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Meskel, Finding of the True Cross

offered by supplier M21152 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 11 people
Destination(s): Ethiopia  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 870 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1514 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Details:
- Tour Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
- Tour Specialty: Culture & Nature
- Transportation: Surface with Flight and Land Cruiser.

Maskal is second in importance only to Timkat and has been celebrated in the country for over 1,600 years. The word actually means "cross" and the feast commemorates the discovery of the Cross - upon which Jesus was crucified by the Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. The original event took place on 19 March, AD 326, but the feast is now celebrated on 27 September.

Many of the rites observed throughout the festival are said to be directly connected to the legend of Empress Helena. On the eve of Maskal tall ranches are tied together and yellow daisies, popularly called Maskal flowers, are placed at the top. During the night these ranches are gathered together in front of the compound gates and ignited. This symbolizes the actions of the Empress who, when no one would show her the Holy Sepulcher, lit incense and prayed for help. Where the smoke drifted she dug and found three crosses. To one of them, the True Cross, many miracles were attributed.

Tour Itinerary:

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

Day 2: Drive to Arbaminch en route visit ethnic group such as Dorze village.

Day 3: Drive to Jinka en route visit Konso, Temai, Bena tribes, over night in hotel.

Day 4: Drive to Mago national park then after visit the unique culture of Murci village over night in Turmi.

Day 5: Drive to Karo village to visit the master body painting, with the view of Omo River. Visit hammer village over night in Turmi.

Day 6: Drive to Arbaminich, visit the Eribore tribes en route, and in the after noon make a boat trip over Lake Chamo to see the crocodile market and Hippoes.

Day 7: Drive to Addis have a shower & after lunch be part of the colorful celebration Meskel held in Meskel square, over night in hotel.

Day 8: Full day city tour including the largest open market in Africa merkato, after fly back home. Bon voyage!

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

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Single Supplement 81 USD
- This is an all inclusive tour and the price will become cheaper if you travel in a group.

Price includes:
- Accommodation based on twin bed with breakfast
- Surface transportation with experienced driver & his allowance
- All fuel & lubricants expenses
- Professional guide
- Local guide & scout where needed
- Boat trip on lake Chamo
- All entrance fees, village & elders payments
- Government tax

Price excludes:
- International and domestic airfare
- Any personal expenses such as internet, telephone
- Any alcohol drinks
- Meal
- Video camera or picture taking fee
- Services that are not mentioned above.

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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