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Ethiopia
Ethiopia is officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Situated   at the Northern east of Africa, an area of 1,112,000 square kilometers. Ethiopia Shares its boundaries with Eritrea North and North east, Djibouti Easter part, Somalia south east and south, Kenya south and Sudan in the western side.

Capital  
The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa founded in 1886 by Empress Taytu  as Addis Ababa, currently Addis Ababa is  known as the capital of Africa by hosting many international organization headquarters, UN for Africa (ECA), the AU (African union) and other Diplomatic mission for Africa.

Currency

The Ethiopian currency is called Birr and is issued by the National Bank of Ethiopia. One Birr is made up of 100 cents. The Bank notes are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 Birr and the coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 ,  50 and 1 Birr  cents. Visitors may import unlimited foreign currency. Foreign currency can be changed at banks and hotels and the receipts for all exchange transactions must be retained as this may be required by Customs on departure. Visitors may change back any leftover Ethiopian Birr to their chosen foreign currency at the airport before departure and must provide the declaration form with all receipts for exchange transactions. Please note that the exchange rate fluctuates from day to day.  Banks are open from 8 AM (2 o'clock local time) to 5:30 PM (11:30 o'clock local time). Some banks close for lunch between 1 PM (7 o'clock local time) and 2 PM (8 o'clock local time).

Money Transfer and Courier Services  

Money transfers can be made through Western Union and Money Gram. Both have representative branches in Addis Ababa and outside in some of the major towns and make their services available from private and national Banks. For courier services, DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT, and EMS have offices in Addis Ababa.

Time and Calendar

Ethiopia is in GMT +3 hours’ time Zone, and follows the unique Julian calendar which is seven years and eight months behind the Gorgonian calendar, consists of thirteen month, the twelve months consists of 30 days each and the last (13th Month) will have 5 or 6 days during leap year, The New Year fall on the 11th of September.

Accommodation 
Addis Ababa has two 5 stat hotels- the Hilton Addis and the Sheraton Addis  (Luxury collection) and a growing number of tourist class hotels. Standards vary outside the capital, but apart from some remote areas where camping is unavoidable it is generally possible to get relatively clean rooms with en suite toilet and shower.

Communication:
Telephone, Tele fax, Internet, e-mail and postal facilities are available in the country. Internet services are available in major cities and towns. The international dialing code for Ethiopia is +251.
Customs: Duty-free import are permitted for up to: 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars or 1/2 lb of tobacco
1 liter of alcoholic beverages1/2 liter, or two bottles of  perfumes Visitors may export souvenirs with a value not exceeding Birr 500, although some articles (such as animal skins and antiques) require an export permit.

Ethiopian Seasons

  • Summer (Kiremt or Meher ) June, July and August are the summer season. Heavy rain falls in these three months.
  • Spring (Tseday ) September, October and November are the spring season sometime known as the harvest season.
  • Bega (winter) - December, January and February are the dry season with frost in morning especially in January.
  • Belg (Autumn) - March, April and May are the autumn season with occasional showers. May is the hottest month in Ethiopia.

Clothing

Warm clothing is essential throughout the year in the highland regions. You may wish to bring light cotton clothing for use in the hot areas in the country. A hat and sunglasses are  must!!

Language

Amharic is the official language, but there are more than 80 other local languages which is dialectic to some 200. English and Arabic are wildly used and also Italian and French are spoken.

Religions

A large number of religions are traditionally practiced in Ethiopia, the most numerous today being Orthodox Christianity, followed by Islam. Protestant Christian and Traditional beliefs, usually categorized as Animism, attract a decreasing number of followers.

Visa

Visas are required for all visitors, however; Nationals of the 36 countries, Listed Here Below are given visa on arrival at Bole international Air Port. 

1. Argentina
2. Australia
3. Argentina 
4. Australia
5. Austria  
6. Belgium 
7. Brazil
8. Canada   
9. China 
10. Check Republic
11. Denmark             

10. Finland      
11. France                   
12. Germany  
13. Greece  
14. India                    
15. Ireland                
16. Israel               
17. Italy      
18. Japan       

 

19. Kore Republic               
20. Kuwait                    
21. Luxembourg                       
22  Mexico                                     
23. Netherlands                            
24. NewZealand                      
25. Norway                                
26. Poland
27. Portugal      

               

28. Russian Federation  
29. Slovakia                          
30. South Africa                         
31. North Korea                   
32. Spain                      
33. Sweden              
34. Switzerland            
35. United Kingdom
36. U.S.A 

 

Entry Points

Travelers using rail ways Dewele on the Djibouti border is the only point of entry to Ethiopia and those driving to Ethiopia via surface, Moyale (in Kenya), Humera and Metema (in Sudan), and again Galafi in Djibouti are the available means of entries. All arrivals undergo full customs and immigration checks. For the major part of travelers accessing via flight, the Bole International Airport is the only terminal available in the Capital Addis Ababa though there are other domestic airports and airstrips serving domestic needs.

