SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pat Johnson, Executive Director of
The Museum of the African Diaspora announced the launch of the ultimate travel
series for the discriminating traveler. The first tour in the series is a
fifteen-day adventure in historic Ethiopia. "Please join the MoAD Group for a
journey into the past as we also gain a first hand look at the new Ethiopia.
As the location for early civilizations and a focal point for religious and
cultural developments on the African continent, Ethiopia promises to awaken
and enlighten all who cross its vast terrain," said Pat Johnson. "You will
have the travel experience of a lifetime." She added.
The 15-day itinerary (January 15-29) begins in Addis Ababa, continues to
Axum, Lalibela, Bahir Dar, Gondar and back to Addis. Travelers will depart
from San Francisco to Addis Ababa, a city that is very young when compared to
a country, which dates back more than 3000 years. Founded in 1886, Addis is
located at the foot of the highest part of Ethiopia. Highlights in Addis Ababa
include the spectacular views from Mount Entoto, the National Museum (which
houses the 3.5 million year old skeleton of "Lucy"), the Ethnographic Museum
inside University Campus, which houses an extraordinary collection of the
priceless and varied ethnic collection, Trinity Church and the Mercato, one of
the largest open air markets in Africa.
Travelers will attend the Trinket evening ceremony. Celebrated in Orthodox
Christian strongholds this colorful three-day festival celebrates Epiphany and
is marked by the procession of the tabots (a replica of the Ark of the
Covenant, the original is said to be in the chapel of Axum.)
Other stops on the tour include a boat trip on Lake Tana, the Blue Nile
River, a baptism ceremony at the Tabot Madieria, Simon Mountain National Park
(Mountains of the Gods) and Lalibela known for its monolithic rock-hewn
churches and designated by UNESCO as the "Eight Wonder of the World."
The cost is $4299 per person from San Francisco and includes
accommodations in five star deluxe hotels, three meals daily including a
special Farewell Dinner, private motor coaches and services of English
speaking guides and entrance fees.
The Museum of the African Diaspora, or "MoAD," will be located in the
first three floors of a new $200 million St. Regis Hotel in downtown San
Francisco, near the city's Museum of Modern Art and the Moscone Convention
Center. In planning for more than a decade, MoAD will be dedicated to the art,
culture, history and literature emanating from the African cradle of humanity
that makes all humankind part of the African "Diaspora," the dispersion of a
people from their homeland.
For a complete itinerary logon to www.moadsf.org or call 415-358-7200.
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