No matter what country you live in, you can join this tour. It’s perfect if you like history or if you are into photography.
Welcome to Ethiopia! TravelLab Ethiopia guide will pick you up at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport or your hotel to begin the incredible journey through the history in the capital of Ethiopia – Addis Ababa, the third highest capital in the world.
The visit includes the National Archeological Museum, ranked among the best in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, one could find exhibits ranging from the 3.2 million-year-old bones of Lucy, the pre-Aksumite, Aksumite, Solomonic and Gonder periods, to a wide array of artifacts, including an elaborate pre-1st century AD bronze oil lamp showing a dog chasing an ibex, a fascinating 4th century BC rock-hewn chair emblazoned with mythical ibexes(our logo!), and ancient Sabaean inscriptions.
The Ethnographic Museum with its two main sections covers local crafts. This museum is an ideal place to start learning about Ethiopia’s rich ethnic diversity. The museum has an impressive array of religious crosses, triptychs and murals, as well as Haile Selassie’s (Ethiopia’s last Emperor) bedroom and bathroom.
Our next destination is Holy Trinity Cathedral. Built in 1945, this cathedral is renowned for its stunning stain-glassed windows which depict scenes from the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible. The Trinity Cathedral also houses the tombs of the late emperor and his family as well as the tomb of English feminist Sylvia Pankhurst.
Our overview part of the tour will also include central squares of Addis Ababa, embassies of the prominent countries, memorials, Red Terror Museum and imperial palaces. We also can visit Saint George church and definitely will drop by the Piazza – old Italian quarter full of fancy cafes and jewelry shops.
Our last stop for this busy day will be the Merkato market, the biggest and the oldest market of Addis Ababa, famous from the beginning of the 20th century, full of life, souvenirs and fascinating characters.
Optionally (if time allows), we can visit the ancient Jewish synagogue, Saint Mary church, mount Entoto viewpoint or have a lunch or dinner in a traditional restaurant.
This tour is guided by a professional historian Einat Klein or another member of TravelLab Ethiopia team in English, Hebrew, Russian, German or any other language upon your request!
All transportation and entrance fees are included.
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