The town of Lalibela is known around the world for its churches carved from within the earth from "living rock," which play an important part in the history of rock-cut architecture. Though the dating of the churches is not well established, most are thought to have been built during the reign of Lalibela, namely during the 12th and 13th centuries.
See a sample itinerary below. To book your custom tour to Lalibela, or anywhere else in Ethiopia, just click below for more information.
Tour Itinerary
Our Lalibela tour package can also be added to the end of other tours that go to different parts of the country, such as the Omo Valley.
Day 01   Addis Ababa - Lalibela
Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa.  Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago.  This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings.
Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)
Day 02   Lalibela
For the morning we have two choices:   Take a morning hike with mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town;  - OR  -  Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela.  The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands.   Following either option above continue with tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon.  ​
Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)
Day 03   Lalibela - Addis Ababa
Return to Addis Ababa via Ethiopian Airlines.  Optional half day city tour of Addis Ababa with evening cultural dinner.  Transfer to airport for late night departure if needed.
(B, L)
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