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Join this small group of subscribers SoirMag in the footsteps of the Queen of Sheba in Ethiopia in the region of the Abyssine. Trip guided by Dan Leleu, great traveller in black Africa for more than 25 years. Starting November 7, 2018, in formula all inclusive with international and domestic flights included.
Of the pre-history to the present day, marked by the names of Lucy, of the Queen of Sheba and King Salomon, of the dynasty of Menelik I up to Haile Selassie, birthplace of one of the oldest civilizations, Ethiopia was known to the Pharaohs and was already mentioned in the Old Testament.
In 1137, the dynasty of the Zagoues built of remarkable monolithic churches at Lalibela. While dynasties may change over the centuries, religion is the common thread in the history of Ethiopia and especially its northern region: Abyssinia.
The historical heritage of the Abyssine is real, it does not count less than 8 cultural sites listed as world heritage of UNESCO.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | Day 1 | Brussels - Adidis Abeba baggage check-in at Brussels Airport around 18:00 on the flight ET725. Take-off at 20 h 05: Ethiopian Airlines Brussels / Addis Ababa via Vienna.
Friday, November 8, 2019. Day 2 | Adidis Abeba arrival Addis Ababa early in the morning (6:40). Reception at the airport. Transfer to the hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. We will then begin a visit to Addis Ababa: National Museum (where Lucy), Museum ethnographic in the former Palace of the Negus Haile Selassie (today located in the heart of the University), ascension of the Entoto hill overlooking Addis Ababa, and where the Museum of the King Ménélik (formerly his former Palace).
Addis Ababa was founded at the end of the 19th century, when the Queen Taitu, wife of King Ménélik, saw a Green Valley from his palace at the top of the Entoto Hill; Addis Ababa means "New flower" in the official language of Ethiopia, Amharic. Located at 2,355 m above sea level, the City currently has 3.385.000 living (2018 is.)
Night in Addis Ababa: Bellevue Hotel 3 * Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Day 3 | Adidis Abeba - Lalibela morning flight to Lalibela (and 120, 8 h 10 > 10 h 20). Reception and installation at the Lodge.
Around the 11th century, many Christians of Abyssinia went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. As this trip to Ethiopia was particularly perilous (through the deserts of Sudan and Egyptian), King Lalibela decided to build a 'black Jerusalem', in parallel to the taking of independence of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church compared Alexandria (Egypt). Thus was born Lalibela, set of cave churches, each with a distinctive personality. Lalibela is entered in the Unesco World Heritage site and considered to be one of the world wonders. We will visit this set of churches, under the careful guidance of your guide, who will point you the best details of rocks and paintings.
In the afternoon, visit churches of the North group.
Night in Lalibela: Sora Lodge 3 * Sunday, November 10, 2019. Day 4 | Lalibela morning Excursion to Yemrehanna Kristos.
Located 42 km from Lalibela, it is a rock church built between the 11th and the 12th century by the Saint King Yemrehana Krestos, the predecessor of King Lalibela. It's the most beautiful eglisemonastere of the environs of Lalibela, a jewel of medieval Ethiopian art masterpiece. Aksoumite style, it was built in wood and stone under a cave.
Lunch at Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the Sus group and Beta Ghiorgios churches.
Night in Lalibela: Sora Lodge 3 * on Monday, November 11, 2019. Day 5 | Lalibela - Aksum flight Lalibela > Aksum (and 122, 10 h 45 > 11 h 25). Home, Installation at the hotel. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Visit of Aksum, including the famous Palace of the Queen of Sheba.
Axum, mentioned multi-seculaire is the seat of the Queen of Sheba, is said to have reigned for four hundred years BC. Its ephemeral union with the King Salomon of Jerusalem would have given a son, Menelik, founder of the Royal Ethiopian dynasty of the Menelides.
Aksum remains today the religious spiritual center of Ethiopia, because it would house the relic of the Ark of the Covenant (stolen by Menelik to his father Solomon in Jerusalem), and that is why there is the Patriarch of Ethiopia (equivalent of the Catholic Pope) installed alternating with Addis Ababa. We visit so during this day the field of stelae of the aksoumite Kingdom as well as the complex of churches containing the Ark of the Covenant, that person is however allowed to contemplate except eternal guardian. Various archaeological sites litter the surrounding area of the city, witnesses to its past greatness. Night at Axum: Consolar Hotel 3 * on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | Day 6 | Axum - Hawzen (130km) Suite and end of visits to Axum. Road to Hawzen via Adwa or the Ethiopian army to defeated the Italian army seeking to invest the Tiger. Stop on the way to attend the village scenes: religious holidays, market, harvest and threshing, visit to a home result during the transfer.
Night in Hawzen: Gheralta Lodge 4 * Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Day 7 | Hawzen - Massif of Gheralta discovery of the Massif of Gheralta and its churches. 'Easy' option: 'difficult' Maryam Papaseti Option visit: Maryam Korkor, Abuna Daniel or / and Abune Yemata Guh. Lunch at the Lodge Korkor.
The Gheralta massif consists of a single rock, a quite staggering size and a completely unique form. It is the cradle of Orthodox Christianity, where a countless number of churches were built in the rock in order to absorb the faith of many faithful. Depending on the artistic interests and the physical condition of each of the travelers, a will be done with the local English-speaking guide to determine the two churches of the day who are the best for you, and you bring back a souvenir invariably unforgettable.
Night in Hawzen: Gheralta Lodge 4 * Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Day 8 | Massif of Gheralta - Danakil Depression on the way, visit of Abreha Atsbeha. Lunch in Wukro. Departure in 4 x 4 to the depression of the Danakil located 157 meters below the sea level. First vision of the Lake Assale and the salt mines by the Afar people.
The Church of Abreha Atsbeha is so named by the name of twin Kings. Built in the 4th century after JC, it is one of the oldest in the country, which has singular arches. The road descends very quickly from the Highlands to the famous the Danakil desert, that share Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. Felt around the world printing easily explain the unique proposed hosting option!
Night at Amed Ila: Bivouac in the open Friday, November 15, 2019. Day 9 | The Danakil depression - Mekele - Addis Ababa discovery of the depression of the Danakil, visit the Lake Assale, salt mines, approach the caravans and sulfur site of Dallol.
It is the exploitation of the salt mines which made the wealth of the Kingdom of the Queen of Sheba. Salt, exported to the world, was the only option to keep perishable foods. These mines are still exploited populations Afar which clogs plate them salt to Mekele and the Highlands to the backs of camels.
The crystallization of multicolored soda, sulphur Lakes, hot springs of acid and gas geysers of Dallol fascinate your gaze. This impressive tectonic phenomenon seems straight emerged from the mind of a mad painter!
Then, lift to Mekele, capital of Tigray. Lunch and courtesy room and quick tour of the city and the local market. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Addis Ababa (and 109, 17: 00 > 19: 15). Farewell party. Transfer to the international airport. Check-in baggage?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | Day 10 | Addis Ababa - Brussels flight at 12:45 to Brussels via Vienna (flight ET728). Arrival at 09:00