Tour Package

Addis Ababa City Tour 

  1. Pick up at your Hotel or Airport
  2. We start with sightseeing tours of Addis Ababa major streets while having an introductory brief on the city, its attraction and history. Stops on the landmarks to have a short walk
  3. Visit the national museum. The guide will explain about the origin of Human beings, about Lucy and Descendants Fossil. The Museum also exhibits the country Historical, Cultural and archaeological findings
  4. Drive to Mount Entoto to see the Melenik Palace, St. Mary Church and panoramic view of Addis Ababa
  5. Visit Ethnographic museum which contains Ethiopian painting works, musical instruments and many other cultural results of the country
  6. Break tour by a lunch at one of the Ethiopian Restaurants and time to taste Ethiopian traditional foods and coffee
  7. Head to Merkado the Largest open-air market in Africa

End of the Tour Drops off at Hotel or Airport or any place you want

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: – At your place, Hotel or Airport

End Location: – At your place, Hotel or airport

Duration: – 8 hours

What’s included

Hotel pick up and drop off, Entrance fees, Tour Guide cost, lunch and car


What’s excluded

Photo graphic fee, alcoholic drinks

 postal

Addis Ababa half day City Tour

Tour Type

History, museums, monument, churches,

Activity level

Easy

Tour Code

SET 0001

Tour Duration

Half/Full day

Mode of Transportation

Drive- Automobiles/Minivans/Buses

No of travelers

Private/Groups/ Joining

Type of accommodation

N/A

Attraction Highlights

National Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Mount Entoto (former capital of Ethiopia), quick visit to Mercato (The biggest open-air market in Ethiopia)

Special Tour

Historical City tour with Historical car …….. you want to try please book Addis City tour 0002 on our website www.visitEthiopiaTours.com

Historical Tour /Northern Ethiopia/

Day 1: Addis Ababa, arrival and city tour



Looking over Addiss Ababa

Arrival in Addis Ababa and completion of the entry formalities. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation in the rooms. Then you’ll have time for a city tour. If interested, we can visit a project, which is supported by our local tour operator. In the evening we have dinner together.

Day 2: Flight Addis Ababa – Bahir Dar, visit Blue Nile Falls


Blue Nile Falls, Ethiopia

Domestic flight to Bahir Dar and drive to the Blue Nile Falls. Directly at the waterfalls, we undertake a two-hour hike and thus have the opportunity to experience the falls from different perspectives, cross over two bridges bridge, then the Blue Nile by boat and see sugar cane plantations. In the evening again common dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Bahir Dar, Visit Lake Tana



Today we undertake a full day exploration on a boat trip to Lake Tana and visit a selection of the remote island monasteries. In addition, the interesting fauna of the lake can be observed in this trip (mainly hippos and different types of birds). The nearly full-day boat trip ends up in the afternoon and we get back to the hotel for the second night there.

Day 4: Drive Bahir Dar – Gondar, visit castle and church



Transfer by private vehicle to Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia until 1855, where the ancient emperor’s palace with churches and baths is situated. The castle from the 17th century, called Fasil Ghebbi, is located in the palace district which has been declared to be a UNESCO cultural world heritage site. We also visit the Church of Debre Birhan Selassie with its iconic ceiling of painted angels.

Day 5: Drive Gondar – Simien Mountains National Park



In the morning we drive along a newly built tarmac road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark, the 100 km journey take around 2 hours. At the headquarters, we arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout/park ranger. Then we keep driving for other 1-2 hours to the most interesting spots of the national park. From time to time we stretch our legs and take short walks (depending on your interest) which will allow us impressive views over the dramatic mountain range. In the afternoon, we return to the Simien Lodge, the highest hotel in Africa.

Day 6: Drive Simien Lodge – Axum



Today’s drive takes us farther north to the ancient city of Axum. The first part is leading along the old Limalimo road which was built by the Italians almost 80 years ago but still in use. It is quite a long drive that takes about 6 hours, but rewarding with long mountain chains which can be seen from different perspectives.

