Finding the True Cross and the legend of St. Helen. You arrive in Addis Ababa on the eve of Meskel, the Finding of True Cross. The seasonal rains have ended, the fields of northern Ethiopia are being planted and the festival marks the resumption of work. The ceremony begins a week of revelation of the mystical and historical cities and places of northern Ethiopia.


Day 01: A city tour of Addis Ababa, the Hub of Africa
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to your Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day we visit the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.2 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeleton was discovered in 1974. You also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University.
This day is the eve of Meskel (“The Finding of True Cross”) called Demera. A huge bonfire is built, topped with a cross to which flowers are tied. The patriarch of the Orthodox Church leads the lightening ceremony. After the bonfire is blessed dancing and singing begins around it and an inner feeling of brightness spreads through all those around it.


Meskel is one of the major Ethiopian orthodox festivals celebrated on 27th September. This festival celebrates "The Finding of the True Cross" (the cross upon which Jesus was crucified) by the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in the 4th Century. When Empress Helena, in her fruitless search for the Holy Sepulcher, lit incense and prayed for help from God, she was compelled to follow the perfumed smoke to a particular place on the ground – digging, she found three crosses, one of which is said to be the True Cross. After attending the festival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 02: Flight to Bahir Dar
This morning fly to Bahir Dar and check in at the hotel then drive to the small town of Tiss Abay to visit to the impressive Blue Nile Falls, locally known as Tis Isat or 'Smoke of Fire'. The falls throws up a continuous spray of water droplets which drench onlookers. The surrounding area is extremely fertile and the Amhara people who live here farm wheat, sorghum and teff, which injera, the national bread, is made from. After lunch enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Tana to visit ancient monasteries. Visit two of the most accessible monasteries, still serving their original function; Ura Kidane Mehret and Azwa Maryam. Overnight your hotel.


Day 03:Drive to Gondar ,UNESCO World Heritage Site
After breakfast, drive (110 miles) to the 17th C Royal Enclosures, Imperial city, we travel through a fertile landscape of wide-open fields of a typical African tableau and then undulating farmland. Gondar was once the old imperial capital, founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides, who built a palace and seven churches. The subsequent five Emperors built their own respective palaces and Gondar became known as the Camelot of Africa. Visit the royal enclosure containing six castles, a complex network of connecting tunnels and raised walkways. Proceed to the fascinating Debre Birhan Selassie Church with its walls and ceiling decorated with scenes of Biblical lore and medieval history.
Overnight your Hotel.


Day 04: Flight to Axum, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fly to the heart of ancient Ethiopia, the capital of the Kingdom of Axum which was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include monolithic steles or obelisks, the tombs of King Kaleb and King Gebre Meskal, the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of her ancient palace. Also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Tsion (Zion) and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the Covenant. The older of the two cathedrals, built in the 16th century, is believed to be built on the ruins of an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest site in Ethiopia.
Overnight your Hotel

Day 05: Flight to Lalibela, UNESCO World Heritage Site
This morning fly to the most unique Christian sites of Ethiopia. The so called Jerusalem.
Lalibela’s churches are collectively referred to as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’. Legend has it that Emperor Lalibela had been instructed, in a vision from God, to build the new Jerusalem after returning from Jerusalem which was sacked by the Muslims. Visit the 11 majestic rock churches that are still used as places of worship by Lalibelans. Since its relatively remote location, Lalibela has yet gained the worldwide exposure and has been referred to as the “Petra of Africa”.
Unlike the western part of the world, the Ethiopian Christmas falls on the 7th of January and leap year 8th of January. It is one of the biggest religious festivals and celebrated all over the country; in Lallibela it is very much colorful and is celebrated by a church service that goes on throughout the night with people moving from one church to another. This evening you join eve of the ceremony.
Overnight your Hotel

Day 06: Lalibela
The ceremony continues and early in the morning you attend the wonderful church song made by dozens of priests, followed by thousands of pilgrimages. Then you will visit the rest of the main group of rock-hewn churches. Evening you will visit traditional restaurant to admire the cultural dance and taste ‘Tej’, home-made honey wine.
Overnight your Hotel.

