Tour Name - Adadi Mariam Church and Tiya Steles Day Tour from Addis Ababa
This is one of the private one day trips from Addis Ababa of Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. With Addis Ababa day tour, visit the old stone cut church of Adadi Mariam. Discover Ethiopian history at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the cemetery of Tiya.
Duration - 8 to 9 hours
Total Distance Covered – 200 km
Major Points of Interest and Attractions to visit: -
- Adadi Mariam Rock Church (founded in the 13th Century AD and still used)
- The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Steles of Tiya (a grave site from the 14th Century AD)
- Scenic stops at best viewpoints to see the Rift Valley
- Local cultural experience and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
- Taste delicious Ethiopian meals at a local restaurant, and
- Visit a weekly held cultural market (Sundays and Thursdays)
This Addis Ababa day tour also includes enjoying stunning views of the Rift Valley. And experience life of locals by visiting a local family.
On Thursdays and Sundays, visit a weekly held cultural local market of the Oromo people.
Itinerary: Meet your professional local tour guide at your hotel in Addis Ababa. After brief introduction of the day trip, start driving south of Addis Ababa. We use private Toyota Corolla (1 or 2 people or Toyota Minivan (3 to 6 people). Our vehicles have with air conditioning and seat belts.
The first stop this day trip is at an outlook to enjoy and take photo of the picturesque Rift Valley of Ethiopia. The Rift Valley of Southern Ethiopia is part of the Great East African Rift Valley.
Then walk over the bridge over the Awash River. Awash is one of the biggest rivers in Ethiopia and an inbound river which doesn’t reach the sea.
After driving 62 km, of which 12 is on gravel road, visit the ancient rock carved church of Adadi Mariam. The famous King Lalibela carved Adadi Mariam church from a single piece of rock in the 13th Century.
King Lalibela is famous for carving the more sophisticated beautiful churches of Lalibela. These rock churches are in the Northern Ethiopia at the town of Lalibela.
On Thursdays and Sundays, visit the colorful cultural weekly market at Adadi town. Weekly held cultural markets in Ethiopia have significant social importance.
On the way back to the main road, stop for half an hour at a local family house. Attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Learn how to cook the Ethiopian pancake - Enjera (or Injera).
Next, drive 30 km farther south to the Steles of Tiya. At the cemetery of Tiya, visit 40 stone grave markers. These steles have beautiful carvings of swords and other marks. They stood in the 14th Century AD in honor of local hero. The Steles of Tiya is the nearest UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ethiopia to Addis Ababa.
En route back to Addis Ababa, stop at a small local restaurant for lunch.
For visitors interested in archaeological findings and prehistory, the day tour can be customized to include visiting the Prehistoric site of Melka Kunture. Melka Kunture Prehistoric Site is 50 km south of Addis Ababa set by the Awash River. It was discovered in 1963. This Paleolithic site displays a number of more than 1.5 million years old stone tools, fossils of human beings and other animals. Melka Kunture has exbits of four divisions in small grass huts classified with their displayes and focus of study - prehistoric Africa, geology and study of volcanoes, paleoanthropology, and prehistory focusing of Melka Kunture. Guided tour of Melka Kunture also includes visiting the Open Air Excavation Site and Musuem at Melka Kunture which dates back to 800,000 years (0.8 million years) back.
This is a private day tour of Addis Ababa is bookable for up to 6 visitors in a group for the same price.
Day tour price includes: -
• Private comfortable Toyota Corolla or Toyota Minivan
• Fuel (gasoline) and driver’s allowance
• Family visit and Ethiopian coffee ceremony attendance
• Mineral water and local snacks
• Professional experience English-speaking tour guide and all related government taxes.
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