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“Exciting place on Ethiopian Historic Route Tour”

Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
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Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Lalibela
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A labyrinth of tunnels with grottoes and galleries connects 11 impressive churches built under King Lalibela out of red volcanic rock.
Reviewed June 19, 2017

We four friends from Clemson university had visited Ethiopiaon May 2017 for 10 days. We use the service Ethiopian tour operator King Dawit Tours Ethiopia. From the beginning the company manager Dawit replied towards our request very quickly and he answer all my questions and clarifyour security concerns as of previous months public protest.
Our group tour completed successfully and all arrangements fulfilled as per our deal. On our trip we are very blessed in seeing the holy city of Lalibela, the rock churches architecture is extraordinary. Our assigned guide Daniel is kind and very knowledagble. On our two days stay in Lalibel we had also visited the surrounding rock hewn churches Yemrehae Kirstose and Asheton Mariam.In the evening our agency envited us for a traditional coffee ceremony outside the hotel for free.
Next day we fly to the town of Bahirdar, on arival our agency representative welcomes us at the airport and get us to Abay Minch lodge to drop our luggage's. In bahirdar we have visited lake tana island monastery's after having a short boat crossing and after lunch we proceed to Blue Nile fall but the fall is not that much big. As our guide Getachew told us there is an irrigation project that's why the amount of water decreased. We enjoyed the evening walking around the city and having a cold Ethiopians beer St. George.
Next day we meet Getch we pack and leave Bahirdar, the beautiful city for a two hours drive to Gondar. In Gondar we have visited the rotal castles, Fasil bath, burial place of the emperors at Qusquam complex and the old church Debre Birgan Selassie. All the history of the heritages are really jaw dropping.
Our program also includes a day hiking on simien mountains national park. Inside the park we saw Ethiopian endemic animals Gelada baboon , red fox and big vulture; we take enough pictures. Our picnic lunch with a bottle of wine makes us to feel relaxed. We stay the night at simien Lodge, as we read it is the highest lodge in Africa as itis located at the gate of the park.
Morning we drive to Axum along a beautiful mountain scenery. We have short stops for leg stretching meeting locals on the road. Early evening we arrive Axum and we spend the night at Sabean hotel. On our fullday sightseeing in Axum we have visited the stele parks, Axum Tsion church, Queen Sheba palace and Kaleb tomb. More over this on our drive to Mekele we visit Yeha temple and the famouse tigray rock hewn churches.
Our historic tour end in Mekele. Morning our driver picked us from Planet hotel and transferred us to the airport for our flight back to Addis Ababa.
On our halfday in Addis Ababa we have a short city tour. Our visit includes the National museum for the skeleton of the human ancestor, Lucy and Ethnographic museum to see the country history's and cultures. Later on we walked inside the biggest open air market in Africa, Mercato and we bought soveniours. As our guide told us there is theft and pick pocketing so we take every thing carefully.
Evening Dawit join us and invited us at the traditional restaurant for a farewell dinner. We enjoyed Ethiopian kitfo and the traditional dances. He asked about our trip; if something makes us unhappy; I thought he is very carful in handling trips. Generally we had a great vacation in Ethiopia with King Dawit Tours Ethiopia. I do recommend the service of this company for friends, colleagues, and family members for any travel need across Ethiopia.

Happy travels,

Scot Imbus

Date of experience: May 2017
5  Thank Scottimbus3
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Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

you are interested in the exquisite rock-hewn churches of Lalibela (and you should be), you will definitely need a local guide. You can't​ do better than Addisalem Berhanu (ask for him by name...the locals will know where to find him). Warm and friendly while remaining extremely professional and organized, Addisalem will ensure that you get the very best of this utterly unique experience.

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank Michael A
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Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

The rock hewn churches are a must see in Lalibela. There are 11 churches in total and are divided into two parts: "Jerusalem" and "Heavenly". It is recommended to start on the Jerusalem side first, then pass through a pitch black tunnel (symbolizing hell) before proceeding to the heavenly side. Save St. George's church for last.

The churches are open from 8-12pm and 2-5pm. All can be seen in one day if needed. We divided them in half, Jerusalem one day and Heavenly the next. The entrance fee is $50 per person and the ticket is good for four days. Make sure you take your passport or copy of it as the security will ask you for I.D when asked to show your ticket.

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank Arya07
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Reviewed June 4, 2017

You go to Lalibela for the churches, so I assume that you won't miss it. Fabulous. Expensive though, 50$ and add 20 or 25 for a good guide for the day, but it's really worth it. I had an excellent guide, Sofi, and when I find him on TA he'll get 5 stars. Just a thing to know: internal flights in Ethiopia is about 3 or 4 times less expensive if you can prove that you came to the country with Ethiopian Airlines. Very good to know, because otherwise you might change your plans as I was about to do, when I looked up the prices on internet.

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank tetedoeuf
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

The Guide, Abraham was so knowledgeable and offered a very good experience for the 2 days we visited. I would go there again if I had the time

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Atick
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