In this category, Petra Travel offers tour packages to historical, geographic and cultural attractions in and around Addis Ababa.
Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia is a delightful place to explore. It is a city of surprises characterized by diversity and contrasts. Situated at the foothills of Entoto Mountains, Addis Ababa rambles pleasantly across many hillsides and gullies cut through with sparkling streams.
Abundant eucalyptus trees and crispy, clear mountain air endow this African capital with the bracing, pine-scented atmosphere of a highland summer resort. Its cozy espresso bars and patisseries are reminiscent of Rome and the Mediterranean its bustling outdoor markets are colorful reminder of more traditional way of life. Tall skyscrapers, elegant villas, functional bungalows, flats and condominiums gleaming in their marble and anodized aluminum vie for attention alongside traditional homes of wattle and daub, surrounded by cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, conference halls, and theaters. The people, the bursts of music from cafes or shops, the pungent aromas of spicy cooking, of coffee and frankincense, from a unique Ethiopian pastiche and the architecture is as varied as the city itself.
Located in the geographic center of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is ideally situated for excursions to all parts of this remarkable and beautiful country. Excellent roads, and efficient international air connections provided by Ethiopian Airlines, mean that is possible for even the short-stay visitor to see at least some of the main places of interest.
CATERGORY: ADDIS ABABA CITY TOUR
TOUR DURATION: 1 DAY
Sightseeing of Addis Ababa includes National Museum, Ethnological Museum, Saint George Cathedral Museum and Church, Mount Entoto and Merkato
NATIONAL MUSEUM: This comprises of many archaeological and historical findings, including the famous complete hominid fossil remains of “Lucy” locally known as Dinknesh meaning “wonderful”.
ETHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM: It is found in the main campus of Addis Ababa University by the Institute of Ethiopian Studies with the aim to preserve the country’s historical and cultural heritages. It has a complete collection that describes almost all tribal groups in Ethiopia. Here you will have an overview about the history, culture and tradition of Ethiopian people.
SAINT GEORGE CATHEDRAL MUSEUM AND CHURCH: This octagonal church, which was built by Emperor Menilik II in 1896 in commemoration of Ethiopian victory over the Italian invaders at the Battle of Adwa. Here you will visit paintings by the Maitre Artist Afework Tekle, which decorated the interior wall, and glass window of the church and other ecclesiastical royal and cultural heritage of the past are displayed in cathedral’s small museum within the compound.
MOUNT ENTOTO: It is the highest peak in Addis Ababa with an altitude of 3200 meter, and was the site for the first palace of Emperor Menilik II. Here one can see a small but fully displayed museum that shows articles of historical significance, denoted by members of royal family, foreign diplomats and individuals, as well as Saint Mary Church where Emperor Menilik II crowned as Emperor of Ethiopia in it and you will admire the panoramic view of the city with its surrounding forests and breathtaking air.
MERKATO: It is the largest open-air market in Africa, here you will be presented with confusing but fascinating glimpse of the very vast range of goods and artifacts available from all parts of the country and you will enjoy the Ethiopian trade exchange tradition in the open-air and you can purchase anything you need.