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Day trip to Melka Kunture & Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church.

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Addis Ababa, ET

Day trip to Melka Kunture & Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church.

5 (4)
Addis Ababa, ET
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Embark on a captivating journey through ancient Ethiopia with a day trip to Melka Kunture & Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church. Discover the mysteries of the past as you explore Melka Kuntre and Bachilt Archaeological Site, where you can witness the awe-inspiring 2 million-year-old fossils and stone tools dating back 1.5 million years. Immerse yourself in the unique subterranean rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam, reminiscent of the legendary Lalibela churches. Marvel at the Tiya Stelae Field, an archaeological site adorned with 36 historic monuments and intricately carved stelae. This extraordinary adventure includes a delicious lunch in the charming town of Tiya. From the moment you set foot on this exhilarating journey, you will be transported back in time to uncover the rich heritage of Ethiopia. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the wonders of the past.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 6 hours - 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Explore the ancient rock-hewn church of Adadi Mariam
  • Discover fossils and stone tools at Melka Kunture Archaeological site
  • Visit the fascinating Tiya Stelae Field with 36 monuments
  • Enjoy a day trip outside of Addis Ababa
  • Experience the unique subterranean architecture of Adadi Mariam Church
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All fees and taxes
  • Coffee and/or tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Services which are not listed on the inclusion

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Embark on an incredible journey through time with the day trip to Melka Kunture & Adadi Mariam rock-hewn church. Witness the rich cultural and historical heritage of Ethiopia as you explore ancient archaeological sites and marvel at the magnificent subterranean church. Designed for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers, this tour offers a captivating experience that will leave you in awe of Ethiopia's captivating past.

What to Expect?

During this immersive excursion, you can anticipate a total duration of 360 to 480 minutes filled with enchanting discoveries. The itinerary begins with a visit to Melka Kunture, where you will have the extraordinary opportunity to witness nearly 2 million-year-old fossils and stone tools dating back 1.5 million years. As you delve into the fascinating archaeological site, let your imagination soar as you explore relics from prehistoric times. Next, venture to the awe-inspiring Adadi Mariam Church, a stunning rock-hewn masterpiece reminiscent of the iconic churches of Lalibela. Admire the intricate architecture and delve into the site's historical significance, as it is believed to have been commissioned by King Lalibela during his journey to southern Ethiopia. Experience the spiritual ambiance of this active place of worship, which still holds its allure after centuries. Conclude your day trip with a visit to the Tiya Stelae Field, where 36 ancient monuments, including 32 intricately carved stelae, await your exploration. Let the serenity of this archaeological wonder wash over you as you appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship of the ancient inhabitants of Ethiopia.

Who is this for?

This captivating tour is designed for history enthusiasts, cultural explorers, and anyone with a deep curiosity for Ethiopia's rich heritage. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure, this day trip offers a unique perspective on the ancient civilization that once thrived in this region. Come with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge, and allow yourself to be transported to a bygone era of wonders.

Why Book This?

Unearth the secrets of Ethiopia's history and immerse yourself in its captivating past with this one-of-a-kind day trip. By joining this tour, you will have the opportunity to witness remarkable fossils and stone tools at Melka Kunture, a testament to humanity's ancient ancestors. The mystical Adadi Mariam Church, with its remarkable rock-hewn architecture, will inspire awe within you and offer a glimpse into the country's spiritual traditions. Lastly, the Tiya Stelae Field's stunning carved monuments will leave an indelible mark on your memory. This tour is a gateway to understanding and appreciating Ethiopia's unparalleled historical and cultural significance.

Good to Know

For your convenience, this day trip includes lunch in the town of Tiya, allowing you to savor local flavors and replenish your energy. With a total duration of 360 to 480 minutes, it is recommended that you come prepared with comfortable walking shoes and clothing suitable for exploring archaeological sites and churches. Embrace the unique opportunity to witness history come alive and create lasting memories of this unforgettable journey.


Customers who have experienced this tour have been enthralled by the depth of history it offers and the knowledgeable guides who bring the past to life. They were particularly impressed by the well-preserved fossils and stone tools at Melka Kunture, finding them to be a truly captivating glimpse into early human life. The Adadi Mariam Church left a lasting impression with its remarkable architecture and spiritual ambiance. Exploring the Tiya Stelae Field provided a sense of wonder and appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Ethiopia. Overall, individuals who have embarked on this tour express their satisfaction with the experience and their gratitude for the opportunity to delve into Ethiopia's remarkable past.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Adadi Maryam

This great one day trip will depart Addis Ababa at 8.00 am and have you back in the capital by 4.30 pm – 5.00 pm. The trip highlights include a visit to Melka Kunture and Bachilt Archaeological site,the Adadi Mariam Church and the Tiya Stelae Field. Adadi Mariam Church is located 57km from Addis Ababa. The Tiya Stelae Field is a further 30km down the road. We will stop for lunch in the town Tiya. Adadi Mariam is a subterranean rock-hewn church similar to those of Lalibela. This church is unique as it is the southern-most church of its type, and stands alone – no other rock-hewn churches are in the area. It has been surmised that King Lalibela ordered the construction of Adida Mariam for his visit to southern Ethiopia. The site dates to the 13th century, but is still an active site of worship.

Admission Included

Melka Kunture

At Melka Kunture Archaeological site we have a chance to see (nearly 2 million-year-old) discovered fossils of the prehistoric age. The Stone tools in the area dating 1. 5 million years old.

Admission Included



5 (4)


The day trip to the Adadi Mariam and Tiya went perfectly the palace has so much history which got us so interested the guides were so knowledgeable the made the trip even more interesting.


The whole day was really great the travel company arranged everything perfectly. the tour guide was a great guy he have so much knowledge about the place and he gave us a detailed explanation about the place.


I was in Addis for 3 days conference on November and the next day I booked this tour. To be honest I didn't expect this much. But it was great. Thanks Alex


Le guide était sait prendre soin des personnes. Cependant, je pense qu'il conviendrait au guide de se renseigner au préalable sur l'ouverture du site de Melka...qui était fermé. Que dire de Adadi Mariam? le guide était très interessant mais je suis déçue car l'église n'est pas mise en valeur : tentures vieillottes et défraîchies.. Paysages magnifiques
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2024-04-23 17:24