Day Trips from Addis Ababa - May 26 - May 26, 2018

Traveler: Matthew R. - Local specialist: Marco Degasper

The tour was good however the guide and entrance fees were more than previously stated by email from the company. Considering the tour only pays for transportation and not the guide, entrance fees, or food it was quite expensive. Marco was fairly prompt in answering my questions by email. Debre Libanos Monastery was quite interesting and the highland views minus the pollution are quite pleasant. The red terror museum was a very and eye opening interesting experience and the driver was kind and helpful.

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Marco Degasper, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Matthew,
if you check my previous communication I wrote:
"...yes, a guide is mandatory and about 400-600 Birr, depending what you're seeing. For entrances you can consider 500 Birr per person, maximum."

I checked again with our driver and other people the prices and the entrances are as follows:
monastery: 200 Birr per person
portuguese brige: 45 Birr per person
total: 245 Birr per person

The guide fees are:
monastery: 200 Birr
portuguese brige: 200 Birr
total: 400 Birr

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Dear Matthew,
if you check my previous communication I wrote:
"...yes, a guide is mandatory and about 400-600 Birr, depending what you're seeing. For entrances you can consider 500 Birr per person, maximum."

I checked again with our driver and other people the prices and the entrances are as follows:
monastery: 200 Birr per person
portuguese brige: 45 Birr per person
total: 245 Birr per person

The guide fees are:
monastery: 200 Birr
portuguese brige: 200 Birr
total: 400 Birr

So you see that the fees are largely within the limit I gave you. Therefore I totally disagree with your comment and find your vote 3 out of 5 unfair, considering also that we were flexible enough to anticipate the daytrip by 2 days with very short notice.
Marco