The Orthodox religious route in Ethiopia


Trip description

Idea of stay to visit the main places of worship in Ethiopia in one week: discover "New Jerusalem" as Lalibela and its eleven Orthodox Christian churches are called, climb barefoot mountains in the Tigray mountains to pass through the gates of monasteries and churches carved into the rock, sail on Lake Tana to visit other places of Orthodox worship.

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

Day 2: Lalibela, the surroundings

Day 3: Lalibela, the eleven churches

Day 4: The hypogy of Wukré Mestale Kristos

Day 5: Churches of Tigray: Dabra Tsion and Abouna Yemata

Day 6: Churches of Tigray: Mariam Korkor and Abouna Daniel

Day 7: Bahar Dar and the churches of Lake Tana

Day 1 : Arrival in Addis Ababa

Day1 : Arrival in Addis Ababa

Arriving in Addis Ababa, climb the Entoto hill to discover one of Menelik II's first palaces and enjoy a panoramic view of the Ethiopian capital. Visit the Ethnology Museum, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Church of St. George, emblematic of the capital




Day 2 : Lalibela, the surroundings

Day2 : Lalibela, the surroundings

Early in the morning we take an Addis-Lalibela plane. Arrival at the hotel and departure for the visit of the Estifanos monastery on the shores of Lake Hayq, or some churches around the city. The bravest can go to the Yemrehanna Kristos church near Bilbila, one of the most surprising in terms of its decoration.




Day 3 : Lalibela, the eleven churches

Day3 : Lalibela, the eleven churches

It takes a good day to take the time to visit and soak up the faith of the eleven incredible churches carved into the rock of Lalibela, also known as "New Jerusalem". We recommend that you visit the north group in the morning, the most spectacular, and the south group in the afternoon. Choose a festive period to attend a ceremony on site




Day 4 : The hypogy of Wukré Mestale Kristos

Day4 : The hypogy of Wukré Mestale Kristos

We recommend a magnificent road trip to Mekélé, capital of Tigré, from Lalibela, via a long road in the middle of the Ethiopian plateaus. Take a break in Sekota, a village where the beautiful hypogeum church of Wukré Mestale Kristos is located. On arrival in the afternoon: walk in the city of Mékélé and visit the palace of Johannès IV.




Day 5 : Churches of Tigray: Dabra Tsion and Abouna Yemata

Day5 : Churches of Tigray: Dabra Tsion and Abouna Yemata

Visit of some churches in Tigray, some of which are accessible and others, more spectacular, isolated on their rocky spurs. We recommend those of Dabra Tsion and Abouna Yemata on the first day, if you are a minimum athlete and not subject to vertigo. Night in Wikro or Hausian




Day 6 : Churches of Tigray: Mariam Korkor and Abouna Daniel

Day6 : Churches of Tigray: Mariam Korkor and Abouna Daniel

Many spectacular churches in the region, but for this second day don't miss those of Mariam Korkor and Abouna Daniel, among the most incredible, carved into the rock and rarely visited for thousands of years. Drive to Aksum, with an excursion on the way to Debre Damo monastery, one of the most impressive in the country (but forbidden to women). Meet in Adigrat for the night




Day 7 : Bahar Dar and the churches of Lake Tana

Day7 : Bahar Dar and the churches of Lake Tana

Take a day to carry out excursions on the monasteries of Lake Tana and visit the beautiful churches that are built there, some of which have the finest frescoes of the country. Return to Bahar Dar late afternoon and plane for Addis Ababa. Arrival at the hotel and exit in a good restaurant in the capital.




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