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Signature Ethiopia

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel.

Sheraton Addis

Day 2: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | City Tour

Enjoy an afternoon city tour including visits to the Ethnographic Museum, Trinity Cathedral, National Museum, and St. George’s Cathedral.

Sheraton Addis   |   Meals: B

Day 3: Hawzen | Mountain Vistas

Fly to Mekelle and then drive to Hawzen, located in the spectacular Gheralta Mountains. Along the drive, visit the rock-hewn churches of Wukro Cherkos, Abraha Atsbeha, and Dugum Selassie. Your accommodation is made from local materials used by the Tigray Region and offers views of Gheralta Mountain.

Gheralta Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 4: Hawzen | Ancient Rock Churches

Visit the ancient rock churches of Tigray including Medhane Alem Adi Kesho, considered by many to be Ethiopia’s oldest rock church. Move on to see Petros wa Paulos, partially built inside a cave and then lastly the rock dome church of Mikael-Melehayzenghi which dates back to the 8th century.

Gheralta Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Axum | Former Empire

Drive to Axum, stopping en route to see the temple of Yeha, believed to date back seven or eight hundred years BC. Axum was once the seat of an empire, which extended across the Red Sea to Arabia. Today, visitors can see Stella (the largest single piece of stone erected anywhere), the tombs and castles of kings, Axum Museum and Mariamtsion Church, which is believed to house the Ark of the Covenant, the original tablets of Moses.

Yeha Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Lalibela | Pilgrimage Site

Fly to Lalibela, one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities and a center of pilgrimage for most of the country. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as the “New Jerusalem” due to its monolithic churches and rock-cut architecture.

Mountain View Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 7: Lalibela | Cave Chruches

After breakfast, travel to Nakutoleab, a monastery hewn from a rock cave on the outskirts of the city. Proceed to the cave churches built by King Lalibela, including the well-preserved, Greek cross-shaped Bete Giorgis, which is situated in a deep trench with perpendicular walls. Attend a time-honored coffee ceremony, observing the roasting and brewing process, which is done in a special jebena (clay kettle).

Mountain View Hotel   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Gondar | The “Camelot of Africa”

Famous for medieval castles and churches that earned its nickname, “the Camelot of Africa,” Gondar was founded in 1636 by Emperor Fasiladas as the royal capital of Ethiopia. Explore Fasiladas Palace, the Quskuam Church and the Debre Birham Selassie Church, its walls and ceiling decorated with Biblical and medieval scenes; legend has it that the church was saved from marauding invaders by the timely intervention of a swarm of bees.

Mayleko Lodge   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Bahir Dar | “Smoking Water”

Drive to Bahir Dar, and see the 328-foot-wide Blue Nile Falls (locally called Tissiat, or “Smoking Water”); the plunging falls give rise to picturesque steam clouds and rainbows. After lunch, visit the local market where you can find typical hand-woven capes and scarves made of local cotton. Then, continue to the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie at Bizeit before checking into your hotel located on the shore of Lake Tana.

Kuriftu Resort & Spa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Bahir Dar | Island Monasteries

After breakfast, embark on a cruise of Lake Tant to visit two of the renowned island monasteries of the lake: Ura Kidane Mihret and Azua Mariam. Both monasteries have wonderful paintings, which depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Kuriftu Resort & Spa   |   Meals: B L D

Day 11: Depart Addis Ababa

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa. If time allows, visit one of the largest open-air markets in Africa or spend time at the Kechene Women’s Potters Association giving you a chance experience local pottery-making. Make use of your dayroom before transferring to the airport for your international homebound flight.

Sheraton Addis (dayroom)   |   Meals: B

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