Full Day Lalibela Churches Tour

Wasihun Ayele
Lalibela is one of the World heritage and most visited historical destination in Ethiopia.  The still active Rock-cut churches of the 12th Century attracts so many visitors and it sometimes consider as the 8th wonder of the world.
Private Tour
Culture and History
Lalibela , Ethiopia
1 day
French, English

What we'll do

Early in the morning, Start for the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE rock hewn churches of Lalibela, 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. 

Our 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.

Where we'll go


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Meeting point

We will meet our customers at the reception of their hotel in Lalibela.

We also pick up our customers from Lalibela Airport

Good to know

Good to know

Lalibela city is 600 km far from Addis Ababa

Lalibela city is a 55 minute fly from Addis Ababa

What is included?

  • Lalibela churches entrance fee
  • Professional Tour Guide

What is not included?

  • Accommodation
  • All Personal expenses
  • Food and Drinks
  • All Alcoholic Drinks
  • Souvenirs

Cancellation and refund

The booking fee ($10.45 p.p. included in the displayed price) is non-refundable if you cancel your booking. If a local cancels a booking or does not show up at the agreed time and place, you receive a full refund of the booking fee.

You are buying a unique experience that also empowers local communities and people to improve their lives by sharing their knowledge and lifestyle.

We give space for creativity. The locals themselves decide and develop the activity idea and design it in a way they find interesting.

Locals get 100% of the price they want. The booking fee is added separately.

Meet the Local


My name is Lieutenant Wasihun Ayele and I am 35 years old. I was born and grew up on a farm around the highlands of Northern  Ethiopia with my nomadic family of 12. My families are "Amhara", a Semitic-Speaking ethnic group traditionally inhabiting parts of Northwest Highlands of Ethiopia. Life wasn't simple, However, the vast fields bore witness to our curiosity. and as kid, I spent my time as a Sheppard with our traditional animal husbandry and helping my families on the farm which demands a hard work tilling, fertilizing, planting, caring and harvesting! When i got older, i went to Lalibela Preparatory School where I studied my high school.  However, I couldn't managed to continue my study and join University as I was conscripted to join the army during the Ethio-Eritrea war. In fact, I could say that this was a critical turning point of my life in joining the army at a very young age. After taking 6 month of military training, I was still too young whatever I became a "Tank Shooter" and the officials wanted me to continue studying rather going directly to the war. This was how i joined "MGHA Military Academy" and studied the Cadets course for Three Years. It is where i studied Military Science, Ethiopian History, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Logic, Geopolitics, Philosophy and became an officer with the military rank of Lieutenant and certified with Diploma in Human Resource Management and French Language. After graduation, i went to Somalia and served as an Artillery Commander of a Battalion, there i involved with many Gorilla Fighting, Anti Terrorism and war with Al Shabaab. After serving my country for 4 years around Somalia, Tigray and Amhara region, i get injured and that how I left the army. After leaving the army, coming back to Addis Abeba, I studied Tour guide for 3 years and I became a National tour guide. Since then, for over a decade, i have led so many tours (Travelers) from all over the world and I support travelers to discover touristic and non-touristic attractions across Ethiopia.  In the meantime, I managed to open and run my own travel company Access Eco Trekking Tours.  At the end, my life as a Sheppard, Nomadic, Military and Tour Guide helped me to learn so many things in this life! I have got a golden chance to learn some ethnic group Languages (Tigragna), I learned to meet, live and share their tradition, history, philosophy and art. This wonderful chance helps me so much to avoid my wrong prejudices of the nation, nationalities of Ethiopia and worldwide. No matter how people looks, where they live, what they speak or believe! I strongly believe that I am one of the Global Family as we share the same Planet and Oxygen.

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