them have churches and monasteries of considerable historical and cultural interest. We will visit the monastery churches of Ura Kidane Mihret. Ura Kidhane Mihret is the most famous monastery and has th an important collection of religious icons from the 16th to 18 centuries. Ura Kidane Mihret is known for its paintings and small museum. The inner walls the church is decorated from floor to ceiling with incredibly vivid images from Christian traditions. Retrace your way back to Bahir Dar and before you reach the port visit the out let of the Blue Nile River and it is also on this spot hippos are seen. Overnight in Gasa Hotel (B, L, D) Day 3 –drive to Gondar and the afternoon is for sight seeing. The drive to Gondar is 180km on well constructed asphalt road and takes 2 ½ hrs Gondar was the former capital city of the Ethiopian Empire, and was founded in 1635 by King Fasilidas. It remained influential for nearly 250 years until the seat of power moved further south. Several castles – seemingly more European than African – were built during this period. Gonder as an old town has other treasures too. After checking in our hotel we will visit Gondar’s most famous site, the Fasil Ghebbi or Royal Enclosure. This royal estate is characterised by its massive stone ramparts and a fascinating, dynastic series of castles, built one after the other by Ethiopian Kings. Our guide will help us understand the history of the Fasil Ghebbi before giving us the chance to wander through the site in our own time. Have lunch in one of the restaurant in the town. After lunch we spend some time walking in the town and visiting the open air market before head to the church of Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of the Trinity), which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescos. Overnight in Florida Hotel (B, L, D) Day 4 –fly to Lalibela A short flight takes us from Gonder to Lalibela. The city contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the pink granite rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each church (Bet) has a unique architectural style; all are superbly carved and most of them are decorated with well-preserved paintings. The entire city may be described as a sculpture dedicated to the glory of God. The day is dedicated to visiting the first group of churches, known as the Northern Group of Churches. Bet Medihanialem is the largest, supported by 72 pillars and houses the 7kg (15 lbs) gold Lalibela Cross. We go through a tunnel from Bet Medihanialem to Bet Mariam, in which there is a pillar that it is said that Jesus Christ leaned against when he appeared in a vision to King Lalibela. Bet Mariam also contains fabulous carvings of various birds and animals. We also visit Bet Danaghel; a chapel built in honor of martyred nuns. Bet Golgotha and Bet Mikael are twin churches and many believe that a visit to Bet Golgotha alone can guarantee your place in heaven! The twin churches also contain many important religious items and some of the best examples of early MAZ ETHIOPIA TOUR Tel: + 251-115-510508 Fax: + 251-115-510508 P.O.BOX 56 Code: 1110 E-mail: email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA Web site: http://www.mazethiopiatour.com religious art in the country. The last church we visit today is Bet Giyorgis, one of the more recent churches and best preserved. We return to our hotel and should time allow, we will have a walk around the city center. Overnight in Tukul Village Hotel (B, L, D) Day 5–Lalibela - The Eastern Churches In the morning we visit The Eastern Rock Churches, Bet Amanuel is one of the most beautifully carved churches in Ethiopia in the Aksumite style. Bet Merkorios has a wonderful painting of The Three Wise Men, which dates back to the 15th century A.D. We also stop to see Bet Abba Libanose and Bet Gebrieal-Reafael, which might have once been the home of the royal family before becoming a church. This afternoon, we visit the Nakutelab Rock Hewn Church, built under a natural cave. Tonight, we have a special treat, participating in The Coffee Ceremony, a ceremony of hospitality in Ethiopia. Overnight in Tukul Village Hotel (B, L, D) Day 6 –fly to Axum Today we explore Axum - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The legends narrated in the Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) recount how the city of Axum as early as the 10 century B.C was already the city in which the Queen of Sheba resided. It is recounted that the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to Axum and it remains there to this day, preserved in a sanctuary. Famous long before the time of Christ, Axum was the capital of the long Axumite reign, one of the oldest African empires and represented a crucial connecting-point