City tour of Addis

We offer the city walking where you’ll meet the local and visit all the best sightseeing with coffee and lunch breaks on your way, which will lead by a tour guide, as an escort.

Start the day looking down on Addis Ababa from Entoto Mountain, the capital of Ethiopia before Addis Ababa.  Here you will have panoramic views of the city with fresh air from the eucalyptus forests.  Here you will visit the Entoto Maryam church and museum.

After the visit, proceed down to Addis Ababa via Shiro Meda, the city’s largest market for traditional clothes.

Proceed to the campus of Addis Ababa University to the ethnographical museum, with great displays of the many cultures of Ethiopia, housed in the former palace of Haile Selassie.

Continue with a visit to the National Museum, where Ethiopia’s oldest resident, Lucy, is housed.

Close to the National Museum is the Selassie (Trinity) church, one of the most important churches of Addis Ababa and the final resting place of Haile Selassie, to whom there is a dedicated museum on site.

Before you head to Mercato, you will visit Red Terror Museum and receive a tour in English from a survivor of the Red Terror. It was a very informative and heart-breaking account of the recent history of Ethiopia.

Finish the day with shopping in Merkato, the local marketplace which is said to be Africa’s largest open-air market.

All the guides are experienced and great storytellers and, more importantly, are fully qualified and experienced in the history of art and the history of Addis Ababa.  Highly recommended!

Our Guides:

“Melat City Tour”: a customizable, private walking tour provided by blogger Melat, a designer and expert on Addis. She helps travelers get acquainted with the layout of the city and the best local spots to make the most out of their stay. Tours are 3 – 6 hours long and customized to suit the interests of the clientele.

“Girls Guide” to Addis has 17 different tours, so you can customize your experience, whether you are looking churches, museums, shopping tours, food tours, or for the classic monuments, we have a great selection for everyone. Shopping with Meseret, Meron, Eliza or Mihret in Addis are some of the favourite tours.

“Solomon and friends” offers daily guided tours, all year. Our tours include The National Museum, Ethnographic Museum, The Natural History Museum, Trinity Cathedral, Merkato and Red Terror Museum.

The guides are both knowledgeable and entertaining. Tours are held all year round and even include a special Ingera making tour. The tours last in one day and cost $80 USD per person. The tours come highly recommended by all good guide books especially Lonely Planet and Bradt.

We are partners of Paris Walks and London Walks Tours.

Note: During walking tour you will use public transport. (Optional)

Your guide will take you to all of the must-see sites in the city, making sure that you have plenty of opportunity to familiarize yourself with Addis. There isn’t a better way to explore the history and stories that make Addis a highlight of Ethiopia.

Cost starting from $30 USD.

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