9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Abuja
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Lalibela
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
4
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Abuja

1
day
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 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, then view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and then explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela trip itinerary maker website .

Lagos, Nigeria to Lalibela is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lagos to Lalibela due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then steep yourself in history at Kuskuam Church, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gonder online 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 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls, then see the interesting displays at Church of Debre Sina Maryam, and then don't miss a visit to CHE CHE Ido.

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Bahir Dar trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daytime highs in Bahir Dar are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Nature Parks 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

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.
On the 7th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Meyazia 27 Square Monument, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Entoto Maryam Church, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Merkato, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, then examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, and finally look for gifts at Salem's Ethiopia.

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

Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Addis Ababa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Shopping 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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