NORTH AND SOUTH ETHIOPIA: In Search of the Ark
October 3 - October 21, 2018
Led by Mr. Yitbarek Mamo
Single Room Supplement: $1,660
The deepest roots of humanity can be found in Ethiopia, where evidence of prehistoric, ancient, and post-classical times abounds. A land raw in its beauty, spirituality, and sheer timelessness, Ethiopia is a travel jewel not to be missed. Our trip starts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital city, whose juxtapositions are representative of the country’s conflicting identities as a prominent, developing African power but simultaneously home to hundreds of tribal groups. Head north to Lake Tana, the pure source of the revered Blue Nile River where ancient Ethiopian Orthodox monasteries can be found tucked away on the lake’s islands. In Gondar, stand within the fortified walls of a 17th century royal city, then, in Axum, roam the ruins of this ancient capital where the elusive Ark of the Covenant is claimed to have been kept for thousands of years. Fly to Lalibela and discover the massive, ornate churches dug deep into the earth where priests worship in a cool subterranean world, silent except for the faint echoes of distant steps. We finish our journey in Southern Ethiopia with visits to a number of tribal groups. The Omo Valley is one of the few remaining pockets of life on earth where people continue to live in the tribal way of their ancestors. Learn about their distinctive languages and social structure before returning home from Addis Ababa.
October 3: Wednesday. Depart.
October 4: Thursday. Addis Ababa. Sheraton Hotel.
October 5: Friday. Addis Ababa.
October 6: Saturday. Lake Tana. Kuriftu Resort and Spa.
October 7: Sunday. Gondar. Goha Hotel.
October 8: Monday. Gondar.
October 9: Tuesday. Axum. Yeha Hotel.
October 10: Wednesday. Axum.
October 11: Thursday. Lalibela. Maribela Hotel.
October 12: Friday. Lalibela.
October 13: Saturday. Awassa. Haile Resort.
October 14: Sunday. Arba Minch. Paradise Lodge.
October 15: Monday. Arba Minch.
October 16: Tuesday. Jinka. Eco-Omo Lodge.
October 17: Wednesday. Turmi. Buska Lodge.
October 18: Thursday. Turmi.
October 19: Friday. Addis Ababa. Sheraton Hotel.
October 20: Saturday. Addis Ababa. Day rooms until 6.00pm.
October 21: Sunday. Return home from Addis Ababa.
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August 16 – September 2, 2018 Colombia: From San Agustin to Cartagena
August 19 to September 3, 2018 Himalayan Kingdoms, Ladakh, Kashmir, Sikkim and Darjeeling
September 5 to September 21, 2018 The Heart and Soul of Russia, St. Petersburg, Moscow and the Golden Ring
September 8 – September 20, 2018 Israel and Jordan, Heritage of Humanity
September 30 – October 15, 2018 In Search of the Ark: North and South Ethiopia
October 3 – October 21, 2018 Imperial Cities of Morocco
October 9 – October 21, 2018 Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran
October 11 – October 27, 2018 North Sudan and Egypt: Lands of Nubian Pharaohs
October 31 – November 13, 2018 Exploring Vietnam: A Dragon Apparent
November 3 – November 15, 2018