Day 7: Axum visit



Axum is the former capital of the Kingdom of Aksum. Today, the city is located in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, about 50 kilometers from the border to Eritrea. Axum is a holy city in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and in the Church of the Holy Mary of Zion, according to the Ethiopian-Orthodox tradition, the ancient original covenant is preserved.

However, access to the covenant is denied to tourists. On the other hand, we can visit the remains of ancient settlements and monasteries, but above all the many stelae typicl of the Kingdom of Aksum.

Day 8: Flight Axum – Lalibela



In the late morning, a domestic flight takes us from Axum to Lalibela, the pilgrimage site and holy town for Ethiopian-orthodox Christians. There we see the famous churches carved in stone. These eleven monolithic churches and their underground tunnels were carved from the rock by 16,000 Ethiopians during 23 years in the 12th-13th century and are today part of the UNESCO cultural world heritage, too.

Day 9: Lalibela visit



Today we visit a rock church too, but a special one: we first visit Asheten Maryam (Amharic for St. Mary’s perfume), a still active mountain monastery with a cave church. After lunch in the town, in the afternoon there’s the possibility to visit the other group of churches or simply to enjoy the time at the local market. Overnight in the previous hotel.

Day 10: Flight Lalibela – Addis Ababa, market, and departure



Transfer to the Lalibela airport in the morning and flight to Addis Ababa. If there is enough time before your departure, we visit a market or shops in Addis Ababa to buy souvenirs. Finally, there is a joint traditional Ethiopian dinner with music and dance performance. End of the trip and departure depending on flight times.

Omo Valley Itinerary – Ethiopia

Day 1 Addis Ababa – Arba Minch (fly)



Fly to Arba Minch:- Afternoon visit Dorze village. You will visit how they make cultural food made up false banana and their beutifull cotton handmade clothing’s

Overnight: Haile Resort Arbaminchi

Day 2  Arba Minch- Turmi

Boat trip on Lake Chamo, see hippos, visit crocodile market then drive to Turmi. 

Day 3 Turmi-karo-Turmi

On the way visit Konso village. The Konso village terracing is registered by UNESCO as Ethiopia’s 9th world heritage site. The landscape formed by erosion called “New York” to compare boldly with skyscraper buildings in USA. After visiting the Macheke village of Waka & their god statues head to the closest Omo valley villages.

We drive south to Konso, whose people are known for their intricately terraced hillsides, fine woven materials and the carved totems with which they decorate their graves, and after our visit turn towards Jinka.

  Konso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Market days in Konso are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Overnight: Turmi

In Turmi or Dimeka or Key Afer villages there is colorful market depending on the Market days if you like to coincide the villages on Market days (Turmi on Monday, Dimeka on Tuesday and Saturday, Jinka on Saturday, Key Afer on Thursday)

Day 4 Turmi-Jinka

O In the morning we will make an hour excursion from Trumi to Omorate village. At Omorate Dassanech tribes live. The village before you swim over Omo River is more like big capital “Modern” and after you take the boat ride or swim pass you will get to the amazing Dasenech tribes, sharing some cultures with the Kenyan Turkana. Yes you are only some 30 Km away from Kenya and Turkana territory.

In the afternoon we will drive to Jinka. The trip to Jinka is to see a collection of many representative tribe market dominated by Ari people as a principal town of Omo Valley region. It can be a hub to divert into one of the renowned tribes especially to Mursi known by their girls putting clay plates on their lips.

Key Afar village Thursday’s market is an advantage to see at least 3 tribes before heading to Jinka in one hour.

vernight:- Buska lodge

Day 5:  Jinka -Mursi

Drive to Mursi tribes known by their girls put clay plates in their lips and see how they become touristy. The most interesting natives of this land are the Mursi people, known around the world for their women who wear clay plates in their lower lips and earlobes.  A small incision is made into the lips of teenage girls which they stretch over time. The lip plate remains a strong Mursi identity feature and is a symbol of a woman’s maturity and reproductive potential. Women are allowed to decide for themselves if they wish to slit their lip or not.

Overnight: Eco Omo Lodge

Day 6 Jinka – Addis Ababa

Fly back to Addis Ababa the capital of Africa

Overnight: – Departure

Starting from 997.00 US $ per person.

