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7 Days Culture tour itinerary for ethiopia: Savour The Local Cuisine On Your Journey Through Ethiopia

Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Lake Langano, Ziway

Food and Drink Tour
Culture Tour
Cooking Tour
Savour the local cuisine on your journey through Ethiopia

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Arba Minch-Ethiopia

Discover all seven lakes found in the Ethiopian side of Great East African Rift Valley. Learn how to cook delicious local meals, visit the tribal villages of Alaba, Dorze and Oromo. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the still-functioning hand-carved rock church of Adadi Mariam.

DAY 01

Full day City tour of Addis Ababa

  • Meet your Ethiopia guide at your hotel in Addis Ababa, or Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (if you are just arriving).

  • After lunch at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant, drive to Mount Entoto to enjoy the great view of the city.

  • At Mount Entoto, visit the oldest palace and church in Addis Ababa (140 years old) famous for its original hand-painted wall paintings.

Some of the highlights of the Addis Ababa city tour are:

  • Taking part in a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and scenic drive on the main streets of Addis Ababa.

  • Visiting Merkato Market - the biggest outdoor market in Africa. Also, the spice market, the second-hand items market and the basket market.

  • Driving to Mount Entoto to have the panoramic view of Addis Ababa.

  • Attending the typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony to see how Ethiopians enjoy their coffee with a ceremony. Note - Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee.

  • Visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral- one of the most important religious sites of Addis Ababa and where Ethiopia's last emperor (Emperor Haile Selassie I) is buried. 

  • Visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Ethiopia to mainly see the fossil remains of Lucy - the oldest hominid (3.25 million years old).

  • Driving on the main streets of Addis Ababa to visit the city's historical monuments and famous places such as the HQ of the African Union, Meskel Square, and the HQ of the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Overnight stay at a hotel of your choice.

DAY 02

Drive in the Rift Valley to Lake Ziway

  • Drive 180 km south of Addis in the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley via the town of Butajira. 

  • Visit the interesting and still active rock-cut church of Adadi Mariam, which was hand cut out of a single piece rock in the 13th century AD by King Lalibela and the Steles of Tiya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This site is a cemetery, where about 40 huge blocks or rocks are decorated with carvings and erected in honour of local warriors in the 14th century AD. 

  • Attend a food preparation class at Tiya to learn how the locals make bread and porridge from Enset or False Banana Tree. 

  • Walk in the shores of the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway to see some low land water birds.

Overnight stay at Haile Resort Hotel.

DAY 03

Head to Awassa

  • Revel in the beautiful sunrise view, which is behind the lake and have breakfast.

  • Take an hour-long boat ride on Lake Ziway to see families of hippos and visit the Birds' Island, which is the breeding ground of birds like Marabou Stork, Spoon Billed Stork, Sacred Ibis, etc.

  • Have a lunch break at the other Rift Valley Lake of Langano (the only lake in the Ethiopian Rift suitable for swimming as it is Bilharzia - free). 

  • Drive 100 km south to Awassa. Along the way, you will have a game drive in the Abiyatta-Shalla Lakes National Park to see Ostriches, Grant's Gazelles, Warthogs and enjoy the great view of the Rift Valley Lakes of Abiyatta and Shalla.

  • Enjoy the great sunset over Lake Awassa in the evening and walk by the shores.

Overnight at Lewi Resort Hotel.

DAY 04

Drive south to Arba Minch

  • Visit the Fish Market of Lake Awassa in the morning. It is a popular place where the locals gather to have breakfast of freshly-caught raw and fried fish and see the rare Black and White Monkey- the Colobus Monkey. 

  • Drive 275 km farther south in the Rift Valley to Arba Minch visiting the villages of the Alaba people along the way, who are famous for their huge huts, which are beautifully decorated with paintings in and out. 

  • Late in the afternoon, enjoy the great view of the Rift Valley Lakes of Chamo and Abaya from the comfort of your hotel. 

Overnight at Paradise Lodge.

DAY 05

Full day around Arba Minch

  • Take an early morning drive to Chencha to visit the Highlanders Dorze people and head to Arba Minch. The Dorze are famous for their typical huts made by weaving branches bamboo trees, which measure up to 12 m when made originally. These huts become as short as 2 m with time as termites eat the bottom and locals need to adjust the height of the gates accordingly. 

  • Have lunch at Arba Minch and enjoy a boat ride in the Rift Valley Lake of Chamo to see big African Crocodiles, families of hippos, and various low land water birds. 

Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge.

DAY 06

Drive back to Lake Langano

  • Head back north to the other Rift Valley Lake of Langano, which is the most famous weekend resort for residents of Addis Ababa. 

  • Indulge in swimming, bird watching, water sports, horse riding and the beautiful sunset over the lake the rest of the day. 

Overnight at Sabana Lodge.

DAY 07

Back to Addis Ababa and end of tour

  • Have a leisure time in the morning and then drive 200 km back to Addis with a stop at one of the crater lakes of Bishoftu. 

  • At Bishoftu (Debre Zeit), you will also have a food preparation class to learn how Ethiopians prepare Enjera, which is the national bread of the country. Enjera is prepared from tiny grains called Teff which is a gluten-free grain and rich in iron, carbohydrates, calcium, etc.

  • At the end of the day, you will be taken to some of the best traditional Ethiopian restaurants in the city, where you will taste varieties of delicious Ethiopian meals and enjoy live dance shows.

  • 4100 USD Per Group (* This is a private tour for up to seven visitors.)
  • Comfortable private Toyota Minivan of 2015 Model equipped with air conditioning and seat belts.

  • Fuel (gasoline) and driver's allowance.

  • Professional and experienced English speaking Ethiopian tour guide for the entire route.

  • All on-site guides.

  • Private boat for hire on Lake Ziway and Lake Chamo.

  • Unlimited bottled water in the vehicle.

  • Food host and food preparation class attendance fee.

  • Farewell dinner on the last night.

  • All related government taxes.

  • Entrance (admission) fees to places of visits.

  • Accommodation.

  • Any meals.

  • Any expenses of personal nature such as souvenirs, photo fees, tips, laundry, etc.

  • This is one week private culture and nature tour from Addis Ababa. This tour can be organized considering visitors special interests, time limits, and places of visits. Contact for details! Thanks.

Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Awassa, Lake Langano, Ziway

Food and Drink Tour
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