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Ethiopia Gay Tour 2019

Ethiopia Gay Tour 2019

The Historic Route & Omo Valley
A Journey to Northern & Southern Ethiopia

13 Days from/to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

July 23 – August 04, 2019


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Gay tour to EthiopiaA Journey to Northern & Southern Ethiopia -The Historic Route & Omo Valley. Ethiopia is one of the best kept secrets in the world for seeing an astonishing range of wildlife, architecture and ancient artifacts and ruins and a multitude of different cultures. This is our most exciting new destination. This is for the truly intrepid traveler (although accommodations are comfortable.) You know if this is for you or not. We start in north where the monuments of ancient Christianity are located and end in the south visiting the indigenous tribes of the Omo, Konso and other peoples. This incredible trip will sell out. We taking only a small group.

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it's a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

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Ethiopia Gay Tour 2019 Itinerary

Day 0 - Monday, July 22, 2019
Depart the USA, Canada
Depart the USA, Canada on any regularly scheduled flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

FLIGHTS: Ethiopia is served by Ethiopian Airlines (code share with United Airlines & Lufthansa) from JFK, El Al, Emirates, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways. If Ethiopian Airlines is chosen, the domestic flights with Ethiopia are cheaper.


Northern Ethiopia

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ethiopia Gay Tour - Addis Ababa Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Welcome to Ethiopia! Coda Tours' representatives will receive you on arrival at the Addis Ababa Airport where you can obtain your visa for entry. Transfer to our hotel.

After taking a rest, we will start to explore Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world. The visit includes the National Archaeological Museum, ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa. Here one finds exhibits ranging from the 3.2million-year-old bones of Lucy, the pre-Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic and Gonder periods, with a wide array of artifacts, including an elaborate pre-1st-century-AD bronze oil lamp showing a dog chasing an ibex, a fascinating 4th-century-BC rock-hewn chair emblazoned with mythical ibexes, and ancient Sabaean inscriptions. The Ethnographic Museum, with its two main sections covering local crafts and regions and peoples, is an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia's rich ethnic diversity. The museum has an impressive array of religious crosses, triptychs and murals, as well as Haile Selassie's (Ethiopia's last Emperor) bedroom and bathroom. Next, it is on to Holy Trinity Cathedral. Built in 1945, this cathedral is renowned for its stunning stain-glassed windows which depict scenes from the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible. The Trinity Cathedral also houses the tombs of the late emperor and his family as well as the tomb of English feminist, Sylvia Pankhurst.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa
Room: Standard Room


Day 2 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Addis Ababa to Axum
Ethiopia Gay Tour - AxumFly to Axum, which was founded at least three centuries before the birth of Christ. Axum was the capital of one of the oldest African empires — and the city represented a crucial connection between Africa and Asia for almost a thousand years. It is also the site of the Cathedral of Tsion Maryam, which was founded in the 4th century and is still considered the home of Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. Visit this cathedral, where the Ark of the Covenant is reputed to be stored; the palace of the Queen of Sheba; and a field of carved monoliths from pre-Christian times. The most controversial of the stelae, the Obelisk of Axum, was stolen by Italian forces in 1937 during Italy’s conquest of Ethiopia and has only recently been returned and restored.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Sabean International Hotel, Axum
Room: Standard Room


Day 3 - Thursday, July 25, 2019
Axum to Lalibela
Ethiopia gay tour - LalibelaFly to Lalibela, which was formerly the thriving capital of a medieval dynasty. Legend tells that in this town, once called Roha, a mother saw her baby in a cradle surrounded by a dense swarm of bees. She called her son “Lalibela”— meaning “the bees recognize his sovereignty” — and he went on to build many of the stone churches, painstakingly hewn from the rock more than 800 years ago, for which the town is renowned. After lunch, discover these wonders of the world, many of which still hold religious services.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Maribela Hotel, Lalibela
Room: Standard Room


Day 4 - Friday, July 26, 2019
Full Day Lalibela
Gay Ethiopia tour - LalibelaAfter breakfast journey to the Monastery of Nakuto leab. Located on the outskirts of the city, this monastery was hewn out of a rock cave. Alternatively, you may choose to embark on a ‘mule trek’ up Mount Ashetone to pay a visit to the Ashetone Mariam Monastery. The road up the mountain is very steep and looks like a twisted rope hugging the wall.

