Ethiopia: Journey into the Medieval Past

​​January 2022


The kingdom of Abyssinia, known today as Ethiopia, is a “must visit” for anyone intrigued by the medieval past, captivated by timeless cultures, and inspired by religious pageantry. Churches and palaces reflect the genius of history’s architectural masters, and speak softly of a bygone era. These epic sites, enduring monuments to emperors and legends, shelter priceless relics from a powerful, devout, ancient civilization. But that’s not all!  The tour coincides with the Timket (Epiphany) processions and ceremonies of the Ethiopian Orthodox faith.  And there’s more! The majestic landscape of the bio diverse Simien Mountain Range rivals the Grand Canyon, and 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


  • Nomadic salt traders and geothermal fields of the Danakil Depression

  • Monolithic hand-carved rock churches of Lalibela

  • Splendid processions of the Timket (Epiphany) ceremonies

  • Simien Mountains, the most spectacular of the diverse Ethiopian landscapes

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

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