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Maskal Celebration

7-Days Tour to Maskal Celebration (the Finding of the True Cross) at Addis Ababa; September 27 including Historical Routes

Day 1: Upon your arrival at Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed by YOD Abyssinia’s representatives. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.

Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa. You will first visit to the National Museum, the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University. Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church, Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa). Late afternoon attend the Damera, the bonfire at Meskel Square to commemorate the Finding of the True Cross.

Day 3: Early morning, a short flight will take you to Bahir dar. Upon arrival, you will be met by our tour guides, drive by a minivan to a hotel where you will check. Your first visit will be a boat ride to Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls.

Day 4:  Early morning, a short flight will take you to Lalibela. You will visit to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela.   Attend also the annual celebration of Genna (Ethiopian Christ mass) which commemorate the birthday of Christ.

OPTIONAL: With one additional day: You can visit historical churches around Lalibela; Asheton Mariam, Yimerhane Kirsotos, or Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam.

Day 5: Early morning, another short flight will take you to Axum where you will check into a hotel. You will visit the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, and Queen Sheba’s Palace. Then attend the fascinating Hidar Tsion annual festival.

OPTIONAL: With one additional day: You can visit the Temple of Yeha, & Monastery of Debre Damo.

Day 6: After breakfast, you will fly to Gonder. There you will check into a hotel and after a brief break, you will visit to the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes, and the Historic Debre Birhan Selassie Church.

Day 7: After a relaxed breakfast, a flight will take you back to Addis Ababa. After dinner, you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.