between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. We visit the stelae: granite monoliths dating from pre-Christian times and decorated with symbolic engravings. The stelae are elaborately carved and the erection of these massive pillars remains a mystery. The largest of these stelae (33m) collapsed centuries ago but great national pride is invested in the ‘seventh’ stele which was plundered by Mussolini during the Italian occupation; it has recently been returned to Axum and now on the proses of re-erection on its very place. Overnight in Remhai Hotel (B, L, D) Day 7 –fly back to Addis Ababa. We will catch a morning flight before back to Addis Ababa, arriving in time for lunch. Lunch will be at Top View restaurant which is located on the top of Hill and allows a view over the city.The afternoon is for sight seeing of Addis; you spend the remaining time exploring Addis Ababa beginning with a visit to the National Museum, one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art. We then visit the Ethnological Museum, which was the former palace of Haile Selassie. You also take time to visit Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa. The remaining time is for optional last minute shopping. Overnight in Soramba Hotel (B, L, D) Day 8 –fly to Dire Dawa and drive about 50km to Harar Drive from Dire Dawa to Harar through the wonderful scenery of the Mount Dengego. After the check in the hotel and lunch drive to Dakkar a village that is found in the outskirts of the town on a hill top and allows a top view of the walled city of Harar. The old medieval walled city of Harar, the spiritual heart of Ethiopia's large Muslim community, is considered by Muslims to be the fourth holiest city in the world. The walled city remains largely Muslim in character – its 90- mosques, many of them private, are said to form the largest concentration in the world. And more over in the evening watch the hyena man’s show; an odd tradition that takes place at the edge of town is the hand, and sometimes mouth to mouth, feeding of wild hyenas. Visitors are welcome to observe and partake in the event that takes place every evening. Overnight in Heritage Plaza Day 9 –after a morning sight seeing in Harar fly back to Addis Harar is a place of unique and unforgettable charm and walking down its narrow, cobblestone and twisting lanes, you can easily feel transported back in time. Today you will visit the market, the house of the French Poet Rimbaud, local Harari house and the museum. Harar's Cultural Museum provides insights into Harar's distinct. Its busy market, with colorfully dressed vendors, handles an incredible variety of local produce and a vast array of handmade goods, from beautiful jewelry to fine woven cloth. You will see fabulous jewelry, manuscripts and baskets. At about 02:00pm you will be transferred to Diredawa, one hour drive, to take your flight back to Addis. This evening MAZ TOUR invites you to enjoy a fare well dinner party of Ethiopian cuisine featured with tribal music and dance show. Transferred to airport to take out going flight to your home country. Departure My quotation for the above itinerary will be:- 2 Maz Tours: “Travel with an Adventure Spirit!” Based on 1 pax in a single room occupancy = 2883 USD/person Based on 2 pax in twin room sharing =1916 USD/person Based on 3 pax in twin room sharing =1594 USD/person Based on 4 pax in twin room sharing =1433 USD/person Based on 5 pax in twin room sharing =1336 USD/person Based on 6 pax in twin room sharing =1277 USD/person Based on 7 pax in twin room sharing =1265 USD/person Based on 8 pax in twin room sharing =1226 USD/person Based on 9 pax in twin room sharing =1195 USD/person Based on 10+1 pax in twin room sharing =1278 USD/person Single supplementary =134 USD Price included in our package is:- All hotel accommodations as mentioned in the program. Meals: FB as per as the program (breakfast, lunch & dinner). The Domestic flights All transfers and ground transportations Soft drinks and bottled water during meal and during the trip. Boat trip on Lake Tana Professional and well experienced English speaking guide. All entrance fees according to the tour program. NOT included in the package price are following services: ========================================= • The International ticket. • Visa expenses. • Video or photographing fees or tips at different sites. • Any alcoholic beverages. • And any personal item expenses NOT mentioned in the included list. At last please don’t hesitate to contact me if something is not clear enough. I am always at your disposal for further explanation. Hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, Dawit Solomon Tour Operator Maz Ethiopia Tour 3 Maz Tours: “Travel with an Adventure Spirit!”
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