9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Addis Ababa
1
Addis Ababa
— 2 nights
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
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Addis Ababa

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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.
You've now added FKLM Tours to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, hunt for treasures at Addis Mercato, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arada Giyorgis, and take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Addis Ababa day trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Addis Ababa. In December, daily temperatures in Addis Ababa can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Tours Museums Shopping
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FKLM Tours ©
FKLM Tours
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia
Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©

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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 14th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Tana. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bahir Dar vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bahir Dar, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) 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 16th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then make a trip to Falasha Village, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fasiladas Bath Timket.

Before you visit Gonder, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Bahir Dar to Gonder by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In December, daily temperatures in Gonder can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Axum.

Things to do in Gonder

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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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Axum

Axum ©
Axum or Aksum is a city in the northern part of Ethiopia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Arabtu Ensessa Church, then explore the ancient world of Obelisk of Axum, and finally steep yourself in history at Northern Stelae Field.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Axum online route planner .

Getting from Gonder to Axum by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can 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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork 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. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then don't miss a visit to Yemrehanna Kristos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lalibela online 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 19th (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
Yemrehanna Kristos ©
Yemrehanna Kristos

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