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Visit northern Ethiopian town of Lalibela which contains the highest concentration of rock-hewn churches in the country. Constituting the major pilgrimage site for followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, its eleven churches are among the finest of Ethiopia’s nearly 200 rock-hewn churches. As you will notice, the Lalibela churches take their form, placement, and orientation from both geological features and structures within the complex.
|Addis Ababa||Addis Ababa, founded in 1886 by Menelik II, is situated at 2,500 meters (8000 ft) above sea level. It is the highest capital city in the world, after La Paz and Quito in South America. The city enjoys an excellent climate all year round, with an average temperature of 25C (77F). With multiethnic population of over 5 million, Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the “Mercato”.|
|The Rock-Hewn Churches||These include Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis. Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.|
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by your tour guide and driver for the transfer to Hotel. There will be a short drive to your hotel.
Addis Ababa is a pleasant city with wide avenues of jacarandas, interesting museums, and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, known as the “Mercato”.
Overnight at Jupiter Hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Fly Addis Ababa | Axum
In the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa Airport for your flight to Axum. After check in to the Hotel, you will start to visit the ancient city of Axum.
This is the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization, and by the first century Axum was a major trading center for exotic goods from Egypt, Rome, Nubia, Greece, Syria, and India. The Holy Ark of the Covenant was brought here before the destruction of the Temple, and Axum is reputed to be the second Jerusalem.
Your today’s visit in Axum include: the Stele field, Kaleba Tombs, the 4th century Christian inscription of King Ezana, Queen of Sheba’s Palace, Archeological Museum, and Tsion Mariam Church where the original Ark of the Covenant is housed.
Overnight at Sabean Hotel – Axum. LDBB
Day 3 : Fly Axum | Lalibela
Early breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Axum Airport for your flight to Lalibela. After check in to your Hotel, drive to the site where we 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.
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit today include: Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagil, Bete Golgotha Michael and Bete Giorgis.
Overnight at Tukul Village Hotel – Lalibela. LDBB
Day 4 : Lalibela | Asheten Mariam
In the morning, mule ride, and trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, this is very famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level. We will trek/mule ride through dramatic highland scenery and which eventually ends in a beautiful serene agricultural hamlet.
After having lunch and rest at the hotel, we will continue our journey into Ethiopia’s long and marvelous past with a visit to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. Ones we finished visiting the second group of churches we will walk to the village through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
The rock-hewn churches that we will visit this afternoon include: Bete Gebriel, Bete Mercorios, Bete Amanuel, Bethlehem and Bete Aba Libanos.
Overnight at Tukul Village Hotel – Lalibela. LDBB.
Day 5 : Fly Lalibela | Addis Ababa & Depart
After breakfast, transfer to Lalibela airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. After check in to hotel, the rest of the day you will have city tour of Addis Ababa which includes: National Museum Ethnographic Musem, Merkato, Piassa and other parts of the city.
In the evening, there will be a special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks. There will also be a live cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip. At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour
- Visit the birthplace of Ethiopian civilization; the ancient city of Axum.
- Ethiopia’s most famous rock-hewn churches, mostly referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”
- Trek to the top of Asheten Mariam Monastery, famous for its 12-century monastery church and beautiful view at 10,298 ft above sea level.
- Ejoy special Ethiopian farewell dinner party with traditional buffet and local drinks while being entertained by a live cultural dance show
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Addis Ababa International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|