When to come to  Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s climate is typically very mild, with temperatures on the wide-ranging highlands averaging below 20°C. Only on the lowland fringes of western, eastern and southern Ethiopia can temperatures soar past 30°C.

The heaviest rains traditionally fall June to early October, making the rest of the year prime time to visit. Directly after the rains the highlands are wonderfully green, covered with wildflowers and sublime for trekking .

Business hours

Banks, post offices and telecommunications offices are open at least 8.30am to 11am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm weekdays and 8.30am to 11am Saturday. Government offices’ hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm (to 11.30am Friday) and 1.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Shop hours are 8.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm weekdays.

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6 Days and 5 Nights Rock hewan churches of Tigray 

Tour code: My.T.T 0044
Package Title: Rock Hewn Churches of Tigray 
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 01: arrival and city tour of Addis

Morning arrive to Bole international airport, be met and greet by Myseru tour professional representatives, after Breakfast start exploring the city tour of Addis.  Entoto Mountain (3300m) for a panoramic view of Addis, and we drive back to Addis for Ethnological Museum that exhibits the culture and handicrafts of various Ethiopian ethnic groups, the National Museum in which you are visiting different archaeological findings (including Lucy’s Skeleton). After lunch, visit the Trinity Cathedral, Mausoleum of emperor Menelik II at Bààta Church and finally Merkato – the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, Overnigh Hotel – Addis

Day 02: Fly Addis – Mekele

Early morning be transferred to Bole airport to fly to Mekele which is the capital of Tigrean region after chek in to your hotel . Si8ghtseeng of Mekele   visit the interesting museum.  Overnight Hotel - Mekele

Day 03 : Drive  Mekele to the Rock Hewn churches

Morning after breakfast drive to Wukro to  explore the rock hewn churches of Tigray Abreha ‘ Atsbiha, from Gheralta clusters: Yohannes Maqudi,Abune Abreham Debretsion,Mareyam qorqur and Daniel qorqur. Overnight Hotel Geralta

Day 04: Proceed to the others Abune Yimeata Guh which is said as a pillar of sky,Gebre Mikael Quoraro and Mareyam pappasetti. Overnight Geralta

Day 05: Drive to see the Tsaede Amba cluster churches: Medanealem Adikesho,Mikael Milehazengi , Petros we Pawlos and Wukro Kirkos. Overnight Mekele

Day 06: in the morning drive to visit the beautiful semi monolithic rock hewn church of Mikael Imba from Atsbi cluster and fly back to Addis.

3 Days  and 2 Nights  Harar  

Tour code: My.T.T 0045
Package Title: Harar 
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Fly Addis – Dre Dawa

Be transferred to Bole Airport to fly to Dre Dawa Fly from Addis Ababa.  Continue by vehicle from Dire Dawa to Harar stopping by Ethiopia's largest "chat" market in Aweday.  Stroll through the 16th century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  See the home of Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a "gun-runner" during the 19th century.  Overnight Hotel – Harar 

Day 2: Discover the world heritage site Harar

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels.  The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations.  Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturday so today you will have really good chance to explore the unique different tribe’s culture and life style. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of colorful Islamic market. Tour the National and Harari museums and the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie.) and after some rest, in the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and with a wooden steak- holding by his mouth. If you feel courageous and no fear at all,  you can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no hesitation to fear them. Overnight Hotel Harar.   

Day 3:  Harar – Dre Dawa-  Addis Ababa.

Before transfer to Dre Dawa  Airport  u will have short sightseeing of Dre .

5 Days and  4 Nights Harar and Dire Dawa

Tour code: My.T.T 0046
Package Title: Harar and Dire Dawa 
Duration: 5 days and 4 nights
Transport: by flight

Day 1: Arrival and Addis Ababa city tour.  O/vernight -  Hotel – Addis .

Day 2:  Fly to Dire Dawa, tour in Dre Dawa. Overnight Dre Dawa – Hotel .

Day 3:  Morning transfer to  Harar, after check in to your Hotel start to   visit Babile, the valley of marvels. PM Harar's mosques, churches, tombs, French poet Rimbaud house, market, Adere people cultural houses. Evening hyena man performance. Overnight Harar – Hotel

Day 4: Drive to Dire Dawa and  explore attractions in this beautiful city and out of the town. Overnight Dre – Dawa.

Day 5:  Morning after good breakfast  transfer to Der Dawa Air port to fly back to Addis Departure.

