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4-Day Tour To Tigrai Rock-Hewn Churches
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, Archeology, History

  • Duration

    4 Days

  • Language


  • Activity Level



Tigrai is the home of 125 rock-hewn churches. These are the oldest and most impressive ancient churches. Not only this, but Tigrai is also famous for its dramatic mountains, beautiful landscapes, culture and the holiest land in Ethiopia. Learn more about the history and culture of these churches in this 4-day tour!

  • Visit Debre Damo Monastery, sitting on a trapezoidal shape plateau
  • Explore the Holy Saviour church, one of the oldest rock churches
  • Go to Wukro Cherkos, a church that dates back to the 4th century A.D
  • Day 1: Visit the Capital of Aksumite Kingdom expand_more
    • Visit Aksum, which used to be the capital of the Aksumite Kingdom, one of the oldest civilization in Ethiopia and the most powerful empire in the world between China, Persian and Romans.

    • Explore its remarkable giant Obelisks, tombs, palaces and the home of the original Ark of the Covenant.

  • Day 2: Yeha and Debre Damo Church expand_more
    • Discover Yeha, the oldest historical place in Ethiopia established by the people living in the South Arabian or Sabean people. 

    • Visit Debre Damo Monastery church, built by St. Abune Aregawi, one of the nine monks who come from outside Ethiopia to spread Orthodox Christianity. So this church was built on top of a hill, and the only access to climb is using a leather rope.

  • Day 3: Holy Saviour Church and Abune Yemata Guh Church expand_more
    • Stop by Holy Saviour Church located on the way to Gherealta churches.  It is one of the oldest rock churches found in Tigrai, even in Ethiopia, and an impressive one.

    • Abune Yemata Guh Church is found in the Gherealta cluster, which is a unique cave church that takes 45 minutes from the main road.

  • Day 4: Wukro churches expand_more
    • Go to Wukro, a small booming town found 47 km north of Mekele. It has few rock churches inside and outside. These are Wukro Cherkos and Abraha and Atsibha church. Each of them has its own interesting things. 

    • In the end, visit Wukro Museum, then drive to Mekele.

What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Car, fuel and driver

  • All entrance fees

  • Hotel accommodation for a budget traveller

  • 3 meals per day

  • Domestic flights

  • Water

  • Coffee

  • Soft drinks 

What's Excluded
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverage

  • Fees for video and pictures

  • Rope

  • Other personal expenses 

Know before you go
  • Abune Yemata Guh Church is a bit difficult to reach. Inside is amazingly well decorated and crafted with ancient style, and the paintings are so bright, they still kept their original colours. This kind of church is not recommended for people who are afraid of heights and climbing.
  • Wukro Cherkos and Abraha and Atsibha church were built simultaneously by the same two twin Aksumite kings, king Ezana and Saizana, date back to the 4th century A.D.
Meeting Point

Aksum, Ethiopia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Starting From
USD 700.00 / adult

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