Black Excellence Group Tours to Ethiopia

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Black Excellence group tours are the best way to explore the only uncolonized nation in Africa.  Explore the ancient land of the Habesha People.  Ethiopia is known for its 13 months of sunshine, delicious food cuisine, and 85 different tribal groups.  For over 2,000 years it has been a center of trade and cultural mixing.  Addis Ababa, the capital city, is often called the capital of Africa.  Today it is the home of both the African Union and United Nations African Headquarters. 

Begin the tour in Addis Ababa by exploring the ancient cultural sites of the city.  All while enjoying delicious traditional Ethiopian food and drinks such as Shiro, Beef Tibs, Fish Goulash and fresh “Buna.”  Ethiopia, the birthplace of the coffee bean,  is world renowned for its flavorful coffee known as “buna.”  You will discover the best coffee houses in the world on our tour.  Learn the secrets to making authentic Ethiopian food during our exclusive cooking class.  View and purchase amazingly beautiful artwork from the best local artist during the Addis Ababa art tour.  Connect and network with local entrepreneurs at our Business Social Mixer.  Gondar, the second stop of the BET adventure, is home to the only castles in Africa.  Often referred to as “The Camelot of Africa”, Gondar is an ancient capital city full of ancient wonders and amazing views.  Our favorite and last stop, Lalibela, is often considered the “cherry on top” of the Ethiopia vacation.  The once capital city founded by Emperor Lalibela is home to 11 rock-hewn churches.  Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the beautifully constructed churches were carved directly into the earths landscape.  You will explore the massive above and underground complex.  Touch and kiss the rocks as the locals do….many have rediscovered their religion while on BET.  Wrap up the tour in Addis Ababa with a complimentary spa day and souvenir shopping prior to departing for the airport.

The tour includes all the extras that you would expect plus more.  This consist of a VIP nightclub experience, Private Traditional Ethiopian Cooking Class, Addis Ababa Art Tour where you can purchase local artwork and so much more!  Join educated millennials, adventure seekers, and business minded people from across the US and abroad.  Secure your spot TODAY on the next Black Excellence Tour Ethiopia.

Tour Dates
  • January 17th – 21st Martin Luther King Day
  • February 14th – 18thPresidents Day & Black History Month
  • April 10th – 14thEaster
  • May 22nd – 26th Memorial Day
  • July 3rd – 7th 4th of July
  • September 4th – 8th Labor Day
  • November 6th – 10th
  • December 31 – January 4, 2021New Years

Departure & Return Location

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Destination Locations

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Google Map)
Gondar, Ethiopia (Google Map)
Lalibela, Ethiopia (Google Map)

All-Inclusive Vacation Package Prices

Price Includes

  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Water, Juices, Coffee, Tea
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tour Guides
  • Domestic Flights

Complementaries

  • Access to Mobile Phone and Camera Charging
  • Unlimited Beer
  • 24/7 Personal Concierge
  • Spa Day

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Good Service
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
Accommodations

Hotels on the Black Excellence tour are of 4-star quality.  Two people are assigned to each room.  Inform us if you have a preferred roommate, if not one will be paired with you.  A single room option is available if desired.

Addis  –  Azzeman Hotel, https://www.azzemanhotel.com/
Gondar – Goha Hotel, http://gohahotel.com/
Lalibela – Top Twelve Hotel, https://www.toptwelvehotel.com/

*Single Room Supplement is $290 additional of the tour cost

Route Highlights - What to Expect

  • Explore the business & cultural capitol of Africa, Addis Ababa.
  • Journey through the world famous Castles of Gondar.
  • Learn how to cook authentic Traditional Ethiopian Cuisine during our Cooking Class.
  • Tour the magnificent rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. At more than 800 years old they are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Tour the studios of the best local artist in Addis Ababa. Purchase and take home your favorite paintings and artworks.
  • Network with local business owners at the Arada Business Mixer.

