Addis Ababa City Tour 10 hours

 
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

Addis Ababa at between 2300 - 2500 meters above sea level is the third highest capital in the world and Entoto is a few hundred meters higher. As we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road.


On your arrival at Bole International Airport, you will pass through immigration and after collecting your bags you will go out to the arrivals hall. Here you will be met by our representative, who will assist you with your transfer to your hotel.

After breakfast in the morning, you will enjoy a full-day guided tour. We start at 8:30 AM with a pick up from your hotel and drive north up to Mount Entoto. In 1881 Emperor Menelik II made his permanent Palace there, after remains of an old town (believed to have been the capital of 16th-century monarch Lebne Dengel) were discovered, which Menelik thought was a divine and auspicious sign.

From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Entoto is an important watershed, to the north water flows to the Blue Nile, to the south to the Awash River. Your guide will point out the important landmarks of the city.

Entoto was soon abandoned as a site for the capital - it was cold, difficult to provision and there was a shortage of wood. Empress Taytu was said to have led the move down to the plain of Finfine, and to have named the new capital Addis Ababa, or New Flower. However, two important structures remain within the old imperial compound, the churches of Mariam and the Archangel Raguel. It was in the church of Mariam that Menelik was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1889, and in the small museum in the compound, there are various clothes, court and household implements and weapons dating from the period. The church of Raguel is unusual in that it is octagonal, rather than round. There is a first story balustrade around which Menelik liked to stroll.

Leaving the churches we descend to Addis Ababa, stopping off at the National Museum. Here visitors can see exhibits ranging from the 3.5 million-year-old bones of Lucy, through the Axumite and Gondarene periods to the monarchs Tewodros and Menelik.

We will take a break here for lunch. There are a number of possibilities, we could have lunch in the Lucy Restaurant, in the grounds of the National Museum, at Blue Tops across from the National Museum, or visitors may prefer to sample Ethiopian food at the atmospheric Addis Ababa restaurant, once the home of Empress Zauditu.

After lunch, we resume our tour with a visit to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where we can see clothing from different regions, along with artefacts, household utensils and in a separate section, paintings reflecting the history and culture of the country.

This building was once the Guenete Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, and visitors can see his bedroom and bathroom.

There is an interesting display in Giorghis Church, and after seeing that we will visit Menelik’s mausoleum, where Etege Taitu and Queen Zauditu are also buried.

We then move to the Mercato, the largest market area in Africa, where virtually every possible commodity is on sale, from livestock to computers. For the visitor good at bargaining, there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts.

We now return to our hotel. Tonight we will take our dinner in a national food restaurant, and see dancing from Ethiopia’s different regions.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Cold drinks
  • Guiding in selected language
  • Meals (full board)
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Park/ museum entrance fees
  • Taxes
  • Visas
  • Any services not in the included section

Available in

English, French, German
(Amharic)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Addis Abba , Ethiopia

Pick up times available: 08:00

Pick up location: Bole International Airport

Ends at: Bole International Aiport

Nearest airport: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)



Eco Features:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $189 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 7 days before departure


  • Addis Ababa
  • Entoto Hill
  • Entoto Mountain
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Lucy
  • Haile Selassie
  • Mount Entoto
  • National Museum
  • Guenete Palace
  • Giorghis Church
  • Mercato