Day 07: Flight back to Addis Ababa
Fly this morning to Addis Ababa and proceed to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the largest and most magnificent church in Ethiopia. It is the resting place of the last Emperor (Halie Selassie) After lunch continue to the Merkato Outdoor Market; on the largest on the African continent. Early this evening proceed to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner which offers the traditional coffee ceremony. Proceed to the airport for your late night flight back to Home.

A Tour to the Omo Valley, the Cultural Mosaic
Day 01: A city Tour of Addis Ababa, the Hub of Africa
Upon arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers to your Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day we visit the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.2 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeleton was discovered in 1974. You also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University.
This day is the eve of Meskel (“The Finding of True Cross”) called Demera. A huge bonfire is built, topped with a cross to which flowers are tied. The patriarch of the Orthodox Church leads the lightening ceremony. After the bonfire is blessed dancing and singing begins around it and an inner feeling of brightness spreads through all those around it.
Meskel is one of the major Ethiopian orthodox festivals celebrated on 27th September. This festival celebrates "The Finding of the True Cross" (the cross upon which Jesus was crucified) by the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in the 4th Century. When Empress Helena, in her fruitless search for the Holy Sepulcher, lit incense and prayed for help from God, she was compelled to follow the perfumed smoke to a particular place on the ground – digging, she found three crosses, one of which is said to be the True Cross. After attending the festival you will be transferred to your hotel.


Day 02: Flight to Arba Minch
After having breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Arba Minch. On arrival, board your exclusive 4x4 exclusive 4-passenger vehicle for a short drive will to the village of the Dorze tribe. Walk amongst the Dorze people and appreciate their beehive-shaped homes. This tribe are respect as expert weavers. Also, they are expert
farmers and witness their ingenious terracing technique, allowing them to farm efficiently along the mountainside and yet prevent soil erosion.
Overnight your Lodge


Day 02: Drive to Turmi
If it is Tuesday and you will visit the very colorful Dimeka market. There are different tribes coming to the market for exchange of their items and the tribes are:Hamer,Tsemai and Benna. Before the market place visit Tsemay village and appreciate the culture and lifestyle that dates back centuries. They practice small-scale agricultural activities as most of them still depend on nomadic lifestyle.
Late afternoon visit the Hamer tribe. They have remarkable hairstyles made of ochre, water, and binding resin. They rub the mixture into their hair then twist the strands to create a coppery-colored lock. The Hamers are also considered to be masters of body decoration. Continue to Turmi and check-in at your Lodge.

Day 03: Drive to Jinka
Commence driving to town of Jinka, located at the foot of Mago National Park en route stop at the Ari Village compound. Learn and understand how the local people process different foods and alcohol.
Overnight your Lodge


Day 04: Drive back to Arba Minch
This morning appreciate the very attractive culture of the Mursi Tribe. They are renowned for the strange custom followed by their women who, on reaching maturity, have their lower lips slit and circular clay discs inserted.
Continue to The highlight of the day is to visit the weekly colorful Kay Afer Tribal Market, where various tribes around the region sell their wares.
Continue to a Konso Tribal Village, a tribe known as a pagan society. Witness the strange wooden totems replete with phallic symbols over the graves of the dead and a cult worship of serpents. The cornerstone of Konso culture is a highly specialized and successful agricultural economy. Mingle with the tribes people and learn of their culture that has had very little outside influence. Continue on to Arba Minch and check-in at your Lodge.

Day 05: Drive to Lake Langano
This morning enjoy a refreshing wildlife cruise on Lake Chamo. While cruising view crocodiles, hippos and a variety of colorful bird life. After lunch in Sodo, visit Abiyata Shalla National Park to view two lakes with its population of flamingos and the hot springs at Shalla. Continue to your Lake Langano accommodation, a resort offering both a serene beach front as well as as a vast cliff-top with a breath taking view over the lake.
Overnight your Beach Resort


Day 06: Return to Addis Ababa and departure
This morning commence your drive to Addis Ababa and stop at Lake Ziway, located in the Ethiopian Rift valley system and enjoy a cruise to one of the ancient monasteries. While cruising the shoreline marshes view the nesting grounds of Bird Island and be on the lookout for local fishermen at work on traditional reed boats. Continue to Debre Zeit and visit two of the crater lakes. Upon arrival into Addis Ababa enjoy dinner at a popular traditional Ethiopian restaurant and transfer to the airport late tonight.