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Festival Tours in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country where so many cultures come together as one to form a fascinating nation. Its cultural diversity has  existed since the beginning of time and is incomparably unique. 

With more than 80 different ethnic groups living together with a tradition as old as humanity itself, Ethiopia is a melting pot of cultures. Many people visit Ethiopia — or hope to do so one day — because of the remarkable manner in which ancient historical traditions have been preserved. And, indeed, the ceremonies and rituals of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church open a window on the authentic world of the Old Testament. Like nowhere else, in this country you will find yourself so dramatically transported back in time and able to participate with such freedom in the sacred rituals of an ancient faith.

The following festival tours are designed around some of the most important and colourful festivals of the Ethiopian calendar together with a visit to the highlights of the Classic Historic Route of Ethiopia. 

Ethiopian Christmas Festival Celebration at Lalibela — 13 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • GHET-F05
  • Private Journey
  • 13 Days, Dec. 28, 2018–Jan. 9, 2019
  • This cultural tour to the Historic Route of Ethiopia allows you to step back in time and discover thousands of years of history, legend, and lore. You will explore the Historic Route of Ethiopia as well as experience Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas, a colorful and ancient celebration around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

Ethiopian Easter Festival With the Historic Route of Ethiopia and the Simien Mountains — 13 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • GHET-F04
  • Private Journey
  • 13 Days
  • Join us on this trip of discovery as we witness the ancient ways of celebrating Easter and explore the world of the ancient Ethiopians. See how ancient traditions and unique African culture have been preserved and explore the highlights of this amazing country.

Ethiopian Timket Festival Tour With the Historic Route and Simien Mountains — 13 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • GHET-F03
  • Private Journey
  • 13 Days, Jan. 9–21, 2019
  • On this tour, you will experience one of the most colorful and ancient festivals celebrated in Ethiopia—Timket. Commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ, this is an extremely colorful 3-day festival around the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela .

Sebaratmu Festival Tour — 13 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • GHET-F02
  • Cultural and Festival Tour
  • 13 Days, Jan. 15–29, 2019
  • This cultural tour takes you on Ethiopia’s Historic North Route and ends with the Sebartamu Giorgis Festival—one of the most colorful festivals celebrated at Lalibela. This festival is less famous, but equally as absorbing as Timket, and it is celebrated colorfully around one of the most famous rock-hewn churches, St. George, just 1 week after Timket.

Meskel Festival With the Historic Route of Ethiopia — 13 Days

  • Trip Type Cultural and Festival Tour
  • GHET-F01
  • Private Journey
  • 13 Days
  • The Meskel Festival is one of the most colorful festivals celebrated in Ethiopia for more than 1600 years. It is celebrated at the end of the rainy season, with much dancing, feasting, and the lighting of a massive bonfire to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

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