11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Gonder
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Addis Ababa
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Athens

2
nights
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.
Lalibela is known for historic sites, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Asheton Maryam Monastery, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lalibela road trip planning app .

Athens, Greece to Lalibela is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Lalibela is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gonder day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

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Debre Berhan Selassie Church ©
Debre Berhan Selassie Church
Fasil Ghebbi ©
Fasil Ghebbi
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary website .

Drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

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Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

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.
Addis Ababa is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, and meet the residents at Lion Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa day trip planning app .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Lion Park ©
Lion Park
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill

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