Historic Route - 5 days and 4 nights - (Surface + Flight)
Highlights of the Tour: Religion and culture is quite interwoven in the present Ethiopia. This can be witnessed by the values and norms of the people’s life. Christianity was first introduced in Ethiopia by the Ethiopian Eunuch who met Philip on the road to Gaza as in the book of Acts 8:27.
But Christianity was fist accepted as state religion in the 4th century by King Ezana and the first church was erected in the present city of Axum around 342 and in Europe only Armenia was a Christian state at this period.
Then as the power of kingdom moves from Axum to the present day Lalibela, the kings had excavated 12 churches from a rock which has been a place of worship for more than 800 years old and are still active for Christian believers. Each church has something to tell from the story of bible on its architecture or paintings inside.
This historic tour will take a traveler to these ancient and bygone cities and towns that has much stored in their soil to tell to any visitor taking them thousand years back. Stele field, rock-churches, island monasteries, castle compounds, wonderful sceneries and people’s way of life are some of the major activities to be covered in this tour. A morning visit to any church service would give a chance for travelers to witness a Judaic influenced practice of the Ethiopian Orthodox churches.
DAY 1 : Fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela. Up on arrival proceed to visit the first group of churches, which are 6 in number represent the earthly Jerusalem. Then proceed to local bar to experience honey made wine. O/n Village Tukul, Jerusalem guest house or Mountain View Hotel (B)
DAY 2 : Lalibela
Have breakfast and proceed to cover the remaining second group of churches which are 5 in number again and represent heavenly Jerusalem. After lunch break visit third group of church, which is the cross-shaped and very popular church of St. George. O/n Village Tukul, Jerusalem guest house or Mountain View Hotel (B)
DAY 3 : Fly from Lalibela to Axum
Take the morning flight to Axum. Up on arrival proceed to visit the Stele filed, the Tomb of Kaleb and his son G/ Meskel, The stone inscription of King Ezana (4th Century king). Have lunch and proceed the sightseeing to Axum’s St. Mary of Zion Church, where the original ark of covenant given to Moses is believed to be, the ruined palace of Queen Sheba and Ezana’s stele park. O/n Remhai Hotel, Yeha Hotel or Consular Hotel. (B)
DAY 4 : Fly from Axum to Gondar
After breakfast explore the 16th-17th century Castle compound and the bathing pool of King Fasilades constructed by King Fasilades and his successors. Also visit to the basket market of Gondar. Quara Hotel or Toha Hotel ( B)
DAY 5 : Fly from Gondar to Addis Ababa
In the morning be taken to the Debre-BirhanSelasse church build during the medieval period by the Kings of the Gonderian period with colorfull painting on the ceiling and walls. Then take the flight back to Addis Ababa. Be meet in Addis. Have time of shopping and back to Hotel
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