3 days Lalibela and Northern Highlands from US$950.-pp

Explore the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and northern highlands. Observe Ethiopian cooking and coffee ceremony, an important part of Ethiopian culture. Choice of hiking Mount Asheton or drive to Yemrehanna Kristos church.

Best time to visit:

From September till May. Rains are more frequent June through August.

Although it’s near the equator, much of Ethiopia’s climate is very pleasant due to the high altitude. In the Ethiopian highlands (the historic north route), temperatures average between 15˚C (60˚F) and 27˚C (80˚F). However, temperatures can get surprisingly cool at night.

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Panoramic View HotelLalibelaFI1x Standard Room2 Nights

B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities


US$950.-per person, sharing occupancy

Note: Ethiopian Airways sometimes provides discount to Lalibela if you fly with them internationally. Please discuss your international flight with us before booking.


Accommodation and meals as per package, domestic flight Addis-Lalibela, Excursions as per itinerary, experienced tour guide and vehicle with driver, airport welcome and transfers,


International flight to/from Addis Ababa, visa, photography and video fees,

Day 1:            Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela           


Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia boasts extraordinary natural features, a vast range of wildlife, and a captivating historical and cultural heritage. An increasing number of visitors are frequenting this treasure trove filled with unique attractions. Popular attractions include: the medieval castles of Gondar; the walled city of Harar; and Lalibela, a pilgrimage site known for its ancient monolithic churches, hewn into the area’s steep rocky hillsides. Ethiopia’s stunning natural landscapes are the real tourist drawcard. From the lush Simien Mountains to the sulphur vents of the Danakil Depression, the country’s outstanding natural environment is unforgettable. Bahir Dar, located on Lake Tana, is popular as a base from which to explore the fascinating monasteries situated on the numerous islands dotted around the lake, as well as the Blue Nile Falls, which are arguably the most spectacular falls in North Africa.


Situated in northern Ethiopia, the town of Lalibela is named after King Lalibela of the Zagwe Dynasty. The town is considered Ethiopia’s cultural capital and one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, it serves as a centre of pilgrimage. The undeniable highlight of this ancient capital is dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’  and includes eleven rock-hewn churches dating back to the 13th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is carved out of solid rock and includes subterranean monoliths, a network of interconnected tunnels, and chambers featuring magnificent frescoes. Lalibela also plays host to some of the most famous church festivals in Ethiopia.

Day Itinerary

Fly to Lalibela on Ethiopian Airlines 700 kilometers north of Addis Ababa. Following checkin to hotel, Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This group of eleven monolithic and semi-monolithic structures were carved directly into the stone of the mountainside at least 800 years ago.

This complex boasts the largest monolithic church in the world, a maze of passageways and tunnels, intricately carved reliefs, and fabulous examples of icon paintings. Lunch at the famous Ben Abeba restaurant. Late afternoon, observe Ethiopian cooking like the traditional coffee ceremony and the staple “Injera” baking. Dinner at hotel.

Welcome to Panoramic View Hotel

Overnight: Panoramic View Hotel    

Standing high on Lalibela Mountain, the Panoramic View Hotel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Ethiopian highlands and countryside in all directions. The spacious guest rooms include private balconies with amazing views as well as Wi-Fi. A breakfast is included in the rate, and guests can dine at the bar and restaurant featuring traditional local dishes and international cuisine. Meals can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or on the rooftop terrace. The famous churches of Lalibela are only a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and many restaurants, artisan shops, and bars are located nearby.

View from Panoramic View Hotel


Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 2:            Panoramic View Hotel, Lalibela           

Day Itinerary

This morning, the group has two choices. Take a morning hike with  mules to Mount Asheton, with its 13th century rock-hewn monastery and great views of the town; – OR – Drive to Yemrehanna Kristos, a beautiful church situated in a shallow cave that predates the churches of Lalibela. The drive to Yemrehanna will also give you the opportunity to view the rural countryside and villages of the Ethiopian highlands. Lunch at the Seven Olives hotel. Following either option above continue with tour of Lalibela’s churches in the afternoon. Dinner at hotel.


Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

Day 3:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Following breakfast, visit Neakuteleab cave church 7 kilometres out of Lalibela and on the way to the airport. Transfer to Lalibela domestic terminal for your flight (10.30am)  back to Addis Ababa. Arrive Addis and our representative will meet you and provide assistance if needed.

End of service at airport or advise what other sights you like to see in Addis so we can add to this itinerary.


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