General Information

  • Spaces Available: All space available
  • Days and Nights: 5 Days and 4 Nights
  • Tour Code: MFLT-EBTT 02/2018
  • Tour Guide:
  • Minimum Participant: 2 traveler and 1 Ethio Blossoms driver guide
  • Transportation: Domestic flight, Surface Drive and Trekking
  • Start Location: Addis Ababa
  • End Location: Addis Ababa
  • Type of Tour: Festival and History

Highlight of the tour!

Day Activity Hotels
Sep. 24 Addis Ababa city tour Jupiter International Hotel
Sep. 25 Fly Lalibela and visit Mountain View Hotel
Sep. 26 Drive Yimirihane Kiristos Mountain View Hotel
Sep. 27 Visit Asheten Mariam Mountain View Hotel
Sep. 28 Visit Nakuto-Laab-Fly Addis Ababa

September 24/2018: Arrival Addis City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international airport, meet by Ethio Blossoms Tour and Travel representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open-air market in Africa).

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Jupiter International Hotel

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 80km and 1-hour drive
  • Game drive varies the time of arrival

September 25/2018: Fly to Lalibela visit Rock hewn churches

Fly to Lalibela and take the airport shuttle transfer to the Town (40 minute) and visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela. Lalibela is most famous for its churches. Visit the 12th century Rock hewn churches called the ̎Eighth wonder of the world ̋ which are still active places of worship and host many major religious Ceremonies. The churches are carved out of solid rock, and each has unique architectural features. Take a wander through the tunnels and stair ways linking the churches together.
After lunch will drive to the site where we find a concentration of some of Ethiopians most famous Rock Hewn churches, mostly referred by many as ʺthe living wonders of the worldʺ these churches, have been here for at list 900 years, an active christen shrine, the spiritual center of the counters religious life. The monolithic churches where carved out of 2600-sq natural rock terrace in the twelve century AD by king Lalibela. Bete Medhanialem, the largest monolithic Rock hewn churches of the world, measures 37.7 ft in Height, covers an area of almost 2625 Square ft and has walls that are up to 6 feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and anther 38 pillars around the outside. Bete Medhanialem modeled on the original St. Merry-zion church build by king Ezana in 4th century at Axum. The Rock hewn churches that we are going to visit today before lunch will be the first group of churches included: Bete Medhanialem, Bete Mariam, Bete Meskel, Bete Denagl and Bete Gologota-we-Michal.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 100 km and 2-hour drive
  • Game drive varies the time of arrival

September 26/2018: Yimrhanne-Kirstos and Demera (Eve of Meskel)

After breakfast we will drive to Yimrhanne-kirstos, located 2 hours drive from Lalibela.  Yemrehane-Kirstos church predates the Lalibela churches and was built using a completely different style of construction involving marble and wood. The church is built inside a cave. Pass through different villages and learn about local crops on different plateaus, spectacular scenery till your reach the church. Yimrhanne-kirstos is 80 years older than churches of Lalibela and it was a big impact for the Lalibela Church.

Let afternoon, we will attend Demera, the Eve of Meskel where the priest and deacons dressed in their colorful dress, singing and dancing march to a place near the churches to assemble the firework to be lit in the coming morning. The followers dressed in their dazzling white flock to this place most of them with a piece of firewood. Then goes the blessing, the chanting and dancing until the evening. It is a very colorful eve to be seen.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 120km and 4-hour drive
  • Game drive varies the time of arrival

September 27/2018: Meskel Festival and Asheten Mariam Monastery

In the morning, we will witness one of the most colorful festivals held in Ethiopia, the Meskel Festival at Lalibela. afternoon walk to the Meskel Square where you will bump into huge festival of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Meskel festival commemorates the finding of the True cross on which Jesus Christ of Nazareth was crucified in Golgotha in the fourth century by Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine. The celebration of Meskel recognizes the presence of the true cross at the Mountain of Gishen Mariam monastery in Ethiopia, and also recognizes Empress Helena’s road to finding it. After a mass song and prayer there will be a big bon fire for the commemoration of the Meskel festival.

After lunch drive to visit the monastery church of Asheten Mariam (3150m) enjoying the spectacular view starting you left the town. Ashten Mariam monastery located 40-minute drive from Lalibela, is the first church of king Lalibela but Lalibela didn’t finish the church, it was completed by his nephew and successor king Nakute-Laab. The church has ancient sculptures. After you visit the church walk to the near hill to enjoy the panoramic view of the area.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 80km and 1-hour drive
  • Game drive varies the time of arrival

September 28/2018: Nakute-Laab Monastery flay back Addis Ababa

In the morning, visit the nearby monastery of Naakuto-Laab, set on the side of a cliff. After the visit, proceed to the airport for the return flight back to Addis Ababa. The last day of your unforgettable visit to Ethiopia brings us back to Addis Ababa. A hotel room for day-use is available.

You can visit some of the sites that you weren’t able to visit them from your first day or do Shopping. We say goodbye Ethiopia with a visit to a cultural restaurant, enjoying the great Ethiopian food together with traditional music and dance from all over this fascinating country. After diner we take you to the airport for your flight back home.

  • Meal: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transportation: High Roof min-bus
  • Accommodation: –

Consultant Note

  • You will cover approximately 100 km and 1-hour drive
  • Game drive varies the time of arrival
  • The tour program can be modified differently, rearranged, combined with other itinerary and shorten or extended to suit your interest, time and budget.
  • Up on request Ethioblossoms can arrange various tour programs based on your interest.
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