NEXT TOUR DATE: JULY 15-29, 2019
FOOTSTEPS OF OUR EMPEROR & RTV 3rd ANNUAL TOUR
Group travel of 8 or more book this tour and receive a keepsake Digital Diary V-LOG. Document and share our trod as we walk through the Footsteps of Our Majesty. Visit landmarks and historical places read about and seen in films. Visit places of prophetic and historical significance and walk the same royal path of legends who came before.
Abera, I hope you are fine, I miss you (everybody) in general, but you in particular. I send you some photographs taken in our trip in August. I miss your land, its landscape, the green color, the brown rivers, the dry rivers, everything. It's hard to be here so far from Ethiopia, so far from the souvenirs... Marta From Spain
Abera was professional and helpful for us and our group of ten Belgian tourists and he made an important contribution to the success our journey in this wonderfully land.From Pierre and Marie - Jeanne Magnoliadreef, 21 B-8550 Zwevegem Belgium
I know Mr. Abebe some years ago during a tour in Ethiopia.I also noticed then that he is a very intelligent man.Also thanks to him I look back with great pleasure on this wonderful journey through this remarkable country.Me, and other companions of then, still remain friendly contacts with him.Therefore I can highly recommend Abera and his company to you.I am convinced that you contacted the right person for your journey, and I`m sure that your trip with Ethio USA Tour will be a great success.Hans Peeters, Heythuysen, The Netherlands
Visa requirements Visa is required for all visitors to Ethiopia and they can get from Ethiopian diplomatic mission abroad, visitors from the countries listed below can obtain visa on arrival at Bole International Airport(Addis Ababa): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, china, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa , Spain, Sweden, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, and US.
-Detailed Trip Notes American Dollars that are series 1999 or earlier are not accepted and very difficult to change because of past forgeries.
-Location Ethiopia is ruggedly mountainous country covering 1,098.000 sq km and surrounded by Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti.
-Climate Ethiopia has two main seasons, Dry season from October through May and a Rainy season from June through September. Temperatures vary according to altitude, but are commonly on the mild side. The main rains in Rift Valley occur from March – June and light rains from October – December.
-Time Ethiopia is in the GMT+3 hrs time zone and follows the Julian calendar which consists of 12 months of 30 days each plus a 13 month of 5 or 6 days.
-Communications Telephone, fax and email are available in most main towns but are most reliable in Addis Ababa.
-The IDD code for Ethiopia is +251
Electricity Electric supply is 220 volts, 50 cycles AC. The wall socket accepts two circular-shaped prongs, so an adapter is required.
-Video camera batteries may be re-charged at hotels along the route.
-Photos Photographs should not be taken of military or strategic buildings or airports. Ask permission to take photos of any person or home. Sometimes money is requested for photos.
– Language Amharic is the official language, although over 80 local languages are spoken throughout Ethiopia. English is understood by most educated young people. About 45 languages are spoken in rift valley southern region.
-Customs at arrival Cameras, computers, and major electrics may need to be declared on arrival.
Spending money Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
-Money exchange Local currency; Ethiopian Birr. Recommended Currency for exchange: it is advisable to take your spending money in Sterling, Euros, US Dollars cash (high denomination notes usually get better exchange rates). Please note that any pre=1999 or torn US Dollar bills will not be accepted in Ethiopia. Where to exchange: Your guides will advice you ATM availability: very limited. Credit card acceptance: limited Travelers cheeks: very difficult to change and are not recommended. Credit cards (VISA only) are useful for cash advances in Addis Ababa, but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4 Digit PINs).Advanced cost a 12 USD fee locally for transactions under $200 and a 5.5% commission for any transaction over $200. International debit cards do not generally work in Ethiopia.While ATMs are available in Addis Ababa, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Africa. Check with your bank, but you are encouraged to bring cash. Large denominations, such as $50 and $100 notes are most easily exchanged. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US dollar cash, Euro and Cards are best.As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com.
-Health Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up to date health information at least one month before departure. Sun It is very important that you wear sunblock, even on a cloudy day, or at high altitudes when it feels cool, as we are near the equator and the sun is very strong.
Hydration Even when days are cool please be sure to drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day and refrain from drinking too many diuretics, as while when travelling outdoors the breeze can dehydrate you quickly as well as the heat.
Trip specific responsible travel It is suggested to bring a few items to give to locals in the community. Clothing and toiletries are very much appreciated, as are pen, pencils, notebooks, or mementos of your country to give as souvenirs. Small items such as sugar- free gum are handy to trade for the opportunity to take photos. Local dress It is recommended to cover legs, and to remove shoes and hats in churches and monasteries. Women should cover their hair with a shawl in churches/monasteries. Please note that Ethiopia is a fairly conservative country, so please dress accordingly.
Health requirements Malaria precautions should be taken before visiting the lowlands. However, vaccination is not obligatory and not necessarily taken as a major preparation while you arrange your travel document. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.
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