After lunch, visit more of the cave churches built by King Lalibela (the second group of churches), including the famous Bete Georgis. This Greek cross-shaped church is located in a deep pit with perpendicular walls, accessible only by a tunnel located a small distance away. The church was built by Lalibela for Saint George, who is said to have supervised its construction himself – just ask the monks who will show us the hoof marks left by his horse! Also visit the group of four, south of the Jordan River, comprise of Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercuiros, Bet Abba Libanos and Bet Gabriel-Rufa’el. Bet Emanuel’s elaborate exterior is much praised by art historian and some nearby churches of Lalibella.

We also attend a traditional coffee ceremony where we observe the time-honored roasting and brewing process, which is done in a special jebena (clay kettle).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Maribela Hotel, Lalibela
Room: Standard Room


Day 5 - Saturday, July 27, 2019
Lalibela To Gondar
Ethiopia gay tour - SankaberAfter breakfast, we will fly to Gondar, and will check in to the hotel before embarking on our exploration of Gondar, the imperial city of Fasilides. The city was the first capital of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632, with the reign of Fasilides; and the kings of Ethiopia based their power there for over two centuries.

In Gondar, there are a dozen castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years. Many picturesque ruins lie in the royal enclosure, like fairy-tale castles dating back to the 17th century. The castles reflect the glory of Gondarine kings and is characterized by its distinctive architectural style. The other place of interest is the Fasilides pool, in which pilgrims still take a plunge during the Timket (Epiphany) celebrations.

Afterward, we will visit Debre Birhan Trinity Church, (rewarding for the magnificent murals adorning the roof and the wall), and Kuskuam Church, situated on a hillscape, just outside the town.

During this day of remarkable sights, we will pause for breath and for lunch at the Four Sisters Restaurant, which offers the finest cuisine in Gondar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Mayleko Lodge, Gondar
Room: Standard Room


Southern Ethiopia

Day 6 - Sunday, July 28, 2019
Gondar To Arba Minch
Ethiopia gay tour - ArbaminchToday in the morning transfer to the airport for Addis Ababa flight and connect to the flight to Arba Minch. Arba Minch is the largest town in Southern Ethiopia. The town lies at an elevation of around 1,300m in the foothills of the Great Rift Valley wall, above a cliff overlooking the mountains that separate the lakes of Chamo and Abaya. With mountains rising to almost 4000m to the west, it is difficult to think of a more perfectly situated town anywhere in East Africa. In Arba Minch, whenever you walk and at whatever time of day, there are stunning views in all direction. Arba Minch is also the unofficial capital of the Ethiopian Rastafarian community. The community’s official name is the Ethiopian World Jamaica Federation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch
Room: Standard Room


Day 7 - Monday, July 29, 2019
Ethiopia gay tour - JinkaThis morning start driving to south Omo, which is often portrayed as a cultural Garden of Eden and is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth because of the wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it. The region is known for its culture and diversity.

