Blue Nile Falls Tour and the Lalibela Rock Churches to explore the Ethiopian ancient culture and boat trip in Lake Tana which is the source of the Blue Nile. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Blue Nile Falls and the Rock churches which preferred as the world’s most incredible man-made features. These ancient churches were curved from the rocks and they are a lasting monument to man’s faith in God.
Blue Nile Falls Tour Ethiopia Program
Day 1: Addis Ababa-Bahirdar- Lake Tana-Blue Nile Falls
Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahirdar, met and transfer to the hotel for check in. Embark into the boat trip in Lake Tana to visit the ancient 14th century island monasteries of Lake Tana. The 37 islands of Lake Tana shelter twenty monasteries-surviving remnants of an old, contemplative tradition. Because of their isolation, they were used to store treasures and religious relics from all parts of the country. The Lake’s monasteries are famous for their typical Ethiopian religious paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and other ancient church treasures.
Lunch in the hotel, drive for 35 KM to the majestic Blue Nile Falls. Blue Nile measure 45m-high and they form the most spectacular waterfall in Africa. Walking to the fall through the beautiful river gorge on the ancient bridge from the 17th century, and meeting the local people at the small villages on the way to the fall is also a great experience.
Day 2: Bahirdar-Lalibela
Breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Bahirdar airport for a flight to Lalibela. At the airport meet and transfer to the hotel for check in then drive to the site of the Ethiopia’s most famous rock hewl churches which referred by many as “the living wonders of the world”. The monolithic churches were carved out of 2,600-sq meter natural rock terrace in the 12-century AD by king Lalibela.
Bete Medhani Alem, the largest monolithic rock-hewn church in the world, measures 37.7 ft in height, covers an area of almost 2625 square ft and has walls that are up to six feet thick. A plain building supported by 36 pillars on the inside and another 36 pillars around the outside, Bete Medhani Alem was modeled on the original St. Mary Zion Church built by King Ezana in the 4th century at Axum.
In the morning the rock churches that you will visit include: Bete Meskel, Bete Medhani Alem, Bete Golgotha Michael, Bete Mariam, Bete Giorgis and Bete Denagil
Lunch then proceed with the tour to other St. Lalibela’s remarkable churches-their architecture and artistry must be seen to be believed. After visiting the churches proceed with the walking through the complex bewildering labyrinth of underground tunnels to the monastery were the monks and nuns live.
Overnight at Harbe Hotel in Lalibela.
Day 3: Lalibela-Addis Ababa
Leisure breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for the schedule flight back to Addis Ababa.
Cost of Tour: Inquire
English speaking guide for 3 days
Airport transfers and City transfers
Transport in a private 4×4 vehicle
Entrance fee to all sites
Food and Accommodation
Domestic flights (Addis Ababa – Lalibela – Addis Ababa)
Expenses of the Personal nature (tips, photo & video fees, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.),
Meals (lunch and dinner)
Any other services/expenses not mentioned above.