Tour Itineraries

Black Excellence Tour Package 5 Days

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Day 1Arrive in Addis Ababa, City Tour, Traditional Dinner, Addis Nightlife Tour

Early morning arrival to Bole International Airport from the United States. Following a welcome breakfast the Addis Ababa City Tour will begin. Explore the highlights of the city such as the National Museum of Ethiopia, Entoto Mountain, Merkato Market (the largest open market in Africa), and much more. After the day tour and hotel check-in, we will proceed to the Traditional Ethiopian Dinner restaurant. Enjoy authentic cuisine, entertainment from the traditional Ethiopian dancers, and flavorful Tej (Ethiopian honey wine). The Addis Nightlife Tour will follow dinner. Dress to impress as we embark on a VIP nightclub experience like no other.

Day 2Art Tour, Ethiopian Cooking Class, Coffee with Ninesh, Business Social Mixer

Begin the day by touring some of the best local artist in Addis. View their works, hear what inspires the creators, and learn about the evolution of art over time in Ethiopia. For lunch you will be creating a Ethiopian food dish of your own. Our chef will teach you the secrets of making delicious Ethiopian food. Coffee with Ninesh at her home follows lunch. Enjoy the authentic local experience as Ninesh shows the group how to make coffee the traditional way. Mingle with local entrepreneurs at our Business Social Networking event. Learn the basics of doing business in Ethiopia. Connect with potential business partners from fashion designers to restaurant owners.

Day 3 Fly to Gondar, Gondar Castle & City Tour

Depart on a early morning domestic flight to Gondar. Following hotel check-in, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure. Six castles, Fasilidas’s Pool, the Debre Birhan Selassie church and other buildings are all included on this royal tour. Fasilidas’s Pool is still currently used for Timket celebrations today. Take in the sunset at the best viewpoint in the city while sipping a fresh coffee or cold beer. Proceed to dinner. We recommend the fish goulash, our secret restaurant has the best in all of Ethiopia!

Day 4 Fly to Lalibela, Rock-Hewn Church Tour

After a short early morning domestic flight totaling an hour, arrive in the beautiful city of Lalibela, Ethiopia. Following the hotel transfer and check-in, proceed to a mid-day lunch exploring the famous Ethiopian culinary scene. In Lalibela, guest will enjoy a delicious traditional Ethiopian meal at one of the best local spots in town. Lalibela is well known for its unique preserved and still active rock-hewn churches. This tour starts the adventure by visiting the northwestern cluster of churches. This cluster consist of Biete Golgotha Mikael, Biete Mariam, Biete Denagel, Biete Maskal and Biete Medhani Alem. Be amazed with a detailed focused local tour guide explaining the complexity of architecture, history, and overall existence of the structures. Dinner will be served atop a mountain at one of Ethiopia’s most picturesque restaurants.

Day 5Neakuto La'ab Tour, Fly to Addis, Complimentary Spa Visit, Souvenir Shopping, Fly Home

The day begins with breakfast and coffee! After, drive to Na’akuto La’ab, the 13th century church that was built under a cliff. The monastery showcases artwork such as centuries-old hand painted frescoes, historical artifacts and manuscripts, and holy water said to cure any illness. Fly from Lalibela to Addis Ababa. Enjoy a complimentary spa day prior to shopping for souvenirs. Airport drop-off for the international flight home.

Payment Details

*ALL-INCLUSIVE* Pay for the BET Ethiopia and leave your wallet at home.  The tour package includes 4 star accommodations, transportation, meals, drinks, events, tours, photo and video.

  • A non-fundable deposit of $350 is required to secure a reservation. Deposit payment options are debit card, credit card, or Paypal.
  • The remaining balance of $870 is due, in cash USD/EURO, upon arrival in Ethiopia.
  • Excess expenses are not covered such as but not limited to: personal purchases, snacks, non-beer alcohol beverages.
Travel Details
  • All travelers are responsible for reserving an International flight to Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Travelers must fly Ethiopian Airlines International to qualify for the listed tour price. Flying Ethiopian Airlines qualifies travelers for the discounted domestic flight rates used on this tour. *If flying other than suggested airline then an increase in tour price will occur.
  • We provide international flight booking assistance to make the process easy. Travelers should book the suggested international flight in the email sent following a successful deposit payment.
  • Following the international flight booking, customers are responsible for providing Arada Tours with the confirmation number from Ethiopian Airlines. Domestic flights will be reserved only after receiving the confirmation number.