Jinka is the administrative capital of south Omo zone. Firstly, we will drive to Yetnebersh village to visit Ari tribe and observe how they make local liquor made of sorghum, garlic and maize and how they make a pot. After taking a rest at Jinka we will visit the recently opened south Omo research centre and museum, which is perched on a hill overlooking the town centre and offers an attractive view. The anthropological museum provides a useful overview of the various cultures of south Omo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Eco Omo Safari Lodge, Jinka
Room: Standard Room


Day 8 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Mago National Park and Drive to Turmi
Ethiopia gay tour - Mago National Park Early morning drive from Jinka to Mago National Park. Mago National Park, located on the east bank of the river Omo. Drive to a Mursi village to meet with the people and learn about their culture. One of the tribe’s distinguishing characteristics is the custom of adult women wearing circular disks in their lower lips. In Turmi, the women of the Hamer are a fine looking people, both men and women take great pride in their appearance, shaving and coloring their hair, oiling their bodies and decorating themselves with beads and bracelets worn around arms and legs. This afternoon, arrive at Buska Lodge on the banks of the Keske River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Buska Lodge, Turmi
Room: Standard Room


Day 9 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Excursion to Karo
Ethiopia gay tour - KaroEarly morning drive to Murelle to visit the Karo people near by the Omo River. They are easily recognizable by their elaborate body scarifications and their lower lips pierced with a stick or a plate of ivory.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Buska Lodge, Turmi
Room: Standard Room


Day 10 - Thursday, August 1, 2019
Drive to Konso
Ethiopia gay tour - KonsoFollowing breakfast, drive to Konso and, after the opportunity to refresh, you’ll visit Konso village.

The Konso Cultural Landscape is a 55km2 arid property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Kondo highlands. A registered UNESCO site, it constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. Konso people are known for their intricately terraced hill sides, fine woven materials and the carved totems in which they decorate their graves.

At Konso, visit the village of Machekie and en route there is a home of the Konso tribe’s kings, which is well worth visiting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Kanta Lodge, Konso
Room: Standard Room


Day 11 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Konso to Arba Minch
Ethiopia gay tour - Lake ChamoToday after breakfast you’ll drive to Arba Minch.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and, after the opportunity for a rest, we will have a boat trip over Lake Chamo to enjoy the hippos and crocodiles at a close range. This is a good place to watch large number of crocodiles on the shores. This place known as “Azo-Gebeya”, meaning Crocodile Market, and it offers one of Africa’s most impressive displays of big crocs.

In the late afternoon, we will drive to Dorze people at Chencha (about 35km away). The Dorze are famous for their huge beehive huts which are among the most distinctive traditional structures to been seen anywhere in Africa. Every Dorze compound is surrounded by enset (false banana) and other crops. In addition to this some of the country’s best-woven cotton comes from this village Chencha and the Shama (traditional) cloth produced around Chencha is regarded to be the finest in Ethiopia. After soaking all this up, we drive back to Arba Minch for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch
Room: Standard Room


Day 12 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
Arba Minch to Addis Ababa
Ethiopia gay tour - Addis AbabaThis morning transfer to the airport for our return flight to Addis Ababa.

After taking a rest, we will start to explore Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world. The visit includes the National Archaeological Museum, ranked among the most important in sub-Saharan Africa. Here one finds exhibits ranging from the 3.2million-year-old bones of Lucy, the pre-Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic and Gonder periods, with a wide array of artifacts, including an elaborate pre-1st-century-AD bronze oil lamp showing a dog chasing an ibex, a fascinating 4th-century-BC rock-hewn chair emblazoned with mythical ibexes, and ancient Sabaean inscriptions.

Our last night in Ethiopia will be a memorable farewell dinner at one of Addis Ababa’s wonderful cultural or international restaurants

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa
Room: Standard Room


Day 13 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
Addis Ababa Departure
Transfer to the airport for return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


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What's Included:

• 12 Nights Accommodations for all nights as listed in the itinerary:
- 2 nights at Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Ababa;
- 1 night at Sabean International Hotel in Axum;
- 2 nights at Maribela Hotel in Lalibela
- 1 night at Mayleko Lodge in Gondar
- 2 nights at Paradise Lodge in Arba Minch
- 1 night at Eco Omo Safari Lodge in Jinka
- 2 nights at Buska Lodge in Turmi
- 1 night at Kanta Lodge in Konso
• Meals on a full board basis
• All tour and transfers as per the program
• Boat trip on Lake Tana and Lake Chamo
• Very good English speaking escort guide for entire whole trip
• Local guide service where required
• A Coda representative on minimum participation
• Village fees
• All entrance fees
• Comfortable transportation
• Water while on tour
• Farewell dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Addis
• VAT and governmental taxes.


