Day trip to the rock church of Adadi Mariam and Steles of Tiya


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Religious Heritage, Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



French (conversational), English (fluent)

Ethiopian excursion and day tours from Addis Ababa to experience nature, culture, history, and religious life of locals

Day tour (excursions) from Addis Ababa - enjoy the Great East African Rift Valley, visit the unique still-operational hand carved rock church of Adadi Mariam (13th century AD), and one of the sites of Ethiopia registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Site - the Stelaes of Tiya (12th - 14th Century AD).

Visitors : -
* experience local countryside life of Ethiopians by visiting a village of the Oromo people and interact with the community,
* attend a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with locals,
* learn cooking Enjera (the Ethiopian national bread),
* taste the locally made alcohol Tej (honey wine), if interested, and
* visit a colorful cultural weekly held market of the Oromo people ( if on Thursday and Sunday)

This tour can be customized to fit your preferences, number of people, services included in the price, etc

Contact me soon and enjoy your day tour with me!



This is about 9 hours trip to visit the rock hewn church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD) which is was carved out of a single piece of rock by King Lalibela, who is more famous for cutting 11 more churches found in Northern Ethiopia at a small town named after him.

This tour also includes visit of the steleas of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which date back to 12th to 14th Century AD. This decorated steleas were erected in memories of famous warriors.

During this tour, visitors will have great views of part of the Great East African Rift Valley, and villages of the agricultural people of Oromo.

This is a wonderful day trip for people who wish to get out of daily city life and enjoy the real countryside life.

If the day is Thursday OR Sunday, visitors will also visit the colorful cultural weekly market of the Oromo people at Adadi town.

P. S - June - Mid September is the rainy season around. Please get prepared accordingly.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up from where you are Addis Ababa - the airport, any hotel or any other location. If we are to meet at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the exact meeting point is after you get out of the terminal (building), to your left you'll see a long walking steps between two big trees. I'll be waiting you there with a sign of your name.
See you there!

End location: Customers' hotel in Addis, the airport, or any place in the city

Duration: 9 hours


We use a private comfortable and very good conditioned Toyota Minibus equipped with air conditioning and seat belts.

What’s Included

- Comfortable private Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts,
- Fuel (gasoline) and driver's allowance,
- Professional English speaking guide (My time as your tour guide and personal assistant),
- Coffee and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance,
- Local family visits,
- Bottled water in the vehicle, and
- All related government tax

Estimated Local Cash Needed

700 Ethiopian Birr - For visiting the places of visits mentioned in the tour and for lunch/dinner at a local restaurant, there would be a payment of 700 Ethiopian Birr (1 US Dollars = 27 Ethiopian Birr). Businesses and places of visits do not accept credit cards. Payments would be in cash with a local Ethiopian currency.
Note - There would be a possibility of price increases.

What’s Extra

Entrance fees, meals and all expenses of personal nature are not included in the price.

NOTE - If you want the an all-inclusive price to include meals, entrance (admission) fees and the like in the price of the tour, please contact me so that I can customize it.

Thank you!

A Recent Review of this tour

Muluken should be named 'the best guide' in Ethiopia. He was knowledgeable, polite and always willing to satisfy my needs! I felt like I had a new friend, not a guide who works for a pay, during the entire trip. His charming smile and soft spoken voices made my very first trip to Addis Ababa so much pleasant. Jeremiah, the driver, was also fun to be with. They were simply 'super human beings'. I enjoyed being with them and will certainly hire them for the next trip as well.
John Lee

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