The former capital of Ethiopia, Gondar is famous for its imposing castles, built in the 17th and 18th centuries by several generations of Ethiopia’s kings. Once the seat of Ethiopian emperors, the walled Fasil Ghebbi fortress and palace compound contains the immense 17th-century castle of Emperor Fasilides, combining Portuguese, Indian and local architectural styles.
Nearby is Debre Birhan Selassie church, with its sensational angelic ceiling, and the bathhouse of Fasilides where thousands of Ethiopians celebrate the Timkat Festival every January. This is one of the greatest festivals in the world and the most important day in the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar. Crowds gather at the Facilides baths, where the water has been blessed by priests, and young men dive in to symbolise the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan. Our Gondar tours also visit the Kindu Trust, a local organisation working with disadvantaged children, their families and communities.
Gondar Adventure Holidays
13 DaysfromCAD 4,945
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit
Overall, it was an interesting and very enjoyable experience. Our guide, Yitbarek, was very well organized, knowledgeable, and his love for his country and people shone through. Scenery was spectacular. Hotels, food, and wine ranged in quality, but I went knowing Ethiopia’s infrastructures were poor as were many of the roads. Timket was amazing.
Ethiopia is not like any other African country. It is Orthodox Christian by choice not conversion and had no colonial period. It’s modern economic development is astonishing with people being lifted out of poverty before your eyes. It is still strange and erratic at times – they turn off the internet from time to time – but the scenery is astonishing and the people generally welcoming and pleased to meet you, even if the children have all figured out that tourists mean rich pickings.
I didn’t know much about Ethiopia. We suddenly make plan to visit Ethiopia and in this trip we come to about its culture and history. This trip is quite nice, sometime such sudden plans give you lot of happiness and fun.