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5-days Denakil Depression & Lalibela Churches Tours

Discover the hidden beauties of Ethiopia and its people culture, history, traditions, daily activities, beliefs and life style!

The best way to discover the churches of Lalibela, Volcano and Denakil Depression.

per adult from

$908

AUD

Duration

5 days

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  • What's included :
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All bottled Water
    • Lalibela churches professional tour guide
    • Denakil Depression Professional Tour Guide
    • 2-Days Accommodation at Denakil
    • All Expenses at the Denakil Depression
    • Security (Scouts) of the Denakil Depression Tour
    • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
    • Entry/Admission - Dalol
    What's excluded :
    • Lalibela churches Entrance fee
    • All Alcoholic Drinks
    • Personal Souvenirs
    • Personal Tips
    • Lalibela Mekele transfer cost
    • Accommodation at Mekele
    • Accommodation at Lalibela
    • All Food and Drinks During The 2nd Day Driving from Lalibela to Mekele
    • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

  • Day 1: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF LALIBELA CHURCHES

    Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
    LALIBELA CHURCHES TOUR (Lalibela churches full day Tour)

    an early Start for the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the so called ‘new Jerusalem’ and the holiest town in the whole of Ethiopia is highly recommended since there are 12 churches in town, so it’s much to see and learn about them- be ready at 7:30am. 

    Your full day professional tour guide will meet you at the reception of your hotel and after walking 5 minute to ticket office and entrance of the first group of churches.

    Untill Lunch time you will visit the first group of churches namely Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha which are connected through an underground tunnels.

    In the afternoon, having Lunch... you will visit the second group of churches including the most famous church of St. George.

    –Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.

    Last and finally, you will visit the most famous and very picturesque of all the churches:

    –Bet Giyorgis (St George), constructed in honour of the patron Saint George. (please note all the churches close at 6pm)

    After having seen all you have the possibility attending the famous Ethiopian coffee ceremony in a local house. The traditional 3 rounds of ‘Buna’

    (Amharic word for coffee) will be served, so it will take a while. We recommend at night the visit of a traditional Tej house testing the Ethiopian Honey wine with a live traditional Northern Ethiopia dance.

    Overnight: Hotel, Lalibela

    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: Ethiopian Traditional or European food is available at "Ben Abeba" restaurant.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: LALIBELA TO MEKELE

    Stop At: Mek'ele, Mek'ele, Tigray Region
    A 10 hour drive from Lalibela to Mekele through Woldia, Alamata and Korem towns.
    Duration: 10 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: START THE TOUR TO ERTA ALE

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    Today, We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. (may not be as active as before and activity at flank eruption slows down.)

    We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing the landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive at Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.

    Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, 30 minutes trek up to Ertale. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.
    Duration: 11 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Camping at Dodom campsite .

    Day 4: DODOM - AFDERA

    Stop At: Afdera, Ethiopia
    Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure.

    The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
    You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afdera) (optional may not be available during summertime), a saltwater lake located more than 100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed Ela
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight: At Hamed Ela.

    Day 5: HAMED ELA - DALOL - MEKELE

    Stop At: Dalol, Ethiopia
    Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August, and early September) and walk with the Afar people.

    Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

    END OF TOUR.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick up our customers from Lalibela Airport.
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by The Local Side of Ethiopia

Activity ID: V-106716P2

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