Addis Ababa City tour
Our full-day city tour of Addis Ababa includes the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Mercato, Ba’ata Mariam Church, St. George Cathedral, and the view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto. You will start your city tour of Addis Ababa with the National Museum of Ethiopia. This is one of the best museums in the country. Archeological exhibits include the 3.2-million-year-old fossil of Lucy (or Dinkinesh, "thou art wonderful" in the native language), a hominoid woman of the species 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 the pre-Axumite civilization. We continue our tour of Addis Ababa with a visit to the Ethnographic Museum, on the Addis Ababa University campus. This museum is very different from the National Museum, but equally absorbing. This museum exhibits a variety of artifacts and daily objects related to most ethnic groups living in Ethiopia. After lunch, the city tour of Addis Ababa continues with the visit to the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa, where almost every possible commodity is on sale. Our visit continues with St. George Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedrals in Addis Ababa. Finally, we will drive uphill to Entoto, which once was Emperor Menelik II’s permanent camp. As we drive up the hill, you will notice a considerable drop in altitude, and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees that cover the area. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. After spending some time on top of the hill, we will drive back to the hotel. Overnight Hotel
Fly Addis Ababa - Dire Dawa and drive to Harar
In the morning, take Ethiopian Airlines domestic flight ET 206 (07:00 - 08:00) or ET 214 (08:10 - 09:10) from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa and drive to Harar. (55 km from Harar). Drive for about an hour to Harar enjoying the great scenery of the surrounding mountains. Before lunch visit the walls and gates of Harar which marks and identifies the city’s peculiarity. After having lunch at a local house of the Adere or the Harari people, visit the local market of Harar which is attended by the tribal people of Amhara, Oromo, and Hararis (Adere). Attend the ceremony of Chewing Chat (mild stimulant, and Adere (Harari). Then visit the House of Arthur Rimbaud - a famous French poet, who lived in Harar in the late 19th Century AD. Explore "Jugal" - Harar’s old walled town by walking with a local tour guide. If interested, check out one of Ethiopia's breweries - Harar Brewery. In the evening, drive to one of the gates of Harar where you can visit the ‘Hyena Man’ as he is feeding wild hyenas by hand and mouth. Accommodation at Harar is organized at Ras Hotel or at Harari Cultural Guest House - Rewda Guesthouse.
Drive to Dire Dawa and Fly to Addis Ababa
Visit a coffee processing small-scale industry. The Coffee from around Harar is one of the best types from Ethiopia. Then, attend a typical traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Explore some of the oldest mosques and shrines of Harar. Finally, drive back to Dire Dawa and visit the colorful spice market and the old Train station which was founded by the French in the 1900s. Take the Ethiopian Airlines domestic flight ET 221 (15:50 - 16:50) from Dire Dawa back to Addis Ababa End of trip.
Transfer from and to the Airport
Lunch and Dinner