Post-trip Extension Lalibela - 3 Days

Day 1
Fly from Gondar to Lalibela

Leaving the group in Gondar you fly to Lalibela and visit the first cluster of rock-hewn churches in the afternoon. These churches are Ethiopia’s top attraction. The churches are mostly cut from solid rock, and therefore have the appearance of being underground. The most famous church is BeteGiorgis (St George, patron saint of Ethiopia), carved in the form of a Greek cross. It is exceptionally well preserved and visually almost flawless. The churches are quite dark inside, with little artificial light, and in some cases limited natural light. In each one there is a resident priest, who is usually happy to put on richly embroidered vestments and pose for a photo with his crosses, ancient bibles and sunglasses (due to constant camera flashes!).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 2

In the morning we enjoy an adventurous mule journey to visit Ashetan Maryam (St Mary), built on a ridge with excellent views over the surrounding countryside. The trip takes approximately 5 hours (round trip) and will start early to avoid the heat. We will ride the mules up the mountain for approximately an hour and then hike the rest of the way up the mountain to the church. After visiting the church we then walk back down to the village on slippery mountain paths. This is a tough walk and is optional. If you choose not to do the walk there is plenty to do in Lalibela: There is the opportunity to walk into the town and visit some of the many shops or relax in a Tej café and sample the local fermented honey drink. In the afternoon we visit another cluster of churches that include the churches of Bete Gabriel and Rafael, Merkorous, Emanuel and Abba Libanos. Bete Emanuel is the best in this group and exceptionally carved with unique Axumite building features, such as the indentations on the walls, symbols of the multi-storey building taken from the stelae of Axum, monkey heads and false windows. The rest of the day is spent absorbing the atmosphere of this extraordinary town with its Tukul or round houses. Made as two storey buildings, they are unusual in Africa.

&Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
Return to Addis

Fly back to Addis Ababa where you will have access to a day-use room before returning to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note that if you are flying with Ethiopian Airlines you will probably have to spend an extra night in Addis Ababa and catcha day-flight (on Extension Day 4) due the flight schedules.

This extension can also be done pre-tour.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Post-trip Extension Lalibela

Contact Info

Grum Walle | General Manager
Phone number : +251918774668 / +251910053200

Address: Gondar Piassa west of Central Hotel