11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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11 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h
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:  7​h
End: Tel Aviv

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: steep yourself in history at Church of St. George, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, and view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lalibela tour itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lalibela is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Lalibela. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) 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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): revel in the low prices 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 14th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gonder trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Gonder are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gonder to Bahir Dar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Gonder in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bahir Dar, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Visiting Entoto Hill and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, contemplate the long history of Meskel Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Medhane Alem Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Addis Ababa vacation planning website .

You can fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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