Enter Ethiopia Tour Operator

Enter Ethiopia Tour Operator

Fixed package for “Gena“& “Timket”


16 Days & 15 Night





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The festival of Timket falls on Tirr 11(January 19) every year. It is observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan. The celebration of Timket starts on the eve of the main festival.  The eve is known as ’Ketera’ and is taken from the Amharic word ‘ketene’ meaning to make a dam; it is usual to make a dam in some places where there is not enough river water for the celebration of Timket.At about 10 or 11 am, each “Tabot” begins the journey back to its respective church. This involves an even more colorful ceremony with a variety of traditional and religious songs. The priests wear astonishing brocade ceremonial clothes and carry decorated umbrellas while chanting to the accomplishment of drums and the rhythmic clink of the sistrum and other instruments. Although it is colorfully celebrated throughout the country, Timket is highly regarded in Addis Abeba, Lalibela and Gondar.In Gondar, the bathing palace of Fasiledas is still dedicated to this colorful ceremony. It is still filled with water each year by a canal from the River Keha for the colorful Timket celebration. Besides the baptism of Jesus Christ, the celebration of Timket in Gondar also commemorates the re-baptizing of thousands of people who have converted from Catholicism to the Orthodox faith. Even though Gondar can be visited at any time of the year, the city is a wonderful place of visit during this season as it gives one a chance to witness the colorful ceremonies of the timket Festival.In Addis Ababa, Jan Meda is the ideal place for witnessing the colorful celebration of Timket. In Lalibela, it is equally celebrated as Christmas with relatively fewer crowd situations of the flocking pilgrims.  Traditionally, Timket was known as an important occasion for young adults to choose the would-be lovers.
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On arrival in Addis Ababa you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for overnight. Depending on your arrival time, you will have a half day city tour of Addis Ababa. We will visit the National Museum (home of the remains of the famous hominid fossil, “Lucy”) and the Ethnological Museum at the Addis Ababa University (housed in the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie). If you arrive later, the remainder of the day is at your leisure Overnight Sapphire Addis hotel or similar standard.

Ethiopian Christmas Eve celebration (Genna Festival)

Early this morning we take a flight from Addis Ababa to, Lalibela, contains 11 monolithic churches that were built in the 12th century and are carved out of the local pink basaltic scoriae rock; they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each church has a unique architectural style and all are superbly carved. Most of them are decorated with fascinating and well-preserved paintings. Upon arrival, we will spend time admiring and exploring the rock-hewn churches. This evening, we will witness the white-robed devotees celebrating the eve of the Ethiopian Christmas (known as “Genna”) in a church ceremony at the Bet Maryam (Church of the Virgin Mary) which runs from 8:00pm until midnight.

 Overnight Maribella hotel or similar standard  

  Lalibela, located at an altitude of 2,600 metres above sea level.

(Please note: flight schedule is subject to change and availability).

Ethiopian Christmas Day celebration (Genna Festival)

Most of the year Ethiopian (Gena) celebrated in 7 January 1 time in four year it 8 January this day is the main celebration day for the Ethiopian Christmas (known as “Genna”), and also the birthday of King Lalibela, which makes it doubly fascinating. The spectacle of tens of thousands of faithful pilgrims thronging the rock hewn churches such as Bet Giyorgis (Church of St George), passageways, courtyards, cliff edges and surrounding hills, plus the rhythmic chanting of elaborately dressed “deacons” and priests to the beating of drums, is an unforgettable experience. It is impossible not to be mesmerized by this unique spectacle, which has been celebrated for centuries. After lunch, there is an excursion to the Church of Asheton Maryam, about 7km outside the city, and Nakuto Leab. After driving a short distance, the monastery itself (3150m) (some steep sections) or by riding on a mule if you are interested (done at own risk and own expense).

Overnight Maribella hotel or similar standard  

Early in the morning, you will catch your flight back to Addis Ababa upon arrival, we will be transferred to Awassa. En route, we will make a few stops in Lake Ziway for birding and to view the beautiful surroundings. If time permits, we may also visit the Fish Market in Awassa

 Overnight hotel in Awassa Haile Resort

 (Please note: flight schedule is subject to change and availability).

This morning we will continue driving to Arba Minch. En route, we will visit the Dorze tribe 30km drive. One of the smaller ethnic groups, the Dorze are known for their textile weaving and bee hive shaped huts.

Overnight hotel in Arba Minch Haile resort.

This morning, we shall journey to Turmi, one of the largest towns in the region. En route we enjoy a boat trip on Lake Chamo – one of the best in Ethiopia. There is a chance to spot many hippos and large concentrations of giant crocodiles. Water birds abound and the scenery is truly unforgettable. The lake is about 32km long and provides a lush wetland habitat for many species of flora and fauna. Afterwards we will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe.

Overnight hotel in Turmi Paradise lodge.

This morning we begin with a memorable excursion to the Karo Tribe (63km drive), who are very famous for their body painting. The Karo people use clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs. Karo men, as with neighboring tribes, are also famous for their unique hairstyle. In the afternoon we visit a Hamer village. The Hamer tribe is one of the largest groups in the Valley. They are known for the fine pottery they produce as well as their remarkable hairstyling. The women wear beaded necklaces and iron coils around their arms and decorate their skin with cowry shells. These decorations indicate the wealth and prestige of a woman’s husband. We return to Turmi in the evening. ).  Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe.  At night, ”if there is” we can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi.

Overnight hotel in Turmi Paradise lodge.

