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Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
About Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours is local tour operator in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia specializing small group city tour of Addis Ababa, day tours from Addis Ababa, and 2/3 days tours around Addis Ababa. All tours are accompanied with professional English speaking tour guide and allow freedom of visit/experience/ do activities enjoy more. Contact us soon and see how!
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Full-Day Private City Tour of Addis Ababa

Get the perfect introduction to Ethiopia’s capital and culture on this door-to-door day tour, with private guide and vehicle for a more tailored experience. Admire Haile Selassie’s tomb; join a family in their home for an Ethiopian coffee ceremony; see 3-million-year-old fossil Lucy at the National Archaeological Museum; and visit an abandoned rock church at Kiddus Raguel. Catch markets, monuments, and landmarks along the way: tour excludes church entrance fees.
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7 to 9 hours
from $138.46

Food Tour in Addis Ababa

Bring an appetite for Ethiopian flavors, from aromatic coffee to ‘injera’ flat bread, on an Addis Ababa food tour with a private guide. To get beyond typical tourist menus, you’ll explore the vast Merkato, visit a family home to make bread, taste foods from around the country, join a coffee ceremony, and try honey wine at a local bar while exploring Addis Ababa in the comfort of a private minivan.
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5 to 6 hours
from $205.16

Day-Trip Church of Adadi Mariam from Addis Ababa

Visit three important historical sites in one day on this day trip from Addis Ababa—a great choice for exploring important places on a time budget. Travel straight from the capital to important sites including the Adai Mariam rock-hewn churches, the UNESCO-listed Tiya archaeological site, and more, all with the benefit of a guide to provide insight into each attraction as you go. This small-group tour is limited to just six people so you can ask your guide plenty of questions.
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7 to 9 hours
from $209.49

Explore the Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes and the UNESCO Site of Steles of Tiya

If you’re short on time, a Rift Valley day trip gives you the most bang for your buck when it comes to sightseeing. A private driver means efficient transportation and hassle-free logistics on the way to top Rift Valley attractions, including Lake Ziway and the UNESCO-listed Tiya archaeological site. This tour also includes a coffee ceremony and nature watching boat tour for additional value.
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10 to 12 hours
from $256.42

2 Days Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes Tour from Addis Ababa

Enjoy the freedom of stopping at different viewpoints to enjoy the dramatic view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley by drive with a comfortable air conditioned Toyota Minivan, and learn from your professional experienced English speaking tour guide of the Ethiopian birdlife at the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway.

Meet local families and partake a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, and see the bird life of the lakes and wildlife of the Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park.

The tour also includes visiting the unique and still operational rock carved church of Adadi Mariam, Tiya Steles (a cemetery dating back to 12th – 14th Century AD and UNESCO World Heritage Site), and walking by Lake Ziway to spot a number of lowland water birds. The tour includes a total of 580 km drive in two days.

On Thursdays or Sundays, experience local culture at the colorful weekly held cultural market at Adadi town.
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2 days
from $515.39

2 Days Nature Tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park

Explore Ethiopia’s spectacular nature and rich culture on a guided overnight adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, admire picturesque views at Bishoftu Crater Lake, visit Oromo villages, marvel at Beseka Lake, and watch for crocodiles, gazelles, warthogs, oryx, and other wildlife at Awash National Park. Participate in a traditional coffee ceremony and enjoy snacks and bottled water included in the tour price.
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2 days
from $572.31

Addis Ababa Private Airport-Hotel Transfer

This is private Airport-Hotel one way transfer in Addis Ababa with comfortable Toyota Minivan with English speaking driver.

With this 24-hours available ground transport, you don’t have to wait or look or bargain for price with taxis. Meet your driver easily on time, be assisted with your baggage, and head to your hotel in Addis Ababa safely and comfortably.

This transfer is best for mainly: -
• Senior Travelers
• Families and friends and
• Transit passengers

This private shuttle service from the airport to any hotel in Addis Ababa is with a comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seatbelts. The ride is planned to take you with the route which makes you see as many interesting sites of Addis Ababa as possible which you may save to visit later.
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20 to 120 minutes
from $76.80

Debre Libanos Monastery and Jemma River Gorge - Day Tour from Addis Ababa

Get off the beaten track and discover two of Ethiopia’s most unmissable attractions on this full-day tour to the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese Bridge, built in the 13th and 16th centuries. Tours include lunch, door-to-door transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle, and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, plus a meet-and-greet with a local Oromo family.
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7 to 9 hours
from $230.77

Arba Minch, Dorze Tribe, Konso, and Awasa Private 4 Days Tour from Addis Ababa

It is four days private nature, culture and wildlife tour from Addis Ababa. This 4-days tour of southern Ethiopia takes visitors south to Arba Minch, Konso, Dorze, Shashemene and Awassa.