6 Days and  5 Nights Harar and Dire Dawa in detail 

Tour code: My.T.T 0047
Package Title: Harar and Dire Dawa in detail 
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport: by surface from Addis 

Day 1: Early in the morning, depart for a full day driving to Harar en route you will visit so many natural and Cultural Attractions.  Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel in Harar .

Day2: Babile and the Valley of Marvels

In the morning, drive out to Babile and the Valley of Marvels.  The Valley of Marvels has wonderful landscapes, famous for its balancing rock formations.  Additionally, the town of Babile has a very large market on Saturday so today you will have really good chance to explore the unique different tribe’s culture and life style. Afterwards, continue back to Harar for exploration of the city and after some rest, in the evening, attend the most astonishing and bizarre Hyena Man show. That Man feeds as many as 30 hyenas with his bare hands and with a wooden steak- holding by his mouth. If you feel courageous and no fear at all,  you can try it with no any harm. Hyenas in Harar are considered as domestic dogs that anybody has no hesitation to fear them. Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel.

Day 3: The walled city of Harar

Today is a full day dedicated to exploring the walled city of Harar.  With its colorful markets, countless mosques and shrines, and unique Harari people and houses, you’ll have a full day wandering around the city of Harar.  Overnight at Heritage Plaza Hotel Harar.

Day 4: Harar – Dre Dawa

In the morning, visit the last places of interest in Harar including the Arthur Rimbaud Cultural Center, named after the famous poet and traveler who resided in Harar for a portion of his life.  In the afternoon, proceed driving to Dire Dawa. Overnight at smart Hotel in  Dre Dawa.

Day 5: Dre Dawa and Laga Oda Rock Paintings

Morning drive to Laga Oda Rock painting site (32km from Dire Dawa) & discover the pre historic cave paintings (dated back 700 BC). Lunch  in Dire Dawa.  In the afternoon, after lunch, visit the city of Dire Dawa;   the mosaic of culture, the museum of people. Almost all culture from all around the country and the world are displayed in this remarkable city. The French, Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenian and Indians had putted their cultural effect on, which is now reflecting on the architectural style the buildings.  In the town you can visit the Armenian and Greek Orthodox Church, the Balian Crematorium that were using this place for their cultural funeral ceremony. They use to burn the bodies of the dead in this specific place, and also visit the Ethiopian Millennium memorial park established to celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium and promote the ancient cave paintings which were drawn before 5000 years. It have a replicas of the cave paintings on huge stone and there are also five cultural houses which represents the Amhara, Tigre, Oromo, Somali, Harari,  Guragehe and other ethnic groups cultural houses and utensils. Overnight stay in Dire Dawa  Smart hotel.

Day 6: Drive back to Addis Ababa.

7 Days / 6 Nights Awash NP, Harar and Dire Dawa 

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My. T.T  0048 

7Days /6Nights

Awash NP, Harar and Dire Dawa 

By Surface

Addis

Addis

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
 Meet and greet you our  representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in the chosen hotel – Addis 

Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa

Visit Entoto Mountains, with very nice view over the capital, the National/Ethnographic museum, St George church and the Merkato, biggest open air market in Africa. Overnight Hotel – Addis   .

Day 3: Drive to Awash

Early morning start driving to Awash NP, In the Awash National Park you will see the elegant Beisa Oryx grazing on the savanna plains. Also Soemmering’s gazelle, Dikdiks, greater and lesser Kudu and Waterbuck can be observed. The park is well known for its 460 bird species from which 6 are endemic. Overnight stay in Awash National Park

Day 4: Drive to Harar

Drive From Awash to the great city walls, and the French poet Rimbaud's house. Harar is an Islamic centre with at least 99 mosques, and is considered to be the fourth holiest Islamic city, after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Early in the evening visit the Hayena Man. Overnight Hotel - Harar.

 Day 5: City tour in Harar and drive to Dire Dawa

Inside the wall city visit the museum of the Harari National Cultural Centre which is designed like a typical Adare houses. Other interesting places are the 17th century Jami mosque, Rimbaud house, birth place of Emperor Haile Selassie Ras Tafari house. Late in afternoon drive to Dire Dawa. Dire Dawa is the mosaic of culture, the museum of people. Enjoy the nightlife. Overnight stay in Dire Dawa

Day 6: Drive Debre Ziet

Debre Zeit is surrounded by six crater lakes, two of which – Bishoftu and Hora lie within the town centre. At the shores of Lake Hora is a small cafeteria and a walking trail. Overnight stay in Debre Ziet. 

Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa

Last day in Addis Ababa make shopping and Have great farewell dinner will  served by Myseru Tour and Travel And late in the evening check-out for flight back home.

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