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Ethiopia: Journey into the Medieval Past

January 8 –25, 2017

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© Debbie Jefkin

 

The ancient kingdom of Abyssinia, known today as Ethiopia, is a "must visit" for anyone captivated by the medieval past, timeless cultures, religious pageantry and wonders of nature. Churches and palaces reflect the genius of history’s architectural masters, and speak softly of a bygone era. They are enduring monuments to emperors and legends, Christianity and kings. These epic sites shelter priceless relics from a powerful and religious ancient civilization. But that’s not all! The tour coincides with the Timkat (Epiphany) processions and ceremonies of the Ethiopian Orthodox faith. And there’s more! The majestic landscape of the bio diverse Simien Mountain Range is considered to rival the Grand Canyon, whilst the Danakil Depression is a geological marvel where inhabitants wrest a living from salt mining. You must see it to believe it. Then again, we’ve seen it and we still can’t believe it!

 

 

Tour Highlights

 

·         Splendid processions of the Timkat (Epiphany) ceremonies

·         Monolithic hand-carved rock churches of Lalibela

·         Medieval monasteries of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile

·         Simien Mountain Range, the most spectacular of the diverse Ethiopian landscapes

·         Nomadic salt-traders of the Afar region

 

Tour price per person, based on double occupancy

 

6 participants: $7200
7 participants: $7000
8 participants: $6800
9 participants: $6700
10 participants: $6400
single supplement: $687

 

The tour price is based on 6 - 10 participants. It includes 17 nights of hotel accommodations, all meals beginning with dinner on January 8 through 25, domestic airfare, ground transportation, airport transfers, entrance fees, tips of a group nature and the services of a tour leader and English speaking guide. The tour price does not include international airfare, visa (currently $20), tip to local guide, airport departure tax, beverages and expenses of a personal nature.

A deposit of $500 is required to register and secure a place on the tour. Please refer to the itinerary for cancellation policy.