Not Included:

• International flights from/to Addis Ababa (ADD) and return; domestic flights
• Trip cancellation & interruption insurance (recommended)
• Tips to guides & drivers
• All personal charges like telephone bill, room service, alcoholic beverages, laundry service; photo fees.


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Tour Hotels

Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis AbabaThe Golden Tulip Addis Ababa is a striking, brand new hotel with a convenient location for business guests and tourists alike. This gleaming 5 star hotel in Addis Ababa is situated just 1 km from Bole International airport, with the city centre's attractions only a short distance away as well. Enjoy a warm welcome that blends international service standards with local hospitality. You'll find a range of amenities at your disposal, including conference facilities, bars, and restaurants.

Golden Tulip Hotel Addis Ababa roomThere are 90 spacious 5 star hotel rooms and suites available at the Golden Tulip Addis Ababa, all outfitted to the highest standard with a touch of luxury. Rooms are available to suit every need, and Wi-Fi access connects you to the world for a small fee. Enjoy the convenience of private bathrooms in our spacious rooms and suites, complete with complimentary toiletries. All rooms include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and minibar.


Sabean International Hotel, Axum

Sabean International Hotel, AxumSabean International Hotel is a modern and centrally located hotel in Axum.

Each room is air conditioned and fitted with a private bathroom, a flat screen TV, and a safety deposit box. Local and continental dishes and drinks are provided through the on-site restaurant and bar. A steam room and a sauna are featured where guests can enjoy relaxing treatments.


Maribela Hotel, Lalibela

Maribela Hotel, LalibelaHotel Maribela is located in the heart of Lalibela mountains. spacious and modern rooms all with breath taking views of the Ethiopian Highlands. Maribela Hotel was built in a very appealing design, inspired by the famous rock churches of Lalibela. The tasteful interior decoration gives every guest the very best in Lalibela hospitality.

Unique full service restaurant services Ethiopian and Continental food. The menu offer tasty and nutritious dishes prepared by a team of culinary experts led by our highly experienced chef, Our restaurant prides itself on providing quality food in a clean and delightful atmosphere.

Maribella Hotel roomLovely flowers adorn the space in the private balcony. A cozy daybed is made available so you can enjoy the gorgeous views. Maribella offers large soft towels and slippers and a spic and span, well fitted bathroom. Every thing functions great due to our in-house maintenance team. Front desk 24 hour staff shows that guests come first.


Mayleko Lodge, Gondar

Mayleko Lodge, GondarIdeally situated couple of minutes drive from Theodros Airport in Gondar, Mayleko is a luxury lodge surrounded with breathtaking beauty and nature. The lodge has 20 bungalows that have evocatively designed and styled to echo the area's rich history. It blends traditional elegance with modern luxury and will offer cuisine and service of fittingly high standard.

Mayleko, the name is derived from a part of Ethiopia that is well known as the home of ancient kings and queens and epitomes the tradition that is truly Ethiopian. The ancient castle of Fasiledes, the oldest and most imposing of the 17th century structures found in the city is only 15 Km from the lodge. Not only will guests have the opportunity to learn more about this part of Ethiopia, they will also do it in style with Mayleko.

Mayleko Lodge, GondarThe Mayleko Lodge bunglows are situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountain and its spectacular views. Small-scale farms and interlocking valleys and ridges are also visible in the distance and make Mayleko Lodge bungalows the perfect place to relax and unwind. Our bungalows are spacious, providing utmost comfort and relaxation and tastefully furnished with traditional rustic furniture.

