your ethiopian timket epiphany adventure tour

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Horizon Africa Safari is an owner-managed travel operation (LLC) specializing in East Africa and based in Chicago, IL.

Your Ethiopian Timket - Epiphany Adventure Tour

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  • Package Duration
    16 Days / 15 Nights
  • Destination Covered:
    Chicago - Addis Ababa - Timket - Epiphany - Lalibella - Bahir Dar - Blue Nile River - Debreziet - Awassa
  • Tour Validity
    01/06/2016 to 31/12/2017
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday Jan 17, 2016

Depart Chicago O’Hare Airport for Addis Ababa. Your flight is Emirates Airlines or Turkish Airline. Note: Flight stops in Dubai or Istanbul at 12 midnight on Jan 17, 2016 for refueling; departs 12:45 am.

 

 

Day 2: Tuesday January 18, 2016

Arrival in Addis Ababa international Airport, meet and transfer to your hotel.
O/N Jupiter international 4* hotel
Day at Leisure - Drive to Entoto Mt. to see the panaromic view of the Addis Ababa city Lunch in your hotel
Dinner in your hotel restaurant - 19:00

 

 

Day 3: Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Breakfast - 7:30- 8:30 am
At 09:00 meet your driver at the lobby and depart for city tour.
City tour of Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world and the altitude might therefore fatigue you easily. Visit Ba'ata church (Menelik’s Mausoleum), one of the oldest of the churches in Addis. See its beautiful paintings and the royal tombs of past Emperors. Next is a visit to the National Museum, known to be the best museum in Africa and you will see Mercato - eastern Africa’s largest market 
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
P.M Attend the Timket/Epiphany festival that is celebrated colorfully in ancient Ethiopian orthodox chrch falling just weeks after Ethiopian Christmas. It is 3-day affairs preceded by the eve of Timket where dramatic processions take place through a night of fasten, to the great day itself commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan. This evening we will be attending Ketera, the Eve of Timket, the Priest bring out the Tabots-replicas of the tablets of laws received by Moses, which are normally housed inside the altar symbolizing the Ark of the Covenant and rest in a big tents for over night near by a river or a water pool. Priests bless the water of the pool or river and church mass will be held throughout the night. The folks wear white and new traditional clothes for the celebrations. Most people get gack to their home around 22:00 and get back around 7:30 A.M. For the next day’s celebratiosn to line up to have enough of the holly water blessed by the whole night praying and mass and around 10:00 the water sprinkled by the pop or Patriarch to the crowds. 
O/N Jupiter international 4* hotel
Dinner in your hotel restaurant - 19:00

 

 

Day 4: Wednesday January 20, 2016

Breakfast - 7:30 - 8:30 am
At 09:00 meet your driver at the lobby and depart for your tour.
A.M This morning we will be witnessing the climax of the Timket festivities. This day is all the Tabots except St.Micheal return with grace and chanting to their residing church. The Tabot of Saint Michael rest this night too, by the river Jordan. So we will be witnessing the ceremony very close till each tabots depart to their correspondent church. 
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
P.M Visit the city known Art centers and Gallery
O/N Jupiter international 4* hotel

 

 

Day 5: Thursday January 21, 2016

Breakfast - 7:30 - 8:30 am
At 09:00 meet your driver at the lobby and depart for your tour.
Morning we will be witnessing the End of the Timket festivities. This day is dedicated to St.Michael and the Tabots return with grace to its church. We accompany the Marching of the Tabot that is done with breathtaking dances of the priests and deacons and it is so photogenic until it rests in the church.
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
P.M Explore other places of art centers of the city. 
O/N Jupiter international 4* hotel

 

 

Day 6: Friday January 22, 2016

Early breakfast - 05:00 - 05:30 am
At 05:45 meet your driver at the lobby and drive to the Airport
Flight to Lalibella to visit the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibella, The renowned King Lalibela with his tenants excavated the amazing andastonishing eleven rock-hewn churches from single pink granite bedrock of Roha Mountain in the 13th century. The churches are divided into two groups characterizing the location of River Jordan and are connected to each other by means of appropriately executed underground tunnel. Now UNESCO classifies Lalibela as the eighth wonders of the world and highly protected. The churches are superbly sculpted and most of them are decorated with will-reserved paintings 
O/N Panoramic view hotel 
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 7: Saturday January 23, 2016

