10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

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10 days in Ethiopia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lalibela
— 1 night
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 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
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 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Church of St. George and then explore the ancient world of Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Asheton Maryam Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Na’akuto La’ab, then browse the exhibits of The Fine Art Gallery, and finally make a trip to Yemrehanna Kristos.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lalibela tour itinerary planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lalibela is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Eastern African Time (EAT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Ploughshare Women Crafts Training Centre, take in the pleasant sights at Simien View, then step into the grandiose world of Fasil Ghebbi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Debre Berhan Selassie Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fasiladas Bath Timket. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Falasha Village and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gonder trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Lalibela to Gonder takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Gonder sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bahir Dar.

Things to do in Gonder

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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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 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azwa Mariam Monastery, explore the activities along Lake Tana, and then admire the masterpieces at Church of Debre Sina Maryam. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Monastery of Debre Mariam and then take in the dramatic scenery at Blue Nile Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bahir Dar tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Gonder to Bahir Dar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Bahir Dar can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Addis Ababa.

Things to do in Bahir Dar

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blue Nile Falls
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Lake Tana
Lake Tana
Blue Nile Falls ©
Blue Nile Falls
Azwa Mariam Monastery
Azwa Mariam Monastery

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.
Spend the 21st (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Meskel Square.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Addis Ababa sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bahir Dar in September since evenings lows in Addis Ababa dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Addis Ababa

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

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