Kemet Nu Tours is owned and operated by Ashra and Merira Kwesi. They organize and conduct all tours.
ITINERARYDay 1 - Depart Washington Dulles International Airport on Ethiopian Airlines.Day 2 - Arrive in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia, where the group will be met and transferred to our hotel. In the afternoon, we will take the city tour of Addis Ababa and travel to Mt. Entoto. Mount Entoto is the best location to see a panoramic view of Addis Ababa. It attracted Emperor Menelik II to build his capital until he was convinced by his wife, Empress Taitu to move the city to the valley below, where it is now located. On the top of the hill stands St. Mary’s Church, built in 1885. We will also drive through the Mercato, the largest open air market in Africa. We will have a multimedia presentation, orientation and group introductions in the evening. D Day 3 - After breakfast, we will take a morning flight to Axum. There, we will visit Ethiopia’s most ancient city, part of one of the most glorious empires of the past. Our travel will take us to the tallest standing tekenu (obelisk) hewn from a single piece of granite. We will explore the magnificent tombs of the ancient Axumite Kings built from granite stone, plus the ancient palace of Queen Makeda (Queen of Sheba). Another stop will be the 16th century cathedral of Mariam Sion (St. Mariam of Zion) which houses the Ark of the Covenant, taken from Israel and brought to Ethiopia by Menelik I. The Adwa hills, where the Ethiopian army defeated the Italians and repelled their invasion in 1896 will be one of our most impressive sights. Tour participants will learn about the defeat of a European army by an African army that sent shockwaves throughout Europe and instilled a sense of pride and inspiration among Africans around the world. Evening multimedia lecture B/D. Day 4 - After breakfast, tour members will transfer to the airport for a flight to Lalibela. After checking into the hotel, visit a “Wonder of the World,” one of the most incredible man-made creations, the site of the eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches built by the Ethiopian King Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th century. Each church is superbly carved with a unique architectural style. We will view 800 year old African Ethiopian Holy Books, predating the King James’ version of the Bible. B/D Day 5 - We will continue visiting the churches at Lalibela. B/DDay 6 - The group will depart Lalibela for Gondar, the 17th century capital of Ethiopia. After checking into the hotel, we will visit the African Agaw, Beta Israel (Falasha) village of the people who are direct descendants of the ancient Hebrews, Solomon and Queen Makeda (Queen of Sheba). Tour members will also view the unique imperial compound of medieval castles, the earliest of which belonged to King Fasiladas. Our tour will include the bathing palace of King Fasiladas, used for the annual Timket or Epiphany celebration. We will also get an eye-witness account of the rich decorations and murals of Ethiopian religious icons at the the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie, built when Africans created religious figures in their own image. B/D. Day 7 - Our group will drive from Gondar to Bahar Dar. We will then take a boat ride on Lake Tana, the origin of the Blue Nile. Overnight in Bahar Dar. B/D Day 8 - The group will transfer to the airport for a flight to Addis Ababa. Free time for shopping in the late afternoon. Evening multimedia lecture B/D. Day 9 - Tour members will explore the National Museum which houses the remains of Dinknesh (Lucy), dating 3.5 million years. The group will also visit theEthnological Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, located at Addis Ababa University (the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie) One of our other sites is the Trinity Cathedral, the largest in Addis Ababa. This church, built in 1941 is the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife, Empress Menen. Evening Multimedia Lecture B/D.Day 10 - After breakfast, we will take a morning drive to Melka Kunture, about 31 miles south of Addis Ababa, in the upper Awash valley. There, we will visit the Tukul Museum that shows the most important East African prehistoric sites, geological aspects of Melka Kunture, a history of human evolution, and the archaeological, paleontological and palaeoanthropological records from Melka Kunture. The site also includes the Open Air Museum that shows both archaeological and environmental features of the site. We will next drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Tiya Archaeological Site. It has 36 standing monuments, including 32 stelae with symbols of ancient Ethiopia culture. In the evening, we will enjoy folkloric entertainment and a traditional Ethiopianmeal. B/DDay 11 - Our travel will take us on a drive to Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa. It was formerly known as Debre Zeit (Mount of Olives). There, we will view the scenic Crater Lakes. In the early evening, the group will transfer to the airport for our departure from Ethiopia. B/D Day 12 - Morning arrival at Washington Dulles International Airport B = Breakfast D = Dinner
Travelers will learn about:•Dinknesh (Lucy) dating 3.5 million years•Axum, Ethiopia’s ancient city and part of one of the most glorious empires of the past•The eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches built by King Lalibela in the late 12th or early 13th century which house Ethiopian Holy Books predating the King James version of the Bible•The Church of Debre Berhan Selassie which houses the rich decorations and murals of Ethiopian religious icons, when Africans created religious figures in their own image•The Battle of Adwa, in which Ethiopia defeated the Italians and repelled their invasion, plus much, more....
Price for tour includes:•Round trip international airfare from Washington D.C.•Domestic air and land travel in Ethiopia•Dynamic African-centered lectures at the sites by Ashra Kwesi•Visually documented multimedia Power Point lectures at the by Ashra & Merira Kwesi•Deluxe Hotel accommodations•2 meals daily•Entrance fees to all sites•Pre-trip planning handbook•DVD - Motherland Africa the Kemet Nu Ethiopia Tour•Historical & Cultural Booklet on Ethiopia•End of tour celebration with certificates commemorating tour achievement