- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Transportation to adoption appointments
- Transportation to planned sightseeing and activities
- 3 group meals
- Accommodations (including breakfast) at the Yebsabi Guest House
- In-Country guide services
- Processing fee
One of the things that the travel package included are optional activities that we could do which I have listed here:
- Spend more time at orphanages (in Addis Ababa)
- Visit historic churches in Addis Ababa
- Ethiopia National Museum-Home to "Lucy", ancient artifacts, and the occasional art exhibit
- Museum and Library of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies-Museum in former palace of Hailie Selassie at Addis Ababa University campus. It displays artifacts of Ethiopian ethnic groups, musical instruments, crosses, and icons.
- Addis Ababa Museum-A former royal residence located on Entoto Mountain, contains old ceremonial and official clothes, also contains a large collection of photos of the early days of Addis.
- Lion Zoo-A small and inexpensive zoo focusing mainly on Abyssinian Lions (black-maned)
- More souvenir shopping-you can hire a driver to help you barter and find the best prices
- Holy Trinity Cathedral-The interior is decorated by painting in both modern and medieval Ethiopian styles. It is the burial site of Emperor Hailie Selassie and his wife. It also houses a memorial to the first victims of the Derg regime (30 birr/person)
- Visit the Fistula Hospital
- Entoto Mountain-View of Addis Ababa from the top of the mountain, optional museum of a very old, traditional Orthodox church on the mountain; optional gift shop with bags and crafts supporting the women who carry heavy loads of wood down from the mountain for a living.
The travel package also includes three churches that we are welcome to attend on Sundays while in Ethiopia. They include:
- The International Evangelical Church-A diverse congregation from many nations, traditional services at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m.
- Beza International Church-Lively worship, challenging sermons, aims to meet the needs of the country through the church body, 2-3 hour service starting at 9:00 a.m.
- St. Matthews Anglican Church-Traditional Anglican service at 10:15 a.m., informal service at 5:00 p.m.
They also have an extensive list of restaurants they would recommend. The best part is they are separated out by food type.
- East Dragon-Authentic Chinese
- ZhongHua-Authentic Chinese
- Gati-Thai Food
- Castelli-Fine Italian dining-reservations required
- Antica-Brick oven pizzas, past, and more
- Il Camineto-Affordable 3-course Italian meal
- Makush-Known for their Italian food and art gallery
- Blue Tops-Sandwiches and pastas...great ice cream!
- Top View-Blue Tops with a better view
- Don Vito's-Known for good pizza
- Pizza Deli Roma-Good pizza
- Fasika-Ethiopian food and traditional dancing
- Yod Abyssinia-Ethiopian food and traditional dancing
- Heber-Ethiopian food and traditional dancing
- Garden Paradise-Good BBQ chicken, kebabs, salads, burgers
- Zebra Grill-Chicken wings, burritos, and more
- Biergarten Inn-German and bar food
- Loti-French food
- Family Restaurant-Wide variety of food, known for their burgers, Mexican, and chocolate cake
- Meda Sports Bar (dinner only)-Fajitas, fried chicken
- The Chop House-Steak
- Lime Tree-Sandwiches, soups, salads, and the best chocolate cake
- Melting Pot-Wide variety of food, salads, Mexican, pizza
- Metro Pizza-Excellent pizzas
- Enricos-Excellent cream puffs
- Tamoca-Great coffee
- Kaldi's-Ethiopian Starbucks
- La Parisienne-Good coffee, croissants
- Bilo's-Great ice cream cakes
Knowing these details made me even more excited to go! Obviously Garth and I are most excited about meeting our boys, but we are also very excited about getting to experience Ethiopia. I can hardly wait to smell the smells, hear the sounds, see the people, and learn as much as I can about the culture, history, traditions, etc. of the Ethiopian people. We will also be there together for Garth's birthday, so it will be FANTASTIC to be able to share that with the boys. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!