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Addis Ababa Bole Airport (ADD): Premium Lounge Entry

Addis Ababa Bole Airport (ADD): Premium Lounge Entry

Avoid the crowds and chaos of the public departure lounge and relax in style before your flight from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Make yourself comfortable in the premium lounge located right after security in Terminal 2. Spanning an impressive 1,000 square meters, this lounge redefines the travel experience with its blend of world-class facilities and distinctive Ethiopian charm. Indulge in pure relaxation at the lounge, where you can relax on the comfortable seating, soak in the pre-flight atmosphere, and effortlessly stay in the loop with flight information. Freshen up in the well-appointed shower rooms, make use of the lounge's unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, and dine on an array of freshly prepared seasonal food as well as drinks in an open café/restaurant concept.

Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge, and Cave Tour

Addis Ababa: Debre Libanos, Blue Nile Gorge, and Cave Tour

Visit the Debre Libanos Monastery, the famed Portuguese Bridge, the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge, and the haunting Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church in just one day with an English-speaking guide. Marvel at breathtaking mountain landscapes and endemic wildlife, like bleeding-heart gelada baboons. After pickup at your hotel or at the airport in Addis Ababa, drive 100 kilometers (68 miles) to the north and pass over undulating mountain ranges that shelter the famous bleeding-heart baboons, as well as various endemic birds. Arrive at Debre Libanos, a monastery complex founded by Ethiopian Saint Abune Tekle Haymanot in 1284 that sits on a terrace between a cliff and the gorge of one of the tributaries to the Blue Nile River (Jamma River). Then, experience the breathtaking views of the Blue Nile Gorge, often compared with Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Admire the Portuguese Bridge, built by Ras Darge in the 1890s in a classic Portuguese style. Enjoy the scenic views, interact with the Oromo people, and trek to the Saint Teklehaimanot Cave Church where around 300 monks were slaughtered in 1936 by Italian invaders. On the way back to Addis Ababa, make a stop at the Entoto Mountain for panoramic views of Addis Ababa from 3,300 meters (10,827 feet) above sea level. The tour concludes with drop-off at the airport or your hotel

Addis Ababa: Guided City Tour

Addis Ababa: Guided City Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Addis Ababa or at the Arrivals Hall of Bole International Airport where you will meet your English-speaking guide. After a quick refreshment, embark on your guided sightseeing city tour of Addis Ababa. First, drive up to Mount Entoto for spectacular panoramic views over the city. Descend by way of the National Museum where you will have the chance to observe the fossil of 'Lucy' - the oldest ancestor of humans.  Then, visit the remarkable Ethiopian Orthodox ancient churches of the Holy Trinity which were built during World War II. Proceed to Ethnographic Museum, which was the former palace of Emperor Hailie Selassie.  After lunch, see the tombs of Emperor Hailie Selassie and admire the amazing paintings and church frescoes. Finally, end the tour with a stroll through the spectacular open-air markets - the biggest in East Africa. In the evening, transfer back to your hotel or the airport in time for your departure.

Addis Ababa highlight city tour

Addis Ababa highlight city tour

Start the tour from National Museum of Ethiopia: This is one of the best museums in quality and diversity of the exhibits. Archeological exhibits include the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh – ‘wonderful’- in the native language), a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. The discovery of Lucy’s fossil in 1974 forced a complete rethink of human genealogy, providing that our ancestors were walking 2.5 million years earlier than had been supposed. The National Museum also contains many wonderful artifacts dating back to pre-Axumite civilization. Afterward, you will visit St George's Cathedral (Giorgis Cathedral). Lies at the north end of Churchill Rd. Built in 1896 in the traditional octagonal shape to commemorate Ethiopia's victory over the Italians at the Battle of Adwa, the Cathedral houses the work of Afewerk Tekle, the renowned Ethiopian artist responsible for the stained-glass windows of the Africa Hall. Drive to Entoto on the way you will visit Shiromeda market one of the biggest markets for Ethiopian traditional cloths continue drive to the mountain to visit the commanding panoramic view point mount Entoto which offers the stupendous view of the city. Final stop Coffee stop at Tomoka coffee! One of the best coffees in the city. End of Tour

