Historical Sites in Addis Ababa are concentrated in Piassa and Arat Killo areas. Arat Killo the founding places of Addis Ababa, the Grand Palace, Africa Hall in Arat killo and St. George Church in Piassa, Menelik Monoument tell the victory of the Ethiopian king and people.
Our full day Addis Ababa city tour includes the National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Merkato, Ba’ata Mariam Church, St. George Cathedral and the view of Addis Ababa city from Mount Entoto.
You will start your Addis Ababa tour with the 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 – ‘thou art 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.
We continue our city tour of Addis Ababa with visit to the Ethnographic Museum which is found inside the compound of the Addis Ababa University. This museum is very different to the National Museum, but equally absorbing, this museum exhibit, a varied array of artifacts and daily objects related to most ethnic groups living in Ethiopia.
After lunch, Addis Ababa tour continues with the visit to Merkato, 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 cathedral in Addis Ababa city. Finally, we will drive uphill to Entoto, which once was Emperor Minilik II’s permanent camp. Driving the hill there is an considerable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which cover the area.
From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. After spending some time around the hill, we will drive back to the hotel. End of tour!
Addis Ababa city tour is one of the most comprehensive ideal for short onde day visit to Ethiopia. If you wish to extend your travel in Ethiopia try our other Ethiopia tours.
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This food tour was the best thing we did in Addis Ababa. We had such a great time with our excellent guide - Meklit - who was smart, insightful and simply a wonderful person to spend some time with. The best part of the tour was a home visit to a local family and just simply talking and spending time together. The food was of course excellent too! We finally felt a bit more like home in Ethiopia thanks to this superb experience. Thank you Meklit and Afro Ethiopia Tours for enriching us with such fantastic memories.
I spend an amazing day with a really nice and smart private guide. She showed me around while giving me a great insight about the culture, customs, food and history of the country. Totally recommendable way to start your visit to the country.
My tour with Meki exceeded my expectations. She was knowledgeable and accommodating throughout the tour while showing me various parts of Addis Ababa. I would definitely recommend Afro Ethiopia Tours and recommend Meki as your guide. Thanks again!
My tour with with Afro Ethiopia Tour was outstanding!! My guide, Meki, in Addis Ababa was wonderful. She was very attentive, accommodating and knowledgeable about the history of the sites we visited in Addis. I spent the whole day with Meki and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I was so impressed with her service that I asked that she put me in contact with someone from her company who was able to plan a tour of Lalibela. That's when I met another guide, Taddesse. Taddesse was also excellent. I spent 2 days with Taddesse visiting all of the rock-hewn churches and other historic sites in Lalibela. Like Meki, Taddesse was very accommodating, knowledgeable and extremely courteous. All in all, my trip with Afro Ethiopia Tour company was fabulous. I could not have made a better choice. I highly recommend Afro Tours!!
My husband and I were in Addis for four days and we contacted several tour companies to look for a one-day Addis city tour. The Afro Ethiopia team were very responsive and easy to work with. Our tour guide, Meki was very nice, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a great time and would definitely recommend the company and Meki as well!
This was out first visit to Addis Ababa. The city is very busy and growing at a fast pace. But with the great service from Meklit, from Afro Ethiopian Tours, we were given a great tour of the city and the countryside. It was nice to have all the transportation and meals handled by her. The only thing we had to do was enjoy the coffee, the sites and attempt to capture the perfect photo. I will definitely be contacting her for our next visit.
The guide was wonderful and spoke excellent English. See saw all the main places in the city, the museums, the churches, palace, even a drive up the mountain to see the city panoramic view. Would recommend this tour to all.
I only had a few hours in Addis at the end of my trip so wanted to make the most of it with a tour. Meklit was an exceptional guide - she was so knowledgeable and friendly and I felt like we captured the essence of Addis in the short time we had. It was like exploring Addis with a friend! HIGHLY recommend this!!!!!
Being in Addis Ababa for work I had a chance to make a day walking tour of the city center. We visited two museums, university, church, had lunch and coffee. It was a pleasant tour, we managed to see a lot by foot and also using public transport.
Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
Start city: Addis Ababa
Nearest airport: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)
Duration: 8 hours
Starts at: 09:00 at Your hotel, Bole International Airport or Taitu Hotel - your choice
Ends at: Your hotel, Bole International Airport or Taitu Hotel - your choice
Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors
Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request