With 4-Days Arba Minch, Dorze Tribe, and Awasa Private Guided Tour: -
- Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ethiopia - Steles of Tiya and Konso Cultural Landscapes
- Gain inspiring cultural experience by visiting the Konso and Dorze tribes
- Enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Rift Valley
- Explore Abiyatta Shalla Lakes National Park
- Visit the Fish Market of Lake Awassa
- Spot a number of Ethiopian birds at the Rift Valley Lake of Ziway, and
- Learn about the Rastafarianism Belief by visiting the Jamaican Rastafarian Community at Shashemene

Tour includes total drive of about 1,300 km. We use private comfortable Toyota Minivan equipped with air conditioning and seat belts. Professional informative English speaking tour guide accompanies this private four days tour from Addis Ababa.
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4 days
from $1,384.62

2-Days Lake Ziway and Lake Langano Nature and Culture Tour

This is 2 days nature and culture private tour from Addis Ababa. With this tour experience the cultural lifestyle of locals and explore the nature of the Rift Valley Lakes of Ethiopia. Discover the Abidjatta-Shalla Lakes National Park wildlife with a professional tour guide. Identify Ethiopian birds by walking by the Rift Valley LAke of Ziway.

Admire the superb view of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. Learn the history of erecting gravestones at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Steles of Tiya. Take time to swim, water sports, bird watching and sunset at Lake Langano. Feel like a local at a typical Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and admire the view of the scenic Lake Bishoftu.

Tour includes private vehicle equipped with air conditioning and seat belts, fuel (gasoline), professional knowledgeable tour guide, local family visits, bottled water and local snacks in the car, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, hotel pickup and drop off.
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2 days
from $584.62

Axum - Private Sightseeing Guided Tour of Axum

With this 8 hours

private small group guided tour of Aksum (Axum), explore ancient ruins, palaces, huge steles (obelisks), royal tombs, and religious sites. With your knowledgeable tour guide, have a deeper insight of the Ethiopian ancient civilization by visiting 

historical sites of Axum. Learn more of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity by visiting St. Mary of Zion church and the Chapel of the Tablet 
- Explore

the Ruins of Aksum and see the huge steles of Axum at

the Northern Stelae Field
- Visit the ruin

palace of the Queen of Sheba 
- Discover ruin

palace and tomb of King Kaleb and Gebre Meskel,

King Ezana’s Inscription and  Archaeological Museum

Tour starts at 9:00 AM from your hotel or 12:00 PM from Axum airport. Tour price includes private vehicle, tour guide, bottled water, hotel/airport pickup/drop off.

IMPORTANT: Because of Corona Virus, there is a mandatory quarantine of 1 week to enter to Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Axum is located in Tigray Region.
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5 to 8 hours
from $174.36

Addis Ababa - Half Day Cultural Experience

With this half day private cultural guided tour of Addis Ababa
- Experience Ethiopian culture with family visit
- Know more of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity by visiting the Holy Trinity Cathedral
- Enjoy the panoramic view of Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto
- Attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and enjoy your coffee with locals
- Walk and shop at the biggest outdoor market in Africa – Merkato
- Learn how to cook “Enjera” – the Ethiopian national bread
- Drive in Addis Ababa to see its historical monuments
- Taste delicious Ethiopian meals at a cultural Ethiopian restaurant
- See how Tella (Ethiopian homemade beer is made) and attend a typical Ethiopian traditional Coffee Ceremony

Enjoy the flexibility of this cultural tour of Addis Ababa by visiting what interest you more

Tour includes professional English speaking tour guide, private transportation, entrance (admission) fees, bottled water and local snacks in the vehicle, and local family visit.
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4 to 5 hours
from $98.00

Ethiopian Cultural Dinner in Addis Ababa with LIVE Traditional Dance Show

This is 3 to 5 hours traditional Ethiopian dinner event at one of the best traditional Ethiopian cultural restaurants in Addis Ababa. With private comfortable vehicle, drive to 2000 Habesha Cultural Ethiopian Restaurant OR Yod Abyssinia Cultural Ethiopian Restaurant.
NOTE - LIVE DANCE SHOW IS NOT AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF CORONA VIRUS (Starting from March 2020). We'll Update when available.

