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TWO DAYS TIGRAY CHURCHES TRIP

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Day 1: Drive from Axum to Hawzien or from Mekele to Hawzien

Stop At: Monastery of Debre Damo, Sabean hotel Axum ethiopia, Adigrat Ethiopia
Drive from Axum to Hawzein via Adwa and Adigrat. For the Ethiopians, the town of Adwa holds huge significance. It was in the hills surrounding Adwa that the Emperor Menelik II inflicted the biggest defeat ever on a colonial army in Africa and saved Ethiopia from colonization. About 11km east of Adwa is the monastery of Abba Garima, said to have been founded by one of the nine saints in the 6th century. The monastery is known for its collection of religious artifacts including three illuminated gospels from the 10th century. Use the town as the base from which to visit Yeha or Debra Damo. Yeha is famous for its huge and remarkable temple. According to the 19th-century German scholar Heinrich Miller, the temple is thought to date back to about seven or eight hundred years before the birth of Christ. The temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country. Beside the remarkable temple stands a church dedicated to Abba Aftse. Abba Aftse was one of the famous nine saints who came to Ethiopia in the 6th century from the eastern Roman Empire to teach the Gospel. The church, sharing the same compound with the temple is rectangular in shape. Proceed to Debre Damo monastery accessible only by rope and not allowed for women. Then continue driving to Adigrat for lunch at a local restaurant. Adigrat is the largest town in Tigray after Mekelle and is an important junction linking Ethiopia with Eritrea. Finally drive to Hawzen for overnight via Sinkata, situated 36km south of Adigrat. Adigrat is a quietly attractive village of stone houses with sandstone cliffs to the east offering stunning views of the Gheralta plains. You can use the town as the base from which to visit the rock-hewn churches at Gheralta
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Adulis hotel Hawzien

Day 2: Abuna Yemata Guh-Maryam Korkor-Daniel Korkor.

Stop At: Gheralta Rock, Hawzen, Mek'ele Ethiopia
In one day you will visit three churches; Abuna Yemata Guh; Maryam Korkor and Daniel Korkor. All of which are very different in style but stunningly beautiful in their own way.
Drive to Mekele

To visit Abuna Yemata Guh, walking for about an hour to commence a steep ascent up the side of the Gheralta massif. This steep ascent soon turns into a climb using footholds and handholds chipped into the sandstone rock by the passage of many hands and feet. The climb and the walk along very narrow ledges with sheer drops to the side is not one for the faint-hearted. The church itself can be reached by walking out on a ledge one meter wide and with a 200m drop to the left-hand side. At the entrance, there is a small cave and a wooden door built into the rock.

Of the three, Maryam Korkor is the most impressive architecturally. A huge, high ceiling is supported by 12 free-standing pillars. Looking at it you could not help but wonder how the architect managed to carve so high from the ground.
Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Over Night at Atse Yohanes or Debre amo Hotel
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Mekele and Axum

Airports

  • Makale Airport, Mek'ele Ethiopia
  • Axum Airport, Axum Ethiopia
Duration
2 days
Inclusions
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fuel, driver allowance
  • Hotel with Bed & Breakfast
  • Local guide service as per the program
  • Comprehensive insurance, free mileage
  • Accommodation in Hawzien tourist class hotel
  • Government Tax
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Debre Damo
  • Entry/Admission - Gheralta Rock
Exclusions
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Any alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Any expense of Personal items like internet, fax, telephone
  • Services which are not mentioned in the above section
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

really great journey. was accompanied with nice and friendly driver and great guides. absolutely recommended for having the trip with ETT.

Thank JunasF
Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

Great trip. Me and my wife are extremely pleased with our stay in Ethiopia. The hotels are perfect: always located in the city center, always nice little hotels like in Caravan hotel or Atse Yohannes with a warm welcome and people are very kind and...More

Thank martaatholy
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2019

Dear Mart, Thanks for leaving a review. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. The team here at ETT is thrilled to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy...More

Reviewed July 14, 2019

ETT has done an incredible job for us during our recent trip to Ethiopia. Everything on the trip was perfect. The schedule was planned, the vehicles was on a great shape, the drivers concentrated on the road every minute and drove exceptionally well, and the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank gabrshtravel12
AdventureHistory, Guest Relations Manager at Ethio Travel and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Dear The Traveller, Thanks for leaving a review. We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. The team here at ETT is thrilled to hear such good feedback. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re...More

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JunasF
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You can start in Axum and end in Mekele. Or start the tour in Mekele and end in Axum
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