NORTH AND SOUTH ETHIOPIA: In Search of the Ark

October 3 - October 21, 2018
Led by Mr. Yitbarek Mamo

Trip Price: $6,390
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.

 

Itinerary

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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