Tour Code: AA ETO- Gena Festival 13 Days

Duration: 12 nights/ 13 days

Tour type- bird watching

Destinations- Lalibela, Gondar, Mekele, Bahir Dar

Directions- Northern Ethiopia

Transportation: surface / Air

Meal- Full board base

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Day1- Jan 5: Arrival in Addis Ababa.

You will be met by our representative and do city tours of Addis if your arrival time allows youto do so. Overnight in a hotel.
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Day 2- Jan 6: Lalibela

Morning flight to Lalibela and Full day visit of the first and second groups of Lalibela churches. In the evening, you will drive to Bete Amanuel to attend the special celebration of Emanuel with chanting and dancing by the priests and deacons. The ceremony will be accompanied by crowd of pilgrims who came to witness this event. Overnight in a hotel.
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Day 3- Jan 7: Lalibela

Morning visit of Asheton Mariam church and afternoon visit ofNeakutoLeab church. At night, we will attend the Christmas Eve ceremony to be held at BeteMariam church. On this evening again, you will attend the Ethiopian Christmas Eve Ceremony with the pilgrims. You will hear the chanting and singing of the crowd together with the priests and deacons. At mid night, there will be a candle light ceremony to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Overnight in a hotel.
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Day 4- Jan 8: Lalibela

In the morning, you will drive to Bete Mariamagain to witness the final ceremony of Ethiopian Christmas. On this day, the priests will be lined up with their drums on the cliff edge of Bete Mariam. After having lunch, you will continue by visiting Yimrehane kirsos church. Overnight in a hotel
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Day 5:Day 5- Jan 9: Lalibela –Mekele

Full day drive for about 8-9 hours to the town of Mekele,onthe way enjoy the rugged terrain landscape ofnorth central massifs. Overnight in a hotel.
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Tigrain churches (Geraltha)-Hawzen- Early morning drive to some of the most remarkable churches of the Gerealtha Mountains. Then proceed to the town Hawzen.Overnight in a Lodge
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Day 7- Jan 11:Hawzain– Axum

After breakfast a drive will take you to the town of Axum, en route visit the pre-Axumite Temple of the moon, Yeha and the 1000 year old monasteryDebreDamo( .prohibited for women to enter) then visit some of the other oldest Tigraynchurches. Overnight in a hotel
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Day 8- Jan 12: Axum.

In the morning; have sightseeing of the ancient town of Axum whereby Christianity has been introduced to Ethiopia during the 4th century by king Ezana. Overnight in a hotel.
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Day 9- Jan 13: Axum

Simien Mountain – leaves the ancient town of Axum and drive toSemien Park through landscape of the Valley of Tekeze River. Overnight in a Lodge/Hotel
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Day 10- Jan 14: Simien Mountain

Full day excursion around the lodge to visit the endemic flora and fauna. Overnight in a Lodge/hotel.
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Day 11- Jan 15: Simien Mountain – Gondar

Early morning after your breakfast, drive to the city of Gondar and full day city tour of the historical town. Overnight, in a hotel.
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Day 12- Jan16:Gondar – Bahir dar

a very early drive to Bahir Dar and first visit of the Blue Nile Falls. In the afternoon, you will visit the monasteries on Lake Tana. Overnight, in a hotel/ Lodge or Resort.
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Day 13- Jan 17: Bahir dar – Addis Ababa

Morning flight to Addis, shopping at souvenirshops, fare well dinner in one of the traditional restaurants, departure