11 Days Ashenda Festival Tour

Day1. Arrive in Addis and Make City Tour

Start visiting with the National Museum, home of the 3 million year old skeleton “Lucy’’ ,  continue also  to see the Trinity/ cathedral church, where Emperor Haile Silassie and the former prime Minister of Ethiopia ‘‘Mele Zenawi ’’were buried before lunch.

In the Afternoon, our tour continues to see Merkato –the biggest open market in Africa; which reflects the majestic life of Ethiopia. After that, drive to see the African Union building then back to hotel. Accommodation: Sidra International Hotel

Day 2: Fly to Bahir Dar and expedition to Lake Tana and after lunch drive to Blue Nile falls and visit the top view of Nile river at Bahir Dar.  Accommodation:  Abay Minch Lodge

Day 3: Drive on the chain  mountains  to Gondar and visit Royal palaces and castles of 17th century kings and a church of Debre Birhan Silassie. Accommodation: Goha Hotel

Day 4: Morning departure to Lalibella and visit the wonders of 12th century rock churches of King Lalibella. Accommodation: Sora lodge

Day 5: Flight to Axum and Sightseeing of attraction at Axum. Accommodation: Sabean hotel

Day6. Aksum –Gherealta

After breakfast drive to Gherealta on the way visit Yeha Temple and debre damo monastery. Accommodation: Gherealta Lodge

Day7. Gherealta

In the morning, drive east of Hawzien to see the church of Medhani Alem Adikosho /Holy savour /drive back for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the famous church of Tigrai, Abune Yemata.

Accommodation: Gherealta Lodge

Day8.  Gherealta

Today, we climb to the churches that were built on top of a spectacular view, Mariam Korkor and Daniel Korkor, dated back to 4th -15thc A.D

Day9.  Gherealta –Mekelle

After breakfast, drive to see Abune Abrham church, an hour walk and climb from the main road. On the way back, continue visiting Abraha we Atsibha church and then, stop in Wukro town for lunch .In the afternoon, visit the wukro cherkos church and drive to Mekelle to see the eve of Ashenda festival.

Accommodation: planet or Axum Hotel

Day10. Mekelle – Attend the Ashenda Festival

Today is the Ashenda festival. Ashenda is a unique Tigrian traditional festival which takes place in August 25 to mark the ending of fasting called filseta. This event is mostly for girls and young women, which they await very eagerly every year. It is unique to the people in the state of Tigrai in northern Ethiopia. The name of the festival “Ashenda” comes from the name of a tall grass that the girls make in to a skirt and ware it around their waist as a decoration.

Accommodation: planet or Axum Hotel

Day 11. Fly from Mekelle to Addis Ababa

In the morning, visit the Yohannes IV museum one of the best museum in Ethiopia and it has a lot nice collections, as well as the spicy market of Mekelle in between stop for lunch .In the afternoon, transfer to Mekelle airport to fly Addis. It depends, if you have a connection flight depart home if not stay overnight in Addis Sidra International Hotel.