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October 8, 2015

Hossana in Axum & Good Friday Celebration with eve of Easter celebration in Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Day 00: Arrival Addis Ababa. On arrival you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel. Overnight Panorama hotel

Day 01: Fly to Axum and upon arrival start your visit of the city of Axum, the ancient capital of the mythical kingdom of Axum, the land of Sheba. Axum is the cradle of Christianity, introduced in Ethiopia in the tradition of the Syrian monk Frumence the fourth century. Visit the steles, the tomb of King Kaleb, stone of Ezana, the monastery of St.Pantaleon, thrones of stone , the cathedral, the archaeological museum. After your visit, you will witness the interesting ceremony of Eve of Hossaena held outside the church which we recommend clients to see. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Axum Early morning you take part in the impressive celebration of “Hosanna,” the party branches as the Ethiopian Orthodox rite. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Axum – Semien Drive along with the route of Sherie and enjoy the gorge of the Tekeze River and again enjoy the panoramic view of the Semien Mountains. The rest of the day walk around the lodge to admire the endemic Gelada Baboon. Overnight at hotel

Day 04:Semien – Gondar  Drive to Gondar and the rest of the day dedicated to visiting of the city of Gondar. At the foot of the majestic Semine massif, the town of Gondar was chosen as the capital of the empire at the time of the restoration of the traditional Orthodox faith. Visit castles, Fasiladas bath, the church of Debre Birhan Silassie, Castle Qusquam. Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Gondar – Bahir Dar Drive to Bahir Dar and visit the Blue Nile Falls. Overnight at hotel

Day 06: Bahir Dar Today visit the island monasteries of Lake Tana Monasteries. Overnight at hotel

Day 07: Bahir Dar – Lalibela Drive to Lalibela. Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Lalibela Morning visit of Ethiopia’s most famous rock – hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”. These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, and the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600- sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12th centuray Ad by King Lalibela.(In the afternoon, witness the Good Friday ceremony at Bete Mariam rock – hewn church. This is a special day for Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and it is celebrated with a great devotion and in a very ancient way. On this day ,the faithful who has been fasting the whole day day without any water or food, dressed in their dazzling white cloths, folk to St.Mary’s church to attend the prayers and performance of the priest and deacons. It really creates a special feeling to witness the devotion of the faithful and the special practices made on this day remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ when he was crucified. Every performance of the priest and the deacons as well as the devotion of the people takes you centuries back.) Overnight at hotel

Day 09: Lalibela In the morning you will visit the church of Asheton Mariam and after lunch, you will visit one of the most colourful annual Easter Market at Lalibela. On this day people from the surrounding countryside and town, walk for days to buy/barter different goods the open air market. Here you have a chance to bargain for different handicrafts and traditional Ethiopian cloths.

In the evening you will witness one of the most important ceremonies in one of the biggest rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Bete Medhanalem. In the evening all the churches of the town will be filled with people who have been fasting for 55 days. None of them have eaten anything at least for a day and half without any water and food. They are here to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and there will be prayers and candle light ceremonies accompanied by chanting and dancing of the priest until 3:00 in the morning. It’s only after the ceremony is over every body goes home to break the fasting with the special Easter meal and the feast which has begun at the church continues all day long and the weeks to come. Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Lalibela Morning Excursion to Yimrehane Kirstos Church, some 40km from Lalibela. Free afternoon. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Fly to Addis. A nice fare well dinner at one of cultural restaurants in Addis and transfer to airport for your departure.

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