Ethiopia is very unique in comparison to other African countries. One important thing for coffee lovers to know is that Ethiopia is a birthplace of coffee where coffee originates from. Ethiopia is the only African country never to have been brought under colonial control. Ethiopia has its own calendar with 13 months, and Ethiopians celebrate their new year on September 11. Ethiopian year is 8 years behind western world. Ethiopia has its own unique alphabet and language in comparison to other African countries. The oldest fossil of Early man was discovered here in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is among the oldest countries on the planet, having been established in 980 B.C. We would like to welcome you to explore the beauty of Ethiopia and discover this country as we guide you through. Welcome to Ethiopia!
ItineraryDay 1: Addis Ababa full day tourStop At: Addis Ababa Museum, Addis AbabaVisit Ethiopian National museum including the 3.2 million years hominid fossil Lucy! Visit Trinity Cathedral Church, the most impressive Cathedral in Ethiopia and important religious ground in the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. Continue with a visit to ethnographic museum. The museum was a former Emperor Haile Silassie palace and it is a great place to see Royal enclosures. After lunch break continue with a visit to Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.Then climb Mount Entoto for the best view of Addis Ababa.Finally drive back to your hotel.Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: HawassaStop At: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionEthiopia is a birthplace of coffee. With this tour we will help you to discover the origin of coffee driving to Sidamo region. You will learn about coffee processing and visit some plantation and discover city of Hawassa. We will overnight in Hawassa at Haile Resort by the Lake. At the lake you can have optional activity such as boat ride or horse riding and visit fish market as well.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Haile Resort by the Lake AwassaDay 3: Hawassa Stop At: Fish Market at Awassa Lake, Awasa, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's RegionYou will spend one more day by the Lake Awassa at the Hotel Haile Resort. Enjoy your time here by the lake, take a walk, horse riding or boat trip around the lake (optional). Breakfast included. After Hawassa you will be taken back to Addis Ababa to your hotel (not included)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Haile Resort by the Lake AwassaDay 4: Debre LibanosStop At: Debre Libanos Monastery, Debre Libanos, Oromiya RegionIn the morning ,take a day trip to Debre Libanos. Debre Libanos is a monastery in Ethiopia, lying north of Addis Ababa. Debre Libanos is founded by Saint Tekle Haymanot in the 13th century near themonastery. You will have a full guide within monastery and learn more about Christianity in Ethiopia. After Monastery we will proceed to visit the rock bridge built by Portuguese in the 16th century, and believed to be Africa's first bridge. Climb the rock and have the best breathtaking view of the entire hill. You will be captivated. Then drive back to Addis Ababa.Duration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.