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Ethiopia Stop-Over (5 days)

About this Tour:

This tour is ideal for passing through travellers who would like to get a glimpse of Ethiopia’s capital and furthermore would like to explore the world-famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela as well as the impressive nearby monasteries of Yemrehanna Kristos, Asheton Maryam and Ne’akuto Le’ab.

Highlights:

  • Mount Entoto with the best views over the capital.
  • National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old bones of Lucy
  • Trinity Cathedral
  • The Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa
  • Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, the unofficial 8th Wonder of the World (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • 12th century Cave monastery of Yemrehanna Kristos
  • Mountain monastery of Asheton Maryam with fantastic panoramic views over the region of Lalibela
  • Cave monastery of Ne’akuto Le’ab

Short Info:

  • Tour code: WET-ESO-5
  • May be conducted throughout the whole year
  • Hotel standard: may be chosen as basic or higher standard
  • Number of domestic flights: 2
  • Required fitness level: no requirements

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa and City Tour

Upon arrival at Bole International Airport you will be met by a Welcome Ethiopia Tours representative and be taken to your reserved hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we have various sightseeing options:

  • Mount Entotowith the best views over the capital.
  • Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where you can see a variety of artifacts from all the different regions reflecting the history and culture of the country
  • National Museum which among other exhibits the 3.5-million-year-old bones of Lucy.
  • George Cathedral, where paintings by the famous Ethiopian artist Afework Tekele and other ecclesiastical wealth and cultural heritage of the past are displayed.
  • Trinity Cathedral: this is the burial place of members of the imperial family and noted patriots; the cathedral is the most magnificent of its kind in the country, ornamented with carvings, mosaics and other artistic works.
  • The Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa

Hotel: Monarch Hotel or similar 4-star hotel, Addis Ababa (www.monarchaddis.com)

Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Lalibela (flight)

Morning:
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lalibela with ET160 at 08.05h. Arrival 09.00h. You will be picked up in Lalibela by a Welcome Ethiopia Tours agent and be transferred to your reserved hotel. We will then start our visit of the 11-renowned rock hewn churches of Lalibela, also known as the “8th wonder of the world”. The Lalibela rock hewn churches are physically carved from the rock on which they stand. These towering edifices seem to be a superhuman creation in scale, workmanship and concept. Some are sculptured out of a solid volcanic rock, others are connected by long underground tunnel and mazes. Some are quarried enlargements of caves. The first group of six churches lies in rock cradles, one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mikeal, Bet Mariam, Bet Maskel, Bet Dangal and Bet Medhanealem. Bet Medhanealem, the largest rock hewn church in the world is built like a Greek temple.

Afternoon:
After lunch, we will visit to the second group of churches located to the south of the river Jordan. The second group comprises Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant of all the Lalibela churches. Bet Giyorgis lies somewhat isolated to the southwestern part of the village on a slopping rock terrace and can only be reached through a tunnel. The group of four churches, south of the river Jordan river, comprises Bet Emanuel, Bet Mercurios, Bet Aba Libanos and Bet Gabriel and Rufeal. Bet Emanuel’s elaborated exterior has been much praised by international art historians.

Hotel: Mountain View Hotel or similar, Lalibela (www.mountainview-hotel.com)

Day 3: Full Day in Lalibela

Morning:
If you wish we can spend some more time exploring the rock-hewn churches. Alternatively, we may take an excursion to the Asheton Maryam Monastery (3200 m above sea level) from where you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views over the beautiful surroundings.

Afternoon:
After lunch we will visit the fascinating cave church of Yirmahne Kristos dating from the 11th century. Driving through the local villages located in scenic landscape will take us 2 hours each way.

Hotel: Mountain View Hotel or similar, Lalibela (www.mountainview-hotel.com)

Day 4: Lalibela – Addis Ababa (flight)

 Morning:
Depending on the flight times, we could visit the Ne’akuto Le’ab Monastery outside the town.

Afternoon:
You will be picked up at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and taken to your hotel. According to your interests, there are various sightseeing and shopping opportunities.

Evening:
In the evening you will be invited to a memorable farewell dinner in one of Addis Ababa’s traditional restaurants with cultural songs, dances and traditional food and drinks. You will then be transferred to your reserved hotel.

Hotel: Monarch Hotel or similar 4-star hotel, Addis Ababa
(www.monarchaddis.com)

 

Day 5: Addis Ababa (Departure)

Transfer to the Airport and Departure

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