Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port. Meet and greet you at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Visit Coffee Processing and Warehouse Enterprise &City tour in Adddis Ababa. In the morning after breakfast you will visit Coffee processing & Warehouse Enterprises (where the sorting, the quality control, cupping, packaging and shipment taken place). You will have lunch in Addis Ababa. After lunch you will visit the National Museum. It houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts (most famous exhibit is the 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level. The Church of St Mary (1885) and Emperor Menelik II Palace. The Entoto Museum, with its historical exhibits is well worth a visit. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Yirega Alem. In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Yirega Alem (350 Km from Addis). En route, you will visit Lake Abijatta-Shala National Park, Lake Shala (a very deep crater lake - over 260 meters deep) and Lake Abiatta (a soda lake with thousands of flamingos). You will have lunch in Awassa (Hawassa). Then you will drive to Yirega Alem (50 Km from Awassa). On arrival check in to the lodge. After a brief break explore the surrounding Sidama Village and its organic garden coffee. You will have dinner and spend the night in the lodge. Overnight stay in Aregash Lodge.
Day 4: Day trip to Aleta Wondo. In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Alet Wondo (25 Km from Aregash Lodge) to visit the Wottona Boltuma Coffee Cooperative (Wet processed).You will have lunch in Aleta Wondo. Then in the afternoon visitthe stela park around Aleta Wondo or drive to Logitta falls. Late in the afternoon drive back to Yirega Alem. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Aregash Lodge.
Day 5: Day trip to Yirega Chiefe (Yirga Cheffe) Coffee Cooperatives. After breakfast you will be driven to Yirega Chiefe (142 Km from Yirega Alem), visiting an interesting village on the way. In Yirega Chief (Yirga Cheffe) visit the coffee cooperatives both Wet & Dry (Sun-dried) coffee processing stations. You will have lunch in Dilla.
Then in the afternoon you will visitalso the stelae sites Tutu Fela (contains 80 ancient stelae carved with facial feature, phalluses) and Tututi (consists of some very large, tapering, generally un-carved standing stones with marking grave). Late in the afternoon drive back to Yirega Alem. You will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge. Overnight stay in Aregash Lodge.
Day 6: Drive back to Addis Ababa. In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the scenic morning Fish Market in Awassa. Then you will drive back to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Ziway. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon and you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner to Ethiopian (Habesha 2000 or YOD Abyssinia) traditional restaurant where you will taste Ethiopian food & drinks and a live music & dance. Then depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.
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