The cost includes:

  1. All internal travel, except domestic flights (see below) transfers, tours and excursions,
  2. Accommodation at the hotels specified on full board basis except in Addis Ababa where we provide bed and breakfast only
  3. Local guide’s fees (mandatory).
  4. All entrance fees
  5. Airport facilitation, meeting & greeting.
  6. VAT and local taxes


N.B. This cost does not include domestic flights.  For guests arriving and departing on Ethiopian Airlines, the cost for (Addis- Arbaminch/Jinka- Addis/) is US$ 128.00 per person. For  guests using another carrier for their international flights, the cost  will be US $ 287.00 per person.  

Historic route

Day 1
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos.  On the way visit the Portuguese bridge, said to have been the first bridge in Ethiopia.  Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge.  The gorge extends nearly 400km and reaches depths up to 1500m.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel). 

Day 2
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women), and the source of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 3
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 4
Early morning, depart north for Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains.  After stopping for lunch in Adi Arkay, proceed driving through the dramatic Tekeze Valley, offering some of the best landscapes in the country.  Proceed to Axum, home of the ancient Axumite Empire, the Queen of Sheba, and the Ark of the Covenant.  Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 5
Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy), the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.  You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept.  Men only are allowed to enter the old church.  Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.  Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 6
After breakfast, drive to visit the ruins of Yeha, dating from the 8th to 5th centuries BC, and thought to be the capital of Ethiopian civilization before Axum.  Afterwards, visit the Debre Damo monastery, where the men (sorry!  No women allowed.) must climb up a 15-m rope to enter.  Proceed through the state of Tigray, stopping en-route at Wukro to visit the rock-hewn church of Chirkos.  Overnight in Mekele (hotel).Day 7
Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela.  Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people.  Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela.  Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 7
Early in the morning, embark on a full day of driving to Lalibela.  Here you will pass through several small villages, with typical sandstone homes of the Tigray people.  Proceed through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination – Lalibela.  Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 8
In the morning, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).  After lunch, continue with the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.  Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.  Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 9
Early in the morning, drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, on the way visiting the lake in the town of Hayk, where you can visit the local monastery and enjoy the birdlife.  Overnight in Kombolcha (hotel).

Day 10
Return driving to Addis via Debre Birhan.  On the way you pass the Mezezo Escarpment, with a good chance to see the endemic gelada baboons.  If today is a Sunday, you can stop in the town of Senbete to visit the lively market including the interesting camel market.

Six days by air

Summary: 

Visit the main historical sites in the north of Ethiopia – Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum & Lalibela in 6 days using domestic flights.

Day 1
Early in the morning, depart on a flight for Bahir Dar.  After arrival, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of the monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake.  Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River.  In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike in the area.  Finish the day with the sunset over the lake.  Overnight in Bahir Dar (resort or hotel).

Day 2
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar (hotel).

Day 3
Early morning flight to Axum.  Upon arrival to Axum, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.  Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.  You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept.  Men only are allowed to enter the old church.  Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.  Overnight in Axum (hotel).

Day 4
Depart on a morning flight to Lalibela, the most famous of all of the Ethiopian historical sites.  After lunch, start your tour of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, visiting the Northwestern Cluster of churches – Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha (entry not permitted for women).    Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 5
In the morning, take a trip to visit the church of Yimrehanne Kristos.  The most popular of the churches outside of Lalibela, this church is built with layers of wood and granite, set in the entrance to a large cavern.  After the visit, return to Lalibela for lunch and, in the afternoon, visit the Southeastern Cluster of churches – Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.  Finally, you will visit the most famous of all the churches – Bet Giyorgis, constructed in honor of the patron saint of Ethiopia – Saint George.   Overnight in Lalibela (hotel).

Day 6
In the morning, visit the nearby monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, set on the side of a cliff.  After the visit, proceed to the airport for the return flight back to Addis Ababa.

South 8 days /cultural tour/

Day 1
Depart south from Addis Ababa via Butajira.  On the way you will visit the archeological sites of Tiya (ancient stelae field and UNESCO World Heritage Site), Adadi Maryam (a rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela) and Melka Kunture (pre-historic tool-making site).  Final destination for the day is Awassa.  Overnight in Awassa (hotel).

