6 Days Coffee Tour Ethiopia; Sidama and Yirga Cheffe Coffee

Posted: August 2, 2015 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that coffee arabica grew wild. Coffee is “Buna” in Ethiopia. Coffee Arabica is found in Kaffa, Sidama, Yirega cheffe, Harar, Limmu and different parts of Ethiopia. The Kaffa region in the South-west Ethiopia is the origin of the genetic diversity of Coffee arabica, the most popular type of coffee in the world.

Coffee Tour in Ethiopia: this tour includes a visit to the following sites.

  1. Coffee Cooperative Union both Sidama & Yirga Cheffe
  2. Garden Coffee at farmers plantations  both Sidama & Yirga Cheffe
  3. Wet processing stations
  4. Dry processing stations
  5. Ethiopian Coffee Processing & Warehouse Enterprise (ECPWE)
  6. Coffee Cupping and Coffee Grading Centre
  7. Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX)
  8. Coffee Shops in Addis Ababa
  9. Taste Ethiopian Coffee at special Coffee Ceremony

Departures:

  • Sunday 6 December, 2015
  • Sunday 13 December, 2015
  • Sunday 20 December, 2015

Group Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 20

Accommodations: 5 Nights Standard hotels

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour pace: Moderate

Extension: Yes, possible to extend or combine with other destinations of the Ethiopia. An advance request must be sent before the start of the tour.

6 Days Coffee Tour Ethiopia to Sidama and Yirga Cheffe Coffee

 Tour Code:  6 Days Coffee Tour Ethiopia to Sidama and Yirga Cheffe Coffee

Attractions: Coffee plantations, Scenery & Wildlife

Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport & Addis Ababa City Tour

Arrival at Bole International airport, meet & greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel.

You will have an early breakfast. After a brief break your first visit in Addis Ababa will be 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.

After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa. http://www.boleambassadorhotel.com/ 

Day 2: 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. http://www.aregashlodge.com/ 

Day 3: Day trip to Aleta Wondo (Sidamo Coffee Cooperatives)  

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Alet Wondo (25 Km from Aregash Lodge) to visit the Wottona Boltuma or Fero Coffee Cooperative (Wet processed), and visit the farmers garden Coffee. You will have lunch in Aregash Lodge.

In the afternoon after lunch, visit dry processing stations. 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. http://www.aregashlodge.com/

Day 4: Day trip to Yirga Cheffe Coffee Cooperatives  

After breakfast you will be driven to Yirga Cheffe (82 Km from Yirega Alem), visiting an interesting village on the way. In Yirga Cheffe  visit the coffee cooperatives both Wet (Washing) coffee processing stations. You will have lunch in Dilla.

Then in the afternoon, depending on the time you will visit also the stelae sites 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. http://www.aregashlodge.com/

Day 5: Drive back to Addis Ababa

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive back to Addis Ababa (325 Km from Yirega Alem). On the way you will visit the scenic morning Fish Market in Awassa.

You will stop for lunch at Ziway. En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway to visit aquatic birds. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon. Check into the hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest. Overnight stay in Bole Ambassador Hotel, Addis Ababa. http://www.boleambassadorhotel.com/

Day 6:  Visit Coffee Processing & Warehouse Enterprise and Ethiopia Commodity Exchange in Addis 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.

Then after lunch, you will visit Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX  http://www.ecx.com.et/ is a market place in Addis Ababa where most coffee needs to bypass), meet Coffee expert, Cooperative Union leaders & visit Coffee Shops in Addis Ababa 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.       ====================XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX=======================

Quote:

Participant  Cost in USD per person  Vehicles Type
 5 – 7 pax                     1,300.00  1 Mini-Bus
 8 – 10  pax                     1,105.00  1 Mini-Bus
 11 – 13  pax                       950.00   1 Coaster Bus
 14 – 16 Pax                       865.00  1 Coaster Bus
 17 – 20  pax                       785.00   1 Coaster Bus
 Single Supplement                                                              170.00

 Price includes:

  • Well-maintained and insured Vehicles Model 2010-2013
  • Fuel
  • All transfers in & out
  • Experienced English Speaking guide
  • Hotel Room on Double Occupancy basis
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All entrance fees including coffee farmers garden, ECX, Coffee Processing & Warehouse Enterprise, coffee expert allowance and park scout
  • Bottled natural water every day,
  • Service tax

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Entry visa
  • International flights
  • Photography & Video fees,
  • Personal expenses (tips, phone calls, table drinks, laundry, etc.)
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