- Written by Keb
Tour Code: FET - CBT 03 Tour Program Lalibela & Abune Yosef Mountain Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 11 Days & 10Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & flight
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tour and Travel representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Dessie
After breakfast, you will drive to Dessie (400 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit a very magnetic natural force of a cliff, known as “Gemsa Gedele” literally means ‘Bisected Cliff’. Then you will arrive in Dessie (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Local Hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Lalibela
You will have breakfast & drive to Lalibela (approximately 265 Km from Dessie) through the spectacular and scenic landscape. You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel.
Day 5: Trek Lalibela to Ad Medhane Alem
Right after breakfast, trek from Lalibela to Ad Medhane Alem. It is the starting point for the adventure, the Ad Medhane Alem house acts as a base camp for the trek. During their 5 hour walk from Lalibela, visitors can see large heather plants and catch their first glimpses of the gelada baboons. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Ad Medhane Alem Community Tukul.
Day 6: Trek Ad Medahne Alem to Agaw Beret
You will have breakfast & trek to Agaw Beret. Constructed by Frankfurt Zoological Society, the Agaw Beret guest house sits at 4,000m and is the highest community lodge in Ethiopia. The guest house is located in a secluded area with a view to the Abuna Yosef summit, the third highest peak in Ethiopia. Overnight stay night at Agaw Beret Community Tukul.
Day 7: Trek Agaw Beret to Tadios Amba
Right after breakfast, trek from Agaw Beret to Tadios Amba. Visitors to the Tadios Amba guest house will experience spectacular views down the ridge to Geneta Mariam and have an opportunity to visit the Mekina Medhane Alem built church hidden in a cave. Overnight stay night at Tadios Amba Community Tukul.
Day 8: Trek Tadios Amba to Geneta Mariam & back to Lalibela
After breakfast, you will trek to Geneta Mariam. Geneta Mariam sitting at 2,500m, the Geneta Mariam guest house is the last stop on the Abuna Yosef trek. On this day you will meet a vehicle to take you to back to Laliblela. Overnight stay in Mountain View hotel.
Day 9: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
After breakfast your first visit will be to the eleven Rock-hewn Monolithic (carved from a single rock) Churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Mountain View hotel.
Day 10: 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 like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos, Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Mountain View hotel.
Day 11: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home
After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.