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3 Day Ethiopia Stopover

3 Days
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US$ 1,247

Experience the historical and religious power of Ethiopia on this African stopover. As you explore both the nation's capital and religious centre, you'll learn about Ethiopian history and culture, see the archaeological remains of Lucy, and admire the incredible rock-hewn churches of Lalibela.

This 3-day Ethiopia vacation takes you from the capital Addis Ababa to the religious and historical centre of Lalibela.

Your Ethiopia tour begins in Addis Ababa, the nation's capital and the diplomatic centre of Africa. Addis Ababa can simultaneously overwhelm and enchant visitors on Ethiopia tours. It's the fourth largest city on the continent, meaning it's bustling and chockfull of traffic and unspectacular architecture. But it's also exotic with an ancient atmosphere that can beguile you when you visit spots like Merkato, which is one of the largest open-air markets in all of Africa. A city tour will introduce you to the city's history and culture. You'll climb Mt. Entoto, the highest peak in an already-high city, where Emperor Menelik II lived when he founded the city in the 19th century. At Menelik's compound on Mt. Entoto, you'll see the Entoto Mariam Church as well as Menelik's Palace. You'll then head into town to the Shero Meda Market to shop for traditional Ethiopian crafts and clothing and visit both the Ethnographic Museum and National Museum to learn about the region's history and culture and see the bones of Lucy, one of the world's oldest archaeological remains of a human ancestor.

From Addis Ababa, continue your Ethiopia vacation by heading to Lalibela, one of the world's great centres of ancient Christianity and the spiritual heart of Ethiopia. Lalibela is famous for the rock-hewn churches spread across the landscape. You'll spend your time visiting two clusters of these famous churches to see Bet Medhane Alem, which resembles an ancient Greek Temple, and Get Giyorgis, which is the most elegant church in the region and only accessible through a tunnel in an isolated part of the village. You'll close out your time in Lalibela by visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which commemorates Ethiopia's liberation from Italy, and by trying some local food and drink, including Tej, a local honey wine.

This Ethiopia Stopover is a perfect addition to other African tours and a rewarding exploration of history and religion for return visitors to the continent.


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3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,247

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Day 1

Arrival at Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ("New Flower"), and Ethiopia's capital city! The city lies in the central highlands at a Welcome to Addis Ababa "New Flower", Ethiopia's capital city which is located at 2,700m above sea level. It is a pleasant city with wide avenues, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa, "Merkato". It was founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1887, who selected the site because its location within the Entoto hills has long been the center of Shoan politics.

It is Africa's diplomatic capital with headquarters for the Organization of African Union and the United Nation Economic Commissions for Africa. The capital is rich in impressive statues and monuments of different architecture, several of which are just in the middle of the turnarounds.

After taking a rest start explore Addis Ababa, drive to Entoto Hills -- best introduction place to Addis Ababa. Mt. Entoto is the highest peak in Addis Ababa reaching 3,200 meters above sea level, giving the opportunity to catch stunning views over the city and the surrounding area from the summit. It is the first settlement in Addis Ababa where Emperor Menelik II resided and built his palace in 1887. It is a historical place which offers a unique glimpse into the history of Ethiopia's distinct culture. The compound at the peak hosts the Entoto Mariam church, an Ethiopian artefact museum as well as Menelik II palace.

In addition to its historical significance as one drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in temperature and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road.

On the way up the roadside stalls offers fresh Ethiopian coffee. Also, if you have an interest in Ethiopian traditional clothes, with time availability possible to stop by at Shero Meda Market. There is a wide variety of beautiful fabrics, shawls, scarves, dresses, tops and jewellery with lots of choice and really good for gift ideas. After lunch visit the Ethnographic and National museum. The Ethnographic Museum, with its two main sections covering local crafts and on regions and people, is an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia's rich ethnic diversity. The museum has an impressive array of religious crosses, triptychs and murals, as well as Haile Selassie's bedroom and bathroom.

