Day-Trip Church Of Adadi Mariam From Addis Ababa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Between 6:30am and 8:30am., The exact start time of the tour is expected together with the exact meeting place from visitors upon booking of the tour.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    ADDIS ABABA BOLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (if you are just arriving at Addis Ababa). OR any hotel, guest house, or any place in Addis Ababa. Please, inform the exact place a.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to the original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

It is about 8-hours guided day tour from Addis Ababa by drive with private vehicle. The tour includes: -
- Scenic stops at best viewpoints to see the Great East African Rift Valley
- Visiting the unique rock church of Adadi Mariam (13th Century AD)
- Exploring the ancient grave site of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage from 14th Century AD)
- Learning Ethiopian history as you see the huge carved grave stones of Tiya
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- Visiting villages of locals for cultural experience to learn how to make Enjera (Ethiopian bread)
- Experiencing traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and learn how Coffee is enjoyed with a ceremony

This private day tour from Addis Ababa is limited to a maximum of 6 people.

Day Tour to Adadi Mariam Rock Church and Steles of Tiya takes 8 to 9 hours. The day tour is with professional experienced French or English-speaking local tour guide.

We use private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for the day tour from Addis Ababa. Total driving distance is about 200 km.

Highlights

Family friendly

Fully narrated tour

Small-group tour

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Adadi Mariam, Addis Ababa

At Adadi Mariam, visit the unique still functional church which was carved out of a single piece of rock in the 13th Century AD by the famous King Lalibela

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tiya World Heritage Site, Tiya, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region

At Tiya World Heritage Site, visit about 40 huge stone grave markers erected in memory of local heros between the 12th to the 14th Century AD.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Melka Kunture, Addis Ababa

If time allows, visit the archaeological site of Melka Kunture

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional experienced English speaking tour guide

Bottled water - Local snacks, tea, and coffee

Local family visits

Typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony attendance and Coffee

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Lunch - Lunch at a local Ethiopian restaurant

Exclusions

Entrance fees: Admission ticket max. 20.00

Any other expenses

Entry/Admission - Adadi Maryam

Entry/Admission - Tiya World Heritage Site

Entry/Admission - Melka Kunture

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Dress code is formal and women are advised to cover hairs when visiting churches

If the tour is taken in June, July or August, please be prepared for the rainy weather and bring raincoat/umbrellas

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required

Infants must sit on laps

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

All tour guides and drivers providing this day trip from Addis Ababa are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-Jun-2021

    I had a great time and was well provided for by Muluken. We had an amazing time, and this was an amazing value considering what we did in one day. We had enough time to enjoy a spectacular view along the way to the Tiya stones, as well as the impressive rock-hewn church (Adadi Mariam), a museum showing ancient hominid tools discovered nearby, and even stop in to a local hut to enjoy an amazing fresh cheese dish with injera made by locals (including coffee). Culminating in learning about the Tiya stones, it was all in all a very fulfilling experience and we felt safe bringing our young kids along. Muluken is very knowledgeable about Ethiopia and makes plenty of pit stops for food and water. He will answer any questions you have along the way. I would have had more photos of the church we visited but I lost my phone several days later! Definitely recommend! His English is also better than other tour guides I have had.

  • 20-Dec-2019

    If you are looking to see and understand more about the Ethiopia outside of Addis then look no further. Muluken is a very experienced guide who understands exactly what his guests require to give them an enjoyable trip. You won't go wrong if you choose this chap.

  • 20-Nov-2019

    We (my partner, her mother and I) went out of Addis Ababa for a day. We visited the Adadi Mariam Church, which was interesting and where I learned the story of the Jewish Queen Yodit Gudith, about which I knew nothing despite being well-versed in Jewish history. In the same trip we visited the Tiya Stelae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but which was less interesting. We also visited a local market, which was so out of our comfort zone that it made it fascinating and very instructive. Finally, we had coffee and a lunch in the house of a local family, again learning much more being there than I could have had in the many books I read. The biggest reason that it was a success is the guide who was with us: Muluken Girma. Muluken is very knowledgeable, smart, willing to answer questions on any subject (history, culture, geography, food, fauna, etc.) Muluken's demeanor is calm, engaged and engaging. He has very good English, and flexible. I would highly recommend hiring Muluken.

  • 13-Mar-2019

    Muluken was a great guide on our day trip from Addis. We saw the historical sites, stopped for beautiful scenery pictures and enjoyed a coffee ceremony with locals. I recommend Muluken for any trips around Addis.

  • 05-Aug-2018

    I felt like a movie star on this tour! I had a large, comfortable van, a great driver, and a wonderful tour guide.
    The drive out of Addis is itself a sight to see on this tour. During the rainy season, the green patchwork of the Ethiopian landscape and the Rift Valley is breathtaking.
    The stone church on this tour is not a completely finished one so don't expect the same type of quality as the ones up north. It still was worth seeing and very interesting to experience. The warrior cemetery was also an interesting place. The was a very mysterious sight and made me want to research the whole lost civilization even more. Lunch was at a hotel along the way back, so the quality was very good.
    The highlight however of this tour is the coffee ceremony at a local village. I'm not going to spoil it too much but be prepared for a very local and authentic experience that will have you feeling like a real Ethiopian. The coffee and the setting were amazing. It was not just a highlight of this tour but also my entire Ethiopia trip. Thank you!

  • 05-Aug-2018

    I felt like a movie star on this tour! I had a large, comfortable van, a great driver, and a wonderful tour guide.
    The drive out of Addis is itself a sight to see on this tour. During the rainy season, the green patchwork of the Ethiopian landscape and the Rift Valley is breathtaking.
    The stone church on this tour is not a completely finished one so don't expect the same type of quality as the ones up north. It still was worth seeing and very interesting to experience. The warrior cemetery was also an interesting place. The was a very mysterious sight and made me want to research the whole lost civilization even more. Lunch was at a hotel along the way back, so the quality was very good.
    The highlight however of this tour is the coffee ceremony at a local village. I'm not going to spoil it too much but be prepared for a very local and authentic experience that will have you feeling like a real Ethiopian. The coffee and the setting were amazing. It was not just a highlight of this tour but also my entire Ethiopia trip. Thank you!

  • 26-Nov-2017

    The tour amazing and our guide was excellent!