Day 2: Bahar-dar. Fly to Bahirdar. The bus will wait you at Bahirdar airport to give you a transfer to your hotel.
Day 3: Bahrdar. Drive the 35 km to Tiss Isat to see the Blue Nile falls. The round trip will take about one hour walking. Lunch in Bahir Dar. Explore the city of Bahir Dar: the colorful market and the Bezawit Palace. In a village see the production of the papyrus boats called "Tankwas". Return to hotel.
Day 4: Gondar. At the heart of present-day Gondar, just north of Lake Tana, sits the Royal Enclosure with its five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian kings beginning in the early 17th century.
Day 5: Axum. The legacy of the Queen of Sheba lies just below the shifting sands, and churches hewn out of sheer rock attract wide-eyed tourists. The African nation's historic route begins in the ancient city of Axum, which dates to about 100 B.C. This capital city was the first place in Ethiopia to adopt a new religion -- Christianity. According to the Old Testament, The Queen of Sheba was born in Axum, but travelled to Israel to meet King Solomon.
Day 6: Lalibela. In the morning, fly to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 - 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Day 7: Lalibela. After breakfast, have an excursion trip to the cave-built up church of Ne'akuto Le'ab (13th Century AD) which is famous for its wide collection of ancient crosses, manuscripts and icons. If this day is Saturday, spare some time at the interesting weekly market of Lalibela. After lunch, visit the second and third group of churches of Lalibela.
Day 8: Lalibela to Addis. Spend some time in the churches of Labella, if there are no sites left unvisited. Then, be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Addis.
Day 9: Meskel festival in Addis Ababa. Meskel, one of the major Ethiopian Orthodox festivals is celebrated for two days beginning September 26th. Legend has it that in the year 326, Queen Helena (Empress Helen) the Mother of Constantine the Great, discovered the cross upon which Christ was crucified. Unable to find the Holy Sepulcher, she prayed for help and was directed by the smoke from a burning fire as to where the cross was buried. After unearthing the Holy Cross, Queen Helena lit torches heralding her success. In the middle Ages, the Patriarch of Alexandria gave the Ethiopian Emperor Dawit half of the True Cross in return for protection afforded to the Coptic Christians. A fragment of the True Cross is reputedly held at the Gishen Mariam, about 70 kilometers northwest of Dessie.
Ethiopians have been celebrating this day for millennium. There are two occasions on Meskel. The first is Demera (September 26), in which bonfires are built topped by a cross to which flowers are tied. The flowers are Meskel Daisies. The Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church orchestrates the lightening ceremony. After the bonfires are blessed they are lit and dancing and singing begins around them. Priests in full ceremonial dress sing around the bonfire. While the Demera is set on fire there is an inner feeling of brightness for all those who are around it. Little Demera are also built at individual houses or villages. After some time, splinters from the bundles of burning wood collapse. Which direction they fall is very significant: north, south, east or west Interpretations are soon conjectured as to whether the fields of grain are going to be plentiful or not, or there is peace all year round, etc. At the closing of the Demera, a rain shower is expected to fall to help put the fire out. If the rain falls and the fire is extinguished, there is a belief that the year will be prosperous.
Day 10: Volunteer service.
We will go to the Merkato the largest open air market in Africa is full of people and activity. Millions of birr goods traded daily. Farewell dinner will be in one of the traditional restaurant with l dance and, departure back home. End of your visit.
We can arrange the tour with International Flight too.
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