Day trip to Debre Libanos Monastery and Portuguese Bridge

Cultural & Theme Tours in Eastern Ethiopia

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This is a day trip from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos monastery and Portuguese bridge. This tour takes about 9 hours. Departure point can be airport or hotel.Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying northwest of Addis Ababa in the Oromia Region. Founded in the thirteenth century by Saint Tekle Haymanot. Along the side of the church, you cross a river and proceed on foot up a hill for about 15 minutes. According to legend, the Ethiopian Saint, Tekle Haimanot, prayed for 29 years, the legend says that he stood on one foot for so long that the other foot fell off. Sick people queue to receive holy water (which is believed to be a sign of the saint’s prayer).Near the monastery, you find the rock bridge built by Portuguese in the 16th century.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Portuguese Bridge, Debre Libanos, Oromiya RegionMorning (7:30 - 8:00 am), meet your driver/guide at preferred departure point, then drive 110 km north from Addis over the Entoto Mountains passing through the Sululta Plains to the Monastery of Debre Libanos established in the 13th century by Saint Tekle Haymanot, overlooking Jemma River Gorge, a tributary of the Blue Nile. Take a short walk to observe the endemic Gelada Baboon and 16th century Portuguese bridge. Further drive to admire the Blue Nile Gorge, at some point depending on visiting time, have a picnic lunch and drive back to Addis Ababa.On this trip you have the chance to buy local souvenir/handcrafts and other religious materials such as wooden cross.The price includes:Transfers and transportEntrance feeDriver/guide • Picnic lunchDuration: 9 hours

What’s included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Driver/guide
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Portuguese Bridge

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities