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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 World Heritage Tour

Tour code: My.T.T  0061
Package Title: The 4 World Heritage site tours        
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Transport:By flight & Surface(4WD)

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa – Bole international Airport
    Guests will be met on arrival at   Bole International   Airport and transferred to the  reserved Hotel. After chekin to your hotel.  sightseeing of Addis the capital city of  Ethiopia , will be one an enjoying  part on your first  day.
Overnight: Hotel  Sheraton Addis  5* – Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Gondar
Morning Gusts transferred to  Bole international airport to fly to Gondar. Arrival at Gondar Airport  meet our tour managers there , after transfer to hotel for check in  , Take some rest  in your hotel then start discovering  the city of Casteless- ( Ancient African Camelot)  Gondar   after lunch late in the afternoon dive to Semien Mt National park Via Debark .
Overnight: Camp
 Meals: Full board
Day 3: Semien Mountains National park
Short Trekking in the most beautiful World heritage national park with its endemic wild life. In the evening drive back to  Gondar.
Overnight: Goha /Taye Hotel-Gondar 
Meals: Full board
Day 4:  The 8th Wonder of the world, Lalibela
Flight Gonder - Lalibela: after transfer to hotel visit the first and second group rock hewn churches.
Overnight: Mountain View  Hotel-Lalibela
 Meals: Full board
Day 5: Axum
Arrival  at Axum local airport then   Be transferred to your hotel  and take rest /relax around and lunch  in the afternoon visit the sites in Axum including the obelisks tombs , the palace of queen Sheba ,  St. Mary  church  and …
Overnight: Hotel - Axum
Meals: Full board 
Day 6: Addis – Departure Home
 Flight Axum – Addis Ababa: afternoon city tour in Addis and shopping evening cultural dinner in one of the traditional restaurant transfer to air port for departure.

7 Days / 6 Nights World Heritage Tours

Tour code: My.T.T  0062
Package Title: 5  World Heritage sites tours 
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
 Meet and Greet at Bole International Airport . After check in to hotel ,sightseeing of Addis  Ababa the capital city  of  Ethiopia  will be one  enjoying  part on your first day.
Overnight: Hotel. Meals: Dinner 

Day 02 Morning Drive to  Tiya  UNESCO world heritage site, en route   near to Tiya  stales  you will discover the most attractive rock hewn church , Known as  Addadi  Mariam ,  Melka qunture an archaeological site, dating back to over 1.5 million years old. Late in the Afternoon   drive back to Addis Ababa.
Overnight: Hotel. Meals: full board
Day 03 :  Fly Addis-  Gondar
Morning transfer  to Bole international airport to fly to Gondar. Arrival at Gondar Airport  meet our tour managers there , after transfer to hotel for check in  , Take some rest  in your hotel then start discovering  the city of Casteless- ( Ancient African Camelot)  Gondar   after lunch late in the afternoon dive to Semien Mt National park Via Debark  .  Overnight   Camping in Semien Mountans national park.
Overnight: Goha /Taye -Hotel  Meals: Full board
Day 4: Semien Mountains National park
Short Trekking in the most beautiful World heritage national park with its endemic wild life. In the evening drive back to Gondar.
Overnight: Same - Hotel – Gondar.  Meals: Full Board
Day 5: The 8th Wonder of the world, Lalibela
Flight Gonder - Lalibela: after transfer to hotel visit the first and second group rock hewn churches. 
Overnight: Mountains View hotel – Lalibela. 
Meals:  Full Board
Day 6: Axum
Flight Lalibela – Axum: Arrival Afternoon visits the sites in Axum including the obelisks tombs and the palace of queen Sheba.
Overnight: Hotel Axum
Meals: Full Board 
Day 7: Addis – Departure Home 
Flight Axum – Addis Ababa in the aftwrnoon shopping and evening cultural dinner in one of the traditional restaurant transfer to air port for departure.

13 Days / 12 Nights  UNESCO World Heritage Historical and Omo Valley Tribal Tours

Tour code: My.T.T  0063
Package Title: World Heritage sites tours & Omo Valley tribal tour 
Duration: 13 days and 12 nights
Transport: Surface and flight

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa.
Guests will be met on arrival at   Bole International   Airport and transferred to Sheraton Addis 5* hotel. Relax   in   your   hotel,  sightseeing of Addis the capital of  Ethiopia  will be  one of  enjoying  part on your first  day.
Overnight: Hotel  Sheraton Addis 5* – Addis Ababa.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:-Axum
Morning Gusts be transfer to Bole international to fly to Axum. Upon your arrival  at Axum local airport  gusts  welcomed by warm traditional greetings and be transferred to  hotel for check in ,After relax  , start discovering the ancient city of Axum, regarded as the cradle of Ethiopian Christianity, is the country's oldest extant urban settlement starting from around 200BC to 700AD, the 16th century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion built on the site of a much older church probably resembling that of  Debre Damo, dating from the 4th century AD. Only a platform and the wide stone steps remain from the earlier structure. The Cathedral is the repository of the crowns of some of Ethiopians former emperors. According to church legend, it also houses the original Ark of the Covenant - thus making St. Mary's the holiest sanctuary in Ethiopia.
Overnight: Hotel – Axum
Meals: Full Board

Day 3:- The 8th wonder of the world, Lalibela
Today morning transfer to Axum airport to flay to the 8th wonder of the world Lalibela   . Upon arrival you will met by Myseru Tour and Travel's   Lalibela  expertise then be transferred to you hotel for check in. After some hours for relaxing and Breakfast start discovering the first group of, 13th century Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibela. After  Lunch break continue visiting the 2nd and 3rd group of churches and drive some kms out of the town for attractive maintainer scenic and other   rock hewn churches.
Overnight: Hotel - Lalibela.
Meals: Full Board.

Day 4:-   Gondar
Morning be transferred to Lalibela airport and fly to Gondar where you will discover the two UNESCO, World heritage sites. After check in  to your hotel and have good break fast  start visit of the 17th c. Royal Castel Compound, the Bath of king Fasiledes, the church of Debre  Birhan Selassie  and many more attractions in Gondar.
Overnight: - Goha / Taye Hotel 
Meals: Full Board

Day 5:-   Semen Maintains National Park
After breakfast in Gondar , drive for about   2 ½ hrs in and off-the-road vehicle passing through mountainous areas with spectacular panoramas, approaching Quara, the UNESCO site National Park of the Semien Mountains to Debark  At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up local guide and scout and head up into the mountains (by 4x4). The road continues all the way to the first camp at Sankaber, but you'll be dropped off on the way for a leisurely three hour acclimatization hike. The stunning views hit you as soon as you get out of the vehicle as you walk along the ridge. There will be time to stop for a picnic lunch and after a short but demanding climb to Sankaber you'll be met as every day on this trek with a tray of fresh coffee, tea and snacks.
Overnight: Sankaber Camp  (3,250m)
Meals: ( L D)

Day6: Semien Mountains national park –Gondar
A last morning game drive at Semien   Mountains is followed by breakfast. Today you will have short trek to explore some wild animals in Semien Mt. late in the afternoon Drive back to Gondar. Lunch will at  Gondar city .
Overnight: Goha/ Taye - Gondar
Meals: Lunch and Dinner .

Day 7: Gondar – Addis Ababa- DebreZeth  Crater Lakes Leisure time 
Today transfer to Gonder airport to fly back to Addis Ababa . YOU WIL ARRUIVE IN THE MORNING, After transferred to your hotel   spent at leisure shopping or just relaxing by the pool at your hotel. Or Based on your interest for relax,  Before lunch drive to Debrezeith set at an altitude of 1900m   located at about 47 km south of Addis on the main road, is an easily accessible popular leisure. It is known for its scenic country side, villages and farmlands panoramic views of mount Zequala  to the right and M.t Yerer to the left and  the crater lakes of Debrezeit.  Lunch will be  in  CURIFTU Resort  very uniquely with unforgettable memories. I recommend staying here for today overnight at Lake Babogaya  Lodge.
The view of the lake Babogaya is exceptional. Its surroundings are wooded and the volcano Yerer emerges behind. You can see about 50 different birds from the garden. Emperor Haile Sellasie spent secretly his weekends on the lakeside.
The climate is like throughout the year to what is found in the south of France in May.
We want to offer a relaxing and enjoyable place for all those who love nature.
Overnight: Babogaya Lodge – Debre Zeith
Meals: (L &D)

Day8:  Arba Minch
Today in the Moring visit the Give River Gorge and you will be heading down South to Arbaminch via Butajira and Hosaina. At Tiya, you will have a brief stopover to visit the UNESCO-registered Stalae fields of Tiya. With lunch break at Wolaita Sodo, you will proceed to Arbaminch, arriving late afternoon.
Overnight: Tourist Hotel / Paradise Lodge / Swaynes Lodge.
Meals: DINNER 

Day 9: Arbamich – Konso (  UNESCO SITE) – Jinka
In the morning have good breakfast then you will head down South to Konso. Arrival at Konso, you will be able to visit  your 6th  world heritage site in Ethiopia,   a local Konso village, their terraced farm fields and totems. The Konso Cultural landscape constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment.
Driving further down into the Lower Omo Valley  past the Weito Plains, you will be able to see the  Tsemai tribe. Further on at Key Afer, you will be able to visit the Bena tribe. Arrival in Jinka late afternoon.
Overnight: Eco-Omo Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel.
Meals: Full Board

Day 10: Jinka – Mago National Park – Jinka
In the morning, you will be heading into Mago National Park, home to the Mursi tribe. Settled in the lowland plains of the Park, you will visit a local village of the Mursis.
Overnight: Lodge / Eyob Guest House / Jinka Resort Hotel.
Meals: Full Board.

Day 11:- Drive Back to Arba Minch
Leisure at Arba minch ( Natural hot springs)

Day-12:  Visit Nech Sar National Park and drive back to Addis Ababa.
Overnight:  Hotel Sheraton Addis
Meals: Full Bard.

DAY 13:- Spend at leisure / shopping and have free time for gusts 
Today evening you will have very unique farewell dinner by myseru representatives at Youd Abisinaya Cultural restaurant with traditional dance of ethnic groups . transfer service for check out home.

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