Day 2
In the morning after breakfast, visit the fish market on the shores of Lake Awassa and then proceed driving to Dorze, set in the highlands above Arba Minch.  The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.  You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people.  If today is market day (in Dorze village on Monday and Thursday and in nearby Chencha on Tuesday and Saturday), that will be visited.  Overnight in Dorze in traditional Dorze hut (shared toilet facilities) or continue to Arba Minch for overnight (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 3
In the morning, depart to Arba Minch for a boat trip on Lake Chamo to visit the “crocodile market”, and the local hippos.  Afterwards, depart from Arba Minch to Turmi.  On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home to the Tsemai tribe.  Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday).  Finally, proceed to Turmi, home of the Hamer tribe.  At night, you can see the traditional night dancing of the Hamer tribe, known as evangadi.  Overnight in Turmi (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 4
In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe.  Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a Dassenech village.  Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day) for a visit to a local Hamer village.  If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited.  Overnight in Turmi (camping, basic hotel or lodge).

Day 5
Depart for Jinka, via Dimeka and Key Afar.  Tuesdays and Saturdays are market days in Dimeka, which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Benna and Karo.  Afterwards, continue to Jinka.  Overnight in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 6
In the morning, drive through the Mago National Park to a local village of the Mursi tribe.  The Mursi are known for their lower lip and earlobe plates.  In the afternoon, after returning to Jinka, you can visit the South Omo Museum & Research Center to learn more about the local tribes.  Alternatively, take a hike in the surrounding hills to visit a local Ari village.  Overnight in Jinka (camping, hotel or lodge).

Day 7
After breakfast, depart from Jinka to Arba Minch via Key Afar and Konso.  Thursday is market day in Key Afar, where you will see the Benna and Tsemai tribes trading goods.  This is another very popular market in the region.  After the visit, proceed to Konso (market days are Mondays and Thursdays).  The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing.  Today you will have a brief opportunity to visit a local village and the cultural museum displaying many waka statues.  After the visit, proceed driving to Arba Minch.  Overnight in Arba Minch (camping, hotel or lodge).
 
Day 8
Early in the morning, depart from Arba Minch for a full day’s drive to Addis Ababa.  On the way you may have time to visit one of the following archeological sites of interest:
–    Tiya – ancient stellae field and UNESCO World Heritage site
–    Adadi Maryam – rock-hewn church similar to those in Lalibela
–    Melka Kunture – pre-historic tool-making site

Wonchi Crater Lake
Sitting in the shadow of Mount Wonchi, Wonchi Crater Lake is the beautiful legacy of a once powerful volcano. A hiking path from the rim of the volcano meanders past small farms and forests to the lake below.  An ancient island church, Cherkos, is accessible via a boat ride across the lake. For those not keen on walking, horseback in an option.

Adadi Maryam and Tiya Stele Tour

Adadi Mariam
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. While it dates to around the same time as the Tiya stelae, and is only ~30km north of them, Adadi Mariam provides a strong contrast to the pagan-like aura at Tiya. 
Tiya Stele
Close by the Adadi Mariam church are the stelae of Tiya. The monuments – 36 in all – are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture, standing between 1 and 2 meters in height. Excavations have revealed that the site is an ancient cemetery, housing the remains of both males and females, aged from 18 to 30. Dating to between the 10th and 15th centuries, the stelae are covered in symbols whose meaning remains unknown. The swords and other symbols carved into the rock are unique to themselves; no other symbols of their type have been discovered.  Tiya is easily accessible off a main road from Addis Ababa.  It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is relatively untouched by tourism compared to other parts of Ethiopia. 

Arrival   Bole International Airport
Visit Ethiopia Tours  will meet all clients arriving at the airport regardless of arrival time.  

Day 01   Addis Ababa – Bale Mountains National Park
Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park.  Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area:  Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala.  Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.   Overnight camping near park entrance. 
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 02   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 4-5 hours.
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 03   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.  Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance a seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 7-8 hours of trekking. 
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 04   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 7-8 hours.
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 05   Bale Mountains National Park – Addis Ababa
Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa.  Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country’s many ethnic groups.  Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel night booked upon request.
(B, L, D)



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