A rightful wonder of the ancient world, the rock hewn churches at Lalibela are not to be missed by anyone with an interest in early Ethiopian history or religious pilgrimage sites. Make the trip with ease on this 3-day guided tour. Tour the magnificent ruins with your guide for a deeper understanding of their significance.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you wil visit half of the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). The Rock hewn churches that you will visit today before lunch will be the first group of churches included: Bete Medhanialem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, BeteDenagl and Bete Gologota Michal. In the afternoon and evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay, Lalibela.
One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches. Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela the Yimerhane Kirsotos Church. Visit the marble churches called Yimrhanne kirstos, which predates the Lalibela churches and was built using a completely different style of construction involving marble and wood. After lunch you will visit the second group of churches. This afternoon you will visit the second group of Rock Hewn Churches and St. George including: Bete Gebral, Bete Merquros, Bete Emanule, Betelehiam, Bete Aba Libanos and Bete Ghiorgis. Overnight stay in Lalibela.
Visit the hill Church of Asheton Mariam and Nakutoleab In the morning. After lunch visit the market of Lalibela. O/n Lalibela The church has ancient sculptures. After you visit the church walk to the near hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the area and in another direction return to Lalibela. Overnight stay in Lalibela.
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I booked a private guide for my vist at the churches in Lalibela and tours to Asheton Maryam Monastry and to Yemrehanna Krestos Church and it was really great! The native guide was perfect in both, educated as a tourist guide and also showing me his culture, country and religion! All the entrance fees, car and Bajaja fares have been included and the guide was always intime and very ambitious to show and explain all the point of interest to me! In my opinion a tour guide is a huge benefit for visitors because the churches are not singnposted at all and you won`t understand most of the meanings, hidden subjects and details without one. At least an appeal: please respect that this places are not a museum but holy places for the people! You also won`t go to Vatikan in shorts and tanktop! Pants, longsleeve and hiking boots are also more functionell because of the sun and the stony pathes!
Start city: Lalibela
Nearest airport: Lalibela Airport (LLI)
Duration: 3 days
Starts at: 9:00 at Lalibela Airport or hotel of your choice
Ends at: Lalibela Airport or hotel of your choice
Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors
Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request