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    Ethiopia

    November 3, 2013 in Ethiopia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die Tour wurde von DRAGOMEN durchgeführt!

    Days 1-2: Addis Ababa
    Anmerkung: Wir haben damals in „Gonder“ die Tour begonnen.
    We will have free to explore Addis Ababa and visit the city's many museums and sights. In Addis Ababa we will stay in the “Sarem International Hotel” (a comfortable hotel with good facilities).

    Day 3: Debre Markos
    En route we will drive to the bottom of the dramatic Blue Nile Gorge and up the other side! In Debre Markos we will stay in a basic local hotel. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!.

    Days 4-6: Bahir Dar
    A small town on Lake Tana, the source of the mighty Blue Nile. On our first full day in Bahir Dar, we will have an included boat trip on LakeTana to visit the famous old monastery of Gabriel Ure Kideth and to visit the spot where the lake outflows into the start of the Blue Nile. On our second day, we will head off in the truck to visit the Blue Nile Falls and take a short walk around the area to the historic Portuguese Bridge. Bahir Dar is a small city located on the banks of Lake Tana. A few kilometres down the river from Bahir Dar are the spectacular Blue Nile Falls - locally known as Tissisat Falls (literally translating as 'water that smokes'), these waterfalls are located in a stunning area which is excellent to trek around. On the lake itself are a number of monasteries on islands and peninsulas, and we take the opportunity to visit at least one on a boat trip on the lake. These churches feature the traditional murals and decorations of the Ethiopian Coptic Church - as Christianity in Ethiopia was isolated after the emergence of Islam in the 7th Century, the religion here took a distinct style and the decorations of the monasteries of Lake Tana reflect that perfectly.

    Days 7-9: Lalibela
    Today we have a full day's drive through the beautiful scenery of central Ethiopia to reach the small medieval town of Lalibela. On our first day in Lalibela, we will have an included full-day guided tour of the world-famous 13th-century rock churches of Lalibela. On the second day, we will have a free day for further exploration or optional activities. In Lalibela we will stay in a local hotel. This medieval village has grown up around 13 monolithic churches hewn from rock in the 12th Century CE. The layout and names of the major buildings in Lalibela are widely accepted to be a symbolic representation of Jerusalem, which has led some experts to date the churches to the years following the capture of Jerusalem in 1187 by Muslim leader Saladin. The rock-hewn churches are an awe-inspiring feat of engineering, and each is uniquely-designed and beautifully carved. The village is small, the churches largely visited by devout Ethiopian pilgrims rather than masses of foreign tourists, and therefore retains its original Ethiopian charm and incredible atmosphere. The monastery of Asheten Mariam is hidden in the rugged hills behind the village, and there is a wonderful trek up the cliffs to reach it and take in the incredible views at the top. Near to Lalibela is the ancient church of Yemrehana Kristos, uniquely located in a cave - this can be visited during our free time in Lalibela.
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    Editiert am 24.03.2018
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