9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela tour builder website .

Manama, Bahrain to Lalibela is an approximately 15-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

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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

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 13th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, and finally steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church. On your second day here, make a trip to Falasha Village and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gonder trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): 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 16th (Sat): make a trip to CHE CHE Ido, then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bahir Dar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gonder in February since evenings lows in Bahir Dar dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

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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 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, and finally appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square. On your second day here, stop by T&H Designs, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to The Mausoleum of Menelik II, and finally view the masterpieces at National Theatre Art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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