8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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8 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
4
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Manama

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos, then take in the exciting artwork at The Fine Art Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lalibela trip maker tool .

Manama, Bahrain to Lalibela is an approximately 15-hour flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela ©
Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Church of St. George ©
Church of St. George
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gonder road trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Gonder, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasiladas Bath Timket
Fasiladas Bath Timket

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 5th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George Church and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido, admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar online visit planner .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Bahir Dar, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Church of Debre Sina Maryam ©
Church of Debre Sina Maryam

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, and finally explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip planner .

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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