Ethiopia, The Ark of Covenant

  • Destination: Ethiopia
  • Duration: 14 days

“Only one thing I have just wanted more: to return to Africa. I had not left it yet, but every time I woke up at night, I tended my ear, pervading of nostalgia”

(Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa)

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Addis Abeba, Axum, Lalibela, Gonder, Bahidar, Neghev, Eilat, Jerusale, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Mt. Carmel, Tel Aviv

Day 1 – ADDIS ABABA (-/-/-)
Arrival at Bole International airport and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of the National Museum-the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of “Lucy” dated 3.2 million years back, drive to Deberezait which is a small city with five beautiful crater lakes In Debrezait Lunch in local restaurant. See the abundant bird life in the crater lakes of Hora Arsedi and in the wet lands of Cheleleka seasonal lake and overnight in the hotel

Day 2 – AXUM (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Flight to Axum and check-in to the hotel. Have a full day city tour in Axum town one of the World Heritage sites recorded by UNESCO. Here you will visit tombs, considered to be probably the oldest monolithic obelisks in the world, the church compound of St. Mary of Zion, which is the seat of the true Ark of the Covenant, the Queen of Sheba’s palace, King Kaleb’s and Gebremeskel’s palace and tombs, and Archeological Museum. Overnight in the hotel

Day 3 – LALIBELA (B/-/-)
Flight to Lalibela, previously known as Roha, famous for its rock hewn churches dating back 800 years. Once the thriving capital city of a medieval dynasty. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, sometimes called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. Physically prized from the rock in which they stand, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level these monolithic churches are thought to have been built in the 12th century during the reign of King Lalibela. After check in to the hotel & coffee break visit the first group of churches known as the earthly Jerusalem. After lunch visit the second group of churches known as the heavenly Jerusalem – which are much more refined & complicated with its architectural style. Overnight in the hotel

Day 4 – GONDER (B/-/-)
Flight to Gonder “the Camelot of Africa” and One of the world heritage sites recorded by UNESCO. After transfer to hotel visit the exciting Royal palace campus which usually contains two storied crenellated stone buildings. With the conception of ogee art plus Moorish and Indian with Much own Axmite styles made a unique product of Ethiopia. Including the bath of King Fasil 17th century Emperor Fasil’s pool, which is still use for the Timket (the Ethiopian Epiphany) festival held every January 19 monastery and the Church of Debere Birhanselasie (light of the trinity on the mountain) with its highly painted & decorated ceiling’s. Overnight in the hotel

Day 5 – BAHIDAR (B/-/-)
Early in the morning Drive to Bahirdar on the rolling country side. Bahirdar lies on the southern tip of Lake Tana enjoying a pleasant, tropical type of climate. After short break drive to the mighty Blue Nile falls. In the afternoon you will take a Boat trip to Lake Tana, which is famous in its medieval period monasteries, Lake Tana is famous mostly as the source of the Blue Nile .At the same time, Lake Tana is also renowned for its monasteries which can be found directly on its shores of the 38 islands in the lake 20 islands are monasteries which once housed the “Ark of the Covenant” and St. Mary during her exile from Israel,Visit Ura-Kidnemehert at Zege Peninsula and Azuwa Maryam from 14th century. Overnight in the hotel

Day 6 – ADIS ABEBA (B/-/-)
Fly to Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel and Half day city tour of Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa hosts The African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and other international organizations. Visit Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, ethnographic museum Merkato the biggest open-air market in Africa. In the evening there will be a fare well dinner at one of the beautiful traditional restaurant with Ethiopian folkloric dance. According to your flight schedule transfer to the Airport and departure to the Holy Land

Day 7 – NEGEV (B/-/-)
Early arrival to Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to hotel for rest and late breakfast. By 11:00 AM drive south via Beersheba, and Ramon crater, visit a desert agricultural farm. Overnight in Eilat on the Red Sea

Day 8 – EILAT (B/-/-)
Short visit to Eilat, then to Timna National Park, View King Solomon’s copper mines. Here you will visit the “Tabernacle in the Desert”. Proceed to the Dead-Sea, the lowest place on the face of the earth and enjoy floating in these waters which have amazing healing powers. Drive via Qumran where the “Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered” and continue to Jerusalem for overnight

Day 9 – JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Mt. of Olives for a magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem, Walk down the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony. Visit Mt. Zion, the Tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Drive to visit Bethlehem, the Birthplace of Jesus, visit the Church of Nativity and the Shepherds Fields. Return to hotel in Jerusalem for overnight

Day 10: JERUSALEM (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit of the Old City through the Lion gate. See the Pools of Bethesda and walk along the Via Dolorosa following the Stations of the Cross. Ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Visit the Western Wall and the Ethiopian Church

Day 11 – NAZARETH (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Depart from Jerusalem to Jericho and along the Jordan Valley, to the Galilee area. Visit the Holy city of Nazareth, where Jesus spent most of his youth, the church of Annunciation and Cana, the Wedding Church. Overnight in Galilee area

Day 12 – GALILEE (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Take a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Visit Tabgha, the site of the Miracle of the Multiplication. Continue to Capernaum, where Jesus preached and see the ruins of the ancient Synagogue. Drive up the Mt. of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Continue to Yardenit the traditional site where Jesus was Baptised by John the Baptist

Day 13 – MT. CARMEL (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Mt. Carmel, (Muhraka) where Elijah confronted the Priests of Baal. Drive along the Coastal Road to the ancient excavated Roman city of Caesarea. Continue to the Old city of Jaffa. Visit the ancient Sea Port. Proceed to Tel Aviv for Overnight

Day 14 – TEL AVIV (B/-/-)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Tel Aviv International Airport on time for the operations of check-in on your international flight

The itinerary includes:
Transport in executive vehicle, licensed tour guide, lodging in 4* hotel (double room with private bathroom), B&B services (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day), tour leader, entry fees, airport assistance, tips

The itinerary excludes:
Drinks during the meals, entry fees to monuments not mentioned in the itinerary, VISA, extras and personal expenses, insurance, international flights

Hotels
Hotels 4* available according to the date of departure