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Imperial Ethiopia with Patricia Schultz

Join Patricia Schultz, author of “1000 Places to See Before You Die” as you explore a country whose heritage and history rivals only the cultural and natural treasures it boasts, including 9 UNESCO- designated world heritage sites and an additional 3 sites pending. Come along and discover where the Ark of the Covenant lies; where the culture of coffee first commenced; where one of the great ancient empires claimed its home, and more! Seize the opportunity to explore the mystery and beauty of Ethiopia with the NY Times Bestselling author and global travel expert.

 

Patricia Schultz is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, now in its second edition (2011).  A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, she has written  for guidebooks such as Frommer's and Berlitz and periodicals including  The Wall Street Journal and Everyday With Rachael Ray. She also executive-produced a Travel Channel television program based on  1,000 Places to See Before You Die.


INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
10 Days from $2,769 Land Only and $5,399 Air and Land

  • Two half-day city tours of Addis Ababa
  • Visit Gondar, the “Camelot of Africa”, and Axum, the reputed resting place of the “Ark of Covenant
  • Visit Lalibela with its rock hewn churches built into the hills
  • The peaks and waterfalls of the Simien Mountains
  • Traditional Festive Folkloric Dinner Show
  • Farewell dinner at a private Addis Ababa villa
  • Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites 
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners



OPTIONAL POST EXTENSIONS ($499) 
  • Hope For Children Volunteer Work at an Addis Ababa orphanage - accommodations at the Jupiter International Hotel
  • Extend your Ethiopia vacation with a custom created safari to either Kenya or Tanzania.

Note: Alternate 2013 departure dates are available upon request.


Additional Information

  • Clients purchasing Land Only are required to pay an additional $500 for three Inter-Ethiopian flights

Entry Requirements

  • US Citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates and an Ethiopian Visa

 

 

 

Itinerary

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DAY 1- APRIL 25  WASHINGTON D.C.

Late this morning board your Boeing 777 for a non-stop flight to Addis Ababa departing from Washington D.C. (Dulles).

DAY 2-APRIL 26  ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

Early morning arrival into the capital city. After clearing Ethiopia customs our staff will transfer you to the Inter-Continental Hotel. The city is the continent's diplomatic capital, headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. This afternoon enjoy a tour to visit Trinity Cathedral, the largest and most revered of all the churches. Continue to the Ethnological Museum, an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia's rich ethnic diversity. View an impressive array of religious cross, triptychs and murals, as well as Emperor Haile Selassie's bedroom and bathroom. This evening join Patricia Schultz to enjoy a traditional Ethiopian meal, dance performance and coffee ceremony.  (D)

DAY 3-APRIL 27 TO GONDAR (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

This morning a short flight takes you to Gondar, 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. Check- in at the Florida International Hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 4- APRIL 28 TO SIMIEN NATIONAL PARK (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST)

This morning motor coach to one of the principal mountain massifs of Africa, the Simien Mountains, made up of several plateaus, separated by broad river valleys. A number of peaks rise above 13,000 feet. While at Sankaber, there is a great chance to see troops of Gelada Monkey while enjoying a relaxing trek in the most remarkable of sceneries. Check in at either a lodge in the National Park or in the nearby village of Debark.
(B, L, D)

DAY 5- APRIL 29 TO AXUM (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

Enjoy great early morning photo opportunities with the backdrop of the Simien Mountains. Depart late morning driving north to Axum which was the center of a great empire, and the seat of learning for the ancient Ge'ez language and literature. Late afternoon check in to the Hotel Yeha.  (B, L, D)

DAY 6- APRIL 30  AXUM (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

Tour Stealae Park, St. Mary Zion Church and the Sanctuary Chapel, the reputed resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. Tour the coronation yard, Queen of Sheba's palace ruins, the Axum museum and the tomb of King Kalab. Return back to the Hotel Yeha with dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 7- MAY 01 TO LALIBELA (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)

A short flight takes you to one of the best kept secrets of rock churches, nicknamed the “Petra of Africa”. Ethiopia's Emperor Lalibela, who had visited Jerusalem, attempted to build a New Jerusalem in response to the capture of Jerusalem by Muslims in 1187. Only its relatively remote locations and international obscurity keeps Lalibela from seeing the same levels of visitors to Petra. Visit the twelve majestic rock hewn churches, which are still used as places of worship. Check-in to the Mountain View Hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 8- MAY 02 LALIBELA

Visit Nakuto Le' Abe Monastery, a church built-rather than excavated within a cave. King Nakuto Le'Abe abdicated his throne in 1270 and went to a cave to lead a hermit life. The cave has ever since become a monastery and has a dramatic setting. It houses one of the most interesting collections of ancient crosses, illuminated manuscripts and other icons attributed to its founder Nakuto Le'Abe. (B, L, D)

DAY 9- MAY 03 TO ADDIS ABABA/RETURN USA

Return flight to the capital city of Addis Ababa. After lunch visit the National Museum, whose most important exhibit is a replica of the skull of Lucy, a woman who had lived in Eastern Ethiopia about 3.5 million years ago. Enjoy a farewell dinner at a private villa and after dinner be transferred for your flight back to Washington D.C.    (B, L, D)

DAY 10- MAY 04  WASHINGTON D.C.

Early morning arrival into Dulles Airport.


Return Home or Volunteer at Hope for Children in Addis Ababa

Day 9- ADDIS ABABA

After dinner at a local restaurant, check-in to the Jupiter International Hotel. Your next 48-hours will provide a mutually rewarding volunteer experience-one that enriches your visit to Ethiopia while at the same time making a meaningful contribution to the lives of the children  at Hope for Children.

Day 10- ADDIS ABABA

This morning transfer to the School of St. Yared whose mission statement is to empower the poorest and the brightest children with a quality education. After an orientation briefing in the logistics of running a volunteer organization, embark on a tour of the School and the Youth Center. Have lunch with the HFC staff members and teachers and plan a schedule for your return visit tomorrow to assist in teaching the children. This may range from you teaching the children English, improving their computer skills or participating in their art classes. This afternoon visit an HIV clinic and talk with clinic administrators to better understand where hospice patients come from and the successful implementation of programs by the Ethiopian Health Minister.
(B, L)

Day 11- ADDIS ABABA/RETURN HOME

Return to the school this morning and embark in immersing yourself with the children. Participate in teaching the young Ethiopians while working with their respective teachers. One moment, you are assisting them with their computers, later on in the day be up front and center teaching English. Some poignant moments may find you sitting with a child on a “one on one” basis to improve their mathematical skills. Perhaps during the day venture into the school's kitchen and witness the preparation of nutritional meals; you would be amazed how “one dollar” goes a long way in feeding the children. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the children before you depart to the airport this evening for your overnight flight to Washington D.C.
(B, L, D)

Day 12- ARRIVE USA

Early morning arrival into Washington D.C. (Dulles)

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Additional Information: Airline taxes and fuel surcharges are included in the package price and are subject to change until time of ticketing.


Entry Requirements:
US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.

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