From April 1st to April 10th, 2017
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela (1 hr 20 mins). Upon arrival, start exploring the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and visit the old village with traditional Tikul houses. Overnight in Lalibela.
Full day in Lalibela, visiting the remaining churches and monasteries outside Lalibela, and Naakuto Laab Cave church.
Excursion to some of the rock churches located outside Lalibela. The most famous ones are YimrehaneKiristos and Genete Mariam. Overnight at hotel.
Drive from Lalibela to Mekele, a distance of 314km. The whole day is required to cover this distance. On the way, enjoy the beautiful scenery, the countryside and the people. Overnight in Mekele.
Drive to Gheralta, one of the most striking sites in Ethiopia. Along the way we will visit some of the rock churches in the region, such as Mikael Imba, Wukro Cherkos, and Abreha we Atsbeha. Overnight in hotel.
We will spend the full day in Gheralta, visiting two of the rock churches Debre Tsion and Mariam Papasit. Overnight in hotel.
Another full day in Gheralta, visiting Abune Yemata and Mariam Korkor. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Axum, and on the way visit the 7th century Muslim settlement in Ethiopia and the oldest temple of the moon, Yeha. Overnight in hotel.
We will spend a full day sightseeing in Axum that will include Stele, which is carved out of a single granite stone during the pre-Christian era, the palace and tombs of kings, and both the old and new St. Mary Churches. We will also see the palace of the legendary Queen Sheba. Overnight in hotel.
In the morning we will transfer to the airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa.
We will spend the day sightseeing in Addis Ababa and shopping. In the early evening, we will have a coffee ceremony to celebrate our experience together. We will complete the evening by dining together for our farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dancing.
End of Tour
Please Note: Some changes may occur to this itinerary, based on weather conditions or new opportunities that may arise. We are always looking to visit the locations that are off the most traveled routes of tourists. As photographers, we understand the kind of authentic experience that you are looking for.
TOUR FEE AND DETAILS
The Tour Fee for this tour is $6995.00 in shared accommodations. If you prefer a single room, the single room supplement is $600.00
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST:
It is recommended that participants bring a digital SLR camera and laptop computer. A complete list of optional equipment will be sent at registration.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
Photography Instructor Fee
Accommodation x 10 nights based on Double Occupany rooms.
Single Room Supplement is $600.00
Airport Transfers and ground transportation by Private AC minivan.
Expert English speaking local guide
All meals on itinerary days
Cold bottled mineral water
All admission fees to sites on the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
International flights to and from Ethiopia
Insurance: we strongly recommend you purchase Travel, Medical and Cancellation Insurance.
Personal expenses and tipping
Visa and Passport fees
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A nonrefundable deposit of $1200 per person is required at time of booking. We recommend you reserve your spot as soon as possible. You can pay your deposit by Bank Wire Transfer. Bank details will be provided upon registration.The tour will be confirmed 8 weeks prior, on February 4, 2017. Please do not make any travel arrangements to Ethiopia before we have confirmed the tour. Full payment is due when the tour is confirmed.
Please send us an email at email@example.com with your first and last name, your phone, which tour you are registering for, along with any additional information that you would like us to know.
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
This tour is geared to the photographer who enjoys exploring unique cultures and adventure photography. Group cohesion, adaptability, a sense of humor and a curious mind are all important traits to possess. Past participants have found this expedition to be one of the most intense and fascinating experiences of their lives.