With this Ethiopian cultural dinner experience in Addis Ababa: -

• Taste a variety of deliciously hot Ethiopian cuisine

• See LIVE dances of different Ethiopian tribal groups

• Experience how Ethiopians enjoy Coffee with ceremony

• Try ‘Tej’ – the Ethiopian Honey Wine

• Free to choose 2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant or Yod Abyssinia Cultural Restaurant

• See the distinctive cultural dresses of different Ethiopian tribal groups

• Get the best spot reserved to enjoy the dance show

Service includes hotel pickup and drop off, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, bottled water and local snacks.
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3 hours
from $76.93
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Ryan S wrote a review Dec 2020
Belo Horizonte, MG281 contributions49 helpful votes
Fantastic. I had a tour with Muluken (guide) 2.5 years ago, and this was great, just like last time. Muluken is a great guide, friendly, knowledgeable & he is the exact type of guide I look for on a tour. He is authentically friendly, not forced or fake. He gives information clearly, not just spitting it out fast / confusing. He wants you to learn about and appreciate his country. It was the highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: December 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from EthiopiaTours88, General Manager at Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Responded Dec 27, 2020
Dear Ryan and Carolina, Thank you very much for booking the day tour from Addis Ababa to Debre Libanos Monastery with me!! It was a pleasure to meet you after 2.5 years. Thank you very much really for taking time to rate, review and share your feedback about my guiding performance and your day trip around Addis Ababa with me. I look forward to organize you a longer tour to visit more of Addis Ababa and around someday. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy NEW YEAR! Best, Muluken
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Nikolina wrote a review Nov 2020
1 contribution
It was very nice. Our guide Biruk was very well informed and showed us many interesting things. :) He gave us many insides into the local culture.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Response from EthiopiaTours88, General Manager at Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Responded Nov 17, 2020
Dear Victor, Thank you very much for booking your half day city tour in Addis Ababa with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed visiting Addis Ababa with our tour guide Biruk. And, thank you very much again for sharing your tour experience in Addis Ababa on TripAdvisor!! We wish to see you someday for more day trips around Addis Ababa! With best wishes, Muluken
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Ravi J wrote a review Nov 2020
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia1 contribution
They arranged our transportation to Awash Falls. Driver (Solomon) and his van were excellent. Solomon was safe and accommodating and the van was spacious and clean.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from EthiopiaTours88, General Manager at Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Responded Nov 6, 2020
Dear Ravi, Thank you very much for organizing your can rent service with Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours!! It is really a pleasure you enjoyed your tour from Addis Ababa to Awash National Park area. Thank you very much also for taking time for rating and reviewing our service on TripAdvisor!! We are at your disposal anytime for your tours in and around Addis Ababa! Thanks a lot again Ravi With best regards, Muluken
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Muluken G wrote a review Apr 2020
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia227 contributions79 helpful votes
If in Addis Ababa for layover or more than one day, take Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours. You will enjoy it!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Natalie M wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom67 contributions24 helpful votes
We have had a fantastic experience with Muluken, who has organised a personalised day tour from Addis Ababa on the day of our layover on our way from Zimbabwe to UK with Ethiopian airlines. The main point of the tour was lake Ziway on a round tour for a total drive on a loop of about 360 km. We have stopped at different outlooks and enjoyed views of the Ethiopian part of the Great East African Rift Valley. There was also a potential visit to the grave site of Tiya, but, unfortunately, it was closed for renovation. We have visited a local family house where the local ways of preparing food were demonstrated to us, it was a very interesting cultural experience. We loved the trip on lake Ziway on the speed boat with a cover. It was about an hour, but we have seen a number of birds: great white pelicans, yellow billed storks, marabou storks, African fish eagles, etc. After the boat trip we have had a good lunch. We have chosen to taste Ethiopian meals, which were delicious, but a bit too spicy for us, so keep it in mind considering your order. We would like to thank Muluken not only for a very well organised tour, but also for his personal input and very nice and warm attitude which made us feel very well looked after by a good friend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
Response from EthiopiaTours88, General Manager at Merit Ethiopian Experience Tours
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Dear Natalie and Roger, Hello!! Thank you very much for choosing to organize your day tour from Addis Ababa to Lake Ziway, and for allowing me to be your tour guide!! It was such a great day we spent together. I had learnt also a lot from your nature (wildlife) experience. Thank you so much also for taking your precious time to share your day trip from Addis Ababa experience with me on TripAdvisor!! Thanks again for choosing to tour and experience Ethiopia with MERIT!! I look forward to show you more of Ethiopia someday With best wishes, Muluken G.
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