Business & Culture in Ethiopia - 10 Days

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Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Guided sight-seeing tour of Addis Ababa
  • Admission to the National Museum
  • Visit to the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
  • Visit to the African Union Headquarters
  • Visit Lalibela
    • Visit Lalibela's rock hewn churches including Bet Giorgis
    • Honey wine tasting and coffee ceremony
  • Visit Aksum
    • Visit the ruin of St. May of Zion
    • Visit the famous monolithic stelae of Aksum
    • Visit the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba
  • Visit Yeha, Adwa, Adigrat & Gheralta
  • Guided tour of the University of Mekelle
  • Visit Mesfin Industrial Engineering & the Mosobo Cement Factory


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 – Departure

You will depart from Dallas this evening on the first of your flights to Ethiopia.

You will make your connection in Qatar and continue on your second international flight to Ethiopia.

Day 3 – Arrival, Addis Ababa

You will arrive just after midnight into Addis Ababa. You will be met by your Program Leader at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

After breakfast at your hotel you will have a sight-seeing tour of Addis Ababa and a visit to the National Museum. This museum houses some of the country's historic treasures. The collection of fossils and bones of early hominids discovered in Ethiopia include the 3.5 million year old remains of 'Lucy', the oldest hominid every found.

You will have a welcome lunch at the Lucy Restaurant.

In the afternoon you will visit the Addis Ababa ICT Park. The Ethiopian government built this ICT park village in order to establish Ethiopia as the premier IT hub of Africa.

Day 4 – Addis Ababa

Today after breakfast you will visit the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). The ECX is a new initiative for Ethiopia and the first of its kind in Africa. The vision of the ECX is to revolutionize Ethiopia’s tradition-bound agriculture through creating a new marketplace that serves all market actors, from farmers to traders to processors to exporters to consumers.

In the afternoon you will visit the African Union Headquarters. You will learn about the general historical background of the Pan-African Organization from the creation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 to the modern African Union. The AU visit will help you to understand how the AU helps Africa.

Day 5 – Lalibela

After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to Lalibela. When you arrive you will go to visit the first cluster of Lalibela’s rock hewn churches. Lalibela, the ‘New Jerusalem’, is thought to have been constructed some 800 years ago by King Lalibela. Although churches carved in rock are found in other parts of the world, those found in Ethiopia are particularly interesting. Generally, they were excavated on all sides of a rectangle, leaving a large block of granite isolated in the center. This rock was then shaped and formed both inside and out and the carvings show extremely skillful workmanship and they have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each church has a unique architectural style and all are superbly carved. There are 11 rock-cut churches of which the most impressive is Bet Giorgis. It is carved in the form of a Greek cross and it is exceptionally well preserved.

Today you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the most prized food products of the country. Ethiopia is believed to be where Arabica coffee originated.  In this region by tradition, wives and daughters become coffee masters and invite their family, neighbors, friends and guests to have three cups of coffee. It plays an important role in stimulating communications. You will take part in a coffee ceremony in a local Ethiopian house. Lalibela is also famous for its honey wine and you will have a tasting of this delicious drink.

Day 6 – Aksum

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and fly to the ancient city of Aksum.

Aksum was the seat of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Aksum, which was one of the most powerful in the ancient world. Located at the center of the trading routes between the Mediterranean and India, and controlling the great port of Adulis on the Red Sea, it was economically, politically and technically advanced and at times had control over both sides of the Red Sea. Aksum is also where Christianity originated in Ethiopia and it is believed to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

You will visit this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping to see the ruins of St. Mary of Zion, the first church to be built in Sub-Saharan Africa around 330AD. You will then visit the famous monolithic stelae of Aksum; the tallest one still standing reaches 23 meters and another, once 33 meters high, now lies toppled on the ground. It is most likely the largest monolith ancient human beings ever attempted to erect. Underground tombs, stone inscriptions of ancient Aksumite kings and the small archaeological museum will all contribute to your understanding of the ancient Aksumite history. You will also visit the ruined palace of the Queen of Sheba who is said to have given birth to Menelik the First, fathered by King Solomon. Menelik was the founder of Ethiopia's royal family which ruled until the death of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1975.

Day 7Yeha, Adwa, Adigrat, Gheralta

After breakfast you will head east from Aksum to Yeha, said to be Ethiopia's oldest settlement, likely dating back almost 3,000 years. A large temple, dedicated to the moon god Ilmuqah, appears to be related to other pagan temples dedicated to the same god in Yemen, indicating connections across the Red Sea from the earliest times. The temple was later converted into a church in the 6th century, but still has wonderful friezes of ibex carved into the façade. You shall also make a visit to the important town of Adwa, set amidst rugged mountains. It was at Adwa that the Ethiopians became the first African nation to repel a colonial power, when they defeated the Italian army in 1896. Since then, Ethiopia has been a symbol of African independence, free from European control. This afternoon you will continue to the town of Adigrat. We will explore this rarely visited corner of Ethiopia and discover the remarkable rock-cut churches in this region. These architectural gems were created prior to the 16th century and unknown to the outside world until the 1960s. About 150 are now known to be in existence with all but a handful still in active use by the orthodox Christian community. You will continue your drive to Gheralta where you will stay in a lodge.

Day 8 – Mekelle

After breakfast you will drive to the city of Mekelle. After checking into your hotel, you will visit the University of Mekelle in the afternoon.

Day 9 – Mekelle, Addis Ababa

This morning you will visit Mesfin Industrial Engineering and the Mosobo Cement Factory to learn about these industries.

You will have some free time and in the late afternoon you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Air Flight ET108, 4:15P-6:15P.

In the evening you will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Ethiopian restaurants where we will enjoy special dance performances from different ethnic groups. After dinner you will transfer to the airport around midnight for your departure home.

Day 10 – Departure

You will check in around midnight and depart on your international flight in the early morning hours. You will make your connection in Qatar and continue on your next international flight, arriving in the late afternoon.





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