Addis Ababa City Tour 8 hours

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.

Morning National Museum - Lucy

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.

Afternoon Merkato - Sta. George Cathedral - Entoto Hill

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.

Tour highlights

Country: Ethiopia

Start city: Addis Ababa

Nearest airport: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Duration: 8 hours

Starts at: 8:00 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

  • Addis Ababa
  • Awash
  • Harar
  • Merkato
  • Haile Selassie
  • Lucy
  • Entoto Hill
  • Piassa
  • Museums
  • History
  • Traditional culture

Our clients say:

This was out first visit to Addis Ababa. The city is very busy but with the great service from Meklit, we were given a great tour of the city.
In particular we asked for a food tour in Addis Ababa e she perfectly guided us into merkato and other many local restaurant!
She also hosted us in her home to make us tried the best injera in all the city!
( her mom's one).

Great experience,
We will never forget!

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Gabriele