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Ethiopia Cultural Journey: Timkat Festival

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 11 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 396 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1183 US Dollar (USD)

This is the greatest festival of the year, falling on 19 January, just two weeks after the Ethiopian Christmas. It is actually a three-day affair, beginning on the Eve of Timkat with dramatic and colorful processions. The following morning, the great day itself, Christ's baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist is commemorated. The third day is devoted to the Feast of St. Michael, the archangel, one of the Ethiopia's most popular saints.

Since October and the end of the rains, the country has been drying up steadily. The sun blaze down from a clear blue sky and the Festival of Timkat always takes place in glorious weather. In Gonder, many churches bring their tabots to Fasil bath accompanied by priests bearing prayer sticks and sistra, the ringing of bells and blowing of trumpets, and swinging bronze censors from which wisps of incense smoke escape into the evening air. The tabots rest in their special tent in the meadow, each hoisting a proud banner depicting the church's saint in front.

Day 1: Be met at bole international air port & transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Gonder town & check in to hotel, eve of the festivity begins from this day you will be part of the colorful celebration, overnight in hotel.

Day 3: This day is the day of timiket celebration from which tabotes return from fasil bath to their churches.

Day 4: Visit the 17th c Fasil Castle & Debre Berhan Selassie after late lunch drive to Bahirdar & check in to hotel.

Day 5: Drive to Blue Nile fall, after lunch visit Tana Lake monasteries & overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Fly to Addis Ababa & city tour, after fare well dinner fly back home.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Single Supplement 68 USD
- This is an all inclusive tour and the price will become cheaper if you travel in a group.

Price includes:
- Hotel accommodation based on double/twin bed with breakfast
- All ground transport including the transfer to & out of the airport
- Professional guide who escort you all the way
- Local guide on the spot
- Boat rental on Lake Tana.

Price excludes:
- International and domestic flight ticket
- Meal
- Travel cancellation insurance
- Any medical care
- Luggage insurance
- Any personal expense such as internet or phone calls
- Alcoholic drinks
- Video camera use or picture taking fee
- Laundry service
- Any service that is not mentioned in the above section.

About This Supplier
Location: Ethiopia
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2011

M21152 is a locally owned tour operator and car rental in Ethiopia that organizes different holidays throughout the country with the help of its qualified guides and drivers. We organize tours, safaris, history and culture, bird watching and wild life, trekking and other alternative tours including car...

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