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  • Sep 7-26, 2014
  • Dec 31-Jan 19, 2015
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  • Duration 20 days
    Group Size 2-7
    Land Cost $6,495 Details
    Single Supplement $1,475 Details
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    Ethiopia Timkat Festival & Cultural Odyssey

    Axum, Gondar, Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Gelada baboons, and the Omo Valley

    NOTE:  Travelers interested in both the TImkat and Genna Festivals please choose the late December start date. The itinerary varies slightly from the trip described below which has Timkat only. To view the specific day-by-day for the trip that has both festivals click on the More Info tab.

    Join the excitement of the Timkat Festival, Ethiopia’s Epiphany celebration. You will witness the festival in Lalibela, the site of the famous rock churches. You will also visit other awe-inspiring historical and spiritual sites, including the castles of Gondar and the Treasury in Axum, fabled home to the Ark of the Covenant.   Visit Africa's largest open-air market in Addis Ababa. The “bleeding heart” Gelada Baboons can be seen on your overnight stay in the Simien Mountains. Then you make your way down to the Southern Omo Valley to visit with the indigenous peoples and markets of the area.

    This trip is designed for the experienced and adventuresome traveler. Expect the unexpected and plan to revel in it. Parts of the trip will entail long drives over extremely bumpy, muddy roads and accommodations may be marginal at times. Vehicles may break down or roads may be closed.  Your reward for enduring the rigor is immersing yourself in and getting to know a land -- and a people -- of surprising beauty, richness, hospitality, and exuberance.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Addis Ababa
    Day 2Addis Ababa Sightseeing
    Day 3-4Lalibela Timkat Festival
    Day 5Axum / Treasury and Stelae
    Day 6Axum / Gondar / Semien Mountains Hiking
    Day 7Gondar
    Day 8Bahir Dar
    Day 9Blue Nile Falls / Lake Tana
    Day 10Addis Ababa / Debre Zeit
    Day 11Debre Zeit / Langano
    Day 12Arba Minch Dorze Region
    Day 13Lake Chamo, Konso Village, Turmi
    Day 14Omorate / Turmi Market
    Day 15Karo Tribe
    Day 16Mursi Tribe
    Day 17Jinka / Key Afer / Borena Tribe/ Yabelo
    Day 18Around Yabelo and Awassa
    Day 19Awassa / Tiya Stele / Addis Ababa
    Day 20Addis Ababa and departure

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    "On the whole, what impressed me the most was the openness of the Ethiopians. Most smiles were returned with a smile. The tour was wonderful, and I would encourage people to take both the northern and southern tours, [which were] so very different."~Katharina Varney

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