7-Days Tour to Kulbi Gabriel Festival at Kulbi; December 28/July 26 with visit to Harar & Awash National Park

 

Day 1 (December 23/July 21): Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Air port
Meet and greet Network Travel and Tour Agency representative at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Reliance Hotel Apartment.

Day 2 (December 24/July 22): City tour in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa is the third highest capital of the world on an altitude of 2300-2500 m. with a pleasant climate and a background of green with eucalyptus trees covered mountains. The city is founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II and Queen Taitu.
Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Reliance Hotel Apartment.

Day 3 (December 25/July 23): Drive to Awash National Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Awash National Park (225 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Lake Basaka and its aquatic birds. Up on arrival at the park, you will check into a lodge. In the late afternoon, you will do sightseeing at the Awash waterfalls and see the wild life. In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Awash Falls Lodge.

Day 4 (December 26/July 24): Drive to Harar
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Harar (318 Km from Awash National Park). You will stop for lunch at Asebe Teferi and you will arrive in Harar late in the afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Early in the evening, you will visit man feeding wild hyenas. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.

Day 5 (December 27/July 25): Visit the Walled town of Harar
You will have an early breakfast and visit the walled city of Jegol, the house of Arthur Rimbaud (a French poetry who lived 1880’s in Harar), Emperor Haile Selassie home (where he was born & raised) and Harari Cultural Museum. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.

Day 6 (December 28/July 26): Drive to Kulbi and attend the Kulbi festival
You will have breakfast and drive to Kulbi (40 Kms from Harar) will visit all day to the festival. The festival on December 29 commemorates the miracle in which the children were spared from the burning fire and the king realized the might of God and allowed the children to worship their God. Whereas the other festival on July 26 commemorates the intercession of the same Archangel to spare devoted Christians from another brutal punishment involving boiling water. Then late in the afternoon drive to Dire Dawa for overnight stay. You will check into a hotel. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Selam or Blossom hotel.

Day 7 (December 29/July 27): Drive back to Addis Ababa
After a relaxed breakfast, a flight will take you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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Testimonials

Be sure that our travel was really enjoyable and we thank you a lot for the very nice organization and the well balancing of the tour. I promise you to travel back to Ethiopia in January 2015 for the Timkat festival in Lalibela and the Northern part. So, you can as soon as possible prepare our next tour! But as well balanced as the last one we did! Warm regards Véronique and Guy France, July 2013

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