You can enjoy fine dining in our restaurant on a beautiful terrace setting overlooking the mountain or you can relax with a drink or two by the cozy bar. Of course, a refreshing dip in our swimming pool is also your option.


Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch

Paradise Lodge, Arba MinchEach suite offers the opportunity, experience and privacy of your own bamboo thatched hut built in the traditional Gamo style with luxury hotel standards. All have a serene outdoor veranda with either a breathtaking view of the lakes or set in the lush gardens.

Our pristine outdoor pool in natural surroundings will make your vacation complete by offering the perfect place for a dip. The pool also includes a swim bar and outdoor TV.


Eco Omo Safari Lodge, Jinka

Eco Omo Lodge, JinkaThis ecofriendly lodge is constructed using natural materials and maintaining harmony with nature. The rooms are high quality tents placed on wooden platforms, which in turn are covered with a second roof made of grass. Our mottos are reducing, reuse and recycle.

This unique lodge is located in Jinka, in the heart of the Omo Valley, just outside the town and bordering the Neri River on the way to Mago National Park.


Buska Lodge, Turmi

Buska Lodge, TurmiBy far the best place to stay in the valley, Buska has nice green tukuls and rooms amid plenty of trees and flowers, and there are good facilities. The restaurant stretches beyond the ordinary with dishes like Hungarian goulash and a big wine list. Massage is available.


Kanta Lodge, Konso

Kanta Lodge, KonsoKanta Lodge is a comfortable new lodge in Konso. Staff are friendly, the rooms are comfortable and the views from the restaurant and terrace magnificent.

Rooms are traditional round tukuls with en-suite bathrooms. Interiors have been finished well, but if we have a quibble, the tukuls are rather crammed in. Having said that, given the overall standard of lodging in this part of the country, road weary travellers will be grateful of the comfort.


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Trip Notes

A visa is required for entry into to Ethiopia. It may be obtained upon arrived with a passport that will remain valid for 6 months passed your return home. You will also need 2 passport photos and $50 US cash. You can also get your visa through a visa service.

Ethiopia is a politically stable country. Its popular tourist areas are safe and secure. Ethiopia is known to be one of the safest places in Africa. Violent crime is very rare. Tourists should be aware of pickpockets in crowded places like markets, and it’s better not to showoff valuables and money.

Due to strict custom regulations, it may cause problems at the airport to carry more than the usual basic electronic devices, especially if they are new. Import Tax payment may be required. Souvenirs imitating historic artifacts have to be approved as not original by the National Museum in Addis Ababa, if not they can be confiscated at the airport customs before leaving Ethiopia. Purchasing receipts have to be saved. In many places, small fees are charged for photos taken of people, especially in the southern tribal areas of Ethiopia. Video fees can be very high in national parks and other guarded places.

We highly recommend bringing sunglasses and a hat for all areas of Ethiopia. Pack light clothes for the daytime and a jacket or sweater for the chilly highland evenings and a good pair of walking shoes. When entering the churches, the clothes have to be “respectful”, covering enough the body. Shoes must always be removed before entering churches and mosques – for traveling around sites like Lalibela with its many churches, airline socks are very useful.

Money can be exchanged in the airport, in hotels and banks. Exchange requires a passport and the receipts should be kept, as re-exchanging back into foreign currency is difficult otherwise. The Ethiopian currency is the Birr (“Silver” in Amharic). VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted at the major hotels. There are many ATM’s available in throughout Addis Ababa.


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Ethiopia Gay Tour 2019 Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy.
Domestic Flights are additional Addis-Baher Dar | Gonder-Axum | Axum-Lalibela - $795 If NOT flying to Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines, or $415 If flying to Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines

$ 5595

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy.
Domestic Flights are additional Addis-Baher Dar | Gonder-Axum | Axum-Lalibela - $795 If NOT flying to Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines, or $415 If flying to Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines

$ 6195

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