Lalibela Tours from Addis Ababa, Multi Day

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  The experience with Arada Tour was unforgettable. This whole time I was well taken care of and felt very safe. The trekking experience was amazing, we had the opportunity to... read more

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1/18/2019
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Tour Details

Our  Lalibela Tours from Addis Ababa are some of our most popular weekend excursions.New Jerusalem” is home to 12 rock hewn churches.  Their construction started in the 13th century, during the reign of King Lalibela.  Located in the Amhara region of Northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is a unique city surrounded by beauty, royalty, and religion.  A one hour domestic flight from Addis Ababa Bole International begins the Lalibela Tour. Flying aboard Ethiopian Airlines connects voyagers to what could be considered the 8th Wonder of the World.  Conveniently situated in the heart of Lasta Mountains, Lalibela is culturally a hidden gem.   The beautiful terrain allows for excellent trekking opportunities in the hills surrounding Lalibela.  Walk the grounds of a UNESCO world heritage site, rock hewn churches, inspired by a vision from King Gebre Meskel Lalibela.

It is believed that throughout the 24 year journey, equaling an estimated 40,000 man hours, angels worked with the Orthodox Christians to construct 11 churches and 2 chapels.  A tour of Lalibela will guide you through this subdivision, arranged into two groups divided by a river but connected by tunnels and trenches.  The awe inspiring architecture will blow any travelers’ imagination.

Our comprehensive tour includes an all-inclusive vacation package.  You will return home dreaming of the amazing views from your hotel room balcony.  Lalibela is what we call “The cherry on top” of your vacation.  The energy of this rich and enchanting place compels some visitors to drop a tear or two.  Enquire today to reserve your Lalibela Vacation Package. 

Departure & Return Location

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Arrival Location

Lalibela, Ethiopia (Google Map)

Tour Start Time

6:00 AM

All-Inclusive Vacation Package Prices

Price Includes

  • Domestic Flights
  • Private Hotel Room
  • Tour Guides
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Water, Juices, Coffee, Tea

Complementaries

  • Access to Mobile Phone and Camera Charging
  • 24/7 Personal Concierge

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Good Service
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Route Highlights - What to Expect

Lalibela Tour from Addis Itinerary Infographic Map
Lalibela Tour from Addis
  • See the largest monolithic church in the world, Bet Medhane Alem
  • View the Ethiopian highlands from Yemrehanna Kristos. The church resides in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela.
  • Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Touch magnificant churches carved directly into the stone of the mountainside more than 800 years ago
  • Relax with a cup of coffee, on your private hotel balcony, observing an unforgettable view as the sun rises.

11 Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

North of the river Jordan: Churches 1-5   
South of the river: Churches 6-11

      1. Bet Medhane Alem  (House of the Saviour of the World)
      2. Bet  Mariam (House of Mary)
      3. Bet  Maskal (House of the Cross)
      4. Bet Denagel (House of Virgins)
      5. Bet Golgotha Mikael (House of Golgotha Mikael)
      6. Bet Amanuel (House of Emmanuel)
      7. Bet Qeddus Mercoreus (House of St. Mercoreos)
      8. Bet Abba Libanos (House of Abbot Libanos)
      9. Bet Gabriel Raphael (House of Gabriel Raphael)
      10. Bet Lehem (House of Holy Bread)
      11. Bet Ghiorgis (House of St. George)

       

Arada Tours customer taking a photo at Biete Medhane Alem
Arada Tours customer taking a photo at Bet Medhane Alem

Tour Itineraries

Lalibela Tour 3 Days

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Day 1Fly to Lalibela, Rock Hewn Church Tour, Dinner

After a short early morning domestic flight totaling an hour, arrive in the beautiful city of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Following the hotel transfer and check-in, proceed to a mid-day lunch exploring the famous Ethiopian culinary scene. In Lalibela, guest will enjoy a delicious traditional Ethiopian meal at one of the best local spots in town. Lalibela is well known for its unique preserved and still active rock hewn churches. This tour starts the adventure by visiting the northwestern cluster of churches. This cluster consist of Biete Golgotha Mikael, Biete Mariam, Biete Denagel, Biete Maskal and Biete Medhani Alem. Be amazed with a detailed focused local tour guide explaining the complexity of architecture, history, and overall existence of the structures. Dinner will be served atop a mountain at one of Ethiopia’s most picturesque restaurants.

Day 2Visit Asheten Maryam or Yemrehanna Kristos, Rock Hewn Church Tour, Dinner, Traditional Dance House

Following a morning breakfast journey to Asheten Maryam or Yemrehanna Kristos. The option to trekk, instead of drive, to either or both sites is available. Enjoy the hilltop views from the summit of the churches. The tour of the southeastern cluster of rock-hewn churches follows. Dinner will be served atop at one of Ethiopia’s most picturesque restaurants. The option to attend the Ethiopian Traditional Dance show will be available. Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) is included.

Day 3Na'akuto La'ab Tour, Fly to Addis Ababa, Lunch, Shopping

Coffee connoisseur or elegant tea consumer, wake up to a beautiful cup to energize the day. Breakfast will feature delicious courses as a farewell to Lalibela. Scenic views during a transfer from the hotel to the airport will bring a close to the adventure. After drive to Na’akuto La’ab. The 13th century church was built under a cliff. The beautiful monastery showcases artwork such as centuries-old hand painted frescoes, historical artifacts and manuscripts, and holy water said to cure any illness. Returning to Addis Ababa on a quick flight totaling one hour will leave plenty of time in the day for more adventure.

Lalibela Tour 2 Days

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Day 1Fly to Lalibela, Lalibela Tour of Rock-Hewn Churches, Dinner

After a short early morning domestic flight totaling an hour, arrive in the beautiful city of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Following the hotel transfer and check-in, proceed to a mid-day lunch exploring the famous Ethiopian culinary scene. In Lalibela, guest will enjoy a delicious traditional Ethiopian meal at one of the best local spots in town. Lalibela is well known for its unique preserved and still active rock hewn churches. This tour starts the adventure by visiting the northwestern cluster of churches. This cluster consist of Biete Golgotha Mikael, Biete Mariam, Biete Denagel, Biete Maskal and Biete Medhani Alem. Be amazed with a detailed focused local tour guide explaining the complexity of architecture, history, and overall existence of the structures. Dinner will follow an action packed day!

Day 2Na'akuto La'ab Tour, Fly to Addis Ababa

The day begins with breakfast and coffee! After, drive to Na’akuto La’ab. The 13th century church that was built under a cliff. The monastery showcases artwork such as centuries-old hand painted frescoes, historical artifacts and manuscripts, and holy water said to cure any illness. Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa for tour ending.