Tour Code: ETTA –SP-01 Special Program to Eastern Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 9 Days & 8Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & flight
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you ETTATours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day2:Addis Ababa City Tour
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.
In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day3:Drive to Awash National Park
After breakfast, you will drive to Awash National Park (225 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit Lake Basaka and its aquatic birds. Up on arrival at the park, you will check into a lodge. In the late afternoon, you will do sightseeing at the Awash waterfalls and see the wild life. In the evening, you will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Awash Falls Lodge.
Day4:Drive to Harar
You will have an early breakfast and drive to Harar (318 Km from Awash National Park). You will stop for lunch at Asebe Teferi and you will arrive in Harar late in the afternoon where you will check into a hotel. Early in the evening, you will visit man feeding wild hyenas. Then you will have dinner & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.
Day5:Visit the Walled town of Harar
You will have an early breakfast and visit the walled city of Jegol, the house of Arthur Rimbaud (a French poetry who lived 1880’s in Harar), Emperor Haile Selassie home (where he was born & raised) and Harari Cultural Museum. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.
Day6:Excursion to Babile Elepahnt Sanctuary
Early after breakfast, you will drive to Babile Elephant Sanctuary and visit the sanctuary. You will have lunch at the bush. Then you will drive back to Harar. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Heritage Plaza Hotel.
Day7:Drive to Dire Dawa and Visit DireDawa
You will have breakfast & drive to Dire Dawa (50 Km from Harar). Upon arrival, you will check into a hotel. After lunch, you will visit Dire Dawa (best known to be the mosaic of culture and the museum of people as most culture from around the country, and culture of the French, the Bulgarian, the Greek, the Armenian and the Indian are displayed in this remarkable city with the diverse architectural style of the buildings. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Selam or Blossom hotel.
Day8:Excursion to Lega Oda
In the morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Lega Oda (38 Km from Dire Dawa). You will visit to the Lega Oda (a pre-historic cave painting). You will drive back to Dire Dawa & have a lunch. In the afternoon rest & relax. Early in the evening make walk around Kezira and enjoy the night life. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Selamor Blossom hotel.
Day9:Driveback to Addis Ababa
After a relaxed breakfast, a flight will take you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.