Ethiopia Coffee Tour

Departure Date

Every Monday

Duration

7 nights 8 days

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Maximum Seats

20

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Tour Overview

Cofee

Ethiopian Cofee

Coffee can be traced back to the 10th century and the coffee forests of the Ethiopian plateau. The words Coffee and Café are actually derived from „Kaffa‟ which is the area in the southwest region of Ethiopia where you will find many cultivated coffee farms as well as coffee growing wild in the highland forests. There is a popular legend about an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi who observed the energetic prancing and dancing of his goats after they had nibbled the red berries of an unfamiliar tree. So Kaldi decided to try the berries himself and then became known ever after as the happiest goatherd of Abyssinia! Passing this knowledge about the energy berries on to a local monk, the monk decided to try drying and then boiling the berries to make a beverage. His fellow monks loved this tasty new drink, which also had the advantage of keeping them very alert. Knowledge of this new berry beverage then quickly spread as the little red bean transformed the drinking habits of the world! From Africa coffee spread quickly throughout the Middle East then to Europe and throughout the colonial empires of the time including Indonesia and the Americas ... and the rest as they say is history! This tour enables you to not only taste the coffee but to observe the entire “from Bean to Cup” process as well as enjoying the beauty of stunning lush coffee plantation forests, the varied Ethiopian countryside and beautiful waterfalls and lakes along the journey.
Day 1

Addis Ababa

Arrive at Bole international airport and be welcome by an Ethiopian Holidays representative. Depending on your arrival time, you will be taken on an Addis Ababa City Tour, which will also include drinking coffee and experiencing the unique and traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony; from washing, roasting, grinding, smelling, serving and tasting coffee! Additional Addis Ababa sightseeing City Tour stops will include Mount Entoto (first capital situated in hills overlooking Addis Ababa which means “New Flower”) and from where you can enjoy panoramic views. You will visit the National Museum: famous for containing the famous hominid fossil „Lucy‟, the colourful Ethnographic Museum (take an engaging visual tour through Ethiopia) located within the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. Your drive will also take you through Mercato - the largest open market in East Africa and along the way you will pass various significant historical monuments of Addis Ababa on this City Tour to give you a taste of Addis. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 02

Addis Ababa - Jimma

Morning you fly to Jimma and will be met by our tour representative at the airport. First off however, there will be time for a quick tour of Jimma itself. Jimma is an important center of coffee production and distribution. This bustling modern market town of Jimma is comfortably the largest settlement in the western highlands, with an estimated population of 200,000. Your tour will include the Jimma museum containing a selection of personal effects of Abba Jiffar, the last independent king of Jimma, along with interesting ethnographic displays relating to the Oromo and other local cultures. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 03

Drive to Bonga

Rise early in the morning to the smell of locally grown and freshly roasted coffee and savour the taste as you also enjoy a great breakfast. Then, you set off for your drive to Bonga through the Kaffa region of Ethiopia; Kaffa is generally regarded to be the region from where the Arabica strain of coffee originated and also where the plant was first cultivated. After checking in to the hotel in Bonga, you then drive to the marvelous Tatmara coffee plantation where you will be able to experience and observe the whole coffee production process concluding with a coffee ceremony in this perfect Home of Coffee location! Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 04

Mankira - Jimma

After breakfast, take an excursion to Mankira, which is the actual place where Arabica coffee was discovered. En route you will visit the magnificent and ancient Adaracha Medhanealem Church and the Natural Bridge Gurguto/Egziher dildy (meaning God‟s bridge), which connects two distant villages. Then, drive back to Jimma. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 05

Addis - Bishoftu/Debre Zeit

Transfer to Jimma airport and fly back to Addis. Upon arrival you will be met and driven directly to beautiful Debre Zeit (45km away) and home to several crater lakes. The town lies within a circle of six crater lakes, making it a very popular resort destination and weekend getaway, which offers a pleasant climate all the year round. In the afternoon you will be free to relax to enjoy the splendid scenery and facilities of the magnificent resort and visit the other crater lakes. Kuriftu Resort and Spa is one of the first and truly luxurious resort hotels to be found in Ethiopia. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 06

Bishoftu -Yirgalem

After breakfast, continue on your journey and drive through the Ethiopian Rift valley to Yirgalem. Your destination today is Aregash Lodge nestled between coffee fields and lush vegetation. The bamboo-thatched tukuls are built in the style of traditional regional Sidama village houses. The nearby forest is home to a diverse and prolific flora, which harbors over 100 species of birds and mammals. The coffee plantation and the nightly visits (and sounds) of Hyenas are additional attractions to be found in the surrounding area. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 07

Yirgachafe Coffee Cooperatives

Enjoy your breakfast at the lodge before driving to the Yirgachafe area where a world renowned varieties of Ethiopian coffee are grown - enjoy visiting several coffee cooperatives. In the afternoon, drive to Hawassa and after checking in to your hotel, head to the lakeside in the late in the afternoon admire the gorgeous sunset over beautiful Lake Hawassa. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Hotel
Day 08

Hawassa - Addis Ababa

In the early morning visit the daily local fresh fish market on the shores of Lake Hawassa. This market will be a truly local experience as you observe people enjoying different varieties of fish including the Ethiopian version of “Sushi”. You will also be able to spot a number of aquatic birds. In the afternoon you will fly back to Addis Ababa; there is time to refresh yourself from your travels in your room before experiencing a cultural dinner complete with regional dancers, at a traditional restaurant. Transfer to the airport for late departure to your final destination. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Price Includes

- 4 night hotel accommodation on twin bed basis - Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - All entrance fees according to the tour program - Return transfer to airport - Ground transportation per the package itinerary - Driver allowance - English speaking local guide
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Doesn’t include

- Alcoholic drinks - Video and camera fees if and where applicable - Tips, telephone calls, laundry services and other expenses of personal nature - Entrance fees to any special ceremonies you might encounter by chance - International and Domestic flight - Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include section - Single room supplement would be by adding 215.00 USD

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