Private tour to the rock cut churches of Lalibela, Northern Ethiopia by flight
This is two days tour by flight from Addis Ababa to visit the incredibly hand carved rock churches of King Lalibela (13th Century AD) and two ancient cave built up churches around Lalibela. These 11 churches carved out of a single piece of rock are Ethiopia's top tourist destination and the first of Ethiopian sites to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Visitors also visit the cave built up church of Yemrehane Kirstos (11th Century AD) which is constructed with a unique Axumite (ancient Ethiopian) wood and stone construction style. The other place of visit during the tour is the cave built up church of Ne'akuto Le'ab (13th Century AD).
NOTE - This tour can be customized to include other interesting places of visits, use a different mode of transport, accommodation types, and fit visitors' expectations best.
IMPORTANT - This tour fully depends on availability of the domestic flights.
Day 1 - Fly Addis - Lalibela
Fly ET 122 (07:30 - 10:15) from Addis Ababa to Lalibela and drive 23 km to the town. Check-in to your hotel, and after lunch visit six rock cut churches of Lalibela which are known as the First Group of Churches of Lalibela. O/N - Hotel of your choice
Day 2 - Full day in and around Lalibela
In the morning, drive 45 km out of Lalibela on a dirt road to visit the religious site of Yemrehane Kirstos which reflects great architectural style and was founded before the rock churches of Lalibela. After lunch at Ben Abeba Restaurant enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains, visit the remaining five rock churches of Lalibela. O/N - Hotel of your choice
Day 3 - Fly Lalibela - Addis Ababa
After breakfast and before checking in to Lalibela airport, visit the cave built up church of Ne'akuto Le'ab which was founded by the nephew and successor of King Lalibela. Then, fly ET 123 (12:45 - 14:50) back to Addis Ababa.
End of tour
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: Hotel, airport or any place in Addis Ababa
Duration: 3 days
We use a private comfortable Toyota minivan of 8 seats (note that max number of visitors is 5) which is equipped with air conditioning and seat belts
Tour Price includes the following services: -
- All transfer ins, outs, and ground transportation with a comfortable Toyota Minivan which is equipped with air conditioning and seat belts.
- Fuel (gasoline) and driver's allowance
- Professional experienced English speaking tour guide for the entire route with all his expenses (My time as your guide and personal assistant)
- Guide air fare
- All on-site expert guides (where applicable)
- Bottled water in the car
- And, all related government taxes
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4000 Ethiopian Birr - The Entrance fee to visit the churches of Lalibela, Ne'akuto Le'ab, and Yemrehane Kirstos is 1,800 Ethiopian Birr in total per person. There is a possibility of price increase any time.
Price of accommodation depends on what time of the year and hotel types.
Please, contact me for the details.
Price does NOT include: -
- Any Accommodations
- Any meals
- Entrance (admission) fees to visit the churches
- Domestic flight fare
- Any expense of personal nature such as photo fees, laundry, souvenirs, etc
- And, any expense which is not mentioned in the "Included" list above
NOTE - Please, contact me if you want an all-inclusive price or mention which services you want to be included in the tour price. Local businesses prefer to be paid in cash with a local Ethiopian currency, US Dollars or Euros.
If you are flying with Ethiopian Airlines on your international flights, you would get a big discount (more than 50%) on the domestic flights.