Line of Priests, Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Rock hewn churches, dramatic and imposing mountain plateaux, and surprising wildlife

Adventure Holidays in Ethiopia

Travel to Ethiopia and you're sure to have a unique and exciting experience. Surrounded by mountains, Ethiopia has developed a religion, calendar and language all of its own, and there's a simply amazing landscape. The Simien Mountains are arguably the most spectacular mountain range in Africa and are an excellent place for a trekking holiday. The famed historic route is a well-trodden route for visitors including Lalibela with its 13th century rock-hewn churches, Bahir Dar with the nearby Tississat Falls (also known as Blue Nile Falls) and Lake Tana, Gondar with its medieval castle and Axum, the alleged resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. In the east is Harar which is considered the fourth most holy city by muslims.

 



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Ethiopia Adventure Holidays

Ethiopian orthodox church at dawn, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia in Depth

Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit, including Tigrai.

Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Culture Holidays
15 days inc. flights
From £2,549
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
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Expert opinion: Timkat Festival

"Throngs of white-clad festival goers sleepily make their way to the holy baptismal pool. As the early morning sun starts to warm the crowds, the feeling of anticipation is palpable. Children climb trees to get good views and adults jostle for space. The priests and deacons arrive, their blue velvet robes and yellow capes throwing a splash of colour amidst the sea of white. They line up on the water’s edge and start chanting, swaying and clapping their hands. It is bewitching. The ceremony climaxes as the head priest dips an ornate gold cross into the pool blessing the waters. Right on cue, dozens of boys jump into the holy water, symbolising Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan."

Exodus Expert Tom Harari. Read his full blog – and more insight from our Experts – here.

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Throngs of white-clad festival goers sleepily make their way to the holy baptismal pool.

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