7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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7 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, then explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then examine the collection at Ethnological Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Meskel Square.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Addis Ababa trip maker .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Addis Ababa. January in Addis Ababa sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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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 the waterfront views at Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bahir Dar travel planner .

Fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

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
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then don't miss a visit to Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gonder online itinerary planner .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gonder, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Shopping
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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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Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 15th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Northern Stelae Field.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Axum trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Gonder to Axum takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Northern Stelae Field ©
Northern Stelae Field
Arabtu Ensessa Church ©
Arabtu Ensessa Church

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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 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then steep yourself in history at Church of St. George.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lalibela using our trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lalibela

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

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