Guided: Addis Ababa City Tour

Guided: Addis Ababa City Tour

The vibrant capital city, Addis Ababa is the country’s political, economic, and cultural center. Home to many nationalities, it has a multitude of distinct religious and linguistic groups, and the city is full of rich culture and interesting history. The city boasts several interesting Orthodox cathedrals, mosques, historical monuments, museums, and local markets. This city tour includes the following sites; National Museum This is Ethiopia’s primary Museum and houses the nation’s artistic treasures. This is one of the best museums in the diversity of the exhibits and your visit will give you a glimpse of Ethiopia. The museum has four main exhibition sections and the most famous exhibit is the Paleontological showcase where you can see the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy, ‘ Dinkinesh’ in Amharic meaning ‘wonderful’, a hominoid woman of the specious of Australopithecus Afarensis. Holy Trinity Cathedral One of the major churches in Ethiopia and the resting place of the Legendary Emperor Haile Selassie, the last king of Ethiopia. This massive and ornate cathedral, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was built by Emperor Haile Selassie l in 1944. It is one of the architecturally decorated, spacious, and well-designed churches in Ethiopia. Mount Entoto; hort drive to the north of the capital and take in the panoramic view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto, the highest peak in the city. Mount Entoto; Short drive to the north of the capital and take in the panoramic view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto, the highest peak in the city. the Piazza (Old Town) It is an old part of Addis Ababa. Here you will have a short walk to see Old Italian, buildings, other historical Houses, Jewelry Houses, cafe and also masses of people transiting to different parts of the city. It is a good highlight of Addis Ababa’s way of life. You can also see the famous Taitu Hotel, the first modern hotel in Ethiopia and still in use. Merkato The largest open-air market in Africa. If you’re a market lover, this is the place that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Addis Ababa. The market is arranged into separate areas for different items. It is one of those markets, that if you know where you look, you’ll find anything you want from electronics to clothes, heavy industrial steel girders to tires, and all that goes in-between can be found. And other important monuments and buildings that are all worth visiting. You will also have a coffee in one of the best coffee shopes.

Addis Ababa city Tour

Addis Ababa city Tour

Begin your Addis Ababa city tour by meeting our knowledgeable guide either at Bole Airport or your hotel. From there, embark on a fascinating journey through the city's major landmarks and streets. Our first stop will be the renowned National Museum, where you will have the opportunity to explore the incredible collection of human ancestors. Marvel at the ancient hominid fossils, including Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old specimen, Selam, a 3.3 million-year-old fossil, and Ardi, a 4.4 million-year-old fossil. Additionally, you will have the chance to observe Stone Age tools, providing a glimpse into the early history of mankind. After immersing ourselves in the rich history of human evolution, we will drive up to Mount Entoto, a majestic mountain that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Addis Ababa. As we descend from the mountain, we will pass through Shiromeda, the largest traditional clothing market in the city. Here, we will make a stop at The Holly Trinity Cathedral to discover the tomb of Emperor Haile Selassie. Admire the stunning church frescoes and beautiful paintings that adorn this sacred place. To truly experience the vibrant local culture, we will indulge in a delicious Ethiopian traditional lunch during the tour. After satisfying our taste buds, we will continue our exploration by visiting the tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie. Marvel at the intricate details and historical significance of these tombs. Finally, we will conclude our tour by immersing ourselves in the bustling atmosphere of Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. Whether we choose to walk through the market or drive inside, this vibrant hub offers an authentic local experience and the opportunity to find a wide array of goods. From traditional crafts to fresh produce, Mercato truly has something for everyone, making it an essential stop on any Addis Ababa itinerary.

Addis Ababa: Monasteries, Wildlife, & Hike Private Day Trip

Addis Ababa: Monasteries, Wildlife, & Hike Private Day Trip

We will pick you from Addis Ababa Bole Int airport or any hotel in Addis Ababa or houses then drive to north Ethiopia passing through the wonderful chain mountains and densely tree forest of Mount Entoto then after a two hours driving we will be arriving at one of the respected monastery of Ethiopia Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia which is lying northwest of Addis Ababa and it was Founded in the 13th century by Saint Tekle Haymanot and visit the museums that have a lot of ancient bible books collection with religious crosses later take a visit internal parts of the church with the tombs of the founder of the monastery then we will have a 10 min hiking to the cave(served like a praying area for the founder of the monastery ST Tekle Haymanot) finally take a walk and a hiking to the portugse bridge lying at the Blue Nile George to see the wonderful landscapes and Ethiopian endemic baboons which is called the Chelada Baboon and have a chance of seeing Ethiopian Birds. In the evening be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Hidden treasures of Addis Ababa - full day city tour

Hidden treasures of Addis Ababa - full day city tour

We start our tour with a visit of Saint Bahita Mousoleum Church. An underground Church filled with the history of the Emperor, who founded Addis Ababa, and an original painting of Michelangelo. Afterwards we visit our ancestor Lucy at the National Museum and go to Merkato market, experiencing an amazing top view of the vivid life of the merchants. We take our lunch at Zoma museum, enjoying the amazing garden with its fresh and silence in the middle of the town. Here we also take part in a cooking event of traditional Ethiopian food that we will taste afterwards. This unique experience of flavours and scents is completed by a traditional coffee ceremony. After this we will proceed to mount Entoto, where we will learn more about the history of Ethiopia's capital and enjoy later a beautiful sunset over the skyline of Addis Ababa.

Semera: Danakil Depression Guided 3-Day Tour w/ Camel Ride

Semera: Danakil Depression Guided 3-Day Tour w/ Camel Ride

Explore the Danakil Depression begins in Semara city the capital of the Afar region which is accessible by air from Addis Ababa from Semera, you are driven to Lake Afdera, which is a salt rock at the centre of the Danakil Depression At Afdera you will enjoy hot springs and then head to Dodom village at the base of Erta Ale, from where you travel to the rim of the volcano on the back of a camel. With all your sleeping materials ready to doze off when you are tired, you will spend the night being awed by the lava bubbling underneath. On the second day of your visit, you will be driven to Hamad Ela village where you will see caravans of camels plus the picturesque sunset from Assale Salt Lake. Heading to Dallol district, you will enjoy some of the most visually fascinating scenes of the area including the Dallol Sulphur Lake as well as colourful hot springs On the third day of your excursion you will head back to Lake Afdera and then Semera city, once again enjoying the unique scenes of the area

Addis food Tasting tour

Addis food Tasting tour

Our walking food tours take you to several restaurants where we highlight their best dish. Our guides tell you the story behind the food and the traditions involved in cooking each dish. Restaurants range from hole-in-the-wall joints to upper class eateries. Food tours are concentrated in a single neighborhood where we walk between each stop. In total, we spend around 45 to 60 minutes on foot. The tour lasts roughly four hours and we’ll keep the food and beer coming to make certain you leave happy and stuffed. What’s included? Atikilt tera – The biggest vegetable and fruit market in Addis Ababa located between the 6 kilo and Jal meda largest market areas. injera baking challenge – Do you dare to bake injera perfectly? A group of expert women will be waiting for you Food at two restaurants Fresh juice, unlimited beers and soft drinks. Finally, Tomoka coffee

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As a solo female traveler in Addis Ababa, I highly recommend this agency and their tour guide Amanuel. I did the city tour which I can describe as: fantastic organization, very interesting information and outstanding hospitality! The tour was very interesting and I got to hear more about the day-to-day Ethiopian life as the guide was very happy to answer all of my questions. The driver was very reliable and kind. Overall, a great duo that I will recommend to my friends that will find themselves in Addis Ababa. Thank you both - and see you very soon again in Ethiopia!

We had a great time not only learning and preparing local food, attending a coffee ceremony and roasting our own beans and having a glass of delicious honey wine, but also learning about the city, the culture and visiting a huge market where you can find basically everything, food and non food.

Such a good trip! A pleasure to be guided by Zerefa. Lots of interesting information and good talks. We were amazed by Ethiopian nature and was so lucky to meet wild baboons and able to get close to them. Def recommend when in Addis Ababa

Mr Zee was extremely good tour guide as he was knowledgable of the area, engaging and flexible to take us to addition places to see more local sites. The tour is highly recommended.

Wonderful, authentic tour. Great guide, individual pick-up. The agency is highly recommended, even for day trips in Addis Ababa.