Breakfast - 08:00 - 08:30 am 
At 08:45 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Lalibela is wholly considered as a holy shrine city of Ethiopian Orthodox Christian followers. Today take one of our excursions by mule out side the city situated on mountain hill a cave church called Asheten Mayam.
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
P.M. After you have your lunch at one of the restaurant explore the town of Lalibella where you witness double story stone houses that has a stair from out side like the ancient times.
O/N Panoramic view hotel
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 8: Sunday January 24, 2016

Breakfast - 06:30- 07:00 am
At 07:15 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Fly to Axum, on arrival Axum we check-in at the hotel relax for some time and have our lunch afterwards. We then go out in the afternoon to visit the legendary Stelea. Axum is the historical and religious heart of Ethiopia and once was the capital city of the long standing Axumite Kingdom. The ruins still visible in Axum stan as testimony to an exceptionally high level of civilization, notably the stone monoliths that are dotted throughout the city and are among the most mysterious monuments in the world. The largest monolith in the world, which weighs five hundred tons and is thirty-three meters long, is still on site. Very recently one of the stelae, which were stolen by Mussolini of Italy, is retuned to its country. Axum is also the cite of Tsion Mariam church where the original Ark of The Covenant is housed which was brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I on his return trip from Jerusalem. 
O/N Yeha hotel
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 9: Monday January 25, 2016

Breakfast - 06:30- 07:00 am
At 07:15 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Transfer out from your hotel for you flight heading to Gondor that exhibits the connection and cultural exchange of the country to Europe and India.

Gondar- Ethiopia's royal capital until 1868, its location at the intersection of several Caravan routes made it the perfect location for a capital city. Gondar was the home of the Falasha, the "Black Jews" of Ethiopia, most of who left for Israel in 1991. Founded by Emperor Fassilides in 1632, Gondar has been called the "Camelot of Africa" because of its astles and churches. The Emperor built the first castle. His majesty’s successors then built one palace for each of them during their reign time. A total of eleven palaces are located in one compound, which are very convenient for visitors to tour all at once. At the outskirt of the city-the Bath for king Fasileds is an addition to the visitor. It is not known for sure who built the castles but many surmise they were the work of Portuguese craftsmen. 
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00
Afternoon after lunch we go out to visit Debre Berhan Selassie (Light of Trinity Saint) church that is famous for its murals and depiction of Old and New Testaments combined in picture should not be missed in any way and make your experience unforgettable eventually. O/N Goha hotel
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 10: Tuesday January 26, 2016

Breakfast - 07:30- 08:00 am
At 08:45 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Drive to Bahir dar, which is only 185 Km on an asphalted Road that follows the Banks of Lake Tana Giving us a lot of opportunity to stop by the country side for a photo of the villages, houses and the people. 
At Bahirdar check in to your hotel.
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00

Afternoon having a lunch at your hotel; board your boat to cruise lake Tana that takes you to the great water system that gives the Blue Nile its tremendous power. This boat trip also provides the opportunity to view magnificently preserved island monasteries of the thirteenth century that exhibits the murals and frescoes that decorate the church from the floor to their ceiling. The pictures are of many styles made by different artists of the then period many dedicated to the saints depicting the saints and St.May and some the life style of the medieval Ethiopia.
The lake has an amazing network of 37 islands scattered over the surface of 3000 square km. We should pass by some papyrus canoes that are still used by the locals as transportation. 
O/N Abayminch hotel
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 11: Wednesday January 27, 2016

Breakfast – 08:00- 08:30 am
At 09:00 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
In the morning take a 45 minutes to 1hour drive to see the falls on the Blue Nile River, Locally known as Tis Isat “Smoke of Fire”. 
Lunch break - 13:00 - 14:00

P.M. Tour of the town including-the panoramic view of the city and the wood and basket Market. 
O/N Abayminch hotel
Dinner at 19:00 in you hotel Restaurant

 

 

Day 12: Thursday January 28, 2016

Breakfast - 05:30- 06:00 am
At 06:10 meet your driver at the lobby and depart to Airport
Fly back to Addis Ababa, Meet at the airport and drive to Bishofitu town formerly known as Debreziet. It is known for its creator lakes in the rift valley system. The town is only 45 Km drive from Addis Ababa on the east African high way with the standard catering service. You will have time to explore the town and its lake today. The hotel, which is located on the banks of the lake, will provide you different activity services like boat trip, Gym, Massage and Manicure/Pedicure services.
O/N Debrezeit lake resort hotel
Lunch at 13:00 in your hotel Restaurant
Dinner at 19:00 in you hotel Restaurant

 

 

