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Land of Rock Hewn Churches - Historic Route Safari

Trip Information

Safari Overview Detailed Itinerary Map Prices

Accommodation Levels

Lodges

Included Features

* All meals outside of Addis Ababa

* First class lodging

* Transport in 4WD vehicles

* English speaking expert guide and drivers

* All admittance fees

* Boat Launch on Lake Tana

* Pre-departure kit and materials

* Private pre-trip consultation

Rock Hewn Church

Rock hewn churches are carved out of a single block of stone. The churches at Lalibella are believed to have been created in the 12th century and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Churches And Castles

Ethiopia has a proud and long history extending to the known beginnings of humankind. The Axumite kingdom was one of the great civilizations of the ancient world and has left behind the mystery of the great Stellae found at Axum. In the late middle Ages great religious civilizations flourished in many parts of the country, particularly at Lalibela where churches hewn out of massive monolithic rock testify not only to great faith but also to great architectural skills. And in the former capital of Gondar castles speak of the same legacy.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Day 2 – Exploring Addis
Including “Lucy” at the Archeological Museum and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Day 3 - Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana
Explore the lake by boat

Day 4 – Onward to Gondar
17th Century capital of Ethiopia

Day 5 & 6 – The Simien Mountains
Exotic landscapes and fun wildlife encounters

Day 7 & 8 – Discovering Axum
Home of legendary Queen of Sheba

Day 9 – Yeha and Mekelle
Ancient temples and rock-hewn churches dot the dramatic highlands of Ethiopia

Day 10 & 11 - Churches of Lalibela
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is often described as the "eighth wonder of the world"

Day 12 – A slower pace at Asheton Mariam
A donkey ride, a cup of coffee, a lovely view and fascinating people watching

Day 13 - Return to Addis

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