National museum is among the most important museums in sub-Sahara Africa. The highlight of this museum is Lucy, the fossilized hominid which is over 3.5 million year old.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night

Sapphire Addis Hotel

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    Sapphire Addis Hotel

    Sapphire Addis Hotel is a 5 star Hotel that has entered the fast developing hotel market of Addis Ababa. Located in the city's central zone, one kilometre away from Bole International Airport, 3 minutes drive adjacent to the renowned Bole Medanailam Church. The Hotel is …

    Sapphire Addis Hotel is a 5 star Hotel that has entered the fast developing hotel market of Addis Ababa. Located in the city's central zone, one kilometre away from Bole International Airport, 3 minutes drive adjacent to the renowned Bole Medanailam Church. The Hotel is settled on 1300 sq. m of land, located on Namibia Avenue. Sapphire Addis Hotel offers Luxurious Restaurant, Bar and Lounge, Spa and Fitness Centre, Conference halls and ATM service. The Hotel boasts its grandeur and elegance at the same time.


    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Hall
    • Copying and Printing
    • Fitness Studio
    • Jacuzzi
    • Massages
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Steam Room
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Fly to Lalibela

After early breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Lalibela (ET160): 08:00am -- 09:00am, upon arrival meet with our representative and get transferred to Mountain View Hotel.

Lalibela is noted as The "New Jerusalem" - a town for internationally renowned rock hewn churches known as 'Eight wonders of the world', physically praised from the rock in which they stand, these towering edifices seems to be superhuman creation in scale workman ship and concept. At the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th centuries King Lalibela of the Zaghwe dynasty built a series of rock hewn churches in this spot, calling it New Jerusalem. Start your tour of the first group of churches in town.

Today visit the first group of six churches lies in rock cradles, one behind the other: Bet Golgotha, Bet Mika-el, Bet Mariam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel and Bet Medhane Alem.

Bet Medhane Alem, the largest, is built like a Greek temple. In a corner are three empty graves symbolically dug for biblical patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

After lunch, you will visit the second group of the rock churches. The south-east cluster of churches is more irregular in design than the north-western cluster. Several of the individual churches in this cluster are thought to have been secular in origin, and some predate the reign of King Lalibela by five centuries. The churches in the south-east cluster include Bet Gebriel-Rafael, Bet Abba Libanos, Bet Lehem, Bet Emanuel, and Bet Mercurios. According to legend, Bet Abba Libanos was built overnight by Lalibela's wife, Meskel Kebre, who was assisted by a group of angels.

Finally visit Bet Giyorgis, possibly the most elegant and majestic of all the Lalibela churches, lies somewhat isolated in the southwest part of the village on a sloping rock terrace. It can only be reached throw a tunnel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night

Mountain View Hotel

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    Mountain View Hotel

    Mountain View Hotel Lalibela was founded at an altitude of 2680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Lalibela mountain chains. Its panoramic mountain view is a source of admiration to nature. It is one of the best views to experience the lovely sunset. The …

    Mountain View Hotel Lalibela was founded at an altitude of 2680 metres at the edge of the Lasta Lalibela mountain chains. Its panoramic mountain view is a source of admiration to nature. It is one of the best views to experience the lovely sunset.
    The architecture of the hotel is a piece of art and comparable to the rock-hewn churches. The town centre and Church of Saint George are within a 20 minute walk from the Mountain View Hotel.

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Day 3

Lalibela - Addis Ababa - Departure

You will have relaxed breakfast then you shall be transferred to the airport to take you flight to Addis: ET160: 12:05PM - 01:05PM.

After lunch you will have time to visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which was built to commemorate the country's liberation from Italian occupation. It is also the burial place for many famous people and once the largest Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral.

On this day evening you will have a chance to experience some of these cultural dances and traditional meals with a drink of Tej, a type of wine made from honey. Your tour concludes by being dropped to the airport to take your flight back home.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • All airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as indicated with English-speaking guides
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees


  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. 

3 Dec 2021
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