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8 Days Ethiopian Christmas (Genna) Festival + Northern Historic Tour

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Yoseph Getnet /General manager

Ghion Travel and Tours PL

GTT is a professional registered Tour Operation Company based in Ethiopia.

  • Local time:21:49

8 Days Ethiopian Christmas (Genna) Festival + Northern Historic Tour

Genna or Ledet (7 January), the Ethiopian equivalent to Christmas, is preceded by an all-night vigil following 43 days of fasting that culminate. It is a family-oriented holiday, but in some areas it is marked by traditional dancing or a hockey-like game called Yegenna Chewata, supposedly played by the local shepherds on the night Jesus was born. It is traditional to eat the national dish doro wot (chicken stew) over Gena.

DAY 1

Arrival Addis, City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international Airport and met by Ghion travel and tours representative and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel you will have city tour of Addis, Which includes National Museum- the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto- panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, trinity cathedral- a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel Read more

Addis Ababa
DAY 2

Flight to Bahirdar

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to Bahirdar. After check-in to hotel journey by sympathetic African plains eventually leads to the mighty Blue Nile fall commonly known as “Tis Isat” (water that smokes). After hiking the cataracts drive back to Bahirdar. Overnight in your hotel.

Bahirdar
DAY 3

Lake Tana, Bahirdar

After breakfast boat rides on Lake Tana. On Lake Tana time has still stood and dominated by an archaic, dating from early Christian mysticism and the religious interpretations of African art are characterized by the Ethiopian Christianity, and the world’s Old Testament is still practiced. Visit Azua Mariam and Ura kidane Mihret monasteries which are rich in icon painting. Overnight in your hotel Read more

Bahirdar
DAY 4

Drive to Gondar

After breakfast drive to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD, Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the royal enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre Birehan selassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight in your hotel Read more

Gondar
DAY 5

Flight to Axum

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to the ancient town of Axum. after check-in to hotel visit The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum; which include, The Archaeological Museum, Monolithic Steles, The Tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in your hotel Read more

Axum
DAY 6

Flight to Lalibela

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly to the legendary and the framed of Ascetic Mountain town of Lalibela. After check-in to hotel, full day visits the 12th c. Rock-Hewn Churches; Lalibela is famous for its rock hewn churches and these brilliant feats of engineering and architecture are often referred to as the 8th wonder of the World. There are many rock churches in Lalibela some hidden in enormous caves. Overnight will be in your hotel. Read more

Lalibela
DAY 7

Christmas in Lalibela

Early in the morning attend the very colorful Chrismas procession performed by beautifully dressed priests and deacons chanting at the edge of the rock hewn churches and the whole procession is one of the incredible event that world has to see Afternoon Visit some of the churches. Overnight in hotel

Lalibela
DAY 8

Flight back to Addis

In the morning, transfer in to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time. Evening you will have traditional farewell dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis Ababa followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back home, end of the tour. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 2
Location Bahirdar
Day 4
Location Gondar
Hotel Goha Hotel
Day 5
Location Axum
Hotel Yeha Hotel
Day 6
Location Lalibela
Hotel Lal Hotel
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 2
Location Bahirdar
Day 3
Location Gondar
Day 4
Location Axum
Hotel Sabean Hotel
Day 5
Location Lalibela
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Addis Ababa
Day 1
Location Bahirdar
Day 1
Location Gondar
Day 1
Location Axum
Hotel Sabean Hotel
Day 1
Location Lalibela

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Hotel accommodation on Twin/Double room sharing using the mentioned best hotels
  • Meal on full board basis; breakfast, lunch and dinner including soft drink/ mineral water
  • All ground transportation, transfer in and out including fuel and driver allowance
  • All mentioned entrance, local guide and scout fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Boat fee on Lake Tana

Package excludes

  • Any flight cost (domestic + international)
  • Porter’s fee at hotel and airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa fees
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Tips and other personal expenses

More information

  • Single room supplement for standard accommodation = USD 300 p/p
  • Single room supplement for comfort accommodation = USD 580 p/p
  • Single room supplement for luxury accommodation = USD 860 p/p
  • NB: There will be a discount for large group more than 7 participants

REVIEWS

2 Reviews

Emily, United States

I appreciate everything this tour operator did for us! intelligent tour professional and a very lovely tour company! i highly recommend to tourists to use Ghion Travel and Tours

Onesmo Novath, Tanzania, United Republic of

Excellent Ethiopia tours with Ghion Travel & Tours. They have nice services, competent tour guides and their price is affordable. I can highly recommend Ghion Travel & Tours.

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Ghion Travel and Tours PL
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GTT is a professional registered Tour Operation Company based in Ethiopia.

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