The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Presents: Destination the Diaspora

MoAD Launches Travel Series in January 2005. First Stop: Historic Ethiopia

Oct 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

    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 or call 415-358-7200.
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