City Tour of Addis Ababa
This full day city tour is to visit Addis Ababa – Ethiopia’s capital and Africa’s political capital. It is the seat of HQ of African Union, HQ of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and more than 100 embassies.
This is about 8 hours sightseeing tour of Addis Ababa to visit the National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia – where you will see the fossil remains of Lucy (3.25 million years old), Merkato – the largest open air market in Africa, the Ethnological Museum which was the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and drive to Mt. Entoto ( 3,200 meters above sea level) to have a panoramic view of Addis
Finally, drive in the city to visit the various historical monuments of Addis.
This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop at: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa Learn about the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity by visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral – one of the most important religious sites in Addis Ababa. Admire the beautiful window stained glass works, the unique architecture, see the tombs of Emperor Haile Sillassie I and visit the small museum. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa At the National Museum of Ethiopia, see the fossil remains of Lucy (3.18 million years old) and some of the oldest stone tools human beings ever made and used. Learn about the historical and cultural background of Ethiopia and its people.
Entoto Hill, Addis Ababa drive through the Eucalyptus forest to Entoto Hill (3,200 meters above sea level) to enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa, for a LOCAL FAMILY VISIT and to attend TYPICAL ETHIOPIAN COFFEE CEREMONY.
Kiddus Raguel Church, Addis Ababa visit the oldest church in Addis Ababa (140 years old) to see the beautiful hand painted colourful wall paintings as old as the church. Stop at the abandoned small rock church, which used 700 years ago.
Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa visit Merkato – the biggest outdoor market in Africa. Walk at the Spice Market, Second-hand items market, handwoven basket market, and the recycling part of the market.
Meskel Square, Addis Ababa stop at Meskel Square – the main square in Addis Ababa which is named after a colorful religious ceremony of Meskel (finding of the True Cross of Jesus Christ), Pass through Lion of Judah, Addis Ababa drive on the main streets of Addis Ababa to visit historical monuments such as the Lion of Judah.
THE NATOINAL MUSEUM
It is the repository of an assortment of archaeological and cultural artefacts of Ethiopia. Here is the 3.2 million years old, most famous hominids skeleton, discovered in 1974 at a place called Hadar Lucy (Dinknesh) to be seen. This was a discovery, which has given rise to the theory that Ethiopia is the cradle of Humankind.
This museum is a home for various types of traditional artefacts that show the lifestyles of different Ethiopian major ethnic groups. It is located in Addis Ababa University.
This unique and beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Here scripts of the imperial families, statues made by Greek sculpture, Old and New Testament in the Bible painted on a glass window, and the coffin of Emperor Haile Selassie-I; the founder of the church, and his wife, to be visited.
Merkato is the largest open-air market in Africa. This open market can be confusing, but fascinating glimpse with its vast range of goods and artefacts available from all parts of the country. The Ethiopian traditional trade exchange takes place in the open air and you can purchase anything you desire here.
The highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meters, which was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menelik-II, the founder of Addis Ababa. Were crowned as Emperor there is St. Mary church. From this mountain you can enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa and its surrounding forests.