9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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9 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Luanda
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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 + Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lalibela
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Luanda

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Yekatit 12 Martyrs Square, steep yourself in history at Meskel Square, take in the dramatic natural features at Entoto Hill, then see the interesting displays at Ethnological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Arada Giyorgis, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethiopia, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lion Park.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Addis Ababa trip itinerary planner.

Luanda, Angola to Addis Ababa is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western African Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Luanda in February: highs in Addis Ababa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum ©
Lion Park ©
Lion Park
National Museum of Ethiopia ©
National Museum of Ethiopia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lions Art Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bahir Dar online travel planner .

You can fly from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Bahir Dar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gonder.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

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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

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.
On the 6th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket, explore the historical opulence of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Falasha Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gonder tour builder tool .

You can drive from Bahir Dar to Gonder in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Bahir Dar in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gonder, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lalibela.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the galleries of The Fine Art Gallery, delve into the distant past at Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, and then don't miss a visit to Church of St. George. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bilbala St. George Rock Hewn Church and then make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lalibela route planner.

Getting from Gonder to Lalibela by combination of flight and car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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

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