Day 13: Friday January 29, 2016

Breakfast - 07:30- 08:00 am
At 08:15 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Drive to the rift valley system where your overnight will be by the hotel at Lake Langano which is part of the north rift valley lakes, visit en route ziway for its Lakes with Bird life like flamingos, pelicans, Ibis and more others. This is a scenic route with geological, historical and natural history attractions. 
O/N African Vacation club Or Sabana Lodge 
Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00 
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 14: Saturday January 30, 2016

Breakfast - 08:00- 08:30 am
At 08:45 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Visiting Lake Abijata for birds and Ostrich at Lake Abijata shalla National park, drive to Yergachefee visiting on your way the coffee plantation. 
O/N Aregash Lodge 
Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00 
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 15: Sunday January 31, 2016

Breakfast - 08:00- 08:30 am
At 08:45 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Have a full day tour of coffee farm at the Aleta Wendo coffee association farm and Agro processing plant and Yergachefe coffee plantation around Yirga chefee and the natural beauty. Late that afternoon drive to Awassa for overnight. 
Overnight Lewei or Haile Reasort 
Picnic Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00 
Dinner in your hotel restaurant starting from 19:00

 

 

Day 16: Monday February 01, 2016

Breakfast - 07:00- 07:30 am
At 07:45 meet your driver at the lobby and depart 
Morning visit the Fish market of Awassa and the main city market and have Lunch at Shasemene- Ras Teferians village.
Lunch break 12:30 - 13:30
After Lunch set back to Addis, visiting on your way Tiya Stella field and Adadi Mariam rock church.
Strarting from 18:30 FARWELL DINNER PARTY at traditional Ethiopian Restaurant
P.M Transfer out for your international flight.
P.M Transfer out for your international flight. Depart Addis 10:15 PM to Washington Dulles Airport (stopping in Rome 2:35 AM for refueling, departing 3:20 AM).
Arrive Washington Dulles Airport 7:35 AM.

Tour Detail:

Submerge yourself in the rich, deep history and culture of Ethiopia during this 15-days Soul-touching experience. Immerse yourself in the greatest festival of the year Timket/feast of Ethiopian Epiphany way that is dramatic and colorful processions. Visit the numerous churches and monasteries that have played their part in the brimming tale of this country’s religious and imperial history. 
Finally welcome to the Great Rift Valley system for relaxation on Lakes Langano, Shalla, and Awassa. Experience the coffee and fish farms and witness its production and market with the Locals. Visit en route ziway for its Lakes with Birdlife like flamingos, pelicans, Ibis and more others. This is a scenic route with geological, historical and natural history attractions. 

Includes :

  • Hotel accommodation in double room sharing.
  • Breakfast and Dinner in your hotel
  • Land transportation as per the program
  • Transfers to and from hotel/Airport
  • One excursion in Lalibella

Excludes:

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks and all other expenses that are not mentioned above.
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Terms & Conditions:

TERMS & CONDTIONS


Reservations & payment  

All tour prices are quoted in US Dollars. We accept payment in a freely convertible currency and at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of payment.

            A deposit of 20% is required at the time of confirmed booking

            The balance must be paid prior to the commencement of the tour.

            The company reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received in accordance with these terms.

 

 

THE TOUR PRICE

This is inclusive of all transportation according to the itinerary, accommodation, breakfast basis (IF NOT ASKED ADDITIONAL MEALS), three tabled meals daily on camping, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, drivers allowance and transfers to and from the airport. Tour price is NOT inclusive of visa fees, excess baggage charges, tipping and items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry and drinks.

 

 

TOUR ALTERATIONS

The Company reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement or to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time. An equitable amount will be refunded accordingly.

 

 

LIABILITY

           

            All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that we and our agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodation, tours and transport and that we shall not be liable for any injury, delay, loss, accident or damage arising from any clause and in any manner however except when the passenger is being carried in transport owned by the company.

            The respective laws of the country govern the Company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.

            The company reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied and in the event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause (II) relating to the company’s liability shall apply.

            We accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, war, strife, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantine or other causes. All such losses and expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

            Whilst every care is taken, the company accepts no liability whatsoever for the theft, loss or damage to the Client’s baggage howsoever caused. Thus we strongly advise baggage insurance.

 

 

CANCELLATION

All cancellations must be received in writing. Refund for cancellation will depend on the duration of cancellation prior to tour departure.

