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$215 Day Trips & Excursions

Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa

Start driving the total of 192 km, with a private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, south of Addis Ababa through the scenic Rift Valley. The first stop along the way is at an outlook to enjoy and take a photo of the Rift Valley, and then cross the bridge over the Awash River (an inbound river which doesn’t reach the sea) by walking.  After driving 62 km, of which 12 is on a gravel road, visit the ancient rock-carved church of Adadi Mariam which was founded in the 13th Century by King Lalibela. If the day is Thursday or Sunday, visit the colorful cultural weekly held market of the Oromo people at Adadi town. On the way back to the main road, stop at a local family house to take part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and to learn how to cook Enjera. Then, head to the Steles of Tiya to visit about 40 stone grave markers which are decorated with carvings and erected in the 14th Century AD in honor of a local hero. It is one of the sites of Ethiopia included the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. En route back to Addis Ababa, visit the prehistoric archaeological site of Melka Kunture to visit ancient fossils of animals and humans and some of the oldest stone tools humankind ever used. This is a private tour for up to 6 visitors in a group for the same price including the private comfortable Toyota Minivan with fuel (gasoline) and driver’s allowance, family visit and coffee ceremony attendance, professional experience English speaking tour guide and all related government taxes.

$195.64 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lalibela Rock Churches Guided Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Highland Eco Trekking Tours EthiopiaThe tour company Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of LalibelaA guide from our team will meet you at Lalibela airport arrival with a car to bring you to your Hotel. The drive from the Airport to Laibela town (your hotel) would be 24 k/m, and takes around 30 minutes.After check-in, start your tour to the UNESCO World Heritage site rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches, which is built by the symbol of the earthly Jerusalem:-Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for Women).From 12 - 2pm the churches are closed and the key -man will go for lunch break.We also will take you to one of the best restaurant for lunch (7olives Hotel).In the afternoon, after lunch continue with the South-eastern Cluster of churches, built by the symbol of heavenly Jerusalem:–Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches –Bet Giyorgis (St George), constructed in honour of the patron Saint George.After having visited all the churches, we take you to the villages where you will be able to see the way life of the locals very closely, and get invited for our famous traditional coffee ceremony.In the Evening after dinner in Kana restaurant, we will invite you to try our famous home-made Honey wine, in one of the best traditional bar we have in town called Torpido. There you will also have the chance to see the Amhara tribes dance and enjoy our traditional music live. Then we bring you to your hotel.Next day morning transfer to the airport.* If you arrive in the afternoon in Lalibela, you will visit some of the churches from 2pm -5pm, then visit the rest of the churches before your departure to the airport. We also organize an amazing ECO trekking tour to the highlands above Lalibela, Contact us for details or see our listed tour here on Tripadvisor Experience Duration: 1 dayStop At: Church of St. GeorgeThe famous cross shaped church of St. George is one of the highlight of Lalibela churches.Duration: 40 minutes

$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Age-Old Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Picking you at 08:30am from where you are in Lalibela, then drive to the church site where you find a concentration of some of Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world” These churches are, and they have been for at least 800 years, an active Christian shrine, the spiritual center of the country’s religious life. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela. In the morning you will visit 5 churches namely; Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil and Bete Golgotha Michael. After lunch break you will visit the remaining 6 churches namely; Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios, Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem, Bete Aba Libanos and Bete Giorgis. After the tour you will be transferred to your designated place within Lalibela town. And end of the tour.

$1638 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11 Days Historic Route to North Ethiopia

Day1: After Arrival Visit the Ethnographic Museum, a great introduction to Ethiopian culture and history, Merkato, one of Africa's largest outdoor markets, and Trinity Cathedral, resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie. Overnight will be in Reserved HotelDay2: Fly to Bahir Dar. Visit the marketplaces, take a boat trip on Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, and tour ancient island monasteries. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 3: Drive to Gondar. Tour the Royal Enclosure, featuring five castles built by a succession of Ethiopian Kings beginning in the early 17th century. Visit Debre Birhan Selassie church, famous for its religious art and iconic ceiling depicting angels. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 4: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park. Enjoy some light hiking in the afternoon in the park and spot wildlife such as the endemic Gelada baboon. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 5: Take a scenic drive to Axum, capital of the ancient Axumite Empire. Experience the magnificent views on the way. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 6: Tour the ancient stelae fields, standing for 2,000 years, the new and impressive Archeological Museum, other tombs and archaeological sites. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 7: Drive to the Gheralta lodge passing the Adwa battlefield, Emperor Menelik II's victory site over the Italians. Visit the 2,500 year old ruins of Yeha, Aba Gerima and Petros Paulos Tigray rock churches. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 8: Visit more ancient rock-hewn churches: We/Abraha Atsbeha; the beautiful Wukro Chirkos; and  Medhane Alem Kesho. Drive to Mekele. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 9: Drive on a scenic road to Lalibela. Arrive late afternoon and enjoy the sunset from the terrace. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 10: Tour the 11 magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 11: For the morning we have two choices: Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town; OR Drive to Yemrehana Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. Tour Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. Overnight Reserved HotelDay 12: Flying Back to Addis Ababa Visit the National Museum, home of the 3.2 million years old skeleton "Lucy." Optional souvenir shopping. Farewell dinner in traditional Ethiopian restaurant. Transfer to airport. End of the Trip!