This morning we drive to Jinka, which is the nearest town set in the hills above Mago National Park. Our journey begins with an excursion to a Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the original ethnic groups in Ethiopia. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta jewellery on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle. Overnight hotel in Jinka.

Overnight in Jinka Eco omo lodge or similar standard

As we have seen already, Ethiopia has a huge diversity of ethnic groups. Today we will witness the distinguishing behavior of another of these by visiting a Konso tribal village – a World Heritage listed site of cultural significance. Invariably built on hilltops as protection from the lowland tribes, traditional Konso villages are surrounded by high stonewalls and encompass separate compounds, with outlying terraced agricultural fields. You will be fascinated by the unique architectural aspects, largely unchanged cultural heritage and social cohesion of the village, and how it has adapted to its harsh environment.

Overnight hotel in Konso kanta lodge.

After a relaxed morning, we will drive to Arba Minch to board our flight to Addis Ababa. Upon arrival we will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for take rest.

 Overnight Sapphire Addis hotel or similar standard

 (Please note: flight schedule is subject to change and availability).

Very early this morning we fly to Axum, ‘Aksum’. Believed to be Ethiopia’s oldest city, a city with more than 3000 years of history Axum was once the center of a great empire and ancient civilization. Axum is exclusively known for being home of the original Ark of the Covenant. The sightseeing of this ancient city includes St. Mary’s Church, the sanctuary Chapel which is the repository for ‘Ark of the covenant’, the coronation yard, the Stelae Park, Tombs of Kaleb and his son Gebre Meskel, Ezana’s inscriptions and ruins of Queen of Sheba’s.  Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.

Overnight Yared Zema hotel in Axum.

(Please note: flight schedule is subject to change and availability).

Today we drive to the small town of Debark, in the foothills of the Simien Mountains. The views are spectacular but be prepared for a long, rough, adventurous day To through Debark to Sankaber, on impressive landscape

Overnight night semian lodge or camping

In Amharic, ‘Simien’ means ‘north’. Six hundred million years ago, the mountains were an enormous volcanic mass. Rain and ice have carved deep fissures into them and rivers have continued the erosion, creating one of the greatest sculptures on the planet. The landscape is stunning with peaks, canyons, gorges, clefts and pointed, amethyst- colored pinnacles like obelisks making dramatic panoramic vistas. We have the opportunity to walk in the area and take in the immense beauty of these mountains. We can try to spot some of the region’s endemic wildlife, which includes various species of monkey.

Overnight Goha hotel in Gondar or similar standard

Gondar was once the capital city of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of Fasiladas. Gondar has now become one of Ethiopia’s largest and most impressive cities. In addition to the impressive walled Royal Enclosure, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. The city seems more European than African and also has Islamic influences. We will visit the palaces, residences and also the church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity) which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. The interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes. This afternoon, we will witness the pre-Timket festivities (which are just as exciting as the actual festival day). Tonight is the eve of Timket – the biggest religious festival in Ethiopia marking the Epiphany (or baptism of Christ). Local priests carry tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant) from their churches to Fasiladas’ Bath in Gondar where they are guarded overnight. The baths, empty for the rest of the year, have been filled with water for the occasion. The parade of tabots is brilliantly colorful and we will dedicate the afternoon to watching all the action.

Overnight Goha hotel in Gondar.

Today is the main celebration day for the Timket Festival and is marked by a public holiday. We start very early in the morning with a transfer to Fasiladas’ Bath where priests and faithful Christians have spent an all-night vigil watching over the tabots (replicas of the Ark of the Covenant). Crowds gather at the Bath in the morning where the water is blessed and splashed over the tabots. We will witness the whole baptism ceremony where religious vows are renewed before the tabots are paraded back to church accompanied by a furor of singing and dancing. The spectacle of thousands of white-robed faithful following a procession of colorful and elaborately dressed priests is truly incredible. It is impossible not to get caught up in the fever of excitement associated with this celebration. This afternoon we will drive from Gondar to Bahir Dar.

 Located at 1,800 metres above sea level it is situated on the shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country.

Overnight Avanti Blue Nile hotel in Bahir Dar.

This morning we take a boat trip on Lake Tana to fully appreciate the sheer size of this waterway. There are a myriad of monasteries and churches on the islands; some are private and not accessible to the public. We will visit Ura Kidane Mihret church on Zeghie peninsula with its rich history and ornate frescoes Afterwards we drive to marvel at the Blue Nile Falls – or “Tiss Abaye”. The falls are located about 2hrs drive. In the late afternoon we fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa

 Please note: flight schedule is subject to change and availability).

 Upon arrival, there will be a farewell traditional dinner with live cultural music and dance. Your trip arrangements conclude with a drop-off at the airport.



– Ethiopian Airlines Passengers – Discounted Rate: $ 255 Per Person (Subjected to change)

– Other Airlines Passengers – Regular Rate: $ 520 Per Person (Subjected to change)

15 nights in 3-star hotel in Addis or the best available hotels where possible elsewhere on a twin share basis

Local guides in each location (English speaking tour leader throughout for 6 or more guests)

Driver-guide plus local guides in each location

Airport transfers

Private road transport

Boat trip on Lake Chamo and Lake Tana

Site entrance and national park fees as listed in itinerary

Genna Festival (Ethiopian Christmas) and Timket Festival supplements

Any flight (International and Domestic)

Alcoholic drinks

Video and camera fees if and where applicable (in the south they ask about 5birr per photo)

Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature