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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.

Addis Ababa: Guided Expedition through Ethiopia's Capital

Addis Ababa: Guided Expedition through Ethiopia's Capital

Meet and Greet: Begin your adventure with a warm welcome from our knowledgeable local guide at the meeting point . Get ready to delve into the heart of Addis Ababa's captivating stories. Historic Landmarks: Venture to iconic landmarks like the National Museum, home to the famous fossil "Lucy," and the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where the history of Ethiopia unfolds through its ancient architecture and religious artifacts. Local Artisans and Craftsmanship: Immerse yourself in the rich artistic culture by visiting local artisans and craftsmen. Witness the creation of traditional crafts, handwoven textiles, and intricate jewelry, gaining insight into Ethiopia's artistic heritage. Merkato - Africa's Largest Open Market: Navigate through the bustling lanes of Merkato, Africa's largest open-air market. Engage in the lively exchange of goods, from spices to handmade crafts, and feel the pulse of daily life in this vibrant economic hub. Coffee Ceremony Experience: Indulge in the authentic Ethiopian coffee culture with a traditional coffee ceremony. Learn about the significance of coffee in Ethiopian society while savoring the rich flavors of freshly brewed coffee. Panoramic Views at Mount Entoto: Conclude your journey with a scenic drive to Mount Entoto, offering panoramic views of Addis Ababa. Capture breathtaking cityscapes and reflect on the day's discoveries before returning with a heart full of memories. Throughout the tour, our expert guide will share captivating stories, historical insights, and local anecdotes, ensuring a truly enriching experience that goes beyond sightseeing, leaving you with a profound connection to the culture and spirit of Addis Ababa.

Discover Addis Ababa within a day

Discover Addis Ababa within a day

Explore the New Flower ( Addis Ababa) in your free time. This tour brings you into the most seeing places of Addis Ababa including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Entoto Mountain with amazing views, and the massive open-air market Mercato. This tour will allow you to experience Ethiopian national and traditional cuisine and some fresh seasonal juice. This is a tour designed to bring you into depth roots of Ethiopian culture and history in an interesting way. You will learn a lot about Ethiopian history and culture from the history-telling guides. It is a stress-free and easy way to experience every most amazing side of Addis Ababa. On this tour, you will begin exploring the city with the National Museum of Ethiopia home of the famous Lucy, the oldest human fossil ever discovered in the world. The museum has different collections including the fossil, artifacts, and ethnography collections. After having explored the Museum drive to the top view of Addis Ababa, and here you observe amazing views of Addis Ababa. You will have a shore walk at Entoto Park. Entot is the highest peak overlooking the city, the headquarter of Africa, and is part of Mount Entoto. The exploration will continue to the Pisa Saint George church, it is an orthodox church built by Menilik II. It is noted for its octagonal shape. You will experience the Ethiopian Orthodox churches and you will observe the most notable modern Ethiopian paintings inside the church. afterward continue to Merkato, on the way to Mercato you will see the Anwar Mosque. You will have an amazing walk through the massive Mercato Market. You will experience the melting pot where vendors and consumers alike shoved and jostled, yelling and barking trading calls. local flavor. After the visit to the market, you will explore some other important buildings and monuments of Addis Ababa. You will observe the Tiglachin Monument, the old train station, and the African headquarter building.

Addis Ababa highlights of the city tour

Addis Ababa highlights of the 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

Addis Ababa in a day

Addis Ababa in a day

This tour allows you to enjoy some of the hidden gems in Addis Ababa combined with the famous landmarks and attractions like, national museum where the oldest human, Lucy is exhibited, Entoto Mountain park, for spectacular view of the city, Merkato - the busiest open-air market in Africa, St. George cathedrals where King Hailesilase I was crowned, and some coffee tasting at the oldest coffee shop, Tomocca, sightseeing of squares like Churchill Avenue, Lion of Judah monument, Tiglachin - the socialist monument, the old train station , Legehar. At the end of the day, you will feel like you have made the best out of your time. You can also improvise it based on your time and interest. You will never regret choosing to visit this vibrant city.

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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!

I was not aware it would be a private tour. Which it make it even better. Seya ( the guide) was super kind to answer all my questions and made the day great. I recommend it to see somenthing different not that far from Addis. It is 100km but within the rush hour it can take really looooong. And I was lucky enough to be on Saint Mary's day, which made the experience even better. Meals, coffee and water was provided as per itinerary. Pick up was on time. Can only recommend them.

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.

I requested a guide in Spanish and was promptly assisted. The tour in Addis was very cool and enlightening.