$150 Outdoor Activities

Two Days Eco Trekking Tours

During arrival, We always arrange a Taxi service to our customers from Lalibela Airport until their reserved hotel. The day before trekking start, we will meet our guests at our office (which is located at the center of the town, Next to the Ethiopian Airlines Lalibela office) for conformation and we will explain about the details of your trekking tour using the site map and our office will be the point where your trekking tour will start!The next day morning around 7:45am your trekking guide and the porter will meet you again at the reception of your Hotel to organise and pack your materials that will be on the donkey and your trekking will start from our office!The local community coming down from their village to Lalibela open air market!Day 1: Walking Tour to Ade Medhanealem VillageAt the morning 7:45am your trekking guide will meet you again at the reception of your Hotel and your trekking will begin. After 25 minutes, you will find yourself leaving the town, you will be on the top of Lalibela, wondering the landscape with the fresh air of the Ethiopian highlands.The difficulties of this trip is between 6 – 7% and offers a unique combination of spectacular scenery, culture and history.Continue walking for about 2:30h, You will arrive at “Merebarbu” Which is 3,500m and has a panoramic view of the region. Here, You will have a short minutes of break having fruits on your hand. Start waking again, You will pass through afro alpine forest, Hagenia abyssinica plants, remote villages, farm lands and looking the Gelada Baboon.Mid day, You will arrive again to mount “Atabkit” Which is 3,600m and has a spectacular view over the other side of the region. It is the place where you are going to eat your lunch and have some time of rest by wondering the view and looking the mountain Peoples doing the routine of life.In the afternoon, the trek starts again and you arrive “Wodebye” village at the evening where food, drinks and foot massage will be waiting for you.After having your welcoming soup with coffee or tea, you walk round the village, with the children you can do some fun and we will take you back again to a farmers house next to your lodge for having dinner. There you will be with the families of the farmer setting beside a fire, animals and children!After spending an optional extra acclimatization day here, Finally, you will go to your separate room to sleep and we will see each other on the next day morning for a breakfast.Overnight: At Ade Medhanealem Village.(L, B)Day. 2: Walking Tour Back to LalibelaAfter having your breakfast, you start the downhill walking back to Lalibela which is far about 22km. and that will take us about an 8 hours walking trip again.Overnight: Hotel in Lalibela.(B, L, D)

$2475 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 Days - 7 Nights Classic Ethiopia Tour

Our life time journey begins with the city tour of Addis Ababa. Then followed by the morning flight to Bahir Dar, where we will explore the interesting medieval periods of Lake Tana monasteries and the marvelous Blue Nile falls and then continuing to Gondar for visiting the famous Royal Enclosures. Our discovery of this fascinating historic route also continues to the lovely landscape of Simein Mountains, where you’ll enjoy a half day walking with the troops of Gellad Baboon – Endemic for Ethiopia. After a morning walk through the beautiful scenery of the mountains then we will back to Gondar. Then we will proceed to visit the ancient kingdom of Axum with the mysterious steale parks and the queen of Sheba ruined palaces. Our Journey will also touch the splendid Rock churches of Lalibela, considered as one of the eight wonders of the world and you will have enough time to learn more about these rock churches with your guided tour.Activities that are included in the tours:Day 1. ARRIVAL AND ADDIS ABABA CITY TOURDay 2. FLY TO BAHIR DAR AND VISITING BLUE NILE FALLS AND LAKE TANNADay 3. DRIVE TO GONDAR (UNESCO – WORLD HERITAGE SITE)Day 4. VISITING THE SEMEIN MOUNTAIN (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)Day 5. FLY AND VISITING AXUM (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)Day 6. FLY AND VISITING LALIBELA (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)Day 7. EXPLORE LALIBELADay 8. FLY BACK TO ADDIS ABABA AND DEPARTURE