Cultural Treasures of Ethiopia's Holy City


Extend your adventure in Ethiopia with an exploration of the ancient city of Harar, with its thousand-year-old city walls, fine handicrafts, vibrant markets, and some 82 mosques. Harar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 15
Addis Ababa

The day is at leisure in Addis Ababa to shop or explore on your own. Overnight at Sheraton Hotel...B

Day 16

Fly to Dire Dawa, an important commercial center created in the late 19th century by the completion of the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway. From Dire Dawa, we drive directly to the ancient city of Harar, with its thousand-year-old city walls. Harar is known for its fine handicrafts, which include textiles, basketwork, silverware, and parchment books, and we explore the vibrant markets. The Harari Cultural Museum displays traditional Harari houses, which are similar to the whitewashed houses along the Arab coast. They are usually clay-reinforced with wooden beams and built around a small courtyard. The interiors of each house are richly painted and decorated with woven clothes and carpets. The former residence of French poet Arthur Rimbaud is in Harar, and we will visit it. Rimbaud gave up writing his brilliant poetry when he was 21 and adopted the life of a wanderer, eventually living and working in Harar at the end of the 19th century. We also witness an evening performance of the “hyena men,” who set themselves up along the outskirts of the city and coax wild hyenas from the surrounding hills to seize meat scraps—sometimes directly from their mouths. Overnight at a basic hotel in Harar...BLD

Day 17
Addis Ababa

Fly back to Addis and depart on homeward-bound flights...B


Length: 3 days
Cost From: $1190  
Arrive: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Depart: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours