Welcome to Lalibela

Lalibela (ላሊበላ) is history and mystery frozen in stone, its soul alive with the rites and awe of Christianity at its most ancient and unbending. No matter what you’ve heard about Lalibela, no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of its breathtaking rock-hewn churches, nothing can prepare you for the reality of seeing it for yourself. It’s not only a World Heritage site, but truly a world wonder. Spending a night... Read More

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$2370 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Day Historic Tour through Northern Ethiopia from Addis Ababa

Start with an early morning drive to Bahir Dar, that will enable you visit the Blue-Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos monastery. On Day 2, on lake Tana, you will visit the monasteries of Ura Kidane Mihiret, Kebran Gabriel and Daga Istifanos. In the afternoon, take an excursion to the Blue Nile Falls, also known locally as Tissisat waterfall, which are 328 feet (100 m) wide. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Bahir Dar and finish the day with a lovely sunset over Lake Tana. A morning drive on day 3 to Gondar, the Camelot of Africa. In the afternoon, visit Fasilidas' Palace, probably the most impressive of all the castles found in the area, and the oldest. Continue going to the Church of Debre Berham Selassie (Light of the Trinity). Arrive in Debark where you will visit Simien Mountains National Park. You can be dropped off for a 2-hour trek before returning to the lodge. Enjoy the panoramic views; you are likely to spot large groups of gelada monkeys. The road from Debark to Axum is spectacular. The Italian build 'Lima Limo Road' leads through dramatic scenery. On day 6, can a full day in Axum that will enable you to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Listed City. Visit the Tombs of King Kaleb and his son King Gabra Masqal, the Ezana’s stone inscriptions, Queen of Sheba’s palace and swimming pool, and the Church of Zion, the final resting place of what is believed to be the true arc of Covenant. After breakfast on day 7, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum. On the way, you will stop at Yeha Temple, Negash Mosque and Wukro Cherkos Church. Drive from Mekele to Lalibela, passing through the dramatic landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands. On day 9, discover Lalibela, home of the largest monolithic church in the world. Before lunch, you will start visiting churches the first and the second group out of the three groups. Afternoon, proceed, visiting the third group. Early in the morning on day 10, drive to Dessie. On the way, you will be visiting Lake Hyke and its island monastery. Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan. You will be arriving in Addis late afternoon on day 11. The tour ends at about 07:30pm.

$93.70 Outdoor Activities

Lasta Mountains: Highland Eco Trekking Tour in Lalibela

Starting early in the morning the hike with an English- speaking, local guide goes right up, deep into the beautiful Lasta mountains above Lalibela, providing vast, fantastic views over the land. The different hikes can be combined with visiting the still working mountain monastery Asheten Maryam or the beautiful cave church Yemrehane Kristos as well as the still not often discovered, deep in the woods church Emekina Medhane Alem. Clear highlight of all tours is the personal interaction with the Ethiopian Highlander farmers, being able to take part in their daily activities and lending a hand with all, even the possibility to teach in the mountain school. Of course always included is the famous and very special Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Food and bottled water is taken care of, for longer treks there will be a donkey for transporting things, as well as an own cook coming. Up on the plateau called Abune Yoseph hordes of Gelada Baboons are running freely, it is also one of the best places in Ethiopia for spotting many different birds from eagles to bearded vultures and many more and, not to be forgotten: the Ethiopian Wolf lives up here too. So, altogether it is a great combinations of exploring the beauty of the Ethiopian landscape like on top of the world with learning about the real Ethiopian culture from the people itself and seeing absolutely rare animals. The great thing about these tours is also the starting point right in Lalibela.

$3699 National Geographic Journeys

Mysteries of Ethiopia

Ethiopia stands at the cultural crossroads of Africa and the Middle East. Discover its dramatic landscapes and diverse cultures on a 13-day adventure. Trek into the stunning Simien Mountains, explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, and introduce yourself to the residents of the progressive village of Awra Amba. In this unique country, surprises await around every turn of the dusty road.

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Highlights of Ethiopia

Rich with natural contrast, captivating human history and countless surprises, Ethiopia has long been an intersection between the civilizations of North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. This 15-day adventure is perfect for the traveller looking to delve into the history and culture of this incredibly diverse land like few others do. In fact, we’ll help to take some of the infamous bumps out of African travel through a combination of flights and comfortable land transport. Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged.