9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Stavanger
Fly:  19​h
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Mek'ele
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
End: Stavanger

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.
Get in touch with nature at Menagesha Suba Forest Park and Gullele Botanical Garden. Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Ethiopia and Arada Giyorgis. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Addis Ababa trip planner .

Stavanger, Norway to Addis Ababa is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern African Time (EAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Stavanger in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Addis Ababa: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Church of St. George, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela tour planning website .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, contemplate the long history of Kuskuam Church, then explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gonder trip tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mek'ele.

Things to do in Gonder

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

1
night
Mek'ele

Mek'ele ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Assale, stroll through Gheralta rock, and then pause for some photo ops at Martyr's Memorial Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Mek'ele online journey planner .

Fly from Gonder to Mek'ele in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, Mek'ele is little chillier than Gonder - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mek'ele

Nature Parks
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Gheralta Rock ©
Gheralta Rock
Lake Assale ©
Lake Assale
Martyr's Memorial Monument ©
Martyr's Memorial Monument

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