12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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12 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lalibela
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa ©
A sprawling metropolis and home to millions of Ethiopians, Addis Ababa houses many international organizations, embassies, and commissions, making it a diplomatic, political, and economic hub of the country.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Holy Trinity Cathedral and Arada Giyorgis. Step out of the city life by going to Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Gullele Botanical Garden. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia, view the masterpieces at Lela Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at St. George Brewery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip maker .

Toronto, Canada to Addis Ababa is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Addis Ababa. Traveling from Toronto in January, things will get warmer in Addis Ababa: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
On the 13th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Emperor Yohannes IV Palace, explore the activities along Lake Assale, then stroll through Gheralta rock, and finally pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mek'ele travel route planner.

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Mek'ele in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Parks Nature Museums
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace ©
Emperor Yohannes IV Palace

2
nights
Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar
Palm trees and tropical gardens line the spacious avenues of Bahar Dar, a town nestled on the southern shore of the vast, glistening Lake Tana.
On the 14th (Mon), stop by Ura Kidane Mihret, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Tana and then hunt for treasures at Bahir Dar Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar trip website .

You can fly from Mek'ele to Bahir Dar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mek'ele in January, expect nights in Bahir Dar to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Amhara Region
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

2
nights
Gonder

Gonder ©
A former royal city, Gonder once served as the Ethiopian Empire's capital--it still boasts well-preserved remains of 17th-century castles and palaces that shed light on the opulent lifestyle of the bygone times.
On the 16th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church, then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Gonder visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bahir Dar to Gonder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bahir Dar in January since evenings lows in Gonder dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Gonder

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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

1
night
Lalibela

Lalibela ©
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, then explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, and finally explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lalibela trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Gonder to Lalibela takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Asheton Maryam Monastery ©
Asheton Maryam Monastery

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