On a SATURDAY, fly into Addis Ababa from Washington DC and spend a night out on the town enjoying an authentic dining experience and cultural performance review of Ethiopia. Dinner theaters like Linseed offer lively reviews of Ethiopia’s geo-cultural diversity. Sit-in for, listen up to and throw-down on the visual, aural, olfactory and gustatory delights and delicacies on offer.
On a late SUNDAY morning, fly into Lalibela and be greeted by a warmly-and-welcoming ambassador of Lalibela’s local tourism office. Thereafter, get settled in and situated at the Zan Seyum Hotel. A sumptuous dining experience along with live entertainment wraps up this initial day – local delectable foods with be served, coupled with a performance by a husband & wife praise-singing duo who’ll serenade one-and-all atop a roof-terrace and under a night’s sky.
On MONDAY, start ‘our week of activities, bright and early, with a welcoming and detailed orientation to all the programming that lies ahead. Our learned biblical academic/ scholar alongside local Ethiopian Coptic clergy from Lalibela’s Holy Savior Church plus our local tour guide will outlay the lessons to be learned, the history to behold and the culture to imbibe. All logistical requirements and recommendations will also be detailed. Monday’s activities will also include a church service, a church facilities tour, a lecture/tutorial and an evening cultural dance troupe performance by Tordido, one of Lalibela’s festive, social ambassadors.
On TUESDAY, additional tours to churches in Lalibela, like St. George’s, a crucifix-shaped and rock-hewn structure, will be staged. A second and reflective lecture about the Christo-historical character of Lalibela will follow the tour. In the afternoon, a short trip to Asheten/Kegawuh on the outskirts of Lalibela to witness facets of rural life will be in the offing. Upon return to town, a leisurely walking tour of Lalibela will be conducted. In the evening another lecture will be had. Please note: all our lectures will be participatory tutorials that will be inviting of interactivity between and amongst all gathered.
On WEDNESDAY, another lecture/tutorial starts off the day, followed by more church tours – churches that populate the Northern, Southern and Western complexes form part-and-parcel of our church tours package. Souvenir shopping and a coffee ceremony follow suit – Haddas and her family will have fair-priced artifacts for sale and they’ll also offer up an ornate coffee-imbibing ceremony for your pleasure. The evening’s activity involves a sumptuous open-field dining experience under the big skies and scenic landscapes of Fenajra, in the larger-Lalibelan countryside.
On THURSDAY, a manageable trek into the mountains outside Lalibela will be undertaken. Our experienced guides will lead this walkabout through villages, alongside ridges and amidst the refreshing mountain air. A cooking demonstration and luncheon will, thereafter, be had in the village Fenajra, alongside the designated trail – Bayecha, Facika and Ebabu, a wife, daughter and husband respectively, plus their other family members, will demonstrate the making of as well as serve up Injera ‘pancakes’ with telba sauce, korefie stout and tela ale beers, plus coffee and Ethiopia’s version of ‘popcorn’. An afternoon of repose will be afforded you after an active dawn-to-noon outing. Another cultural performance will wrap up the day, beautifully.
On FRIDAY, a second opportunity will be afforded the non-impulsive shopper. Where, perhaps the first round of souvenir shopping might have served as an opportunity to mull over the choices available, this time around a shopper will have another opportunity to make their final choices. 4 Corners ETC. offers a personalized boutique shopping experience; in that, a catalog of merchandize along with a suggested retail price list may aid a buyer with their choices. 4 Corners ETC. will even offer to ship one’s purchases to one’s home so that no baggage overweight charges are sprung upon one’s pocketbook/purse. A fifth and final lecture rounds out the morning and a second custom-made church service occurs after lunch. At Yemrehana Krestos church, the site/venue of this service, a wrap-up and reflective close-out session will be had. Yemrehana Krestos is tucked in a cave and under a petit waterfall on the outskirts of Bilbela. The church served as the ceremonial seat the King/Negus after whom the church is named. Friday will conclude with a rousing night out at Tej honey wine bar, coming replete with praise and storytelling overtures by the aforementioned husband-and-wife duo.
On SATURDAY one-and-all will depart for Addis Ababa. Entertainment-spotting for the rest of the day upon arrival with include a palatable meal at one of Addis’ fine eateries. The evening will be left to each one’s discretion. One may choose to shop for leather products, return to another cultural review show or undertake a visit to a museum.
On SUNDAY our tour party, with holy graces, will depart Addis Ababa for home, i.e. Washington DC in the USA.