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Taking part in a traditional coffee ceremony
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Marvel at rock-cut churches 'made by angels'
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Enjoy informal presentations by Ruby Newman and Ethiopian experts
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Experience the dramatic scenery of the highlands
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Learn about the ancient Beta Israel history and tradition

Ethiopia: Early Humans and Ancient Traditions

Ethiopia has a rich history that is meaningful to the three major monotheistic religions. Outside of the lands of the ancient Near East there are few countries that are so integrated into biblical geography, mythology and literature. The love story between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba continues to resonate with the people of Ethiopia and with visitors who seek to connect with the biblical tales.

Until recently Ethiopia has been an undiscovered gem, which makes travel there all the more exciting. Addis Ababa is rapidly becoming a modern city, yet the villages and countryside retain their traditional ways of farming, markets and community structure. I have been fortunate to learn of Ethiopian village life firsthand, from people who experienced it as children and young adults.

My introduction to Ethiopia is as a scholar, studying the Beta Israel, the Ethiopian Jewish community, most of whom have emigrated to Israel over the past few decades. I am excited at the prospect of sharing stories I heard of women who grew up in Ethiopian villages as well as delving into the biblical legends. I visited Ethiopia a few years ago for an academic conference, spending time in Addis and Gondar, the centre of Jewish life for millenia. I am looking forward to returning to Addis and Gondar and to visiting Axum, believed to be home to the Ark of the Covenant.
Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

Ethiopia | 12 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
Feb 15-27, 2018
Cost:
US$5820 (Incl. US$325 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodation, most meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, domestic flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, internal flights, accompanied by Worldwide Quest tour leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$325 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa
Day 2: One the Ethiopia’s holiest sites, Debre Libanos
Day 3: Meet the 3.2-million-year-old Lucy
Day 4: Fly to Mekele, drive to Gheralta
Day 5: Drive to Axum, see the 2500-year-old Axumite Temple of the Moon
Day 6: Explore the stelae field
Day 7: Fly to Lalibela
Day 8: Explore rock-hewn churches
Day 9: More of Lalibela
Day 10: Fly to Gondar to visit the Falasha Jewish villages
Day 11: Gondar Castles, Lake Tana
Day 12: The source of the Blue Nile in Bahir Dar
Day 13: Fly to Addis and depart
Optional Extension: Hidden treasures of Sudan
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Your Tour Leader

Ruby Newman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She teaches courses in “Bad Girls in the Bible and “Superstition, Religion and Sexuality.” Her research includes collecting oral narratives of Ethiopian-Israeli women. For decades she has been one of the most in-demand speakers at Book Clubs and Community Groups. She is a frequent guest speaker at synagogues and churches.

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Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

Ethiopia | 12 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
Feb 15-27, 2018
Cost:
US$5820 (Incl. US$325 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 18 participants

Includes:
Accommodation, most meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, domestic flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, internal flights, accompanied by Worldwide Quest tour leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$325 are included.

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