11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Lalibela
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Axum
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Santiago

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.
Holy Trinity Cathedral and National Museum of Ethiopia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Entoto Hill and Menagesha Suba Forest Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, appreciate the history behind Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, and contemplate the long history of Meskel Square.

Make your Addis Ababa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Santiago, Chile to Addis Ababa is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Santiago to Addis Ababa due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Nature Parks
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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 8th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lalibela road trip planning website .

Getting from Addis Ababa to Lalibela by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

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

1
night
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 9th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Queen of Sheba Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Axum journey planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gonder.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

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 10th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, then take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gonder online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Axum to Gonder by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Gonder, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

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

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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 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana, and then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. On the next day, explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

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Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, Bahir Dar is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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