- Written by Keb
Tour Code: FET - CBT 05 Tour Program Meket Community Tourism Sites Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 12 Days & 11Nights
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: Drive to Filakit - Werkhaye Mariam – Trek to Mequat Mariam
After breakfast, you will drive to Filakit (??? Km from Dessie) to Werkhaye Mariam,where you start your trek to Mequat Mariam Community site. You trek across the plateau following well worn paths (often bolder strewn) through the agricultural landscape of the highlands. The total walk time is about 3 hours plus stops. You will have dinner and stay the night Mequat Mariam. Overnight stay at Mequat Mariam Community Tukul.
Day 6: Trek Mequat Mariam to Wajela
Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to Wajela through along the escarpment for much of the way with staggering views of the river systems and farm land below. There is a good chance to see Gelada Baboon along these escarpments, and if you are lucky Rock Hyrax, even a Klipspringer. You will have lunch in the bush. You will have dinner and stay the night Wajela. Overnight stay at Wajela Community Tukul.
Day 7: Trek Wajela to Aterow Aragawi
Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to Aterow Aragawi. On the way visit the old church of Akat Abo. You will have lunch in the bush. You will have dinner and stay the night Aterow Aragawi. Overnight stay night at Aterow Aragawi Community Tukul.
Day 8: Trek Aterow Aragawi to Yadukulay
Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to Yadukulay. You will have lunch in the bush. You will have dinner and stay the night Yadukulay. Overnight stay night at Yadukulay Community Tukul.
Day 9: Trek Yadukulay to Taja and drive to Lalibela
After breakfast, you will trek to the village of Taja a short trek (1-2 hours). Then, your vehicle will be waiting for you and you will drive to Lalibela (50km back from Taja). Upon arrival in Lalibela, you will check into a hotel, take a hot shower of the last five days. You will have lunch in Lalibela. In the evening, you will rest, have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Mountain View Hotel.
Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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.