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THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

Addis Ababa • Bahirdar • Blue Nile Falls
Lake Tana • Gondar • Simien Mountains
Axum • Yeha • Lalibela • Asheten Mariam
Yimrhane Kirstos • Bilbala Cherkos

Addis Ababa • Tiya • Langano • Arbaminch
Konso • Turmi • Omorate
Hamer • Dimeka • Jinka • Mursi Village
Mago National Park • Lake Chamo • Chencha

September 17 - 29, 2017

13 days
$5710 Based on double occupancy beginning and ending in Washington, IAD via Ethiopian Airlines plus $50 Ethiopian visa fee
Single Supplement $870

September 29 - October 8, 2017

11 extra days • $3990 from Addis Ababa
Single Supplement $750

 

Dear World Traveler,

Ethiopia is old beyond imagination, dating back to the very beginning of mankind. The earliest known human remains were unearthed in this mystic country. It is also the land of the Queen of Sheba—a place of legendary rulers, fabulous kingdoms and many ancient mysteries. Make this the year to visit Ethiopia!

Ethiopia is in a difficult neighborhood, but we are working with the local embassy and excellent counterparts who are going to keep you safe and provide a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience in the “water tower” of Africa.

Our tour has two distinct parts:
We are planning our visit during the colorful Meskel Festival, which follows the rainy season. Wildflowers in the highlands should be at their peak. Ethiopia’s Biblical roots are both Jewish and Christian since the time of Solomon. Less revealed is the Holy Ark of the Covenant, which is said to be in Axum. You’ll see the church that may house the Ark and learn about the legend. Is it a legend only? This is the Ethiopia that gives us churches and monasteries, Italian influences and the source of the Blue Nile. During our time, we stay in hotels and travel in air-conditioned coaches.

Second—the Omo Valley extension is another story. We’ll be among primitive tribal peoples and their proud cultures in their home environment—where native traditions endure. Although we stay in some newly opened, privately owned small lodges, we also travel in 4-wheel drive vehicles. This portion of the trip requires an understanding that to be able to visit these amazing tribes, some creature comforts are tossed to the wind. But remember it will be easy because you’ll be seven years younger in Ethiopia!

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

P.S. See our 2013 traveler, Jeanette Williams’ photo album at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjwilliams/sets/72157637061759815

See also pictures from our 2002 and 2005 tours

Click image for larger view

Discovery Highlights
  • Spend two exciting days at the Meskel Festival in Lalibela including Demera, where you’ll witness the colorful celebration
  • Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia where Lucy, the oldest human remains ever found, is kept
  • Experience one of Africa’s spectacular waterfalls, the Blue Nile Falls
  • Take a boat cruise to the islands of Lake Tana, site of over twenty different 14th century monasteries
  • Make a two-day journey through the spectacular Simien Mountains National Park, home of what could easily be “the end of the earth”
  • Discover the Felasha or Black Jewish village said to be established at the time of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon
  • Opportunity to ride a mule at Lalibela
  • Explore the beautiful countryside, the real culture, amazing nature and beautiful landscape just after the rainy season
  • Relish the sanctity of the 17th century medieval castles of the Royal Enclosure at Gondar
  • Visit one of the oldest cities in the world, Axum, purportedly the home of the Holy Ark of the Covenant
  • Feel like a native as you experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
  • Prepare with pre-trip study material
  • Optional treks in the Simien Mountains National Park

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

Addis Ababa • Bahirdar • Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls • Gondar
Simien Mountains • Axum • Yeha • Lalibela
Yimrhane Kirstos • Bilbala Cherkos

Addis Ababa • Tiya • Langano • Arbaminch
Konso • Turmi • Hamer • Omorate • Desanech
Keyafer • Jinka • Mursi Village
Mago National Park • Lake Chamo • Chencha

January 17 - 29, 2018

$5710 • 13 days
Based on double occupancy beginning and ending in Washington, IAD via Ethiopian Airlines plus $50 Ethiopian visa fee
Single Supplement $870

January 29 - February 8, 2018

11 extra days •
$3990 from Addis Ababa

Single Supplement $750

 

Dear World Traveler,

Ethiopia is old beyond imagination, dating back to the very beginning of mankind. The earliest known human remains were unearthed in this mystic country. It is also the land of the Queen of Sheba—a place of legendary rulers, fabulous kingdoms and many ancient mysteries. Make this the year to visit Ethiopia!

Ethiopia is in a difficult neighborhood, but we are working with the local embassy and excellent counterparts who are going to keep you safe and provide a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience in the “water tower” of Africa.

Our tour has two distinct parts:
We are planning our visit just before the rainy season and in perfect time to view the colorful Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival in Lalibela. Ethiopia’s Biblical roots are both Jewish and Christian since the time of Solomon. Less revealed is the Holy Ark of the Covenant, which is said to be in Axum. You’ll see the church that may house the Ark and learn about the legend. Is it a legend only? This is the Ethiopia that gives us churches and monasteries, Italian influences and the source of the Blue Nile. During our time, we stay in hotels and travel in air-conditioned coaches.

Second—the Omo Valley extension is another story. We’ll be among primitive tribal peoples and their proud cultures in their home environment—where native traditions endure. Although we stay in some newly opened, privately-owned small hotels, we also travel in 4-wheel drive vehicles. This portion of the trip requires an understanding that to be able to visit these amazing tribes, some creature comforts are tossed to the wind. But remember it will be easy because you’ll be seven years younger in Ethiopia!

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

P.S. See our 2013 traveler, Jeanette Williams’ photo album at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjwilliams/sets/72157637061759815

See also pictures from our 2002 and 2005 tours

Click image for larger view

Discovery Highlights
  • Witness the Timkat Festival and Sebaratmu Giorgis Festival in Lalibela with dancing, feasting and singing, including the moving of the Tabot
  • Visit the National Museum of Ethiopia where Lucy, the oldest human remains ever found, is kept
  • Experience one of Africa’s spectacular waterfalls, the Blue Nile Falls
  • Take a boat cruise to the islands of Lake Tana, site of over twenty different 14th century monasteries
  • Make a two-day journey through the Simien Mountains National Park, home of what could easily be “the end of the earth”
  • Opportunity to ride a mule at Lalibela
  • Explore the beautiful countryside, the real culture, amazing nature and beautiful landscape just before the rainy season
  • Relish the sanctity of the 17th century medieval castles of the Royal Enclosure at Gondar
  • Visit one of the oldest cities in the world, Axum, purportedly the home of the Holy Ark of the Covenant
  • Feel like a native as you experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
  • Prepare with pre-trip study material
  • Optional treks in the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Flight bag, luggage strap and document holder are our gifts to you

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

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wen@SeriousTraveler.com • Web site www.SeriousTraveler.com