I took a 2.5 week excursion-vacation with Arada Tours. All in all, I visited the Castles of Gondar, the historic Monasteries off Lake Tana in Bahir Dar, Trekked up the... read more Semiens Mountains, explored the 11 Rock Churches of Lalibela, and I topped things off with a city tour of Addis. The Arada Tours team was so helpful and accommodating to my needs. Being this was my first time in Africa I had a LOT of questions from what to pack, medical shots, and visa applications. The team was amazing and answered all my questions without issue. I enjoyed how customizable my tour was. I traveled through most of the Northern Region which was quite the journey. I appreciated the willingness to modify the tour to the attractions I had at the top of my list to make the best of my experience. I’m a history buff so I will admit I can spend hours in museums, the team adjusted accordingly and allowed me to explore without feeling rushed. The best part if this trip was the Trek. I have never trekked before, and given I have a host of allergies, I was nervous to say the least. As breathtaking as the views were, the Arada Tours team had everything I needed to make the trek with ease keeping in mind all allergies, and asthmatic concerns I had. If I could offer any advice about visiting Ethiopia, I’d say bring Binoculars, hiking boots, and get ready for the adventure you’ll never forget.
Trekking up the Semien Mountains – the Gelada Monkeys were a sight to see
Hippo Sightings while boating across Lake Tana
Rock Churches Lalibela –
Addis City Tour – the National Museum is the current home of “LUCY”, oldest humanoid species
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.
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.
*Single Room Supplement is $290 additional of the tour cost
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
*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.