Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport
An Insider will meet and greet you and your group at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel.
Day 2: City Tour in Addis Ababa
After having breakfast explore Addis Ababa beginning with the National Museum and the Ethnological Museum, which is the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. After lunch, take time to experience the Holy Trinity Cathedral and visit the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel
Day 3: Drive to Awash National Park.
After an early breakfast, drive east to the Awash National Park. On the way visit the Lake Basaka and visit the Awash National Park in the evening, especially the waterfall. Overnight stay in Awash Falls Lodge.
Day 4: Drive to Dire Dawa
After breakfast, drive further east to Dire Dawa, a city of many cultures where almost all cultures from Ethiopia are displayed. Due to its stop on the former railroad between Addis Ababa and Djibouti, even the French, Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenian and Indians have left their marks reflected in the architecture. Overnight stay in Blossom Hotel.
Day 5: Excursion outside of Dire Dawa
After breakfast, drive to the Lega Oda, 38km away from Dire Dawa. This site is a pre-historic cave with paintings (dating more than 5000 years ago). On the way back, visit the Porc Epic cave which is situated 2km away from the city. The site is located near the top of a hill called Garard Erer. Overnight stay in Blossom Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Harar
After breakfast drive a short distance to Harar to visit the Walled City of the Jugol, the house of French poet Arthur Rimbaud and Emperor Haile Selassie’s home. Later that evening visit the Hyena Man. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza.
Day 7: Drive to Debre Zeit
After breakfast turn westwards and return towards Addis Ababa. Visit the Crater Lakes of Debre Zeit. Overnight stay in Debre Zeit.
Day 8: Drive to Addis Ababa and Departure
On your last day in Addis Ababa, go shopping in Merkato, visit local art galleries, and jeweler’s shops in Piassa. In the late afternoon enjoy a Farewell dinner and check in for the flight back home.