 

That is:Notification Charge 40 days and over full refund less $100.00 administration fee per person, 35-21 days prior to travel date 25% of the tour price, 20– 14 days prior to travel date 50% of the tour price, 13-3 days prior to travel date 75% of the tour price, Under 3 days and no show no refund is possible.

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions :

Important things you don't want to forget:

·       Sunblock cream

·       Sun hat

·       Sunglasses

·       Torch or headlight

·       Insect repellent

·       Medication - any personal medication

·       Day backpack

·       Recharge devices You will need a travel adaptor if you have equipment that is not capable of working at 220 volts and frequency 50Hz

·       Necessary toiletires for lady travellers 

·       Books to read

·       Camera and video

Clothes you have to pack:

·       Sandal shoes

·       Light wind break Jacket (Morning and evening weather gets windy and colder)

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

 

Payment Policy

 

A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. The balance is due in 45 days before commencement of the tour program. If the reservation is made within 45 days of departure the whole amount must be paid at the time of confirmation.

 

HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT?

 

All tour prices are quoted in US Dollars.

All payments are made to HORIZON AFRICA SAFARI LLC, through the Bank to which after confirmation we send you invoice with the bank details.

The company reserves the right to cancel the booking if payment is not received in accordance with these terms.

The Company reserves the right to alter any route or arrangement or to cancel the operation of any scheduled tour should the conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline, accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time. An equitable amount will be refunded accordingly.


LIABILITY

       I.         All bookings are accepted on the specific condition that we and our agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to hotel/lodge accommodation, tours and transport and that we shall not be liable for any injury, delay, loss, accident or damage arising from any clause and in any manner however except when the passenger is being carried in transport owned by the company.

     II.         The respective laws of the country govern the Company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles. All claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the country in which the cause of action arises.

    III.         The company reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied and in the event of the exercise of such right the terms of clause (II) relating to the company’s liability shall apply.

    IV.         We accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delays or changes in air or other services, sickness, war, strife, civil disturbances, sickness, quarantine or other causes. All such losses and expenses will have to be borne by the passenger.

     V.         Whilst every care is taken, the company accepts no liability whatsoever for the theft, loss or damage to the Client’s baggage howsoever caused. Thus we strongly advise baggage insurance.

CANCELLATION


Cancellations must be received in writing. Refund for cancellation will depend on the duration.
That is: Notification Charge 40 days and over full refund less $100.00 administration fee per person, 35-21 days prior to travel date 25% of the tour price, 20– 14 days prior to travel date 50% of the tour price, 13-3 days prior to travel date 75% of the tour price, Under 3 days and no show no refund is possible

VISA

One can acquire visa at the nearest Ethiopian embassy/council or on arrival at the Bole International Airport. For full instructions, click on the Ethiopian Embassy at Washington DC website:

http://www.ethiopianembassy.org/ConsularServices/ConsularService.php?Page=VisaRequirement.htm

 

HEALTH REQUIRMENTS

There are no compulsory vaccinations required now days, but you may need medical advice from your doctor with regard to immunization against tetanus, typhoid, meningitis, polio, hepatitis A and malaria medication.

Prior to entry, visitors should have a valid health certificate for yellow fever and vaccination against cholera for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

Photo and Video camera fees in many places small fees are charged for photos taken of people, especially in the southern tribal areas of Ethiopia. Video fees can be high in national parks and some heritage sites

 

What Are the Travel Requirements for Ethiopia?

 

Prior to your travel to Ethiopia, it is strongly recommended that you obtain your visa first at the nearest Ethiopian embassy. This is especially recommended if you are planning to enter Ethiopia by land, such as if you plan to take a side trip to Ethiopia from Kenya or from another neighboring country. An Ethiopian tourist visa is available to U.S. citizens only at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. However, there are cases where some tourists were not granted the tourist visas. For travelers who are one year and older, who come from countries with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission, a vaccination certificate is required. Additionally, non-residents who travel to Ethiopia are required to declare all foreign currency of more than 3,000 U.S. dollars or its equivalent.

 

What Are the Safety Concerns When You Travel to Ethiopia?

 

All foreign visitors in Ethiopia are advised to be cautious and vigilant when frequenting crowded areas, public places, and landmarks. Ethiopia is generally a safe and stable country but domestic insurgent groups may pose a threat to both locals and tourists. It is also important to exercise care when riding public transports such as mini-buses. In major cities such as Addis Ababa, pick pocketing and snatching are very common and it is recommended to always secure your personal belongings and avoid public display of your valuables. When traveling across towns and cities, it is best to limit your travel to daylight hours and travel only in a group.

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