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

San Francisco,CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2004

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 99 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 0 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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