9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  17​h
1
Axum
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Gonder
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bahir Dar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

1
day
Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion and then delve into the distant past at Obelisk of Axum.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Axum is an approximately 17-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Lalibela.

Things to do in Axum

Historic Sites
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Obelisk of Axum ©
Obelisk of Axum
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion ©
Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Fine Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then contemplate the long history of Church of St. George. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yemrehanna Kristos.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lalibela road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Axum to Lalibela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gonder.

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
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

1
night
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 20th (Mon): 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, then get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village, and finally revel in the low prices at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gonder online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Gonder, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bahir Dar.

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

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 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tana. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Lions Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Blue Nile Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Gonder to Bahir Dar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough 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
Lions Art Gallery ©
Lions Art Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethiopia, then explore the striking landscape at Entoto Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Addis Ababa day trip website .

Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bahir Dar in April, plan for little chillier days in Addis Ababa, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Tours Nature
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Entoto Hill ©
Entoto Hill
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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